Ripasso: Grammar review (all levels)
Thorough review and refinement of the student’s knowledge of Italian grammar and structure. Systematic exercises and explanations, contrastive grammars of English and Italian, and illustrative analyses of reading passages. Topics include past tenses, object and relative pronouns, tenses and uses of the subjunctive.
The course is based on practical and theoretical lessons . During each lesson the students prepare a new recipe from the tradition of genuine simplicity of Italian cuisine. At the beginning of each lesson the teacher explains the recipe of the day and gives valuable hints and tips. This class is organized in such a way that the students can experience with their own hands the way of cooking in the Italian style.
Regional studies language: ITALIAN/ENGLISH
This course will examine Italy’s 20 regions, with a focus on linguistic diversity (through the study of dialects and linguistic minorities); food; political and economic identity; local traditions and customs; and the regional contributions to Italy’s national image and ethos.
Breakfast book club
Book, Cappuccino and Cornetto. Chapters will be provided before the meeting.
TWELVE ITALIANS YOU SHOULD KNOW
From poet Dante Alighieri to fashion designer Ermenegildo Zegna, students learn about important Italians in different fields such as science, fashion, cinema literature, art, and history. By using linguistically accessible readings, videos, and songs, students will familiarize themselves with the history and culture of Italy while expanding their knowledge of grammar structures and vocabulary.
ITALIAN COMICS AND FAIRY TALES
This course uses comics, graphic novels, and fairy tales to develop reading and grammar skills. While reading fairy tales from important literary collections such as the ones by Italo Calvino and Giambattista Basile will expand the students’ ability to navigate short narratives in the target language, the employment of comics and graphic novels, with their use of text and image, will improve their knowledge of vocabulary and the acquisition of everyday conversational Italian. All class meetings will include a conversational component.
MADE IN ITALY
This course aims to work on conversational Italian and written Italian by using a theme-based approach: the most popular Italian products that are exported around the world. Reading skills will be developed through examining the main texts: on-line Italian magazines and newspapers (including related advertisements), along with product sites. Through these primary sources, we will also continue to review and refine grammatical structures. Because of the nature of Italian promotional literature and Italian marketing language for products, students will develop their descriptive language and consider which registers are best for addressing various segments of consumers. All class meetings will include conversational components through discussions about where we see Italian products, art, and design in our everyday life here in the United States and we will decide how the two cultures (USA and Italy) perceive each other based on the products that they consume.
ITALIAN EROTISM THROUGH ART, LITERATURE AND HABITS
This course focuses on love and erotism in works of Italian culture in arts, literature, films, customs and food since the early modern period till now. It treats these themes giving voices to changing perspectives on sin, virtue, the body, and the soul. Students read masterpieces by authors and explore the meaning and uses of romantic love, tragic love, love as mercy, courtly and platonic love, lust, prostitution, pornography, and adultery.
Italian for business
We provide customized study paths that suit any need. We create flexible programs aimed at providing the best curriculum to succeed in your goal. This program is an individual course ad hoc for you and your teams’ linguistic needs.