Learn Italian at Casa Belvedere

Winter 2021 – Italian Language Program
All classes will take place on Mondays from Jan 24th to Apr. 4th
(No classes on President Day Feb. 21st)

All Casa Belvedere guests over age 12 are required to show a photo ID &
one proof of vaccination in order to be admitted to any indoor event or program at Casa Belvedere.

The children’s classes will be held in person at Casa Belvedere.
The adult classes will be virtual.

Both children and adults benefit from learning a second language. Research shows that children who learn a second language are better at solving problems and are more creative. They learn how to read faster and are generally more confident than other children. The multiple cognitive benefits translate to higher scores on standardized tests. As for adults, some studies show that stimulating the brain with a new language can slow age-related cognitive decline.  Learning a second language in a class setting has the added benefit of fun socialization.

IN PERSON CHILDREN ITALIAN CLASSES

Looking for an after school activity?
Look no further and have your child learn Italian with us!

Classes will begin on Monday, January 24th.

10 CLASSES • $250 Non-member / $225 Member

Children Italian: Mondays 4:00 to 5:00 pm (age 4-8)
Parliamo Italiano – These classes focus on introducing Italian language to children. They offer an interactive approach to the language, designed to get students comfortable speaking Italian. During our sessions, we explore and experiment with basic vocabulary and expressions. Worksheets and videos are also used during the sessions to assist in learning.

VIRTUAL ADULT ITALIAN CLASSES

This is a fun immersion language program designed to develop or reinforce your communicative skills in Italian. Each course focuses on conversational skills at different levels as well as underscoring grammatical basics that are essential to communicate in Italian. You will receive the details of the lessons each week. Participants will meet in person, for 10 weeks. With practice and repetition, you will absorb the finer details of the language that can last a lifetime!

Classes will begin on Monday, January 24
10 CLASSES

$300 Non-member / $270 Member

Italian 1: Francesco Bonavita, Monday 7:00-8:30 pm

This course is for beginner students who wish to learn Italian and discover the culture of Italy. Through a thematic approach, students will develop basic communication skills and enrich their vocabulary and practical expressions. Students will learn to converse in Italian in various situations: shopping, ordering a meal, interacting among speakers of Italian, talking about oneself, obtaining information about people and things and so on. The emphasis of the course will be to empower the students and help them gain the necessary confidence to communicate in Italian.

Italian 2: Francesco Bonavita, Monday 5:30-7:00 pm

This course is designed for students of Italian who have completed one semester of study or more and are interested in expanding their proficiency in speaking Italian. Students in this class will refine their skills through the development of various themes such as the self-portrait, the family, shopping, Italian food and recipes, leisure time, visiting Italy and so on. This course is also ideal for students who have been away from Italian, and are interested in refreshing their language skills.

Intermediate/Advanced Italian – Corso di Lingua e Cultura Italiana Avanzato (for Italian-speaking students): Maria Bonavita, Monday 7:00-8:30 pm

This course is designed for students who have a good proficiency of the Italian language and wish to expand their knowledge of the language. Students have the opportunity to read and discuss contemporary Italian literature and social issues. The class is conducted solely in Italian and students are given the opportunity to engage in discussions, make presentations, and debate issues in the target language while exploring the beauty and richness of Italian literature.

Italian for Travelers: Maria Bonavita, Monday 5:30-7:00 pm

Being able to communicate with the people of the country you are visiting, makes your traveling experience more enriching and personal. This course will not only aim to have students communicate basically with the people of Italy, but it gives a preview of the most beautiful locations to visit. Students will be able to express themselves in such situations as family encounters, restaurants, hotels, shopping, asking for directions, and so on. Interacting personally, in the Italian language, will add excitement to your trip. This course is ideal for those who plan on traveling to Italy for vacation or business and for anyone who wants to learn the basics of the Italian language.

 

Children Italian Language Teacher • Stephany Di Gesaro 

My name is Stephany Di Gesaro and I am 32 years old. I have been teaching Italian for 10 years and I also teach the history of Ancient Rome along with English as a second language. I graduated from CSI with a bachelors in Italian education grades 7-12 in 2012 and earned a Masters from Touro in TESOL in 2015. I also went to high school in Sicily when I lived there throughout my adolescent years because my parents found it very important to raise their kids where they were born along with my entire family. Living in Sicily made me love the language even more so, because I experienced it first-hand.

I truly enjoy teaching my students about the Italian culture and traditions. Whenever I get a chance I try to plan trips to Italy for my students so that they can also experience and immerse themselves into “la dolce vita”. As a first generation Italian-American, specifically Sicilian, I try to fit in as many traditions as possible into my daily life. I find it important to never lose that love and passion for what my parents taught me when I was a child and continue to do so.

I cannot wait to share my love and experience with children at Casa Belvedere. La vita va vissuta… Italian style!

Adult Italian Language Teachers • Maria & Francesco Bonavita

Maria Bonavita was born in Rizziconi, a small town in the province of Reggio Calabria. She majored in Italian and French at Brooklyn College. She holds two Masters degrees, one in Italian and the other in Educational and Community Counseling from CUNY. She is a dedicated teacher who worked hard to promote Italian language and culture at the high school level as well as colleges and universities on Staten Island. She wrote an article on classroom strategies in the teaching of Italian that was published in Italica, and collaborated with her husband on the publication of an intermediate textbook in Italian. She has been very active in the American Teachers of Italian New York City chapter, and for the last decade she has conducted beginners and advanced courses in Italian at Casa Belvedere.

Francesco Bonavita was born in Rome and has dedicated his life to teaching foreign languages. He holds a BA degree in French and a minor in German. He studied for his Master degree in French at the University of Wisconsin and completed his Ph.D at CUNY in Comparative Literature on the Italian Renaissance. In addition to Italian, French, Spanish, German, and Portuguese, he has also taught Japanese. He has brought the language experience at the high school level, as well as colleges and universities. He taught at Kean University and at New York University as a supervisor of second language methodology. He published articles on second language learning and is the author of Giadino italiano, an Intermediate Italian test published by Pearson, and has a blog, www.thewondersofitaly.com wherein he writes on Italian cities, as well as the Etruscans.

Gift Certificates Available

Give the gift of a Casa Belvedere experience to family and friends.

A cooking class, language class or any of our cultural programs make a great gift for anyone on your list. Don’t forget to grab one for yourself and join them!