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Beginner/Intermediate Track

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 three levels. Students may enter the curriculum at any point. Please contact the Youth Language School director, Luisa Narducci O' Gara, luisaogara@hotmail.com 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 ACADEMIC YEAR 2016/17  Italian classes will be offered for beginner/intermediate level on SATURDAY MORNING from 10:15 to 11:15

NEW CLASSES ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON! The ICC Youth Language Program is excited to announce new additional classes on SUNDAY AFTERNOON!  Starting January 22,2017 Beginners (ages 11-17) from 2 to 3PM and Beginners (ages 7-10) from 3:10 to 4:10PM

This will be the ideal environment to learn Italian language and culture. Classes need to be a minimum of 4 students to a maximum 10 to ensure individual attention, while  still offering social and practical interaction among the students.

The ICC requires a minimum of 4 students in any group class.  When enrollment drops below this number, the families will be offered the option of remitting a tuition supplement.  If all involved families agree to the supplement, the class can materialize.


Fall semester 2016 (12 weeks): September 17 - December 17, 2016; no classes on Saturday October 22 (Education Minnesota Conference) and Saturday November 26 (Thanksgiving). Christmas party (Festa di Natale) will take place on the last lesson of December 17 in room 502.

Winter/Spring semester 2017 (12 weeks): January 21 - April 29, 2017; No classes on Saturday February 18 (Presidents' Day),  Saturday March 25 (Spring Break) and Saturday April 15 (Easter).

Membership The ICC has adopted a policy requiring membership for all language classes. Membership allows lower rates on classes than previously charged for non-member registration. Plus, membership includes discounts on other classes and events, as well as other benefits. Family membership is recommended, which covers parents and children. However, it is possible to purchase an individual membership for a child. Follow this link to became a member http://www.theitalianculturalcenter.org/jointoday

Refund Policy
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.

Weather Policy
Class cancellations resulting from bad weather will be posted on the Youth School blog by 7:30 AM http://www.theitalianculturalcenter.org/YLSblog

Resource Center
ICC members are invited to borrow materials from the children's resource center.

For information on events for children click here.


  Beginner/intermediate courses
:  Scroll down to Upcoming Events

 






Upcoming events

    • 21 Jan 2017
    • 10:15 AM
    • 29 Apr 2017
    • 11:15 AM
    • ICC room 500
    • 2

     A 60 minute immersion lesson followed by a communal snack for children pre-school to Kindergarten and early elementary. Students will prepare for reading and writing: they will become familiar with the sounds of the Italian alphabet, vowels and syllables; they will develop vocabulary and oral communication skills through interactive songs, stories, games and imaginative play; they will gradually write letters and short words.

    Students will use the AMBARABA Student book 1.  The book can be purchased by parents before the first day of class using the CODE ALM717

    No classes on Saturday February 18(Presidents' Day);  Saturday March 25 (spring Break);Saturday April 15th (Easter)

    Spring Party on last day of school Saturday April 29

    Important Message:

    Membership:  Committee of the ICC has adopted a policy requiring membership for all language classes. Membership allows lower rates on classes than previously charged for non-member registration. Plus, membership includes discounts on other classes and events, as well as other benefits. Family membership is recommended, which covers parents and children. However, it is possible to purchase an individual membership for a child. Follow this link to became a member http://www.theitalianculturalcenter.org/jointoday

    NOTE: HOW TO REGISTER MORE THAN ONE CHILD FOR THIS CLASS
    Please register the first child, click on "pay online", the PayPal window will open, click on "Cancel and return to the Italian Cultural Center", once back on the ICC website click on the "new registration" button on the bottom right corner, register the second child and click on "Pay Online", this should allow you to make one single payment for both registrations. For any additional child that needs to be registered in another class, please start a new registration and make a separate payment

     

    • 21 Jan 2017
    • 10:15 AM
    • 29 Apr 2017
    • 11:15 AM
    • ICC room 501
    • 6

     A 60 minute immersion lesson for elementary grades kids. Students will be introduced to Italian through reading writing and games. They will become familiar with the sounds of the Italian alphabet, vowels and syllables, articles and basics grammar elements. They will develop reading and oral comprehension by connecting readings with illustrations from the textbook and will gradually write short sentences. Also, the students will explore Italian geography and traditions, guided by native Italian instructors. NOTE: this class is targeted for students that have already some experience with the Italian language and/or for students who have previously attended one or more Italian classes.


