1. LANGUAGE COURSES
Kids and teens classes are back in person!
The objective of our courses is to develop comprehension and speaking skills. To reach this goal, we organize the kids in small groups, and give the personal attention the child needs, according to age and level. Children will speak, read and write using traditional methods, but also will learn vocabulary and grammar by playing and moving, using the Total Physical Response approach. They will learn Italian culture and traditions by creating artwork, singing songs, watching videos, and other activities appropriate for their age. Children and teens are properly stimulated in order to develop a positive attitude towards the learning of the Italian language. All the instructors are native speakers and trained to teach Italian as a second language.
Courses are annual: 14 weeks in September-December + 16 weeks January-May. One-and-a-half-hour courses (except 2-3 years old, 1 hour) for 30 weeks.
At the Festa di Natale (Christmas party) kids will perform recitals, sing Italian songs and will enjoy kids activities. Learn more…. At the Festa di Carnevale (Costume party), they will be engaged in a recital in front of the public, and will enjoy a themed workshop. At the end of the year, the students will receive a certificate of attendance.
You can sign up for courses online and pay by credit card, or you can mail a check payable to The Italian Cultural Society and enter registration info in this form. You can pay half amount in September and half in January. Family Members* benefit from a discounted rate on the tuition fee and can borrow books and DVDs from our Italian library.
Courses take place on:
MONDAY, 4:30-6:00pm ET (45 hours course):
THURSDAY, 4:30-6:00pm ET (45 hours course):
FRIDAYS, Bethesda 4:30-6:00 pm ET (45-hr courses):
- Intermediate level for kids in 4-5th gr., with Fiorenza
- Advanced level Middle schoolers, with Laura
- Advanced level for High schoolers (9th and 10th grades), with Dario
SATURDAYS, Bethesda: (45-hr courses):
- Pre-school Italian Immersion ages 2–3, 9:30-10:30 am ET with Tsehay
- Pre-school Italian Immersion ages 4–6, 11:00 am–12:30 pm ET with Tsehay
- Advanced level for High Schoolers (11-12th gr.), 12:15-1:45 with Samantha
- Elementary level for kids in 3rd– 4th– 5th gr. , 2:00-3:30 with Fiorenza
- Intermediate level for MS, 6th -8th gr.
- Beginner level for teens 6th-12 gr., 2:00-3:30 with Samantha
SATURDAYS, Fairfax: private locations
2. WORKSHOPS with Maestra Fiorenza Castelli
MAGGIO E LA FESTA DELLA MAMMA – Friday, May 13th at the ICS at 6:30-9:30 pm
PARENTS NIGHT OUT – Enjoy a night out while your children learn Italian language and traditions at the ICS! Arts & crafts, poetry, video, story time and games to enjoy Italian culture. Kids will have pizza, gelato, fresh fruits and juices.
L’AUTUNNO E LA FESTA DEI NONNI – Friday October 1st, 6:30-9:30
L’INVERNO E IL NATALE – Sunday, Dec. 19 at 4:30pm (at our Festa di Natale at Chevy Chase Village Hall)
LA BEFANA E I RE MAGI – Friday, Jan. 6 at the ICS, from 6:00-9:00 pm (CANCELLED because of Omicron variant)
LA FESTA DEL PAPA’ – Friday, Mar. 18 at the ICS, at 6:30-9:30 pm
LA PRIMAVERA E LA PASQUA – Embassy Easter Egg Hunt, at Villa Firenze (Residence of the Italian Ambassador), April 2nd at 1:30-4:30 pm
3. SUMMER CAMPS
The Italian Cultural Society/Italian Language Program Summer Camp is an immersion program designed around a variety of activities that will encourage your children to speak Italian through singing, cooking, completing art projects, playing indoor and outdoor Italian games in the Battery Lane Park, behind ICS.
4. TUTORING and Exam Prep (AP Italian 2022 on May 9th)
The Italian Cultural Society/Italian Language Program offers one-on-one tutoring for kids & teens.
Please contact [email protected] or call the office for details: (301) 215-7885
Pre-school Italian Immersion, for kids ages 2–6:
These courses are designed for both kids who are exposed daily to Italian and kids new to the language. The younger the child, the easier it is to teach the language by speaking it, through games, songs, video and TPR. The classes are in Italian (with occasional individual translation to the child who needs it to stay involved).
At a scholar age:
We group the kids according to their age and level of Italian: Beginners, Elementary, Intermediate, High Intermediate and Advanced.
Beginners classes introduce children to the target language from the start. Elementary level classes are for kids who already attended a Beginners course, or have been exposed to some Italian but need to develop comprehension and speaking skills.
Intermediate level classes are held in Italian (with occasional individual translation to the child who needs it to stay involved), and are designed for children who are exposed to some Italian, they partially or almost fully understand, and need to develop their communications skills.
Advanced classes are completely in Italian and are designed for children with a good level of comprehension, and can speak Italian, even if not fluently. Both the Intermediate and the Advanced level will work on grammar and reading, exploring, at a deeper level, cultural aspects, including Italian Geography, History, Mythology, Architecture and Art History, etc. The focus of our classes remains communication. These readings will be a source of discussion and an important way to enrich their vocabulary and knowledge of Italian culture. Conversation about everyday life, contemporary life, holidays, traditions, comparison of cultures, are part of the class. The syllabus includes preparation for the AP Exam in Italian (which is structured around 6 themes: Global challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, Beauty and Esthetics).
Teenagers will be engaged in discovering Italian Culture while learning the language with their peers, through various interactive methods. Teenagers are also welcome to attend any of the adult classes. We offer preparation for Italian SAT Subject Test and AP Exam.
Which Level Is Right for You?
Level A1 - Beginner
Can understand basic instructions or take part in a basic factual conversation on a predictable topic.
Can understand basic notices, instructions or information.
Can complete basic forms, and write notes including times, dates and places.
Level A2 - Elementary
Can express simple opinions or requirements in a familiar context.
Can understand straightforward information within a known area, such as on products and signs and simple textbooks or reports on familiar matters.
Can complete forms and write short simple letters or postcards related to personal information.
Level B1 - Pre-Intermediate
Can express opinions on abstract/cultural matters in a limited way or offer advice within a known area, and understand instructions or public announcements.
Can understand routine information and articles, and the general meaning of non-routine information within a familiar area.
Can write letters or make notes on familiar or predictable matters.
Level B2 - Intermediate
Can follow or give a talk on a familiar topic or keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics.
Can scan texts for relevant information, and understand detailed instructions or advice.
Can make notes while someone is talking or write a letter including non-standard requests.
Level C1 - Advanced
Can contribute effectively to meetings and seminars within own area of work or keep up a casual conversation with a good degree of fluency, coping with abstract expressions.
Can read quickly enough to cope with an academic course, to read the media for information or to understand non-standard correspondence.
Can prepare/draft professional correspondence, take reasonably accurate notes in meetings or write an essay which shows an ability to communicate.
Level C2 - Native Speaker
Can advise on or talk about complex or sensitive issues, understanding colloquial references and dealing confidently with hostile questions.
Can understand documents, correspondence and reports, including the finer points of complex texts.
Can write letters on any subject and full notes of meetings or seminars with good expression and accuracy.
”The ICS is the source for not only learning to speak the Italian language, but also for discovering Italy in its history, arts, and culture. Under the leadership of Francesca Casazza, the Italian Language Program has been transformed with an innovative approach to learning that is both inviting and educational. As a novice student, I have learned tremendously and now feel confident in my ability to learn (even when I make many mistakes). If you want to learn Italian, come to the Italian Cultural Society of DC.”