Italian Classes

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WHY ITALIAN?


Perchè l’italiano? Why Italian? It is obvious that Italian is the language of love, opera, food, fashion and the Renaissance. But it is also true that Italians are everywhere (daperttutto). This is not on accident (non è a caso): over eight million Italians left Italy between 1860 and World War One, or one-third of the population at the time. Some scholars say it was the largest voluntary migration in human history. It is part of the reason why you can find an Italian restaurant pretty much any place on the planet. Italians are outgoing, energetic, talkative and travelers and globetrotters. It can be argued that by knowing Italian you will make more friends. By learning Italian, you might also acquire a sense of Italian-ness (italianità), and find yourself becoming a little more outgoing, energetic, talkative and globetrotting.

ITALIAN PROGRAM

We offer all levels of Italian for students who travel for pleasure or work to Italy. We have conversational classes and classes focused on grammar. Occasionally, we also offer classes on Italian culture, literature, and cinema. Please read below the description of all Italian classes we offer. If you are not sure which level of Italian to take, please contact us at info@polyglottist.com Based on the information you provide regarding your background in Italian, we will recommend you which class to take.

ITALIAN BEGINNER I

( Wednesday 5:00pm- 6:00pm)

This class is recommended for complete beginners, who have no previous knowledge of Italian or studied Italian for a very short period of time.

ITALIAN BEGINNER 1 (Part 2)

(Wednesday 6:15pm - 7:15pm)

This class is a continuation of Italian beginner I. It is recommended for Polyglottist's students who took Italian beginner I at Polyglottist. It is also recommended for students who took one short Italian course somewhere else.

ITALIAN BEGINNER 2

(Wednesday 7:30pm-8:30pm))

This class is taught in Italian. It is recommended for students who studied Italian before but for short period of time (less than two years) and/or briefly lived in Italy.

LANGUAGE LAB FOR ADVANCED BEGINNERS

(Day/time to be announced.) 

Laboratorio della lingua per principanti Practice beginning to intermediate level Italian through Task-Based-Instruction. Students apply their grammar lessons through activities that mirror every day contexts for speaking Italian. Recommended for students enrolled in the Beginning II sequence. 

          INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN (GRAMMAR)

(Friday 10:00am to 11:00am or Sunday 10:00am - 11:00am)

This class is for students who studied Italian for two years and more and/or lived in Italian. The class is taught in Italian. The focus of this class is on intermediate grammar, but conversational aspect is implemented as well. 

INTERMEDIATE CONVERSATIONAL ITALIAN

(Friday 11:15am to 12:15pm)

This class is recommended for students who are currently enrolled in the intermediate class and/or for students who already mastered all Italian grammar and are seeking to improve their conversational skills. In this class, students will be working on topics of everyday life, their interests, and contemporary Italy.

           INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN

(Sunday 11:15am to 12:15pm)

We continue to build the vocabulary and dexterity in Italian language of our beginning students while also introducing more complex grammatical constructions. Each Italian class includes oral practice of simple every day conversation. Students talk about their interests and their daily life, and review grammar they are already familiar with such as the indicative and near past (passato prossimo) tense. Students also progress toward the next steps in Intermediate Italian. Grammar topics include knowledge and competence in reflexive verbs, the imperfect tense, imperatives, direct and indirect object pronouns, as well as the future tense, and conditional and subjunctive moods. We also undertake original Italian history and culture readings and oral exercises to learn about contemporary Italian culture as well as its storied past throughout the centuries.  The course is for Polyglottist students who have completed the full Beginning Two sequence or who have completed the equivalent of one semester of Italian at the college level.

ADVANCED ITALIAN

(It is not offered in May/June session.)

Students acquire a thorough understanding of the structure of Italian and perfect spoken and written skills by undertaking a systematic analysis of Italian morphology. We discuss grammar, covering all parts of speech and practice pronunciation and fluent conversation. Through constant practice, students develop the ability to accumulate an ever greater mastery of diverse complex forms so that they are able to combine them in speech and writing. Course also includes short readings of original Italian language texts not yet available in translation. The course caters to students' interests and integrates translation practice and close readings of Italian poetry and newspaper articles that are selected through student feedback and input.

ITALIAN FOR KIDS

Italiano per bambini

(Sunday 1:30pm to 2:30pm)

Give your bambini Italian language fluency. For ages 7-11, this class takes advantage of the plasticity and aptitude of the young mind to appropriate new sounds and new vocabulary in a foreign language. The class takes place in Italian and engage young learners with a communicative approach covering different vocabulary and grammar units through songs, games, and stories. From the perspective of foreign language pedagogy, the focus of the class is to familiarize children with the concept of a foreign language and to challenge them to think beyond their current linguistic framework. the class alternates between showing students equivalencies (as in, this is how you say "tree" in Italian) to games and stories that reveal sociological difference and that show children new words for which there may be no readily available English equivalent.