     Students will use AMBARABA Student book 2/Audio CD set and a series of workbooks developed by Anna Maria Jaker for the course of the two to three year cycle. The book must be purchased by parents before the first day of class using the CODE ALM272


    No
    classes on Saturday, February 18 ((Presidents 'Day); Saturday March 25 (Spring Break); Saturday April 15 (Easter)

    Important Message:

    Membership:  Committee of the ICC has adopted a policy requiring membership for all language classes. Membership allows lower rates on classes than previously charged for non-member registration. Plus, membership includes discounts on other classes and events, as well as other benefits. Family membership is recommended, which covers parents and children. However, it is possible to purchase an individual membership for a child. Follow this link to became a member http://www.theitalianculturalcenter.org/jointoday

    NOTE: HOW TO REGISTER MORE THAN ONE CHILD FOR THIS CLASS

    Please register the first child, click on "pay online", the PayPal window will open, click on "Cancel and return to the Italian Cultural Center", once back on the ICC website click on the "new registration" button on the bottom right corner, register the second child and click on "Pay Online", this should allow you to make one single payment for both registrations. For any additional child that needs to be registered in another class, please start a new registration and make a separate payment

    • 21 Jan 2017
    • 10:15 AM
    • 29 Apr 2017
    • 11:15 PM
    • ICC room 502
    • 10

     A 60 minute immersion lesson followed by a school snack for children middle to junior high school and also high school. Students will read Italian texts correctly and apply basic rules of grammar when writing sentences or paragraphs. Special attention will be devoted to verbal forms (indicativo futuro, imperfetto e passato prossimo). A wide variety of topics and cultural elements will guide the students to practice and refine their oral and written communication skills. 

    This class use In bocca al lupo, ragazzi! Level 1 textbook and CD audio

    To purchase the book visit http://www.applauselearning.com/searchprods.asp  code ALM743 . Or call 1-800-277-5287

     

            
    No classes on Saturday February 18(Presidents' Day);  Saturday March 25 (spring Break);Saturday April 15th (Easter) 
       
    Spring Party on last day of school Saturday April 29 

    Important Message:

    Membership: Committee of the ICC has adopted a policy requiring membership for all language classes. Membership allows lower rates on classes than previously charged for non-member registration. Plus, membership includes discounts on other classes and events, as well as other benefits. Family membership is recommended, which covers parents and children. However, it is possible to purchase an individual membership for a child. Follow this link to became a member http://www.theitalianculturalcenter.org/jointoday

    NOTE: HOW TO REGISTER MORE THAN ONE CHILD FOR THIS CLASS
    Please register the first child, click on "pay online", the PayPal window will open, click on "Cancel and return to the Italian Cultural Center", once back on the ICC website click on the "new registration" button on the bottom right corner, register the second child and click on "Pay Online", this should allow you to make one single payment for both registrations. For any additional child that needs to be registered in another class, please start a new registration and make a separate payment

                
    • 22 Jan 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • 30 Apr 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • ICC room 502
    • 6

     A 60 minute immersion lesson for children middle to junior high school and also high school. Students will read Italian texts correctly and apply basic rules of grammar when writing sentences or paragraphs. Special attention will be devoted to verbal forms (indicativo presente, futuro, imperfetto e passato prossimo). A wide variety of topics and cultural elements will guide the students to practice and refine their oral and written communication skills. 

