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School of Italian History, Language, and Culture

Fall classes start on September 9, 2014.
Detailed Schedule Forthcoming!

Location:
  • All classes meet at the Dante Alighieri Cultural Center [directions].
Summer Session Registration Deadline:
  • Monday, June 9, 2014 (For late registrations there is an extra $25 fee)
Registration:
  • Online via PayPal.

  • You may register in person at the Dante up though the first day of classes. The office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
    from 10:00 A.M. — 3:00 P.M.

  • Via mail by sending the application form and a check payable to the Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts.
Tuition:
  • Tuition for the Summer Session is regularly $200, but Dante members are entitled to a $25 discount.

  • Late Registration Fee: $25
EnrolleeTuition (Summer Session)
Member$175
Non-member$200


Refunds:
  • Students who wish to withdraw from a class must notify the instructor no later than the second class meeting. Tuition will be refunded less an administration fee of $30. In the event the course is cancelled, full tuition will be refunded.
Enrollment Policy:
  • Classes have to have a minimum number of 6 registered students in order to start.
  • Classes size is limited to a maximum number of 12 students.
Information:

PLIDA Italian Language Courses
There is no difference between PLIDA classes A, B, and C. The letters are used to distinguish the same classes offered on Tuesdays (Section A), Wednesdays (Section B), and Thursdays (Section C). The textbooks adopted for the PLIDA classes have been specifically designed for use in the international PLIDA courses. The titles are:
  • Chiaro! A1 (by Giulia de Savorgnani and Beatrice Bergero, Firenze, 2011) for the 101, 102, and 103 courses.
  • Chiaro! A2 (by Giulia de Savorgnani and Cinzia Cordera Alberti, Firenze, 2011) for the 104, 105, and 106 courses.
  • Chiaro! B1 (by Giulia de Savorgnani and Cinzia Cordera Alberti, Firenze, 2011) for the 107, 108, and 109 courses.
  • Nuovo Magari B2 (by Alessandro De Giuli, Carlo Guastalla and Ciro Massimo Naddeo, Firenze, 2013) for the 110, 111 and 112 courses.
Registered students may purchase these textbooks from the Dante Alighieri Society. Some textbooks come with a CD-ROM and/or a CD Audio.

Reference grammar: Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Italian Grammar, Danesi, M., McGraw Hill. Students may purchase this textbook from Amazon.
SectionDayTimeDate
ATuesdays7:00-9:30 P.M.June 10, 2014 to July 29, 2014

Course Section(s) Description Syllabus Registration
PLIDA 101
(Beginner)
A

This course is designed for students with little or no knowledge of Italian and aims to develop students' basic communicative skills in Italian.

Download  101A
PLIDA 102
(Beginner)
A

Building upon the basic foundation provided by level 101, students in this course will further develop their linguistic competency in comprehension, writing and oral communication.

Download  102A
PLIDA 103
(Beginner)
A

This course completes level A1 of language proficiency and continues to emphasize the improvement of oral comprehension and creative expression. It also focuses on helping students prepare for the PLIDA - A1 level exam.

Download  103A
PLIDA 301
(Elementary)
A

The course will give special emphasis to oral communication; it will be conducted at an elementary level. Various activities and games will be centered around discussions of short films connecting the students to aspects of Italian society. This course level corresponds to the sequence of PLIDA 104, 105 and 106.

Syllabus Forthcoming 301A

PLIDA 302
(Intermediate)
A

The course will give special emphasis to oral communication; it will be conducted at an intermediate level. Various activities and games will be centered around discussions of Italian songs connecting the students to aspects of Italian culture and society. This course level corresponds to the sequence of PLIDA 107, 108 and 109.

Syllabus Forthcoming 302A

PLIDA 303
(Upper Intermediate)
A

The course will give special emphasis to oral communication; it will be conducted at a high-intermediate level. Various activities and games will be centered around discussions of short films connecting the students to aspects of Italian society. This course level corresponds to the sequence of PLIDA 110, 111 and 112.

