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2017 Courses from The Dante Alighieri Society of Santa Cruz

The Dante Alighieri Society is pleased to offer the following courses:
Beginning Italian
Intermediate Italian
Advanced Italian
Conversational Italian
About the instructors

Please see our EVENTS page for information on our Italian lectures, film screenings, and other events.

Beginning Italian
14 Tuesday evenings
Sept. 12 to Dec. 19, 2017 (no class Thanksgiving week, 11/21)
6:00-7:30 pm
Instructor: Roger Fargeon
Cost: $210 members, $245 non members (Join Dante for 2017: $30 individuals, $25 Senior; membership good until Dec 31, 2017)
See payment process in note below class descriptions
Live Oak Senior Center
1777 Capitola Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

This beginning course is recommended for students who have no or minimal grasp of the Italian language. Great for travelers to Italy. Beginning grammar, conversation, reading, and other areas of interest to the students will be covered. LIMIT: 15 PEOPLE

Intermediate Italian
13 Thursday evenings
Sept. 14 to Dec. 14, 2017 (no class Thanksgiving week, 11/23)
6:00-7:30 pm
Instructor: Roger Fargeon
Cost: $195 members, $230 non members (Join Dante for 2017: $30 individuals, $25 Senior; membership good until Dec 31, 2017
See payment process in note below class descriptions
Live Oak Senior Center
1777 Capitola Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

This course is a continuation of the beginners class. Its objective is to further develop students' competency in writing and oral communication. It will help them refine their use of verbs, grammar and idiomatic expressions, enrich their vocabulary and express themselves with greater confidence. LIMIT: 15 PEOPLE

Advanced Italian
13 Monday evenings
Sept. 11 to Dec. 11, 2017 (no class Thanksgiving week, 11/20)
6:00-7:30 pm
Instructor: Roger Fargeon
Cost: $195 members, $230 non members (Join Dante for 2017: $30 individuals, $25 Senior; membership good until Dec 31, 2017
See payment process in note below class descriptions
Live Oak Senior Center
1777 Capitola Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

The objective of this advanced class is to improve the writing and communication skills of the students, their ability to understand with ease what they hear or read in Italian so that they can summarize information from different spoken and written forms and express themselves clearly and spontaneously. A basic knowledge of grammar is necessary in order to attend this class. LIMIT 15 PEOPLE

Conversational Italian (THIS IS THE MOST ADVANCED CLASS OFFERED)
10 Wednesday evenings
Sept. 13 to Nov. 15, 2017
6:00-7:30 pm
Instructor: Irene Bargetto
Cost: $150 members, $185 non members (Join Dante for 2017: $30 individuals, $25 Senior; membership good until Dec 31, 2017)
See payment process in note below class descriptions
Simpkins Family Swim Center
, Rooms A or B
979 17th Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

This conversation course is recommended for students who have a good grasp of the Italian language. Idiomatic expressions, specific vocabulary, and revisions of grammatical points are used to improve speaking skills and fluency. There will be various topics for discussion including articles from Italian magazines and readings from Italian literature. LIMIT 15 PEOPLE


These classes fill quickly. If you want to ensure a position in the class please do the following:

1. Send an email to dantesantacruz@sbcglobal.net with the following information: class you want to sign up for, name, address, phone number, email address, senior or non senior, member or not.
2. Pay the appropriate amount through PayPal or by writing a check and mailing it to: Dante Alighieri Society, P.O. Box 4253, Santa Cruz, CA 95063. Class sign up in advance requires payment in advance. FIRST COME FIRST SERVE.

Note to members: All memberships need to be renewed at the beginning of the calendar year.

Note to non-members: Please see our Membership page to become a Dante member now! You will then immediately be able to enroll in this and future courses during the coming year at the member rate! It's a great value!
(Membership, which is only good until the end of the current calendar year, may also be paid through PayPal or by check. Fees: $30 individual adult, $25 senior/full time student, $50 family.)

PLEASE FILL OUT THE CLASS REGISTRATION FORM AVAILABLE AT THIS LINK AND MAIL IT IN WITH PAYMENT. (IF PAYING BY PAYPAL THE FORM MAY BE BROUGHT TO THE INSTRUCTOR ON THE FIRST NIGHT OF CLASS, BUT EACH STUDENT NEEDS TO HAVE A SIGNED FORM ON FILE TO COMPLETE THE ENROLLMENT PROCESS.)

No prorated funds or refund for withdrawal from classes

About the instructors

ROGER FARGEON has been teaching a wide range of levels of Dante Italian classes since 2012. Roger was born in Egypt to an Italian mother and raised and educated in Italy. He has a degree in foreign languages from the University of Luigi Bocconi in Milan and taught foreign languages in Europe for nine years. He now resides in Aptos and teaches language classes throughout the Monterey Bay area. If students have concerns about ability levels feel free to contact this instructor at roger.fargeon@att.net.

IRENE BARGETTO has been teaching the Dante Conversational Italian class since 2009. Irene was born and raised in Chieri, Piemonte, Italy, where she graduated with a degree in Accounting. She also speaks French and Spanish. Irene returns to Italy every year to visit her family and to keep well connected to her Italian heritage. Over the years, Irene has enjoyed tutoring family members and friends in Italian. She lives in Soquel with her husband, Peter, and their two bilingual children, Simone and Sabrina. Irene is the Business Manager for Santa Cruz Ear, Nose and Throat Medical Group in Santa Cruz and also helps her husband with their business, Soquel Vineyards. If students have concerns about ability levels feel free to contact this instructor at irenescent@hotmail.com.

You can pay online with Paypal:

Course Member PriceNon-Member Price
Beginning Italian
Intermediate Italian
Advanced Italian
Conversational Italian

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