Specialty Classes

Specialty classes vary every quarter and are specially designed to offer a rich educational and cultural experience.They are taught by our very own instructors or by guest lecturers and speakers. We also arrange a wide variety of classes specifically designed for groups. If you would like to request a special class please contact us at: info@icc-sd.org or call (619) 237-0601.

Specialty Classes:

UN LIBRO, UN FILM: “IL GIORNO DELLA CIVETTA” DI LEONARDO SCIASCIA
On the surface, the Italian novel Il Giorno della Civetta is a first-class thriller, a police procedural in which a murder is solved. But appearances can be deceptive – this is not a genre novel and the author Leonardo Sciascia far transcends the bounds of the usual crime novel. His book, written around 1960, is an indictment of the activities of the Italian mafia on Sicily and the roaring silence which at that time protected the gangster organization. The book’s final aim is a moral one, rather than pure entertainment.
This course is a book discussion class and will function on two levels: the reading of the book will be supported by the homonym movie, to be watched in class.
The book is available on Amazon (NOTE: The Kindle version is cheaper).
This class is intended for advanced students

“IN ALTRE PAROLE” by JHUMPA LAHIRI
“In altre parole” by Jhumpa Lahiri is a revelation. It is at heart a love story—of a long and sometimes difficult courtship, and a passion that verges on obsession: that of a writer for another language. For Jhumpa Lahiri, that love was for Italian, which first captivated and capsized her during a trip to Florence after college. Although Lahiri studied Italian for many years afterward, true mastery always eluded her. During this course we will read the book by Lahiri together and discuss the main topics she presents.
Textbook required: Jhumpa Lahiri – In altre parole. Available on Amazon.com
This is course is for advanced students.

EXPLORING “NORTHADAMMAS”: AN ITALIAN NOVEL
Description: In this six week course we will be analyzing and commenting some passages from an Italian novel “Northadammass” released in 2015 which take us back to the Italian emigration to America in the late 1800 through the eyes of Francesco Negro who left his own town in Northern Italy to find hope and a better life in the Promised Land. We will work on the linguistic patterns and have group conversation. In our last meeting we will get to meet the author, Fabrizio Griffa via Skype. Fabrizio will be answering all your questions and will explain the meaning and the reason behind the title.

The materials will be provided by the instructor.

Note: I have been given authorization and permission by the author, Fabrizio Griffa to use parts of his novel for didactic purposes.
Level: For students who have completed the Intermediate Italian II class
Duration: April 4th – May 16 (6 meetings total)
Time: Tuesday mornings, 11:30am-1:00pm

STORIA D’ITALIA: Dal Dopo Unita’ d’Italia alla Prima Guerra Mondiale
Description: In this class we will start our journey through history by analyzing the Post-Unification of Italy till the First World War that changed Europe forever.
The class offers an introduction to major themes and historiographical debates and aims to develop students’ skills in historical criticism.

All the materials will be provided by the teacher. The class is intended for high intermediate to advanced students.

MAGARI! ITALIANO CHE PASSIONE
This course is specifically designed for those students who have nearly mastered the Italian language with a high level of competency and wish to strengthen and deepen their learning experience. The Nuovo Magari textbook provides grammar exercises, reading and listening comprehension as well as cultural insight through Italian history, geography, art and much more.
Textbook required: Nuovo Magari B2. Available on Amazon.com
This course is for advanced students.

TU CHIAMALE SE VUOI EMOZIONI… LEARN ITALIAN WITH MUSIC!
Some of the greatest music in the world comes from Italy. There are many ways to learn a foreign language, some of them are harder than others, and certainly some are more fun than others. Songs can help to practice listening or learn new words. Music is great for acquiring more than just melodramatic bluster. Italian songs can expose you to all sorts of grammatical structures—phrasal verbs and conjugations, for example—and these are much easier to commit to memory with a melody attached.
This class is open to all students

“SCUSI, LEI SI SENTE ITALIANO?”
According to opinion polls for the 150th anniversary of National Unity, two out of three Italians are proud to be such. But when it comes to explaining why, everything becomes more complicated. “What holds us together?” The risk is to walk around, looking for answers, among the monuments and stereotypes. In this book, however, items are collected: the great writers, journalists, intellectuals committed to become or re-become Italian. Reluctantly, with joy, with anger, with indignation, with amazement, with disenchantment. Sometimes, even with optimism.
In this class we will read and analyze all the different opinions of some of the most famous Italian writers and journalists. Each comment will be accompanied by a biography.
The book is required and is available for purchase on Amazon.

