The beginner/intermediate track is designed for children with little to no experience with the Italian language. The 60 minute weekly lessons are conducted in Italian by university-educated instructors with native or native-like fluency and emphasize the gradual acquisition of basic reading, writing and grammar skills as students advance through the four levels. Students may enter the curriculum at any point. Please contact the Youth language school curriculum coordinator, Anna Maria Jaker, with questions regarding curriculum and/or placement.
Parent volunteers organize informal opportunities for students and their parents to meet and interact with other families in more casual social settings. Previous outings have included a trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, sledding and an authentic Italian winter meal at Powderhorn Park, a trip to the Caponi Art Park and Learning Center and making pizzas as guests of the Uptown Punch Pizza.
FOR THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR 2013/14 ALL ITALIAN LESSONS WILL BE OFFERED ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON, AND NO LONGER ON SATURDAY MORNING. BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS IN LEVEL A, B, C WILL HAVE CLASSES FROM 2:00 - 3:00 PM IN ROOM 500, 501, 502 RESPECTIVELY.
Fall semester 2013 (12 weeks): September 15 - December 15, 2013; no classes on Sunday October 20 (Education Minnesota Conference) and Sunday December 1st (Thanksgiving). Christmas party (festa di Natale) will take place on the last lesson of December 15 in room 502.
Spring semester 2014 (12 weeks): January 26 - May 11, 2014; no classes on Sunday February 16 (Presidents' Day), Sunday March 16 (Carnevale), and from Sunday April 13 (SPRING BREAK) to Sunday April 20 (Easter).
Students will receive a full tuition refund prior to the start of the first lesson in the semester, minus a $5 registration fee. Students can withdraw from the course prior to the second week of class, however an administrative fee of $25 will be retained. No refunds will be issued after the second week of class.
Class cancellations resulting from bad weather will be posted on the Coordinator blog by 8:30 AM. A make-up opportunity will be offered.
ICC members are invited to borrow materials from the children's resource center.
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Listing of beginner/intermediate courses:
Beginner/intermediate A: 3-5 years
Beginner/intermediate B: 6-9 years
Beginner/intermediate C: 10-13 years
Beginner/intermediate D: 14-18 years