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School of Italian History, Language, and Culture

Spring 2015 trimester classes are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:30 P.M. for a period of 10 weeks.
Classes start on March 24, 2015.
Location:
  • All classes meet at the Dante Alighieri Cultural Center [directions].
Spring 2015 Session Registration Deadline:
  • Monday, March 23, 2015 (For late registrations there is an extra $25 fee)
Registration:
  • Online via PayPal.

  • You may register in person at the Dante through the first day of classes (cash or check only).
    The office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 AM until 3 PM.

  • Via mail by sending the application form and a check payable to the Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts.
Tuition:
  • Tuition is regularly $250, but Dante members are entitled to a $25 discount.

  • Tuition payments may be made via PayPal on our website or by check payable to the Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts. There is a $25 fee for returned checks. Tuition must be paid in full before the beginning of the first class.

  • Late Registration Fee: $25
EnrolleeTuition
Member$225
Non-member$250


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. Price: $30.
  • Chiaro! A2 (by Giulia de Savorgnani and Cinzia Cordera Alberti, Firenze, 2011) for the 104, 105, and 106 courses. Price: $30.
  • Chiaro! B1 (by Giulia de Savorgnani and Cinzia Cordera Alberti, Firenze, 2011) for the 107, 108, and 109 courses. Price: $30.
  • Nuovo Magari B2 (by Alessandro De Giuli, Carlo Guastalla and Ciro Massimo Naddeo, Firenze, 2013) for the 110, 111 and 112 courses. Price: $35.
  • Nuovo Magari C1/C2 (by Alessandro De Giuli, Carlo Guastalla and Ciro Massimo Naddeo, Firenze, 2013) for the 113, 114 and 115 courses. Price: $40.
Registered students may purchase these textbooks from the Dante Alighieri Society online at the end of the registration process via PayPal or in person on the first day of class by cash or check. 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.March 24, 2015 until May 26, 2015
BWednesdays7:00-9:30 P.M.March 25, 2015 until May 27, 2015
CThursdays7:00-9:30 P.M.March 26, 2015 until May 28, 2015
Important Schedule Notes:
  • Due to the PLIDA Exams on Wednesday May 27 classes 106B, 109C will have to move up a lesson in order to conclude the ten-week-course before the exam. Students will arrange this change with their teacher.
  • No classes will be held on Wednesday, May 27 due to the PLIDA Exams (A2, B1, C2). Students will arrange a make up class with their teacher.

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

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
 101C
PLIDA 102
(Beginner)
B

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  102B
PLIDA 103
(Beginner)
B

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  103B
PLIDA 104
(Elementary)
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.

Download  104A
PLIDA 105
(Elementary)
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.

Download  105A
PLIDA 106
(Elementary)
B

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  106B
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)
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.

Download  108A
PLIDA 109
(Intermediate)
C

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.

Download  109C
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.

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PLIDA 111
(Upper Intermediate)
B

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.

Download  111B
PLIDA 112
(Upper Intermediate)
C

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.

Download  112C
PLIDA 113
(Upper Intermediate)
N/A

This course starts level C1 of language proficiency and is designed to fortify and elevate linguistic skills through a learning process commensurate to the higher course level. Students are thus exposed to a more articulated exploration of thematic areas – society, history, geography and art – previously introduced in level B2 courses, and will consequently acquire a more sophisticated understanding of Italy's complex realities. Resources: selected cultural and literary readings, films and videos.

Syllabus Forthcoming ***
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PLIDA 114
(Upper Intermediate)
N/A

Description Forthcoming.

Syllabus Forthcoming ***
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PLIDA 115
(Upper Intermediate)
A

Description Forthcoming.

Syllabus Forthcoming  115A




Other Italian Language Courses
The textbook for all other Italian language courses is:
  • Nuovo Magari C1/C2 (by Alessandro De Giuli, Carlo Guastalla and Ciro Massimo Naddeo, Firenze, 2013) for the 201 and 202 courses. Price: $40.
Registered students may purchase these textbooks from the Dante Alighieri Society online at the end of the registration process via PayPal or in person on the first day of class by cash or check. 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.
CourseDayTimeDate
Italian 201Tuesdays7:00-9:30 P.M.March 24, 2015 until May 26, 2015
Italian 202Tuesdays7:00-9:30 P.M.March 24, 2015 until May 26, 2015

Course Description Syllabus Registration
Italian 201
Grammar, Culture and Conversation

This course is for students with some proficiency in oral and written Italian who wish to improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. The course includes grammar, the reading of literature and newspapers articles, the listening to audio programs and the watching of films, the writing of compositions, in-class conversations and discussions, as well as the participation in cultural events. All these activities will foster language fluency and accuracy. At the end of the course students will be able to communicate in Italian in a variety of situations.

Download  201
Italian 202
Grammar, Culture and Conversation

This course is for students who wish to improve their communication skills in Italian. The course includes grammar, readings, discussions and compositions on Italian art, cinema, literature, history, geography and society. All these activities will reinforce grammar accuracy and develop understanding of contemporary Italian society and cultural heritage. At the end of this course students will be able to communicate in a variety of situations and engage in conversations on Italian current issues.

Download  202

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