SCRIVENDO SI IMPARA
Description: Writing is one of the most neglected aspects of learning a language, but it’s probably the best way of consolidating your progress and boost your confidence. After progressing from a non-English speaker to an award-winning writer of English books, the teacher, Simonetta Carr, is a firm and enthusiastic believer in the efficacy of this method of learning. This new, fun class is taught in a relaxed atmosphere and includes important skills such as attentive reading and listening, the correct use of a dictionary, and the choice of useful phrases. Students will learn to write letters and emails, summaries, interviews, and more. They will aim at quality rather than quantity of words. The class will naturally build vocabulary skills and lead to fun conversation and grammar review. Contrary to popular opinion, writing is not limited to advanced students!

IL CINEMA ITALIANO DEI GRANDI REGISTI
Description: This course aims to give a close look at the Italian Modern and Contemporary Cinema. It requires no knowledge or previous training in film studies. It is a course addressed to intermediate-advanced level students with a strong interest in Italian Film, Culture, and Social issues. The course will address issues related to the changes in the Italian social and cultural landscape through some of the most interesting Italian directors from the post-World War II to today, from Roberto Rossellini to Paolo Virzì, from Vittorio De Sica to Paolo Sorrentino. This course is in close partnership with the San Diego Italian Film Festival.
This is course is for high intermediate and advanced students. Material provided by instructor.

CONVERSAZIONE CON IL LIBRO: FOR BEGINNER STUDENTS
Course Description: This class is intended 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 for this course and must be purchased prior to the first day of class: “La collana della famiglia Loffredi” IBSN 88-8148-587-7
Book synopsis: The Loffredi family castle is full of terrifying secrets. Which is the mystery of the antique necklace? …. And what is professor Tardelli hiding?
Join this class to discover the answers to these questions and help Anna, Marco e Giorgio save the professor!
Lots of surprises and fun activities will help to improve your Italian.

EVVIVA LA GRAMMATICA ITALIANA! – FOR BEGINNER STUDENTS
Course Description: This class is a straightforward course that deals with different grammar points presented using clear and concise tables, which provide standard and practical use of the rules, rather than theoretical analysis.

The grammar points are accompanied by a wide range of stimulating and enjoyable activities, enabling students to learn and practice using Italian grammar rules.
Grammar that will be covered in this class includes:
• Nouns: gender of things, people and animals.
• Nouns: number
• Adjectives.

READING/COMPREHENSION, PRONUNCIATION, CONVERSATION AND VOCABLUARY
Course Description: Each lesson is structured around a central theme or topic and includes the following activities: reading, translation and analysis of passages (or songs), vocabulary development, and conversation.

Week One – Hobbies e Tempo Libero
Week Two – Musica Maestro!
Week Three – Ricette
Week Four – Le Fiabe Italiane: Pinocchio
Week Five – Le Feste Italiane: il Ferragosto

This class is intended for students who are at an intermediate 1 level and that have successfully completed Beginner 2 (or equivalent).

SULLE ALI DELLE PAROLE
This class presents a short selection of literature text which will be analyzed according to its structure.
Materials will be provided by the instructor via email.
This class is intended for high advanced students with a very strong command of the Italian language

ADVANCED ITALIAN 1: FAST TRACK
COURSE DESCRIPTION: For students with strong command of Italian.
Goal: to give students the tools to be able to talk in detail about Italian fashion, vacation and house and furniture.
Grammar: the course will be focused on the imperative and demonstrative adjectives, future tense, verb piacere ne and ci, double pronouns, ordinal numbers. (Chapters 10-12).
Note on class structure: Additional material – provided by the teacher – and a variety of activities will be used to reinforce comprehension and stimulate conversation in class. There are no grades, but attendance is crucial for getting the most from this course! Enjoy this class while improving your ability to speak Italian.
Students are encouraged to come to class prepared to discuss the material of the previous classes and prepared on the material scheduled to be covered in the current class.

