Weekend Immersion

This 16-hour course will prepare you to find your way around Italy and enjoy interacting with its people. It focuses on real, practical situations of Italian in daily life, employing a variety of  learning materials and videos.


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Class activities include strong student participation, cultural presentations, simulations, songs, role playing and many other group activities.

Learn how to: introduce yourself, go through customs formalities, take public transportation (taxi, bus, train), ask for directions, make hotel reservations, order at a restaurant, rent a car, refill your tank, buy train tickets, postcards, stamps, inquire about prices for food, arts and crafts, souvenirs, clothing, and shoes!

Grammatical points: Articles: definite/indefinite, Nouns: gender/number, Adjectives: possessive/qualitative, Prepositions,Verbs: present/simple past/commands

Material & Methods: Role-playing, Handouts, Songs and Videos.

When:  Saturday and Sunday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

PLEASE NOTE: Minimum of 8 students required, or course will meet for 13 hrs. instead of 16 hrs.


Dario Penzo

Instructor, Marketing & Events Coordinator

Born and raised in Chioggia, an island in the Venetian Lagoon, Dario is an archaeologist and Italian teacher with a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Heritage Conservation (2012) and a Master’s degree in Archaeology (2015) from the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice. He spent his academic years between Italy, Belgium and the United States before moving permanently to the DC area at the end of 2017.

Dario started his teaching career training archaeology students while working for the Ca’ Foscari University Anthropology Laboratory. He also had experience as substitute teacher for the Italian public school system, where he taught Italian language, literature, history, art and art history to students between 9 and 14 years old.

His passion for cultural heritage and Italian history was useful for his research studies, which allowed him to publish papers in Italian archaeological journals and present his theses’ research at the Green Templeton College of the University of Oxford.

Dario joined the Italian Cultural Society in Fall 2018, an opportunity that has helped him use his passions to promote real Italian culture in America. He was elected Secretary of the Board in 2020.