The history of the American Italian Cultural Center & Museum is as rich as the history of our Italian forefathers. We seek to cultivate a strong bond with our community and bring a little bit of Italy to daily life here in New Orleans.

ITALIAN LANGUAGE LESSONS

8-week sessions

The American Italian Cultural Center (AICC) Italian Language Lessons are offered in four different levels carefully designed according to the European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Space is limited to ensure a low student-teacher ratio. The courses are held at the American Italian Cultural Center located at 537 South Peters Street, in downtown New Orleans. Classes are also offered online via ZOOM. All classes are taught by a native Italian teacher and have a friendly and motivating atmosphere. If requested, a free assessment test intended to help students to understand which level is a best fit for them will be provided (remotely or on site).

We offer four 8-week sessions per year. Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer.

ACTIVE NOW: 2022 FALL SESSION October 10th THROUGH December 12th

We offer four 8-week sessions per year. Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer.

2022 FALL SESSION October 10th THROUGH December 12th

You can now start reviewing the content or REGISTERING for our Winter Session bellow.

2023 WINTER SESSION JANUARY 23RD THROUGH MARCH 24th

Upcoming Session

You can now start reviewing the content or REGISTERING for our upcoming Session

Italian Courses and Class Schedule

2023 WINTER SESSION JANUARY 23RD THROUGH MARCH 24th

Important Note
No class scheduled for one week over 2023 Mardi Gras.
Lessons will be suspended from Thursday, February 16th
through Wednesday, February 22nd.

NOVICE I AVVIAMENTO ALLA LINGUA ITALIANA
(INTRODUCTION TO THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE)

Goal: Development of basic language and communication skills in Italian

Topics covered:
• The Alphabet and Sounds • Common Greetings and Polite Expressions • Introductions • The Verb Stare • Personal Pronouns • Giving and Understanding Basic Directions • Formal verses Informal Speech; • Question Formation • Days of the Week and Months of the Year • Active Use of Numbers and Dates • Spelling • Making a Reservation by Phone • Expression of the Present Perfect Continuous Tense with da • Elementary Conversation

Level: PreA1 of the European Framework.

When/Where:
Mondays (6:00 pm – 7:30 pm) via Zoom

Session: 2023 Winter

NOVICE II –
(INTRODUCTION TO THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE PART II)

Goal: Further development of basic communication skills in Italian.

Topics covered: • Means of Transportation and Everyday Places • Indefinite Articles and Gender • Plural formation • Ordering Food and Beverages al Bar • Partial Conjugation of ARE Verbs in the Present Tense • Negation • Idiomatic Expressions with avere • Greetings and Best Wishes with buono; • The 20 Regions of Italy • Listening Comprehension and Basic Conversation

Level: Progression from preA1 to A1 of the European Framework

When/Where:
Wednesdays (7:30 pm – 9:00 pm) via Zoom
Friday (1:30 pm – 3:00 pm) @ AICC

Session: 2023 Winter

NOVICE III
(INTRODUCTION TO THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE PART III)

Goal: Further development of communication skills in Italian

Topics covered: • Definite Articles • Noun and Adjective Agreement • Stare Verses Essere • Providing and Understanding Basic Descriptions • Indicating Possession with essere • Interrogatives • Understanding Basic Forms and Documents • Practice Dialogues Covering Everyday Situations; a strong emphasis is placed on listening comprehension. • Basic Conversation

Level: A1 of the European Framework.

When/Where:
Wednesdays (6:00 pm – 7:30 pm) via Zoom

Session: 2023 Winter

NOVICE IV
(INTRODUCTION TO THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE PART IV)

Goal: Further development of communication skills in Italian

Topics covered: • The Italian School System and Education • Family and Relationships • Possessive Adjectives • Demonstrative Adjectives • Everyday Activities • 1st, 2nd and 3rd Regular Verb Conjugations in the Present Tense • Common Irregular Verbs in the Present Tense • Bureaucratic Matters and Civics • Show and Tell in Italian

Level: A1 of the European Framework.

