Adult Classes

Culture and Language Immersion Classes for Adult

REGULAR Term Language Classes
INTERCESSION Culture Classes

SPRING TERM: April 3 – June 7, 2018

REGULAR Term Language Classes

Email for placement tests if you need to a test in order to register for class.

Beginning Class Schedule

CLASS IS FULL – A1 NEW Beginner #1 | Thursday 6:00 – 8:00pm | No test needed to register for class | Teacher: Dominique Dore

A1 NEW Beginner #2 | Wednesday 6:00 – 8:00pm | No test needed to register for class | Teacher: Beatrice Mabrey-Robeson

A1.1 Beginner | Monday 6:00 – 8:00 pm | Must test to register for class | Teacher: Elisa Saturno *no class on April 2, 2018 and May 28, 2018; make up classes scheduled for June 11, 2018 and June 18, 2018.

A1.1 Beginner, Expensify* | Wednesday 6:00 – 8:00 pm | Must test to register for class | Teacher: Pina di Rosa *located at our Expensify location (401 SW 5th Ave)

A1.1 Beginner | Thursday 6:00 – 8:00 pm | Must test to register for class | Teacher: Pina di Rosa

A1.2 Beginner | Tuesday 6:00 – 8:00 pm | Must test to register for class | Teacher: Elisa Saturno Paasche

A1.2 Beginner | Wednesday 6:00 – 8:00pm | Must test to register for class | Teacher: Joe Wachunas

A1.3 Beginner | Tuesday 6:00 – 8:00 pm | Must test to register for class | Teacher: Daniela Silvestrin

Intermediate-Beginner Class Schedule

A2 Intermediate Beginner | Tuesday 6:00 – 8:00 pm | Must test to register for class | Teacher: Dominique Dore

Intermediate Class Schedule

Italian Conversation Class | Wednesday 8:00 – 9:30pm | Must test to register for class | Teacher: Joe Wachunas

B2 Intermediate | Thursday 6:00 – 8:00 pm | Must test to register for class | Teacher: Michael Manca

B2.3 Intermediate, Expensify | Tuesday 6:00 – 8:00 pm | Must test to register for class | Teacher: Alessandro Mastrorocco *located at our Expensify location (401 SW 5th Ave)

Advanced Class Schedule

C1 Advanced | Monday 6:00 – 8:00 pm | Must test to register for class | Teacher: Robert Morse *no class on April 2, 2018 and May 28, 2018; make up classes scheduled for June 11 and June 18, 2018

C2.1 Advanced | Wednesday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm | Must test to register for class | Teacher: Alessandro Mastrorocco

Class Calendar: Adult Program 2017 – 2018 Calendar

La Scuola offers the Italian immersion classes for adults ages 13 and older.

Most classes are currently held at the First United Methodist Church, downtown Portland area. Classes held at Expensify (401 SW 5th Ave) are noted above.

Scuola Italiana has adopted the CEF (Common European Framework) for structuring its adult language classes.

Scuola Italiana adult language immersion classes are small, focused, and lessons are taught in Italian. Our New Beginner class is very popular and the class size averages around 15 students. As the classes advance, the classes become more focused and the average class size is six to nine students. The curriculum is flexible and tailored to meet the needs of students within each language level. At a cost of only $14 per hour, the Scuola’s Italian classes are affordable and highly effective for those who are serious in learning this beautiful language.

While our class schedules follow the traditional school calendar with four terms, you are invited to enroll at any time. We will pro-rate your tuition and registration fees.  Assessment testing is required to join ongoing classes above the beginner level. Email for additional information.

Class Descriptions
Beginning Italian
Whether you are planning a trip to Italy, learning the language for work, or simply embracing the beautiful Italian language and culture, our beginner classes will provide the framework that is necessary to communicate effectively in real life situations. New beginner classes are offered each term and there are usually ongoing classes at various stages of the beginner level for those who have some experience with the language.

The best way to learn a language is by speaking it. In Beginning Italian, every student will speak the language starting the first day, from very simple phrases to more complex expressions as the term progresses. Our teaching approach at Scuola Italiana is communicative, which means we stress the importance of learning the Italian language in real life contexts and interactions. Grammar lessons are also included at this level of study as they provide a clearer understanding of the language and build the framework that allows students to grow in the language.

