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Italian Courses

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Nazareth College offers undergraduate credit courses as well as non-credit classes. If you are a serious student of Italian language, register for a college credit course in Italian language or literature. Advanced students travel abroad to further their studies at universities in Italy. If you are a beginner, try a non-credit course where you progress at your own pace.

Italian Language and Cultural Classes at the Casa Italiana

To register for classes, please call the Casa at 585-389-2468 or mail us your registration form. See course options below.

Course Options

For Credit

(Please note: All credit courses may be taken on an audit basis. Contact the registrar's office at 585-389-2800 for more information.

Elementary Italian I: ITL 101 Beginning level work in the language. Practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Emphasis on communicative proficiency. Introduction to the basic vocabulary, expressions, and structures of Italian and to the culture of Italy.

Intermediate Italian I: ITL 103 Intermediate level work in the language, adding more extensive practice in the four basic language skills. A review of the grammar and continued emphasis on communicative proficiency. Expansion of the study of the Italian culture.

Advanced Composition and Conversation I: ITL 201 A thorough review of the finer points of grammatical structure. Development of oral expression in everyday Italian and attention to idiomatic expressions. Short literary and cultural readings.

Italian Culture and Cinematography: ITL 204 Discussion of Italian films and their links to literary, social, and political trends to show the significant changes occurring in Italian society in the postwar period. Students will view and discuss film sequences and critical reviews. There are introductory lectures to the films. A short history of Italian political development is included.

Special Topics — Women's Voices: ITL 310 Course studies a major 20th century author analyzing her literary perspectives individually and in the context of the major currents of 20th century Italian literature.

Non-Credit, Enrichment Courses

The Casa Italiana offers enrichment classes that make learning Italian and the Italian way of life easy and rewarding. Within the lovely Casa setting, students are guided by experienced and supportive instructors. A maximum of 12 students per class ensure personal attention and opportunities to practice Italian in class. To register for courses, call the Casa at 585-389-2468, or fill out the mail-in registration form.

Venite a parlare!
Level I

This course is for those who want to learn and practice the basics of the Italian language while also exploring interesting aspects of Italian culture. Emphasis will be on providing the student with a beginner’s knowledge of Italian through situational contexts. Basic conversation skills and grammar will be covered through the use of the textbook and corresponding CD. A great class for anyone planning to travel to Italy.

10 Tuesday sessions, 7-9 p.m.:

  • February 11, 18, 25
  • March 4, 11, 18, 25
  • April 1, 8, 15

Instructor: Bruna Furgiuele

  • $205 for Casa members
  • $215 for non-members

Located in the Golisano Academic Center (GAC), room 122.

Venite a parlare!
Level II

In this course students who have taken Venite a Parlare! Level I, or with equivalent language competence, will develop greater familiarity with informal and formal Italian. More complex syntax and vocabulary will be introduced. Plenty of conversation relating to daily contemporary Italian life will be included. This course will also use the textbook Espesso I and the corresponding CD.

10 Thursday sessions from 7-9 p.m.:

  • February 13, 20, 27
  • March 6, 13, 20, 27
  • April 3, 10, 17

Instructor: Bruna Furgiuele

  • $205 for Casa members who need to purchase a textbook
  • $150 for members who already purchased a textbook
  • $215 for non-members who need to purchase a book
  • $160 for non-members who have already purchased a textbook

Located in the Golisano Academic Center (GAC), room 131.

Il circolo

Surround yourself in the warmth and splendor of Italy by joining our Circolo (circle) of friends for an interesting, stimulating and fun approach to learning about the Italian language and culture. Through discussions, readings, music, slides, film, and more, you will immerse yourself in the finest that Italy has to offer while making new friends who share your passion for things Italian. You will work on your conversation skills while improving language basics and learning expressions that are used in Italy. Our Circolo is perfect for those who want to connect with their Italian American heritage as well as for those who are preparing for or returning from a trip to Italy and want to share their experiences with others. A basic understanding of Italian is needed.

8 Wednesday sessions, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.:

  • March 5, 12, 19, 26
  • April 2, 9, 16, 23

Instructor: Silvia Sgariglia

  • $85 for Casa members
  • $95 for non-members

Located in Casa Italiana LeChase Lounge.

La cucina italiana

Italy is considered one of the culinary capitals of the world. Each of its great cities exhibits its own identity and its own exciting and colorful cuisine. In this class, Bernardina Masci, a professional cook and native Italian, will prepare for you some of the regional cuisine that has made the Italian kitchen justly famous. Sample and learn how to make traditional homemade recipes as you would in an Italian home. The splendor of Italy and the wonders of its kitchen await you. Buon Appetito!

8 Thursday sessions, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.:

  • March 20, 27
  • April 3, 10, 17, 24
  • May 1, 8

Instructor: Bernardina Masci

  • $145 for Casa members
  • $155 for non-members

Located in Casa Italiana LeChase Lounge.

Children's Classes

Musica Maestro!
Ages infant to 4 years, with parent (or other adult)

Italian music activities are presented to multi-age groups of children because this fosters natural, family-style learning. The young students in this course learn to understand the meaning of words, simple phrases, and sentences. Each child participates at his or her own level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, watching, or exploring musical instruments.

Six Saturday sessions, 9:30–10:15 a.m.

  • March 22–April 26
  • Casa Italiana LeChase Lounge
  • Instructor: Dr. Stella Plutino-Calabrese
  • $60 for Casa members; $80 for non-members
    (Casa members may register a second child for $50)

La scuola italiana (Italian school)

The Scuola offers age appropriate curriculum and activities. These classes will provide opportunities for beginners to advanced beginners using authentic Italian school textbooks. This engaging program focuses on Italian language, traditional children's music, and games. The Scuola will also include hands-on learning activities, watching video clips, role playing, and projects. Students will be required to bring a 2" binder; all other class supplies and snacks will be provided.

Level I
Ages five to seven

Eight Saturday sessions, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

  • February 22 - Carnevale with Elisabetta e Irene
    March 1 - Elisabetta
    March 15 - Irene
    March 22 - Irene
    March 29 - Irene
    April 5 - Elisabetta
    April 12 - Elisabetta
    April 19
  • Casa Italiana LeChase Lounge
  • Instructors: Elisabetta D'Amanda and Irene Forgensi Hammons
  • $125 for Casa members; $155 for non-members
    (Casa members may register a second child for $100)
  • Textbook will be provided with an additional fee
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