Italian for Beginners, Spring 2020

For the past three semesters, we have enjoyed the camaraderie that can only be found in an Italian language class! Some students have been part of this series from the beginning, while others joined just last fall. In any case, it’s easy to catch on to this beautiful language, for many of its words have been part of the English language for centuries.

Each class begins with a simple discussion of current events, after which we study the week’s new topic. Our textbook is Italian Now! Level 1, Second Edition. Its author is Marcel Danesi, Ph.D., and it is available at Barnes and Noble or on Amazon. We also enjoy “Novità” – when each student describes what’s been going on during the previous week. Each student indirectly brings up new vocabulary items and a source of grammar topics. There are also supplemental materials on Italian culture and history.

Our espresso break provides an informal opportunity to chat and to share stories of travels to Italy and elsewhere. Although this course is now entering its fourth semester, newcomers are more than welcome to join us. All new students may arrive 30 minutes early (at 12:30 p.m.) to review pronunciation rules and simple grammar items. This extra “catch up” time will last as long as new students feel necessary.

So, please join us – saremo molto piaciuti conoscervi – we’ll be very pleased to meet you!

Required text: Italian Now! Level 1, ISBN#978-1438000060, approx. $16
purchase here from Amazon

Marilyn Rossi is an experienced foreign-language educator (Italian, Latin, Greek), translator, art historian, and museum tour guide. She was awarded both a Fulbright Scholarship and a Rockefeller Fellowship to study Italian in Umbria, and received the Grinspoon Foundation Teacher Award for excellence in teaching. We are thrilled she has joined us at the Center!

Our classes and workshops are open to students of all abilities and needs. We are currently unable to provide one-on-one instruction, though we will make every attempt to address accommodations for full and successful engagement whenever possible.
If a student requires individual supports, parent/guardian/PCA/teacher/ABA Therapists/etc are welcome to attend.
Please contact Christine Ernst, Director of Education, for more information at