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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 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 2014/15 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 2014 (12 weeks): September 14 - December 14, 2014; no classes on Sunday October 19 (Education Minnesota Conference) and Sunday November 30 (Thanksgiving). Christmas party (festa di Natale) will take place on the last lesson of December 14 in room 502.

Spring semester 2015 (12 weeks): January 25 - May 3, 2015; no classes on Sunday February 15 (Presidents' Day), and from Sunday March 29 to Easter Sunday April 5 (SPRING BREAK).

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 Coordinator blog by 8:30 AM.  A make-up opportunity will be offered.

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

For information on events for children click here.


Listing of beginner/intermediate courses
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Beginner/intermediate A: 3-5 years

Beginner/intermediate B: 6-9 years

Beginner/intermediate C: 10-13 years

Beginner/intermediate D: 14-18 years


Upcoming events

    • 14 Sep 2014
    • 2:00 PM
    • 14 Dec 2014
    • 3:00 PM
    • Room 502
    • 10
    A 60 minute immersion lesson followed by a school wide snack for junior high to high school youth. Students will continue to expand their vocabulary, refine their oral communication skills, and make correct use of grammar rules in their free writing. They will practice the proper use of conditional tenses. Lesson topics will include Italian literature and a wide variety of cultural elements. The students will use the textbook Espresso 1 written in Italian, plus grammar materials derived from Espresso Grammatica and other ICC resources. The Espresso 1 can be ordered from the applauselearning.com website. 

    No classes on:
    Sunday October 19 (MN Education Conference) and Sunday November 30 (Thanksgiving).

    • 14 Sep 2014
    • 2:00 PM
    • 14 Dec 2014
    • 3:00 PM
    • Room 502
    • 10
    A 60 minute immersion lesson followed by a school wide snack for children late elementary to junior 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. 

    The students will use the textbook Espresso 1 written in Italian, plus grammar materials derived from Espresso Grammatica, and other ICC resources. Espresso 1 can be ordered through the applauselearning.com web site.

    No classes on:
    Sunday October 19 (MN Education Conference) and Sunday November 30 (Thanksgiving).

    Please note that if you are registering for more than one class/child, you must go through the registration process separately for each class/child.

    • 14 Sep 2014
    • 2:00 PM
    • 14 Dec 2014
    • 3:00 PM
    • Room 501
    • 9
    A 60 minute immersion lesson followed by a communal snack for children early to mid elementary school level. Students will learn to read and write the special sounds of the Italian language (digrammi), and use correctly some basic elements of grammar (articolo, nomi, pronomi, presente indicativo). They will develop good reading and writing skills, from single words to small sentences. They will expand vocabulary and oral communication skills through interactive songs, stories, games and imaginative play. The Italian cultural aspects will be presented in greater detail throughout the curriculum. 

    Students will use the Raccontami 2 textbook to expand their vocabulary and learn basic rules of grammar, plus a series of booklets developed by Anna Maria Jaker to practice together in class the use of special sounds and parts of speech. The textbook should be purchased by parents before the first day of class. Used books may be sold and/or purchased through the ICC forum.

    No classes on:
    Sunday October 19 (MN Education Conference) and Sunday November 30 (Thanksgiving). 

    Please note that if you are registering for more than one class/child, you must go through the registration process separately for each class/child.

    • 14 Sep 2014
    • 2:00 PM
    • 14 Dec 2014
    • 3:00 PM
    • Room 500
    • 8

    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 "Raccontami 1" textbook and a series of workbooks developed by Anna Maria Jaker for the course of the two to three year cycle. The workbooks are included in the tuition, but the textbook should be purchased by parents before the first day of class. Used books may be sold and/or purchased through the ICC forum.

    No
    classes on Sunday October 19 (MN Education Conference) and Sunday November 30 (Thanksgiving). 

Past events

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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