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WINTER 2020 COURSES FROM
THE DANTE ALIGHIERI SOCIETY


Beginning Italian
Early Intermediate Italian
Intermediate Italian
Advanced Italian
Italian Conversation


All courses are 11 weeks. All courses cost $165 for members; $200 for non-members.
(2020 membership $30 for individuals; $25 for seniors; $10 students; and $50 for a family)
All courses: Limit: 15 students

Students in Beginning, Early Intermediate, Intermediate, and Advanced : Please make sure you have the book - Italian: A Self-Teaching Guide by Edoardo Lèbano (2nd edition, 2000) on the first day of class!

Beginning Italian, Afternoons
Mondays, January 27 - April 13 (No class Feb 17)
4:00-5:30 pm
Instructor: Anna Soave
Live Oak Senior Center in the Annex (building on the right)
1777 Capitola Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

This beginning course is recommended for students who have no or minimal grasp of the Italian language. Beginning speaking, listening, comprehension, reading, and writing skills will be covered with Italian the preferred language of instruction. Book to be used:  Italian: A Self-Teaching Guide by Edoardo Lebano, Chapters 1-3 (please bring to first day of class).

Beginning Italian, Evenings
Mondays, January 27 - April 13 (No class Feb 17)
6:00-7:30 pm
Instructor: Anna Soave
Live Oak Senior Center in the Annex (building on the right)
1777 Capitola Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

This beginning course is recommended for students who have no or minimal grasp of the Italian language. Beginning speaking, listening, comprehension, reading, and writing skills will be covered with Italian the preferred language of instruction. Book to be used:  Italian: A Self-Teaching Guide by Edoardo Lebano, Chapters 1-3 (please bring to first day of class).

Early Intermediate Italian
Wednesdays, January 29 - April 8
4:00-5:30 pm
Instructor: Mirella Savegnago
Live Oak Senior Center in the Annex (building on the right)
1777 Capitola Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

This continuation to Beginnning serves as a bridge to the Intermediate class. It gives students more practice speaking, listening, comprehending, reading, and writing with Italian the primary language of instruction. Book to be used: A Self-teaching Guide by Edoardo Lébano, Chapters 4-7 (please bring to first day of class).

Intermediate Italian
Wednesdays, January 29 - April 8
6:00-7:30 pm
Instructor: Mirella Savegnago
Live Oak Senior Center in the Annex (building on the right)
1777 Capitola Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

This course is a continuation of the early intermediate 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. Book to be used: A Self-teaching Guide by Edoardo Lébano, Chapters 8-12 (please bring to first day of class).

Advanced Italian
Tuesdays, January 28 - April 7
4:00-5:30 pm
Instructor: Mirella Savegnago
Live Oak Senior Center in the Annex (building on the right)
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. Students will listen to or read relevant selections and will be invited to converse. For the further study of grammar, students will need to have purchased by the first class Italian: A Self-Teaching Guide by Edoardo Lebano. (please bring to first day of class). A basic knowledge of grammar is necessary in order to attend this class.

Conversational Italian (This is the most advanced class we offer)
Wednesdays, January 22 - April 8 (no class March 4)
6:00-7:30 pm
Instructor: Irene Bargetto
Simpkins Family Swim Center, Room B
979 17th Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

This conversation course is recommended for students who have a good grasp of the Italian language and wish to develop fluency in a genial and welcoming setting. Idiomatic expressions, specific vocabulary, and review 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 contemporary literature.

TO ENROLL:
First, email your intent to dantesantacruz1265@gmail.com. Once availability is confirmed, you'll receive a return email with a registration form. Then go to the website and return to this page by clicking on Language Classes. Payment may then be made through Paypal or by mailing a check to Dante Alighieri Society, P.O. Box 1507 Aptos, CA 95001
YOU ARE NOT OFFICIALLY ENROLLED UNTIL WE RECEIVE BOTH PAYMENT AND REGISTRATION.

Note to members: All memberships need to be renewed at the beginning of the calendar year. See our Membership page to renew.
Note to non-members: Please see our Membership page to become a Dante member now! You will be able to enroll in language classes and take advantage of other member opportunities at the member rate! It's great value! Memberships are December to December.

Pay for courses here with Paypal:

Course Member PriceNon-Member Price
Beginning Italian Afternoons

$165

$200

Beginning Italian Evenings

$165

$200

Early Intermediate Italian

$165

$200

Intermediate Italian

$165

$200

Advanced Italian

$165

$200

Conversational Italian

$165

$200



About the instructors

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.

MIRELLA SAVEGNAGO was born and raised in Italy and is a graduate in education and psychology from Catholic University, Milan, and is qualified as a teacher in Italy. She has spent many years in marketing and management world-wide, but since she arrived in California has been teaching Italian, both to groups and individuals, as well as Italian cooking. She is currently teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes for Dante. She is fluent in English and has studied French and Mandarin. She travels to Italy several times a year where she and her husband Francesco have a home, where her son lives. Her daughter is a student at UC Davis. If students have concerns about ability levels feel free to contact this instructor at mirella.savegnago@hotmail.com

ANNA SOAVE was born and raised in Veneto, Italy and graduated in Psychology of Marketing in 2005 from La Sapienza University in Rome. After moving to New York to learn English and have new experiences, she met her future husband and they moved to California. They have been living in Capitola since 2006 where her husband has his own business. They have two children who attend Twin Lakes School. Since her arrival in California, Anna, also a fluent Spanish speaker, has been teaching Italian to both individuals and groups of students. About her teaching experience, Anna says: "I discovered I have a true passion for teaching the beautiful language and culture of my country." If students have concerns about ability levels feel free to contact Anna at soaveanna@gmail.com.

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