    This class use In bocca al lupo, ragazzi! Level 1 textbook and CD audio

    To purchase the book visit http://www.applauselearning.com/searchprods.asp  code ALM743  or call 1-800-277-5287

     

            
    No classes on Sunday February 19(Presidents' Day);  Sunday March 26 (spring Break);Sunday April 16th (Easter) 
            
      
       
    Important Message:

    Membership: Committee of the ICC has adopted a policy requiring membership for all language classes. Membership allows lower rates on classes than previously charged for non-member registration. Plus, membership includes discounts on other classes and events, as well as other benefits. Family membership is recommended, which covers parents and children. However, it is possible to purchase an individual membership for a child. Follow this link to became a member http://www.theitalianculturalcenter.org/jointoday

    NOTE: HOW TO REGISTER MORE THAN ONE CHILD FOR THIS CLASS
    Please register the first child, click on "pay online", the PayPal window will open, click on "Cancel and return to the Italian Cultural Center", once back on the ICC website click on the "new registration" button on the bottom right corner, register the second child and click on "Pay Online", this should allow you to make one single payment for both registrations. For any additional child that needs to be registered in another class, please start a new registration and make a separate payment

                
    • 22 Jan 2017
    • 3:10 PM
    • 29 Apr 2017
    • 4:10 PM
    • ICC room 501
    • 6

     A 60 minute immersion lesson for children pre-school to Kindergarten and early elementary. Students will prepare for reading and writing: they will become familiar with the sounds of the Italian alphabet, vowels and syllables; they will develop vocabulary and oral communication skills through interactive songs, stories, games and imaginative play; they will gradually write letters and short words.

    Students will use the AMBARABA Student book 1.  The book can be purchased by parents before the first day of class using the CODE ALM717

    No classes on Saturday February 18(Presidents' Day);  Saturday March 25 (spring Break);Saturday April 15th (Easter)

    Spring Party on last day of school Saturday April 29

    Important Message:

    Membership:  Committee of the ICC has adopted a policy requiring membership for all language classes. Membership allows lower rates on classes than previously charged for non-member registration. Plus, membership includes discounts on other classes and events, as well as other benefits. Family membership is recommended, which covers parents and children. However, it is possible to purchase an individual membership for a child. Follow this link to became a member http://www.theitalianculturalcenter.org/jointoday

    NOTE: HOW TO REGISTER MORE THAN ONE CHILD FOR THIS CLASS
    Please register the first child, click on "pay online", the PayPal window will open, click on "Cancel and return to the Italian Cultural Center", once back on the ICC website click on the "new registration" button on the bottom right corner, register the second child and click on "Pay Online", this should allow you to make one single payment for both registrations. For any additional child that needs to be registered in another class, please start a new registration and make a separate payment

     