Syllabus Forthcoming 303A



The classes below are not offered during the summer, but will again be available in the fall.


Course Section(s) Description Syllabus Registration
PLIDA 104
(Elementary)
N/A

With this course students start level A2 of language proficiency. They refine their use of verb tenses, enrich their vocabulary and learn how to communicate with greater precision and confidence.

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PLIDA 105
(Elementary)
N/A

This course continues to enrich students' knowledge and use of verb tenses, vocabulary, and functions at an elementary level. In this course students learn how to communicate with greater precision and confidence, with a focus on how to express personal ideas, stories, and opinions in a simple but correct way.

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PLIDA 106
(Elementary)
N/A

This course completes level A2 of language proficiency and continues to emphasize the improvement of oral comprehension and creative expression at an elementary level. It also focuses on helping students prepare for the PLIDA - A2 level exam.

Download
PLIDA 107
(Intermediate)
N/A

This course starts level B1 (intermediate) of language proficiency. It is designed for students with an elementary knowledge of Italian. Students will learn how to exchange information with precision and confidence about events, dreams and hopes, focusing on how to explain opinions and plans. They will also learn how to deal with situations while travelling in Italy.

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PLIDA 108
(Intermediate)
N/A

This course is a continuation of level B1 of language proficiency. This course challenges the students by introducing them to significantly more complex grammatical structures as well as enabling them to express their opinion with regard to personal experiences, social situations, and cultural interests with nuance and assurance.

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PLIDA 109
(Intermediate)
N/A

This course concludes level B1 (Intermediate) of language proficiency and focuses on helping students prepare for the PLIDA – B1 level exam. The course 109 aims to bring students to a level of knowledge of Italian that will allow them to understand the main points of conversations about work, school and leisure but also common situations while travelling in Italy.

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PLIDA 110
(Upper Intermediate)
N/A

This advance intermediate course starts level B2 of language proficiency and focuses on refining language skills by introducing four major thematic areas: society, history, geography and art, each of which will be explored in depth commensurate with the course level. The further mastery of linguistic skills (reading, listening, speaking and writing) is thus enriched by learning about and discussing cultural elements which will enhance the student's understanding of essential aspects of contemporary Italy.

Syllabus Forthcoming
PLIDA 111
(Upper Intermediate)
N/A

This course will continue to solidify the student’s linguistic skills through a more intensive exploration of the thematic areas already introduced in PLIDA 110: society, history, geography and art. As in PLIDA 110, the further mastery of the four language skills (reading, listening, speaking and writing) is thus enriched by learning and discussing cultural elements which will enhance the student’s understanding of essential aspects of contemporary Italy.

Syllabus Forthcoming
PLIDA 112
(Upper Intermediate)
N/A

This course completes level B2 of language proficiency by focusing on more extensive practice in all four skills: reading, listening, speaking, and writing. As in both PLIDA 110 and PLIDA 111, linguistic acquisition is expanded and strengthened by more in-depth learning and discussion of cultural topics — related to society, history, geography, and art — which will enhance the student’s understanding of essential aspects of contemporary Italy. This course also helps prepare those students who are interested in taking the B2 Certification exam.

Syllabus Forthcoming


Non-PLIDA Italian Language Courses

The textbook for Non-PLIDA 201 is Magari! by De Giuli, Guastalla, Naddeo, ALMA Edizioni, 2008. Registered students may purchase these books from the Dante.

CourseDayTimeDate
Non-PLIDA 201Tuesdays7:00-9:30 P.M.June 10, 2014 to July 29, 2014

Course Description Syllabus Registration
Non-PLIDA 201

This advanced-intermediate course starts at level C1 of language proficiency and focuses on refining language skills by introducing five major thematic areas: literature, society, history, geography and arts. It also reviews and examines in depths elementary and already known grammar topics. The further mastery of linguistic skills (reading, listening, speaking and writing) is thus enriched by learning about and discussing cultural elements which will enhance the student's understanding of essential aspects of contemporary Italy.

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The NON-PLIDA 202 will not be offered this summer and classes will resume in the fall.

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