Courses for Travellers

1. Discovery Courses (Plus Trips!)

Our school’s goal is to expose students to an authentic immersion into the Italian Culture. With our “Discovery Courses” here in Bethesda, our native instructors will lead you through a virtual tour of their region.

Then, we suggest a Trip, through our contacts in Italy, to offer you the possibility to experience the country as an insider. Participants will interact with selected local contacts, who will speak in Italian or in English and will lead the traveler through the discovery of history, archeology, art, traditions, gastronomy, and the natural beauty of their region, with a warm welcome.

Suggestions include: Veneto, Liguria, Piemonte, Abruzzo, Lazio, Puglia, Sicilia.

Discover Veneto with Dario Penzo
Thursdays, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Feb. 18–Mar. 18

Location: NOW ON ZOOM!

2. Immersion Course

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

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

March 20–21 • June 19–20 • August 21–22

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.

Schedule 2021:

Day: March 20–21, June 19–20, August 21–22

Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (ET)

Location: NOW ON ZOOM!