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Italian Language Classes in Denver

ITALIAN LANGUAGE REMOTE ONLINE CLASSES

All language classes are remote online classes for the winter 2021 session. Classes are offered live 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 at the same time that you register for your class, using the links below at the end of each class description.  Students receive automated email confirmations of their registration and PayPal payment.  For more information, please contact the Education Chair Suzanne Fasing at suzannefasing@yahoo.com.

The deadline to register and pay for winter classes is January 4, 2021.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT REMOTE ONLINE CLASSES

The Dante Society is offering all remote classes online in the winter 2021 session, using the Zoom platform.  All classes are live on the dates and times listed below.  All instructors have significant experience teaching with a remote learning method.  A prerequisite for all language classes is students’ familiarity with Zoom.  Instructors will provide their students with the Zoom link for their classes.  The Society will resume in-person classes when it is prudent.

Your registration is not complete until payment is received by the Dante 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 questions about refunds, contact the Education Chair, Suzanne Fasing. 

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 (calendar year) 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.     

Vanessa DiMaggio has taught Italian at the college level for six years. She holds a PhD and an  MA in Italian from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Italian from Florida State University.  Her PhD dissertation was 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.

WINTER 2021 CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Beginner 1.  Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, beginning January 13, 2021 through March 17, 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 Italian Project 1a.

 

Beginner 2. Mondays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning January 11, 2021 through March 15, 2021 (Jensen).  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.

 

Advanced Beginner.  Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, beginning January 14, 2021 through March 18, 2021 (Brunetti).    This class is designed for students with some Beginner coursework who wish to accelerate their learning.  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 Italian Project 1a.

Intermediate 2.  Tuesdays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning January 12, 2021 through March 16, 2021 (Jensen).  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 Italian Project 1b.

 

Intermediate 1, 3, and 4 will be offered in a future session.


 

Advanced 1.  Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning January 13, 2021 through March 17, 2021.  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.  The class will be conducted primarily in Italian and topics will include double object pronouns, relative pronouns and the gerund.
Required Text:  The Italian Project 2a.


Italian Literature 204.  Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, beginning January 12, 2021, through March 16, 2021 (Jensen).  Advanced Intermediate class on Carlo Goldoni: Il Servitore di Due Padroni: (The Servant of Two Masters). Comedic play in three acts by Venetian playwright who wrote during the famed "commedia dell'arte" era in Italy. The book is a shortened and easier version than the original. Students will read, listen and discuss book as well as do grammar, vocabulary and comprehension exercises on each chapter of the book. Strong knowledge of the language is necessary to engage in conversation. Students will discuss the book in the present, past, future and conditional tenses.
Required Text: Carlo Goldoni, Il Servitore di Due Padroni (ISBN: 9788853623140). Students may purchase this book from internet booksellers including applauselearning.com, bookdepository.com, europeanbookshop.com or go to ELI Graded Readers for more purchasing information: Il servitore di due padroni


Conversation 209.  Thursdays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning January 14, 2021 through March 18, 2021 (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.

 

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