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Italian Language Classes in Denver

IN-PERSON ITALIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES

For the Fall 2021 session of Italian language classes, the Dante Alighieri Society is resuming in-person language classes at 3549 Navajo Street, Denver 80211 in the parish office of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. Each class meets for 90 minutes, once a week, for 10 weeks.  Classes with fewer than five students will be canceled or combined.  Students should order their textbooks when registering for classes, using the links below at the end of each class description.  Students receive automated email confirmations of their registration and PayPal payment.

The deadline to register and pay for FALL classes is September 13, 2021.

Your registration is not complete until payment is received by the Dante Alighieri Society.  Class enrollment is limited to 12 students, and students are enrolled in the order in which payment is received for the class.  All payments are due by the registration deadline, or the registration will be canceled.

Refund policy:  Refunds will be made prior to the second class, with a deduction of $10 for administrative expenses.  No refunds are made after that.

COVID POLICIES

The health of our students and teachers is very important to the Dante Alighieri Society and for this reason, all students registering for in-person Italian language classes must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Masks will be required in the classroom whenever required or recommended by the City of Denver, or the State of Colorado, or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information about classes or COVID policies, please contact the Education Chair Suzanne Fasing at suzannefasing@yahoo.com

New students are eligible for the member rate for classes, which is $115, 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 $145.

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

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.     

FALL 2021 CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Beginner 1.  THIS CLASS IS FULL  - Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning September 22, 2021 through November 24, 2021 (Brunetti).   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 NEW Italian Project 1a.

Beginner 2.  Mondays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning September 20, 2021 through November 22, 2021 (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 NEW Italian Project 1a.

Beginner 3.  Mondays, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, beginning September 20, 2021 through November 22, 2021 (Brunetti).  In this class, students will build upon their prior studies through listening, reading and writing activities. Topics include past and future verb tenses, and the required text will be covered in its entirety.  Emphasis will be placed on everyday conversational situations using grammar and vocabulary from the textbook.
Required Text: The NEW Italian Project 1a.

Intermediate 1. Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, beginning September 22, 2021 through November 24, 2021 (Brunetti).  In this class students will build upon their prior studies through role plays, listening, reading and writing activities. Topics include past verb tenses and possessive pronouns.
Required Text: The NEW Italian Project 1b

Intermediate 3.  Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, beginning September 23, 2021 through December 2, 2021 (no class on Thanksgiving, Nov. 25) (Brunetti).  In this class students will continue to expand their studies of increasingly complex grammatical structures and vocabulary through listening activities, role plays, readings, education videos and written assignments. Topics include direct object pronouns, reflexive verbs and the impersonal form.
Required Text: The NEW Italian Project 1b   

Intermediate Conversation 101: THIS CLASS IS FULL Tuesdays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning September 21, 2021 through November 30, 2021 (no class on Nov. 23) (Jensen). This class will be conducted in Italian, and will introduce new vocabulary, topics and some grammar. Students will be able to converse on a variety of everyday subjects described in the required text.
Required Text: (ISBN: 9788831496841) La Nuova Prova Orale 1

 

Italian Literature 206: Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, beginning September 21, 2021, through November 30, 2021 (no class on Nov. 23) (Jensen). Intermediate class on I Fioretti di San Francesco by: St. Francis of Assisi. The fioretti - or "small flowers" - of Saint Francis are beautiful short stories about miracles, friendship, faith, hope and love of the natural world. They retell the life of Saint Francis of Assisi who brought a message of peace to the world. This book is a shortened and easier version than the original. Students will read, listen and discuss the book, and do grammar, vocabulary and comprehension exercises on each chapter of the book. Strong knowledge of the Italian language is necessary to engage in conversation. Students will discuss the book in the present, past, future and conditional tenses.
Required Text: (ISBN: 9788853621092) I Fioretti di San Francesco

 

Advanced Conversation 302.  Thursdays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning September 23, 2021 through December 2, 2021 (no class on Thanksgiving, Nov. 25) (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 New Italian Project 2b.

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