When/Where:
Tuesdays (3:30 pm – 5:00 pm) @ AICC

Session: 2023 Winter

NOVICE V
(INTRODUCTION TO THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE PART V

Goal: Further development of communication skills in Italian

Topics covered:
• Sports, Pastimes, and Everyday Activities • The Weather, Seasons and Holidays • Direct Object Pronouns • Employment and Professions • Telling time • Bureaucratic Matters and Civics • Show and Tell in Italian

Level: Progression from A1 to A2 of the European Framework

When/Where:
Thursdays (6:00 pm – 7:30 pm) via Zoom

Session: 2023 Winter

INTERMEDIATE I
(INTRODUCTION TO THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE PART VI)

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

Topics covered: • Food and Beverages • Ordering and Shopping for Food and Clothing • Articulated Prepositions • Formation of the Past Tense (il passato prossimo) • Sapere verses Conoscere • Indirect Object Pronouns • Increasingly Complex Readings and Listening Comprehension Exercises • Conversation and Written Expression/ Creative Writing

Level: A2 of the European Framework.

When/Where:
Thursdays (7:30 pm – 9:00 pm) via Zoom

Session: 2023 Winter

INTERMEDIATE II
(INTRODUCTION TO THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE PART VII)

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

Topics covered: • Clothing and Fashion • Reflexive verbs • Reciprocal Construction • Adverb Formation • A General Review of Large Numbers and Dates • Increasingly Complex Readings and Listening Comprehension Exercises • Conversation and Written Expression/ Creative Writing

Level: A2 of the European Framework.

When/Where: • Mondays (6:00 pm – 7:30 pm) via Zoom
Session: 2022 Fall

INTERMEDIATE III
(INTRODUCTION TO THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE PART VIII)

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

Topics covered: • Television, Movies, and the Press • The imperfect Tense • The Past Perfect (il trapassato prossimo) • Recounting a Past Event • News • Crime and Emergencies • Suffixes • Increasingly Complex Readings and Listening Comprehension Exercises • Conversation and Written Expression/ Creative Writing

Level: A2 of the European Framework.

When/Where: • Mondays (6:00 pm – 7:30 pm) via Zoom

Season: 2022 Summer

INTERMEDIATE IV (INTRODUCTION TO THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE PART IX)

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

Topics covered: • Health and the Human Body • Stress Pronouns • Regular and Irregular Comparative and Superlative Formation • Increasingly Complex Readings and Listening Comprehension Exercises • Conversation and Written Expression/ Creative Writing

Level: A2 of the European Framework.

When/Where: • Mondays (7:40 pm to 9:10 pm) via Zoom

Season: 2022 Summer

INTERMEDIATE V (INTRODUCTION TO THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE PART X)

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

Topics covered: • Travel and Vacation • The Future tense (il futuro semplice) • Plans and Aspirations • The Impersonal Si Formation • Femmine Nouns • Increasingly Complex Readings and Listening Comprehension Exercises • Conversation and Written Expression/ Creative Writing

Level: A2 of the European Framework.

When/Where: • Mondays (7:40 pm to 9:10 pm) via Zoom

Season: 2022 Summer

INTERMEDIATE VI (Introduction to the Italian Language Part XI)

Goal:

Topics covered: • The Use of ne and ci • Double Pronouns • Shopping • The Imperative • The Home • Increasingly Complex Readings and Listening Comprehension Exercises • Conversation and Written Expression/ Creative Writing

Level: Progression from A2 to B1 of the European Framework

When/Where:
Mondays (7:40 pm – 9:10 pm) via Zoom

Session: 2023 Winter

INTERMEDIATE VII (Introduction to the Italian Language Part XII)

Goal:

Topics covered: • Indefinite Adjectives • Indefinite Pronouns • Partitive articles • The Environment • The Present and Past Conditional • Increasingly Complex Readings and Listening Comprehension Exercises • Conversation and Written Expression/ Creative Writing

Level: B1 of the European Framework

When/Where:
Fridays (10:30 am – 12:00 m) via Zoom

Session: 2023 Winter

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

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.

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