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New Italian Language Classes for Summer 2023 April 17th to May 25th

Learn la nostra bella lingua through Zoom and in-person classes for members and friends of the Italian Cultural Society. In-person classes are held at the Community School of Naples, 13275 Livingston Road, Naples 34109, Room M4

ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL CLASSES AND FOR EACH SESSION. Online registration begins March 29th for the Summer Session. All participants must register and make online payment prior to the start of the first class. 

Courses consist of one 90-minute class weekly for six weeks.  Zoom classes will be limited to eight participants.

Fee: $65 for ICS Members and $75 for non-members.

Course full! Italian for Travel with Grace Mannino Wednesdays 4:30 - 6:00
In person beginning April 19th at Community School of Naples 13275 Livingston Rd. Naples, FL, Room M-4.

Brush up on Italian phrases and pronunciation to make your vacation more enjoyable. Designed for beginner students interested in acquiring basic communication skills before traveling to Italy. 

No text required; instructor will provide material. 

Prerequisite: Desire to learn Italian!

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New course! Italian for Cooking, with Alessandra Castoldi, Thursday 1:30-3:00 pm

Via Zoom beginning April 20th

This course in Italian offers 12 original easy-to-read stories, each describing a typical Italian recipe. The student is guided to acquire proficiency in using the language of cooking; while discovering the origins of the recipes, the proverbs and idioms related to food, and the art of traditional Italian cooking.

Required text:  “L’Italiano per la Cucina” by Alma Editions – in Italian! See Amazon or the publisher’s website. 

Prerequisite: for pre-intermediate and intermediate level Italian speakers. 

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Italian I will be offered in person this Fall beginning the last week of October. 

Italian III Continuation with Viviana Ardesia Mondays 1-2:30

Zoom beginning April 17th

Required Text: “The New Italian Project” 1a Marin ISBN# 9788899358846 (Book, WKBK/DVD/Audio CD) available from Applause Books (Edilingua publication) Item #EDL8846 in the Italian Language Section of the applause learning website. Also available at Amazon and other sources.

Prerequisite: Italian III Spring course with ICS or an equivalent.

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Italian VI Continuation with Nancy Sguera Wednesdays 3:30-5:00
Zoom beginning April 5th

This course will prepare students for beginner conversation class.

Prerequisite: Italian VI Spring ICS class or equivalent.

Required text: “Arrivederci!1 For English Speakers” Applause books (Edilingua publication) ISBN# 9789606931215, Item #1215 in the Italian Language Section of applause learning website. 

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Beginner Conversation Continued with Joan Hoffmeister Tuesdays 4:00 – 5:30
Zoom beginning April 18th

For those with some experience with entry level conversation.

Required text: “Italian Made Simple” by Cristina Mazzoni ISBN# 9780767915397

Secondary text: “Read and Think Italian” McGraw Hill, ISBN# 978-1-259-83633-6 (masked Venetian on the cover). Both texts are available online. 

Prerequisite: Beginner conversation with ICS or equivalent.

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Beginner Conversation Continued with Nancy Sguera Tuesdays 3:30 – 5:00
Zoom beginning April 4th

Required text: “Easy Italian Reader” premium third edition by Riccarda Saggese, McGraw Hill ISBN# 9781260463644 at approximately $16 online and locally.

Prerequisite: Beginner Conversation with ICS or equivalent.

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Intermediate Conversation I Continued with Grace Mannino Thursdays 4:30-6:00
In person beginning April 20th at Community School of Naples 13275 Livingston Rd. Naples, FL, Room M-4.

Required text: “Read and Think Italian” McGraw Hill, ISBN# 978-1-259-83633-6 (masked Venetian on the cover). Available online. 

Prerequisite: Intermediate conversation experience

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Intermediate Conversation II Continued with Joan Hoffmeister Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:30
Zoom beginning April 19th

Required text: “In Viaggio: Moving Toward Fluency in Italian” by Olson, Edwards, Foerster McGraw Hill  ISBN # 9780072402643. 

Prerequisite: Intermediate conversation experience.

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Italiano avanzato with Viviana Ardesia Mondays 10:30 – 12:00
Zoom beginning April 17th

Advanced level conversation course with weekly assigned homework.

Required text: “Nuovissimo Progetto Italiano 3” (Book/MP3/Audio CD) Item# EDL8983 or Amazon.

Prerequisite: Intermediate conversation II with ICS  or equivalent

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No refunds will be given after the first week of class.

Summer Session 2023: April 17 – May 26

Fall Session 2023: October 23rd to Dec 8th (Fall Break: Nov 20-24, no classes)

Winter Session 2024: Jan 8th to Feb 16th (Winter break Feb 19-23, no classes) 

Spring Session 2024: February 26 – April 12th (Spring Break April 1-5, no classes)

Possible Summer Session 2024: April 15th to May 24th


For more information contact: Kate Jansky,

Our Instructors

Viviana Ardesia

Viviana Ardesia is a native of Pescara, a tiny city on the Adriatic Sea, where she attended high school in Classical Studies. She has a degree in Literature and Philosophy from the University of Bologna, the oldest university in the world, and a PhD in Italian History from the University of Udine. She has lived in Pisa, Milan and Turin teaching Italian Grammar and Literature at the public school level and History at university for more than 10 years. Viviana moved to Florida recently with her family and is enthusiastic about sharing the language and culture she loves.

Alessandra Castoldi

was born in a city near Milan where she completed Classical Studies at the high school level and graduated in Italian Language and Literature at the University of Milan. She taught Italian and History in public school in Italy for almost 20 years. In 2016 she moved abroad with her family and started teaching Italian as a second language at all levels. She loves to meet people from different cultures and to share the Italian language and culture.

Joan Hoffmeister

was born in Italy and moved to Buenos Aires with her family at the age of 5. She grew up speaking Spanish and Italian in the home, and later moved with her family to NY at age 15. With a Masters Degree in Spanish and French from St. John's University, she went on to teach in NY public schools, the Tehran American School and at the British Council in Bahrain. After extensive travel in Europe and the Middle East, Joan moved to Naples, Florida and taught in the public schools where she was awarded Teacher of Distinction from Collier County School System.

Grace Mannino

a native-born Italian, author and educational consultant who received her doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook, brought 33 years of high school and college teaching experience in NY to the ICS program in 2003. In addition to teaching Italian, French and Spanish, Grace was President of the American Association of Teachers of Italian of Long Island, President of Long Island Language Teachers, and a member of numerous committees on the national, state and regional level. Since retiring, Grace's enthusiasm in promoting Italian language and culture has found a new home in Naples.

Nancy Sguera

was born in Italy and moved to the United Sates with her family when she was 12. As an adult, she majored in Italian to continue to learn of her language, heritage and people. After receiving a Masters Degree from CUNY (Queens College), she taught Italian and Spanish in the public school system for 18 years and retired from George W. Hewlett High School in NY in 2008. While teaching, Nancy received scholarships to L'Università per Stranieri di Siena, The Summer Institute of Spanish Language and Culture in Salamanca and the NHE Summer Institute in Rome.

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