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School of Italian History, Language, and Culture

*** SPRING 2014 ***

Spring Session Classes are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:30 P.M. for a period of 10 weeks except where otherwise specified.

Location:
  • All classes meet at the Dante Alighieri Cultural Center [directions].
Spring Session Registration Deadline:
  • Sunday, March 23, 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 is regularly $250, but Dante members are entitled to a $25 discount.

  • 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 and Chiaro! A2 (by Giulia de Savorgnani and Cinzia Cordera Alberti, Firenze, 2011) for the 104, 105, and 106 classes. Chiaro! B1 is used for the 107, 108, and 109 classes. Nuovo Magari B2 (by Alessandro De Giuli, Carlo Guastalla and Ciro Massimo Naddeo, Firenze, 2013 for the 110, 111 and 112 class. 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.March 25, 2014 to May 27, 2014
BWednesdays7:00-9:30 P.M.March 26, 2014 to May 28, 2014
CThursdays7:00-9:30 P.M.March 27, 2014 to May 29, 2014
Important Schedule Notes:
  • *** Due to the PLIDA Exams on May 21 and May 22 classes 103A, 106C, 109C and 112B will have to move up a lesson or two 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 on Wednesday, May 21 due to the PLIDA Exams. All Wednesday classes will meet on Monday, May 5, 2014 instead. ***

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

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
 101B
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 104
(Elementary)
B

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  104B
PLIDA 105
(Elementary)
C

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  105C
PLIDA 106
(Elementary)
C

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  106C
PLIDA 107
(Intermediate)
B

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.

Download  107B
PLIDA 108
(Intermediate)
B

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  108B
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)
C

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  110C
PLIDA 111
(Upper Intermediate)
C

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  111C
PLIDA 112
(Upper Intermediate)
B

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  112B


Non-PLIDA Italian Language Courses

The textbook for Non-PLIDA 201 and Non-PLIDA 202 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.March 25, 2014 to May 27, 2014
Non-PLIDA 202Tuesdays7:00-9:30 P.M.March 25, 2014 to May 27, 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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Non-PLIDA 202

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. Advanced writing skills will be emphasized. The 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. The course will be taught entirely in Italian.

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