Dante Alighieri Society of Denver

"...for the tutelage and diffusion of the Italian Language and culture in the world."


Italian Language Classes in DenverAll 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 Summer 2018 session is June 11, 2018.

There are no classes during the week of July 9, 2018.

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.

About Our Instructors

Jim Brunetti 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 Jensen has 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.     

Vanessa DiMaggio has taught Italian at the college level for six years. She holds two MA’s in Italian from both Florida State University and the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently finishing her PhD and is writing her dissertation on Dante’s use of historical sources in the Divina Commedia. She has traveled all over Italy and has lived in Rome, Turin and Milan, where she researched in the archive of the Biblioteca Trivulziana. Prior to studying Italian, she worked as a journalist at several magazines, including Men’s Health, Real Simple and Cooking Light. In her free time she likes to hike, camp, travel and eat her way through all the best restaurants in the city.


Beginner Level Italian Classes

Beginner 1.  Mondays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning June 18, 2018 through August 27, 2018 (no class on July 9 or July 16; one class on Tuesday evening will meet on July 17) (DiMaggio). 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 2.  Mondays, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, beginning June 18, 2018 through August 27, 2018 (no class on July 9 or July 16; one class on Tuesday evening will meet on July 17) (DiMaggio).  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.

Intermediate Classes will be offered in the fall 2018


Advanced Level Italian Classes

Advanced 8.  Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, beginning June 21, 2018 through Aug. 30, 2018 (no class on July 12) (Brunetti).  This class will be predominantly in Italian, and will introduce more advanced vocabulary and grammar.  Students will continue to develop their reading, listening, writing and speaking abilities.
Required Texts: Required Texts: The Italian Project  2a.


Advanced 10.  Thursdays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning June 21, 2018 through Aug. 30, 2018 (no class on July 12) (Brunetti).  This class will be full immersion. Students will be able to converse, understand, and write on a variety of subjects including but not limited to art and literature. Emphasis will be on becoming “linguistically flexible.”    
Required Text:
The Italian Project 2b.


Step 1) Ready to Learn?

Registration Closes June 11, 2018

Step 2) After You Register:

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