Past events

23 Jan 2016 CS16 Beginner/intermediate C 11-17 years
23 Jan 2016 CS16 Beginner/intermediate B 7-10 years
23 Jan 2016 CS16 Beginner/intermediate A 3-6 years
11 Oct 2015 CE15 - Piccoli Pizzaioli series: Panzerotti class for children
12 Sep 2015 CF15 Beginner/intermediate A: 3-6 years
12 Sep 2015 CF15 Beginner/intermediate B: 7-10 years
12 Sep 2015 CF15 Beginner/intermediate C: 11-17 years
10 Aug 2015 Youth School Summer Camp
14 Mar 2015 CE15 SOLD OUT! I piccoli pizzaioli – a pizza making class for children
07 Feb 2015 Sold Out! I piccoli pizzaioli – a pizza making class for children
25 Jan 2015 CS15 Beginner/intermediate D: 14-18 years
25 Jan 2015 CS15 Beginner/intermediate C: 10-13 years
25 Jan 2015 CS15 Beginner/intermediate B: 6-9 years
25 Jan 2015 CS15 Beginner/intermediate A: 3-5 years
14 Sep 2014 CF14 Beginner/intermediate A: 3-5 years
14 Sep 2014 CF14 Beginner/intermediate B: 6-9 years
14 Sep 2014 CF14 Beginner/intermediate C: 10-13 years
14 Sep 2014 CF14 Beginner/intermediate D: 14-18 years
26 Jan 2014 CS14 Beginner/intermediate A: 3-5 years
26 Jan 2014 CS14 Beginner/intermediate B: 6-9 years
26 Jan 2014 CS14 Beginner/intermediate C: 10-13 years
26 Jan 2014 CS14 Beginner/intermediate D: 14-18 years
15 Sep 2013 CF13 Beginner/intermediate D: 14-18 years
15 Sep 2013 CF13 Beginner/intermediate C: 10-13 years
15 Sep 2013 CF13 Beginner/intermediate B: 6-9 years
15 Sep 2013 CF13 Beginner/intermediate A: 3-5 years
26 Jan 2013 CS13 Beginner/intermediate D: 14-18 years
26 Jan 2013 CS13 Beginner/intermediate C: 10-13 years
26 Jan 2013 CS13 Beginner/intermediate B: 6-9 years
26 Jan 2013 CS13 Beginner/intermediate A: 3-5 years
25 Jan 2013 Pinocchio (World premiere)
15 Sep 2012 CF12 Beginner/intermediate D: 14-18 years
15 Sep 2012 CF12 Beginner/intermediate C: 9-13 years
15 Sep 2012 CF12 Beginner/intermediate B: 6-9 years
15 Sep 2012 CF12 Beginner/intermediate A: 3-5 years
28 Jan 2012 CS12 Beginner/intermediate C: 9-13 years
28 Jan 2012 CS12 Beginner/intermediate D: 14-18 years
28 Jan 2012 CS12 Beginner/intermediate B: 6-9 years
28 Jan 2012 CS12 Beginner/intermediate A: 3-5 years
10 Sep 2011 CF11 Beginner/intermediate D: 14-18 years
10 Sep 2011 CF11 Beginner/intermediate C: 9-13 years
10 Sep 2011 CF11 Beginner/intermediate B: 6-9 years
10 Sep 2011 CF11 Beginner/intermediate A: 3-5 years
10 Apr 2011 CS Beginner/intermediate C: 9-13 years SUNDAY
10 Apr 2011 CS Beginner/intermediate B: 6-9 years SUNDAY
10 Apr 2011 CS Beginner/intermediate A: 3-6 years SUNDAY
09 Apr 2011 CS Beginner/intermediate D: 14-18 years
09 Apr 2011 CS Beginner/intermediate C: 9-13 years
09 Apr 2011 CS Beginner/intermediate B: 6-9 years
09 Apr 2011 CS Beginner/intermediate A: 3-6 years
16 Jan 2011 Beginner/intermediate C: 9-13 years SUNDAY
16 Jan 2011 Beginner/intermediate B: 6-9 years SUNDAY
16 Jan 2011 Beginner/intermediate A: 3-6 years SUNDAY
15 Jan 2011 Beginner/intermediate D: 14-18 years
15 Jan 2011 Beginner/intermediate A: 3-6 years
15 Jan 2011 Beginner/intermediate B: 6-9 years
15 Jan 2011 Beginner/intermediate C: 9-13 years
25 Sep 2010 Beginner/intermediate D: 14-18 years
25 Sep 2010 Beginner/intermediate C: 9-13 years
25 Sep 2010 Beginner/intermediate B: 6-9 years
25 Sep 2010 Beginner/intermediate A: 3-6 years
11 Apr 2010 Beginner/intermediate B: 4-6 years (Sunday section)
10 Apr 2010 Beginner/intermediate D: 11-17 years
10 Apr 2010 Beginner/intermediate C: 7-10 years
10 Apr 2010 Beginner/intermediate A: 4-6 years (Saturday section)
16 Jan 2010 Beginner/intermediate B: 7-10 years
16 Jan 2010 Beginner/intermediate C: 11-17 years
16 Jan 2010 Beginner/intermediate A: 4-6 years
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