About Italian Language Lessons at the AICC

The American Italian Cultural Center (AICC) Italian Language Lessons are offered in four different levels carefully designed on the basis of the European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Classes have a friendly and motivating atmosphere. If you are unsure of your course level, please call the AICC at 504-522-7294

Courses are held at the American Italian Cultural Center located at 537 S Peters St in Downtown New Orleans, LA and at the Italian American Bocce Club of Greater New Orleans located at 2340 Severn Avenue, Metairie. Each class will include a total of eight 1.5 hour sessions.

NOVICE  Avviamento alla lingua italiana                                                          (Introduction to the Italian Language)

Goal: Development of basic language and communication skills in Italian

Tentatively, the following topics will be covered: alphabet and sounds, common greetings and polite expressions, numbers, days of the week and months of the year, giving and understanding basic directions, ordering food and beverages, making reservations by phone, understanding basic forms, elementary conversation,basic grammar, including plural formation, gender, noun and adjective agreement, personal pronouns, conjugation of common verbs in the present tense.

PreA1 to A1 of the European Framework.

Wednesday (2:30 – 4:00 pm) at the AICC, class runs October 2 – November 20

Wednesday (6:00 – 7:30 pm) at the Bocce, class runs October 2 – November 20

Thursday (10:30 – noon) at the AICC, class runs October 3 – November 21

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NOVICE II                                                                                                                          (Introduction to the Italian Language Part II)

Goal: Further development of basic communication skills in Italian

Tentatively, the following topics will be covered: possessive adjectives. direct and indirect object pronouns, telling time, articulated prepositions, 1st-2nd-3rd regular verb conjugations in the present tense, one form of past tense(il passato prossimo), practice dialogues; covering everyday situations.

Level: Progression from A1 to A2 of the European Framework

Mondays (6:00 – 7:30 pm) at the AICC, class runs September 30 – November 18

Tuesdays (7:30 – 9:00 pm) at the Bocce, class runs October 1 – November

Wednesdays (10:30 – noon) at the AICC, class runs October 2 – November 20

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INTERMEDIATE                                                                                                                       (Introduction to the Italian Language Part III)

Goal: Further development of basic language and communication skills in Italian, including a greater emphasis on conversation, oral, and written expression.

Tentatively, the following topics will be covered: reflexive verb, adverb formation, imperfect tense, past perfect (il trapassato prossimo), regular and irregular comparative and superlative formation, future tense (il futuro semplice), contemporary dialogues for learning, contemporary topics in bureaucracy and civics (Survival Italian).

Level: Progression from A2 to B1 of the European Framework

Tuesdays (6:00 – 7:30 pm) at the Bocce, class runs  October 1 – November 19

Fridays (10:30 – noon) at the AICC, class runs October 4 – November 22

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INTERMEDIATE II                                                                                                              (Introduction to the Italian Language Part IV)

Goal: Further development of basic language and communication skills in Italian, including a greater emphasis on conversation, oral, and written expression.

Tentatively, the following topics will be covered: passive construction, partitive articles, imperative, indefinite adjectives and pronouns, conditional, relative pronouns, possessive pronouns, past conditional, future perfect, contemporary dialogues for learning, contemporary topics in bureaucracy and civics (Survival Italian).

Level: B1 of the European Framework

Mondays (7:30 – 9:00 pm) at the AICC September 30 – November 18

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STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

I really enjoyed the novice class! Alessandro’s teaching style was fun and helped me learn very quickly! This class will really help me when I go to Italy next month!

-Novice student
Italian Language Class
2018-03-21T20:42:46+00:00
I really enjoyed the novice class! Alessandro’s teaching style was fun and helped me learn very quickly! This class will really help me when I go to Italy next month! -Novice student
You will have a great time and learn about Italian culture and food as well as the language. Very enjoyable classes in a relaxed atmosphere. Bravo!

-Intermediate student
Italian Language Class
2018-03-21T20:43:08+00:00
You will have a great time and learn about Italian culture and food as well as the language. Very enjoyable classes in a relaxed atmosphere. Bravo! -Intermediate student
The Italian Language Classes are wonderful and so much fun! The atmosphere is relaxed, but also very informative and captures my interests so well. I have enjoyed the time in class so much. The classes are a great challenge!

-Advanced student
Italian Language Class
2018-03-21T20:43:31+00:00
The Italian Language Classes are wonderful and so much fun! The atmosphere is relaxed, but also very informative and captures my interests so well. I have enjoyed the time in class so much. The classes are a great challenge! -Advanced student
The Novice Italian course was a great introduction to Italy, its culture, and the language.  A great start to a wonderful adventure.

-Novice student
Italian Language Class
2018-03-21T20:40:47+00:00
The Novice Italian course was a great introduction to Italy, its culture, and the language.  A great start to a wonderful adventure. -Novice student
Alessandro is exuberant and his excitement for teaching the class is infectious. I have loved learning from him and have definitely learned a lot!

-Intermediate student
Italian Language Class
2018-03-21T20:41:44+00:00
Alessandro is exuberant and his excitement for teaching the class is infectious. I have loved learning from him and have definitely learned a lot! -Intermediate student
Italian classes through the AICC are informal and are not at all intimidating. Participants range in age and are diverse in background. Alessandro does a very proficient job in assisting students and building their confidence. I highly recommend taking the course; learning a new language is a wonderful thing to do to improve brain activity!

-Novice student
Italian Language Class
2018-03-21T20:42:18+00:00
Italian classes through the AICC are informal and are not at all intimidating. Participants range in age and are diverse in background. Alessandro does a very proficient job in assisting students and building their confidence. I highly recommend taking the course; learning a new language is a wonderful thing to do to improve brain activity! -Novice student
I would recommend the American Italian language class because the group was very small and the atmosphere was friendly. In our beginning class we learned the basics of the language. We didn’t just learn a few phrases. I look forward to taking the intermediate class and learning more!

-Novice student
Italian Language Class
2018-03-21T20:44:02+00:00
I would recommend the American Italian language class because the group was very small and the atmosphere was friendly. In our beginning class we learned the basics of the language. We didn’t just learn a few phrases. I look forward to taking the intermediate class and learning more! -Novice student
I really enjoyed learning the basics of Italian in an encouraging environment with such an enthusiastic teacher!

-Intermediate student
Italian Language Class
2018-03-21T20:44:27+00:00
I really enjoyed learning the basics of Italian in an encouraging environment with such an enthusiastic teacher! -Intermediate student
Meet the Teacher: Andrea Saunders-Basili

Born in New Orleans, LA, Andrea earned her Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages (French, German and Italian) from LSU in Baton Rouge, LA.

She moved to Rome to attend La Scuola Superiore per Interpreti e Traduttori interpreting school. Andrea studied translation theory and simultaneous/consecutive interpreting from Italian to English, French and German. Since 1994, she has been working as a professional interpreter, translator, and instructor. She is  also an official Italian government interpreter and translator for the Italian Court and Judicial System. From 2005, she worked as a full-time interpreter and translator at the Centro di Permanenza per I Rimpatri government facility in Rome working on the front lines of immigration, for the Italian Red Cross, among other managing entities, and for Rome Police Headquarter officials. Andrea has taught bilingual Italian-English literacy courses and Italian classes to refugees, ESL classes, and English classes to Italian police officials.

Andrea is also proficient in Russian, has studied ancient Hebrew in the Italian university system and is a certified intercultural linguistic mediator for the Region of Latium.

She is eager to share her great love for the Italian language and culture, cultivated not only through her 26 years in Italy, but also from her own Italian American heritage.