Join our membership so you can attend this special event! All Italy lovers are welcome!
INSTRUCTOR: Iolanda Marinelli grew up in Italy where she received her Laurea Magistrale (M.A.) in Foreign Languages and Literatures (English, Portuguese, German) from the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, and a Teaching Certification in English Secondary Education from Italy Department of Education. In 2006 she made Hawai’i her home. Here she began to teach Italian at Saint Anthony School in 2016, and in 2017 she completed her Hawaii Certification as Substitute Teacher K-12. She continued to teach Italian for the After School Malama Program at Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate School, and Kailua Elementary School. Iolanda also serves on the Board of Directors of the Hawai’i Association of Language Teachers as Italian Representative. In a former career, Iolanda was a Contract Specialist with the US Naval Base Headquarter in Naples for 11 years, responsible for the negotiations of contracts in Europe and South West Asia. She likes to cook, to travel, and to watch movies with her son Gabriele and husband Erik.
Last class on Zoom before we return in-person! Learn Italian through children's books! We are all children when we learn a language. Every week prior to class, you will review assigned textbook sections from Prego as well as a passage from a children's book. In class, we will do some book exercises and use the children's book passage to converse while applying grammar.
- Level 1, Beginner: For students who have no or minimal grasp of the Italian language—we’ll cover up to chapter 3 of the textbook Prego (half chapter per week).
- Level 2, Intermediate: For students who have mastered all grammar and vocabulary of Level 1—we’ll cover chapters 4-9 of the book Prego (a chapter per week).
"Prego!" 6th Edition, available online for $5 and up (used). Other editions are fine to use as well, but you may have a hard time finding correspondent pages.
Last class on Zoom! Registered students will receive a unique link prior to class. Please setup your Zoom and familiarize with its features. You can review its short video tutorials (e.g., join a meeting, configuring audio/video, meeting controls, sharing screen, breakout rooms, more topics) or full training (e.g., Zoom for education). Dinner together after the last class at Brick Fire Tavern (teacher will provide information).
These courses focus on conversation. Students review assigned grammar and exercises at home ahead of time, so class time is used to clarify questions, do a couple of exercises, and especially read and speak together.
*All students must be members, no guests are allowed, not even for Dual members. The Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is not responsible for any liability, cost, and damages which could arise from the programs; and does not provide any refunds, except if it cannot deliver the program, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.
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