Adult Italian Classes

Classes for Adults
At La Piazza di Carolina we offer a variety of classes. Descriptions of our adult classes are below.
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classes_banner1-300x220All group classes are 75 minutes, and run 10 weeks. Tuition $350, check for dates and times or
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Adult Beginner Italian
A 90 minute lesson for students with no knowledge of Italian. This class uses the text, Prego! 8th edition, available in our on-line store. Other materials are supplemented to enhance the course. We cover introductions, Italian alphabet and pronunciation, present tense of verbs essere and avere, days of the week, months, asking for directions, telling time, present tense of the regular tenses plus the verb andare. Students will be able to start having conversations. English is allowed for the first three lessons, after which the course is conducted in Italian and the students are expected to stay in the target language. This full immersion method provides the best possible environment for acquiring a foreign language.
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Elementary Review
A 90 minute lesson for students with previous knowledge of Italian who would like a refresher course. This class uses the text, Prego! 8th edition, available in our . Other materials are supplemented to enhance the course. Topics covered are present, present perfect, imperfect, future tenses, reflexive verbs, direct and indirect pronouns and the verb piacere. A communicative approach to teaching is utilized to get the student communicating while mastering the language. Supplemental materials such as CD’s DVD’s and cultural readings are used to enhance the learning experience. This course in conducted in Italian with some minimal use of English. The students are strongly encouraged to stay in the target language. A full immersion method provides the best possible environment for acquiring a foreign language.
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Elementary Conversation
A 90 minute lesson for students who have studies Italian and are overwhelmed with grammar. They will be able to practice what they have learned already by preparing at home and discussing a new topic each week in class. *Requirements: knowledge of verbs in the present, past perfect, imperfect, future and reflexive verbs. 5 weeks $200
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Adult Intermediate
A 90 minute lesson for students who have some Italian knowledge and would like to deepen their grammar skills. This class uses text Prego! 8th edition. Other materials are supplemented to enhance the course. This course focuses on amplification of vocabulary through readings and conversation, and more advanced grammatical structures such as double pronouns and the conditional tense. The course is conducted entirely in Italian and students are expected to stay in the target language.
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Intermediate Review
A 90 minute lesson for students who already have a deep understanding of the Italian grammar and would like a refresher course. We will cover double pronouns, the conditional, imperative and the subjunctive tenses. This course is conducted entirely in Italian and students are expected to stay in the target language.

Intermediate Conversation
A 90 minute lesson for students who have studies all the major aspects of Italian grammar and would like to practice only their conversation skills. Each week we will discuss current events, movies, cultural and interesting topics.
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A 90 minute lesson for students who speak Italian and would like to improve their vocabulary, pronunciation and conversation skills. Newspaper/blog articles and short stories will be read and discussed in class. This course is conducted entirely in Italian and students are expected to stay in the target language.
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Caffe’ e Conversazioni
Practice your Italian in a relaxing, mid-morning gathering. Over caffe’ americano, or espresso italiano, each session will focus on a cultural or linguistic topic. Participants will be encouraged to join in at their own pace. Grammar topics will be addressed as needed. The gatherings will be lively, non-intimidating, and participatory.

All levels are welcome. No texts needed, but a notebook is helpful. Supplemental materials may be distributed. 5 weeks $200
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Adult Privates
These one-hour sessions are catered to the individual’s level and goals. Materials are selected after consulting with the student. $65/hr at the school, $75/hr in your home or office.
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Travelers Italian
This 4 session course is geared towards those traveling to Italy in the near future. It teaches essential words and phrases for traveling, shopping, and eating in Italy. $150.
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Business Italian Workshop
This 3 hour course is mainly held in English concentrating on business etiquette and Italian customs. Key phrases and communication in Italian will be reviewed. $75
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Family Lessons
Are you and your family planning a trip to Italy? Want to educate your children on Italy before they go? La Piazza di Carolina will customize a series of lessons for you and your family to help you prepare your travels to Italy. We will teach you and your children basic survival phrases in Italian and fun facts to help build the kid’s interest in anticipation of your special trip. In no time your family will feel confident in splurgling vernacular like “Ciao!”, “Come stai!”, “Mi Chiamo Gianni?”, “Sono Americano”, “Mi piace Italia!”, “Dove il bagno?”, “Pario italiano un po”, “Una coppa piccola di gelato cioccolato, per favore,” and many more…. $100 75 minutes
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High School Tutoring
Whether you’ve fallen behind in your grades, or you need to prepare for the SAT Subject test, or even remediate a course, we can help you succeed and accomplish your goals. All sessions are catered to your ability and skill set. $75/hour in your home.