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ITALIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES

All language classes are held at 3549 Navajo Street, Denver 80211 in the parish offices of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. Each class meets for 90 minutes, once a week, for 10 weeks. Enrollment islimited, and classes with fewer than five students will be canceled or combined. For more information, please contact the Education Chair Suzanne Fasing at suzannefasing@yahoo.com or call 303-810-9042.  Textbooks should be ordered by students at the same time that you register for your class, using the links below at the end of each class description.

The registration deadline for the Spring 2017 session is March 20, 2017.

New students are eligible for the member rate for classes, which is $100, if they join the Dante Alighieri Society at the time of registering for class.  Cost of an annual individual membership is $25, and a joint membership (for husband and wife) is $40.  The non-member rate for classes is $130.

 

To register for classes (and join as a new member), click here.

About our Instructors

Jim Brunetti has taught Italian, Spanish, and French in Denver schools for more than twenty years.  He has served as the Dean and Assistant Principal of a middle school in the Adams 12 Five Star School District.  Jim has a degree from the University of Perugia.  He lived in Rome for four years, working as a tour guide and teaching at Berlitz International School in Rome.  He played professional tennis in Europe and the U. S.   Jim has spoken Italian since childhood.  He has coached boys and girls high school sports, and worked with at risk students in Denver Public Schools.

Britta Jensenhas taught Italian at the high school and college level for more than nine years.  She has an MA in Italian from CUNY, Hunter College and studied at the University of Pescara, Italy.  She has lived in Torino and Perugia, Italy where she worked as a teacher, translator and interpreter.  Prior to teaching, she worked at Wine Spectator magazine which specializes in wine, food, travel and lifestyle news.  She travels to Italy regularly, to all the regions, and considers Italy her second home.  In her free time, she travels, reads, studies languages, skis, bikes, swims and enjoys the great outdoors.  

 

SPRING 2017 CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

 Day/Time: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 6-9 pm

Beginner 1.  Tuesdays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning March 28, 2017 through May 30, 2017 (Jensen).  In this class students with little or no knowledge of Italian will learn to communicate in simple everyday situations. Students will study the basic building blocks of the Italian language, including the alphabet, rules of pronunciation, basic syntax, and grammatical structures. Topics include subject pronouns, definite and indefinite articles, regular verbs in the present tense, and noun-adjective agreement.
Required Text: The Italian Project 1a.

Beginner 1 at 6:00 pm is full.  
We are offering a second class of Beginner 1, also on Tuesday evenings, beginning March 28, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.

 

Beginner 2.  Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, beginning March 29, 2017 through May 31, 2017 (Brunetti).  In this class students will build upon their existing knowledge while incorporating new vocabulary and grammatical structures through conversation, role plays, listening, reading and writing activities. Topics include irregular and modal verbs in the present tense, articulated prepositions, and possessive adjectives.
Required Text: The Italian Project 1a.

 

Beginner 3. Mondays, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, beginning March 27, 2017 through June 5, 2017 (no class Memorial Day, May 29) (Brunetti).  In this class, students will cover the topics in Unit 4 of the textbook, including speaking about the past, the adverb “ci,” and ordering in a restaurant.
Required Text: The Italian Project 1a

 

Beginner 4. Mondays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning March 27, 2017 through June 5, 2017 (no class Memorial Day, May 29) (Brunetti). In this class, students will continue their studies of basic grammatical structures while increasing their vocabulary through in-class readings, listening activities, written assignments, and situational simulations.  Topics include future verb tenses, holidays and train travel in Italy.Required Text: The Italian Project 1a

Intermediate 1 will be offered in the Summer 2017 session beginning in June 2017.

Intermediate 2.  Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning March 29, 2017 through May 31, 2017 (Brunetti).  In this class, students will continue to expand their studies of increasingly complexgrammatical structures and vocabulary through listening activities, role plays, readings, educational videos and written assignments. Topics include direct object pronouns, reflexive verbs and the impersonal form.  Required text: The Italian Project 1b.        

Intermediate 3 and 4 classes and Advanced 1 and 2 classes will be offered in upcoming sessions in 2017.

Advanced 3.  Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, beginning March 30, 2017 through June 1, 2017 (Brunetti).  This class will be predominantly in Italian, and will introduce more advanced vocabulary, past tenses of verbs, and subjunctive tenses, with topics including Italian history.  Students will continue to develop their reading, listening, writing and speaking abilities.  
Required Text:
The Italian Project 2a.

Advanced 4 will be offered in the Summer 2017 session beginning in June 2017.

Advanced 5.  Thursdays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning March 30, 2017 through June 1, 2017 (Brunetti).  This class will be predominantly in Italian, and will introduce more advanced vocabulary, courtesy forms of speaking, with topics including famous Italians of various fields.  Students will continue to develop their reading, listening, writing and speaking abilities.    Required Text: The Italian Project 2b.

 

To register for classes, click here.

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