Dates: Classes start the week of September 12, 2022
The Italian Association of Arizona is pleased to offer Italian language classes to the community. We offer courses in Fall, Winter, and Spring. All courses are 10-week long, and each class is 1.5 hours, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. To foster cultural-linguistic competency, we meet periodically in person; we announce the time and place during the class session. The classes meet online via Zoom.
All classes aim to promote an adequate understanding and practice of the Italian language vocabulary, sentence structures, and culture. Class work is collaborative, tasks are communicative in the target language, and we utilize audio and video resources to illustrate, practice, and learn new material. After each class, the instructor may assign homework. Consistent homework completion is key to retaining the information and ensuring smooth learning growth. Getting together to practice with classmates outside the class is strongly encouraged!
- LEVEL I – This class is for students with little or basic knowledge of Italian.
- LEVEL II – This class is for students with a beginning knowledge of Italian and those continuing Level I.
- LEVEL III – This class is for students with a solid beginning knowledge of Italian and those continuing Level II.
- LEVEL IV – This class is for students continuing Level III.
- INTERMEDIATE I – This class is for students with a strong knowledge of Italian and those continuing Level IV.
- INTERMEDIATE II – This class is for students continuing Intermediate I.
- ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP EXAM – For those interested in the Italian citizenship exam, we offer preparation support. Please note that previous knowledge of intermediate-level Italian is recommended. For inquiry, email info@Italiassociation.org
Here are a few words about me.
I grew up bilingual in Tirana, the capital of Albania. My family spoke an ancient Italian dialect, close to vulgar Latin. I started learning modern Italian in early childhood and later moved to Italy, where I lived and worked for ten years. During this time, I enjoyed the beauty of Italy, its remarkable history, culture, and philosophy of life. I maintain frequent contact with friends and family in Italy and follow up on current events.
I hold a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Technology from Ira Fulton School of Engineering – Arizona State University. I have taught Italian in higher education for more than ten years, in-person and online.
I have collaborated with the Italian association since Spring 2021 and am excited to work with you on this cultural endeavor!
I was born and grew up in the beautiful region of Abruzzo in central Italy, surrounded by the Apennine mountains and dreaming of the world.
I hold an M.A. in Foreign Language Pedagogy from the University of Venice and an M.A. in Foreign Languages and Cultures from the University of L’Aquila.
I have taught Italian in higher education since 2001. I am a contributing author of first and second-year Italian textbooks and have led study abroad programs in Italy. In collaboration with the Italian Association of Arizona, in the summer of 2020, we started the Italian classes live, via Zoom, with the intent to offer an outlet for the mind and the soul. Our classes have grown, and we are thrilled!
I am excited to work with you and guide you on the fantastic journey of learning Italian!
Even though we are in our private space at home, please remember that our class in Zoom is a learning environment that must be conducive to learning and free from noise and other distractions.
Below are simple, practical suggestions, but often a reminder is helpful.
- Your attire must be appropriate
- Your cell phone silenced
- You must behave as if you were in a classroom
- Drinking water is permissible; eating is not (preferable no alcohol consumption during classes)
- We may record the conversations for purposes of course improvement
Students are responsible for ensuring that they have reliable technology
- Your internet connection must be reliable. Here are some hints to improve your internet speed.
- Your webcam and microphone must be in good working order so that your audio and video can come through clearly for your classmates and the instructor.
- During a class meeting, the instructor shares material on the screen. We recommend using a big screen and a headset and avoiding using smartphones.
- For more specific details on System requirements for Windows, macOS, and Linux, use this link: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-Mac-and-Linux#bandwidth
All communication from and to the instructor is via email, provided at the enrollment time. Please, put in the subject line your course level.
Missing Class Support
Consistent attendance and participation are essential to progress in your journey to learning Italian. If you missed or planned to miss a class, contact your instructor ASAP and ask for a summary of what happened during the missed session. Upon request, the instructor provides summary video/audio/pdf materials, as applicable. Your instructor might be available for a brief one-on-one session if necessary and requested
To improve your communicative skills, we recommend getting in touch with your classmates to practice speaking.
The content shared by the instructor is for the benefit of the registered students only and not to be shared outside of the class. The instructor reserves the right to change the course program as deemed necessary. The instructor notifies you promptly of any changes via email.
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Completing our courses allows students to develop communicative skills to reach the following levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Global-scale:
For more information about the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Global-scale email info@Italiassociation.org