May 2, 2013 · 7:15 PM
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This may be the most fun you’ve ever had learning a language. The idea is to create a fun, social environment while you’re learning to speak Italian at the same time. Each lesson will focus on specific grammar topics and expressions that will be explained and then we’ll move on to using them while we interact with various activities like dialogues, games, charades, songs, etc. The evening is designed to get you speaking at the first lesson. This will be a beginner level group, and it’s the right level for you if you don’t speak any Italian yet, or if you already have some of the basics and you feel you need to practice. With languages, if you don’t use it, you lose it!
We’ll continue with weekly lessons on Thursday evenings for 8 weeks. If you can join us every week, that would be great, but if you can only come to one of the lessons that would be great as well. Since the lessons are designed in a way that grammar topics/expressions are explained at the beginning of the evening, you will have a foundation for what we’re going to work on that evening (even if you have never spoken Italian before).
Food and Drink
Wine and a variety of teas will be provided, along with appetizers and/or desserts.
$25 per person each lesson, which is a great deal for this type of lesson with a professional teacher. This goes to pay the teacher, cover materials for the lesson, and pay for the food and drink for the evening.
It would be a good idea to bring a notebook to take some notes, but aside from that, you don’t need to bring anything. Handouts will be provided, as well as food and drink. So just bring yourself and be prepared to have a fun evening!
About the Teacher
I will be the teacher for the Italian lessons. My job in the real world is teaching people to speak another language. I currently teach at a local college, and also grade language proficiency tests. I’ve been teaching English for about 14 years and have taught people from all over the world, including teaching English to Italians while living in Italy for 7 years. This gave me an interesting perspective on the differences between the two languages. I’ve taught all levels from children to adults, beginner to advanced speakers. My background in ESL (English as a Second Language), and teaching children has influenced the way I like to teach. I like it to be fun! Most ESL classes put more emphasis on experiential learning rather than grammar/book learning, even though I’m something of a grammar queen and can explain it to you in a simple way without using a book. This is the way I like to learn a language, and this is the method I will be using in these Italian lessons.
Street parking available. Do not cancel the day of the event. If you are signed up the morning of the event, you are expected to show up. If you cancel the day of the event, that will count as a No-Show, and you will still be expected to pay for the event.