percorsoItaliano periodically publishes a program of small classes with scheduled days and times for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. Our three main terms are fall (September/October-December), winter (January-March), and spring (April-June). During these sessions, we offer 5- and 9-week classes for all levels.In the summer, we typically offer Conversation and Review classes.
Classes are held in Seattle in a cozy, contemporary setting in Laurelhurst, near University Village. Classes are small and lively; in addition to textbooks, we use our own materials and incorporate conversation into the curriculum. Classes are taught primarily to adults of all ages from diverse backgrounds—artists, musicians, actors, writers, editors, physicians, lawyers, engineers, cooks, college students, and retirees. Classes are also taught to high school and college students. Italian coffee and tea are served at every session.
in the sUMMER
We are pleased to announce our summer program, il GIRO D’ITALIA, starting on July 16. The classes will be a series of two to three week mini-workshops and/or one-day culture and cooking workshops.
During the summer at percorsoItaliano we will take a break from our regularly scheduled classes. With GIRO D’ITALIA, students will take a cultural journey passing through regions and cities of Italy. We will explore culture, history, art, cuisine and music, all without a bicycle! In these interactive mini-workshops, students will be exposed to videos, readings, audios and cultural information to practice conversation, comprehension and vocabulary, while learning something new about il BEL PAESE.
View our complete listing of classes of our future schedule (Summer 2019) at a glance below:
ABSOLUTE BEGINNER - LOW INTERMEDIATE CLASSES:
Our FIRST STEPS series, PRIMI PASSI CON L'ITALIANO, is a great way to start your Italian journey. It can be intimidating to start a new language, so we try to make students feel comfortable from the moment they walk in the door.
Because class sizes are small and interactive, students have the chance to ask questions, go over homework, be involved in their learning experience, and foster camaraderie. There are a total of 9 First Steps levels that provide you with a solid foundation and show you how much fun learning a new language can be. We emphasize the importance of immersion and comprehension from the beginning, so starting from the first class of First Steps 1, you will be spoken to in nearly all Italian. Students who come out of the First Steps series can hold their own.
Our Intermediate Italian series transitions you from a First Steps student to an intermediate one. Students will practice grammar in a conversational setting via a study of different cultural readings. Colloquial phrases and idiomatic expressions will be taught. This is an ideal class for students who have already completed the First Steps series or for those who have a solid understanding and command of the language but want to review grammar concepts in depth.
Let's take a trip with the tenses with TRAVELING WITH VERBS! During this ten-week class, students will engage in spoken and written activities using mainly the past simple and past perfect simple of the verbi regolari e irregolari, verbi riflessivi, verbi modali (potere, dovere, volere). During this ten-week class, students will learn to coordinate the various tenses, chatting, reading and writing about personal experiences.
At this stage, we offer higher-level classes for students to engage on various topics and continue to learn:
In the ADVANCED series, students will develop their Italian conversation skills, enrich their vocabulary, and get a deeper knowledge of Italy and its culture through readings, videos, and short film clips from recent Italian movies. During this 10-week session, we will engage in activities that stimulate observation, reflection, and comprehension, progressively improving grammar and language skills through exercises, group activities and discussion. Students will gradually learn vocabulary and use it repetitively through various creative exercises.
In our NEWS AND FUN FACTS class, students converse in Italian for pleasure while learning more about the diversity of Italy and what it is to be Italian. Students will be exposed to a more communicative approach to Italian (with less focus on grammar).
In this interactive class, brief up-to-date articles and audio will be presented to stimulate conversation. Students will explore contemporary life in Italy through various topics—the arts, travel, cinema, sport, cuisine, and pop culture. The audio recordings allow students to improve comprehension as well as increase their exposure to different native Italian accents. The grammar will be explained through various exercises as students cover the material.
In our ITALIAN THROUGH FILM class, students will explore different levels of conversation and comprehension through film. In addition to viewing various sequences of recently released Italian films, students will complete comprehension exercises, grammar activities, and vocabulary builders to increase their knowledge of the language. Different aspects of Italian history and culture will be explored. This class is ideal for students who have completed the study of Italian grammar and want to increase their knowledge of speaking, reading, writing, and comprehending the language.
CONVERSATION CLASSES (FROM HIGH BEGINNER TO ADVANCED)
Keep up your Italian by enrolling in this interactive conversation class that takes a more communicative approach to Italian (with less focus on grammar). Students will have the opportunity to practice reading, comprehension, listening, and speaking. We will explore Italian culture by reading a short story/article and listening to accompanying audio clips.