IN-PERSON ITALIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES
The Summer 2022 session of Italian language classes offered by the Dante Alighieri Society of Denver are 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 SUMMER classes is June 13, 2022.
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.
For more information about classes, please contact the Education Chair Suzanne Fasing at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
SUMMER 2022 CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
Beginner 1. Thursdays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning June 23, 2022 through September 1, 2022 (no class on July 14) (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. Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning June 22, 2022 through August 31, 2022 (no class on July 13) (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, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, beginning June 20, 2022 through August 29, 2022 (no class on July 4) (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
Beginner 4. Wednesdays, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, beginning June 22, 2022 through August 31, 2022 (no class on July 13) (Brunetti). In this class, students will build upon their prior studies through role plays, listening, reading and writing activities. Topics include future verb tenses and learning about holidays and train travel in Italy. Intermediate level material will also be introduced. Required Text: The New Italian Project 1a And The New Italian Project 1b
Intermediate 4. Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, beginning June 23, 2022 through September 1, 2022 (no class on July 14) (Brunetti). In this class students will continue to expand their vocabulary and understanding of more advanced grammatical concepts through listening activities, role play, readings, videos, conversation and written assignments. Topics include the present and past conditional tenses and review of Italian Project 1a and 1b. Required Text: Italian Project 1b
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