Conversation Classes

Parliamo! Welcome to our conversation classes!

Conversation club is your chance to practice the Italian language and build fluency and confidence while learning more about this beautiful and rich culture. This course is designed to teach practical and useful Italian conversation, both for everyday life, and for formal circumstances. The course focuses on conversation (fluency and confidence), speaking accuracy, vocabulary building, listening and comprehension, pronunciation and reading. Homework will be given.

Conversation Club I – For students that have successfully completed Beginner 2 (or equivalent). To enroll in this course students should know verb to be and to have, articles, nouns, adjectives, prepositions, conjugation of regular verbs ending in -are, -ere, -ire, partitives and the conjugation of irregular verbs ending in -are.

The following book is required. Students must purchase this book before the first day of class. A CD, exercises and activities will come with the book.
Title: La ricetta segreta
Author: Cinzia Medaglia

Book synopsis: Enrico goes back to his house in the mountains of Trentino Alto Adige. He can’t wait to see his old friend, Mr Barbarano, a retired chemist. His friend is not there anymore and Enrico finds out that he’s been kidnapped. Who did it and why? With Camilla’s help, Enrico starts investigating… A cliff-hanger story full of twists.

Conversation Club II: Conversation with a book – For students with a good command of the language that have completed Intermediate 1 (or equivalent). To enroll in this course students should know possessive adjectives and pronouns, irregular verbs ending in -ere and -ire, past tense with essere and avere.

The following book is required. Students must purchase this book before the first day of class. A CD, exercises and activities will come with the book.
Title: TANGO
Author: Mauro Dei Rossi (Editor CIDEB)

Book synopsis: “From the private collection of an important business man some works of art disappeared. The owner suspects of his wife. He hires a private detective, Mr. Bonetti , to solve the case. The story takes place in a little seaside village near Venezia. Mr Bonetti (the main character) will find himself in strange, funny, and dangerous situations until….”

Conversation Club III – For students with a very good command of the language that have completed Intermediate 2 (or equivalent). To enroll in this course students should know reflexive verbs, indirect pronouns, imperfect tense, pluperfect tense, adverbs. This level builds on the previous one and adds two new topics money and time and media. No textbook required.

Registration will open on March 1, 2017 for the Spring Quarter.
Spring quarter classes begin on April 3, 2017.

Register online here»

Spring Quarter 2017 Schedule of Classes