CONVERSAZIONE CON IL LIBRO: FOR INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS
Course Description: This class is intended 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.
“Mistero alle Olimpiadi dell’acqua” IBSN 88-8148-457-9
Nico, Camilla and their friend Guglielmo participate in the “Water Olympics”…..but during the tryouts, many odd things happen: the bathing suits disappear, mysterious men meet….. Help the twins solve the mystery!
You will find many fun games, lots of friends and a beautiful story to read: the most enjoyable way to improve your Italian.

EVVIVA LA GRAMMATICA ITALIANA! – FOR INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS
Course Description: This class is a straightforward course that deals with different grammar points presented using clear and concise tables, which provide standard and practical use of the rules, rather than theoretical analysis.
The grammar points are accompanied by a wide range of stimulating and enjoyable activities, enabling students to learn and practice using Italian grammar rules.
Grammar that will be covered in this class includes:
• Articles and numbers
• Demonstrative Adjective
• Possessive adjectives

INTENSIVE GRAMMAR REVIEW 1 & 2 – FOR INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS
This class is intended for those students who have completed Intermediate Italian 1. The following grammar concepts will be covered:
Week One – Preposizioni Semplici e Articolate
Week Two – Passato Prossimo
Week Three – Verbi Riflessivi e Reciproci
Week Four – Passato Prossimo con Verbi Riflessivi e Reciproci
Week Five – Pronomi Indiretti vs. Pronomi Diretti

PASSI SCELTI DI AUTORI CONTEMPORANEI – LITERARY READINGS OF CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN AUTHORS
Course Description: This course introduces students of intermediate to advance level to contemporary Italian writers. Authentic texts present language learners with real-world situations, and they stress language usage in a wide range of context. Exercises and activities in the text encourage development of reading skills and stimulate students’ ability to interact in the target language.
Required Material: Incontri Attuali- Francesca Italiano- Irene Marchegiani Jones. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich College Publishers. (You can find new or used copies on www.amazon.com)

RASSEGNA STAMPA:
Course Description: Stay current on Italian as well as international news topics with this specialty course designed for students with advanced Italian language skills. Each week a comprehensive Italian press review will be conducted in class followed by commentaries. Weekly independent reading of online news is encouraged but not required, as most of the news analysis will be conducted in class. Main Italian news outlets as well as social media will be examined. Emphasis on vocabulary enhancement, reading, conversation and summary production.

THE BEAUTY OF THE REGION
Course Description: Learning Italian as we discover the hidden jewels of a city, the places where locals go instead of the usual tourist venues, tiny towns with great history, central areas where forgotten crime stories of the past still linger, typical restaurants and small shops where you can find that particular item you cannot miss. Everybody knows about Florence and Rome and Naples, but can you say you really heard the true story of Vigevano, Pienza and Tropea? The underserved areas of the country will be the focus of this course as we improve the Italian language and understand the culture of a country known as the center of the ancient world. This course will focus on a specific city and its region and is addressed to high intermediate to advanced level students. In this course we will focus on Naples and the region Campania.
The goal of this class is to give students a chance to discover underserved areas of the country as they interact at a high level of knowledge of the language.
**Additional material provided by the teacher. Other activities will also be used in order to stimulate the conversation.
This class is intended for students of high-intermediate and advanced level.

CONVERSAZIONE DA SALOTTO – CASUAL TEAROOM TALK
Course Description: This conversational class is designed for intermediate and advanced students. Join a friendly and casual environment to practice and improve your Italian in a fun and non-judgmental forum. Various topics and general subjects will be discussed.
This class is for intermediate and advanced students.

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

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