Classes take place from October 16 to December 18
$270 members, $300 non-members
Classes run 10 weeks starting Monday, Oct. 16 

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, Mondays 7 to 8:30 pm 

This course is for students with good proficiency of the Italian language who 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. 

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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, wherein he writes on Italian cities, as well as the Etruscans.

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MEMBER • Italian 1: Monday 7:00PM-8:30PM, NON-MEMBER • Italian 1: Monday 7:00PM-8:30PM, MEMBER • Italian 2: Monday 5:30PM-7:00PM, NON-MEMBER • Italian 2: Monday 5:30PM-7:00PM, MEMBER • Intermediate/Advanced Italian: Monday 7:00PM-8:30PM, NON-MEMBER • Intermediate/Advanced Italian: Monday 7:00PM-8:30PM


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