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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 2015/16 ALL ITALIAN LESSONS WILL BE OFFERED ON SATURDAY MORNING. BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS IN LEVEL A, B, C WILL HAVE CLASSES FROM 10:15 - 11:15 AM IN ROOM #500, 501, 502 RESPECTIVELY.
Fall semester 2015 (12 weeks): September 12 - December 12, 2015; no classes on Saturday October 17 (Education Minnesota Conference) and Saturday November 28 (Thanksgiving). Christmas party (festa di Natale) will take place on the last lesson of December 12 in room 502.
Spring semester 2016 (12 weeks): January 23 - April 30, 2016; No classes on Saturday February 13 (Presidents' Day), Saturday March 19 (spring break begins) and Saturday March 26 (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
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 Youth School blog by 7:30 AM http://www.theitalianculturalcenter.org/YLSblog
ICC members are invited to borrow materials from the children's resource center.
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Listing of beginner/intermediate courses: