TextPrego, An Invitation to Italian
6th or 7th edition, Lazzarino, McGraw-Hill
We list Prego because students are often curious about a text. This one does serve as a good supplement to the course; however, we will not be using it in class, as we will provide you with our own materials. Note that the 6th or 7th edition (older editions) can be picked up for a few dollars on Amazon.
Each Italian class will last for two hours and be will be held once a week. During each meeting, you will be introduced to a building block concept in the grammar and culture that will then be used in conversation to practice throughout the class. At times you may read and act out a dialogue, work with partners in role-playing situations, sing a song, or prepare some some bella bruschetta as you learn the recipe in italiano!
The fundamental class components are as follows:
- An introduction of a grammatical concept relating to a conversational topic such as how to introduce oneself or order food in Italian.
- Dialogues and situational role-playing with other students in class to bring the language to life!
- Use of colorful handouts and other learning devices that you take home in order to help reinforce what is learned in class. (All class materials included in course tuition).
- A 10-minute intermezzo to have a cup of tea, caffellatte, or biscotti in order re-energize and socialize.
Practicing to Speak
There is no homework in this class! We will provide colorful handouts of each lecture that you can review in your own time during the week. The idea is to begin thinking in Italian on a daily basis. We therefore invite you to review a few minutes every day and if you have time to join one of the class study groups that connects to practice speaking (and enjoying good food) in italiano!
- The purpose of the lecture is to introduce concepts and to immediately begin conversing in Italian using them. Instead of spending your time trying to write down everything, pay attention to the questions posed in Italian and work on responding in the moment. We will always give time for important note taking after practicing. And enjoy the fun (and a times funny) conversations that come forth while working with partners as you learn the language!
- Bring two different colored pens, and the notebook that we will provide for you to every class. Use one section of your notebook for jotting down lecture and conversation notes, another for writing down important vocabulary words from the lecture and discussions, and the last section as a place for keeping handouts.
- If you enjoy working with others, a study group is an excellent idea for reviewing your Italian.
- The group moves as a whole; therefore, please try not to miss any classes! If you cannot attend one, you should notify the director beforehand at 415.285.5130, so that we can provide you with the necessary materials.
- Most importantly, have fun and prepare yourselves for a new level of Italian hospitality, culture, and life that is only afforded to those who parlano l'italiano!