Courses with NIAF (Select Course)

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EXPLORING ITALY’S REGIONAL FOOD & WINE with Carlo Ellena
Instructor Carlo Ellena will be your virtual tour guide through 12 regions of Italy to discover the distinct histories of traditional food and wine of each place. (Please see details below)

This course will be taught in English.

Online via Zoom – 10 lessons
Saturday, 9:45 – 11:45am ET – April 17 to June 19th
Instructor: Carlo Ellena

ELEMENTARY 2 (A2)… Italian with Laura!
Discover the Italian language and culture.

Online via Zoom – 10 lessons
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm ET – April 7th to June 9th
Instructor: Laura Loddo

CLICK HERE for more about levels and curriculum.

$320.00

Courses with NIAF (Select Course)

Sign up for one of two options:

EXPLORING ITALY’S REGIONAL FOOD & WINE with Carlo Ellena
Instructor Carlo Ellena will be your virtual tour guide through 12 regions of Italy to discover the distinct histories of traditional food and wine of each place. (Please see details below)

This course will be taught in English.

Online via Zoom – 10 lessons
Saturday, 9:45 – 11:45am ET – April 17 to June 19th
Instructor: Carlo Ellena

ELEMENTARY 2 (A2)… Italian with Laura!
Discover the Italian language and culture.

Online via Zoom – 10 lessons
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm ET – April 7th to June 9th
Instructor: Laura Loddo

CLICK HERE for more about levels and curriculum.

$320.00

Sign up for one of two options:

EXPLORING ITALY’S REGIONAL FOOD & WINE with Carlo Ellena

Online via Zoom – 10 lessons
Saturday, 9:45 – 11:45am ET - April 17 to June 19th

This course will be taught in English.

You’ve seen CNN’s Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, now do it yourself this spring! Instructor Carlo Ellena will be your virtual tour guide through 12 regions of Italy to discover the distinct histories of traditional food and wine of each place. You will also learn tips on traditional recipes and foodie tours, gastronomical trends, restaurants, secrets and vocabulary in Italian. In other words, you’ll be the gastronomic insider on your next trip to Italy!

The 10 lessons will cover the following Italian regions:

  1. Piemonte
  2. Lombardia
  3. Veneto/Friuli
  4. Toscana
  5. Marche/Umbria
  6. Lazio
  7. Campania
  8. Puglia
  9. Sicilia
  10. Sardegna

Drop-ins to particular classes are allowed.


ELEMENTARY 2 (A2)… Italian with Laura!

Discover the Italian language and culture.

Online via Zoom – 10 lessons
Wednesdays, 6:30–8:30 pm ET – April 7th to June 9th
Instructor: Laura Loddo

After the successful “Beginners 2… After Aperitivo,” Instructor Laura Loddo continues this amazing learning experience.

You will learn to express yourself in the past tense and in the imperfect, talking about leisure activities, family, work, ideas, planning, etc. The grammar will focus on nouns and articles, present tense and irregular verbs, reflexives and imperative. Also, direct and indirect object pronouns, prepositions, comparatives and the ‘si’ impersonal form. The best part? The last 15 minutes will be spent exploring various cultural aspects!

This course is for students with basic knowledge of Italian who have already completed the A1 level, which includes Beginners 1 and 2 (A1).

Our method includes various techniques, in order to meet the different learning styles of each student: guided conversations, role play, reading, listening, exercises from the textbook and other sources, songs and video. Students will need to purchase the textbook: Nuovo Contatto A2 (Loescher editore) online.

Instructors

Carlo Ellena

Carlo Ellena was born in the picturesque town of Savona, Liguria also known as the “Palm tree Riviera”. Interested in technological issues, he attended university in Pisa where he studied Artificial Intelligence and received his Masters in computer linguistics and expert systems. Mr. Ellena has been teaching for the Italian Cultural Society (ICS) since 2008 and became a standing board member in 2012. In 2013 Mr. Ellena joined the Subcomittee that regulates and runs the Italian Language School (ILP) at ICS. He is married to Varinia Daza and lives in Bethesda, Maryland. He is fluent in Italian, English and Spanish, and proficient in both French and Portuguese.

Laura Loddo Moticka

Born in Venice so many years ago, I graduated from the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice with an M.A. in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures with a focus on teaching a foreign language. I have been teaching Italian since 2002 to students in high schools and adults. I also studied singing at the Conservatory.

I have an adolescent kid, whom I call “Il mio porcospino”. Together with him and my husband, I like to travel the world and especially explore Italy.

In my free time, I like to read historical novels and detective stories; I enjoy listening to music of all kinds and singing in choirs. I also love to bake and make jewelry using Murano glass and all sorts of stones. I must admit that I am also a workaholic who is always in the “I am a teacher and need to find materials and realia for my students” mode.

Nicoletta Nencioli Aiken

Born in the medieval town of Treviso in the Northeast of Italy, Nicoletta Nencioli Aiken is a journalist,author and teacher.  She comes from a long line of educators, professors and writers, her parents and grandparents have been linguistics and literature teachers.  Ms Nencioli Aiken remembers her earliest Italian-teaching experience – helping her mother review the students’ compositions.  A passion for the humanities brought her to study at the ‘Liceo Classico’ of Treviso, followed by the study of Law at the University of Rome, and Italian literature through ICON.

While in Rome, the call to write led her to pursue a career in journalism where she worked as a writer for the Italian public radio/television RAI and a reporter for several news and literary outlet.  Upon receiving her professional journalist credentials,  she moved to the US in 1992 where she worked for the Venice newspaper ‘Il Gazzettino’ until 2009.  She continues her journalistic work for the main Italian News Service (ANSA), reporting daily on wide range of topics.  Ms Nencioli Aiken in 2008  authored ‘Making out in Italian’  for Tuttle Publishing, a fun guide to the language of Italy as it is actually spoken. After tutoring in italian language and culture american friends and family, she now teaches italian at ICS. In her free time, she can be seen flying back and forth between Washington DC and Venice,bicycling  and speaking Italian to her American husband..

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