During class students will recreate everyday situations such as meeting and greeting people, ordering food and beverages in a coffee shop or restaurant, asking for and providing information and directions on the street and socializing and talking about themselves, their jobs, their hobbies, their families, etc. Throughout this course, students will also gain knowledge of many important aspects of Italian culture.

Intermediate Italian
Students entering the Intermediate level of Italian should be proficient in basic conversational Italian and have a solid comprehension of conditional and future tenses as well as present tense and past tense conjugations such as Passato, Prossimo and Imperfetto.

At this level, students continue to develop their conversational skills and begin working on more advanced grammar rules. Students focus on refining their Italian language skills not only by studying the nuances of the language, but also by understanding the cultural context. Students collaborate as a class and in small groups to write short compositions on a variety of topics, which they will share and discuss among themselves. The classroom atmosphere is one of openness, where students work together and make mistakes together, all with the common goal of gaining fluency in Italian.

Intermediate Level Italian Conversation Class
Native-like fluency in Italian is only gained through regular and consistent use of the language. Students in Conversational Italian will receive many opportunities to speak and interpret the language through lively discussions about restaurants and food, current events, art and culture, music, and more.

This course will also cover more Italian grammar, which facilitates reading, writing and speaking the language at a higher level. Grammar lessons may include: conjunctive forms, implicit forms, indirect speech, words alteration, and idiomatic forms.

This class is designed to be flexible and is adapted to meet the needs of students who have a good command of the Italian language.

Class structures and schedules may be subject to change based on enrollment. A minimum of four registered students is required for each class.

If you or your child needs a class that is not listed, please be sure to let us know. We appreciate the opportunity to meet your needs!

Intercession Culture Classes

Wine Course: November 27, 30 and December 4, 7, 2017

Register Here

The wine course consists of four evenings of wine instruction, tasting, and finger foods over two weeks. The classes will be held on November 27, 30, and December 4, 7 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the lovely Expensify Building in downtown Portland at 401 SW 5th Ave. Register here.*

Each evening will focus on a specific region and guests will learn about all aspects of wine from vineyard to table. The class will taste three wines in each class and discuss each of those wines in depth. Guests will also enjoy some tasty food to accompany the wines in each class.

This class is primarily taught in the English language, but will include some Italian language vocabulary related to the subject matter.  The course is taught by Dominique Doré.

Dominique was born in Santa Barbara and raised on the family-owned Rancho Tinaquaic established in 1837 where her family has had the Foxen Winery since 1985. She spent her first years traveling the back roads of Italy, France and Spain with her family and then returned to live in Italy during her teen years. Dominique went on to graduate with honors in Italian Literature from University of California, Santa Cruz and move back to Rome for an additional five years to work as a translator and language trainer. Further to her upbringing on a winery, Dominique worked for ten years in key positions for seminal Italian Importers: Villa Italia, Vinifera and Oliver McCrum. She has also done stints at Flowers and Foxen. Before coming to work at La Scuola Italiana, she completed her Masters in Italian Literature from San Francisco State University with a 3.8 GPA. She is also a certified Wine Educator with Merit through WSET and a founding member of the first Slow Food Chapter in the United States.

*Must be 21 or older to register for class. Teacher will check IDs.

Italian Holiday Cooking Class Series CLOSED

CLASS IS FULL and registration is closed! If you are interested in future cooking classes, please email to be added to a list!

Are you ready to spice up your holiday cooking this year? Join us for a special Italian Holiday Cooking Classes series on November 28, 2017 and December 5, 2017 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm at the lovely Cerulean Wine Bar at 1439 NW Marshall Street, Portland, OR 97204. You can learn how to cook delicious Italian style holiday dishes, all while enjoying Cerulean’s delicious wines.

November 28 – Italian Holiday Desserts – Sweets and Treats
December 5 – Antipasto (appetizer) and un primo (first course)

The series costs $95 ($70 tuition and $25 registration fee covers both classes in the series) and includes a glass of Cerulean wine, the recipe, a taste of the completed dish, and Cerulean will also provide a wine pairing list for the menu. You can then expertly purchase a perfectly paired bottle of their wonderful, locally made wine to bring to dinner and really impress your family around the holiday table. Buone feste!

Register here.

Parliamo! (Int/Adv conversation): TBA

Parliamo! presents fascinating conversation opportunities for intermediate and advanced level speakers. Fall term offers four, two-hour sessions that will include discussions about notable Italian figures across architecture, art and film.  Each class offers a new topic of conversation. The full immersion class empowers students to build upon their existing knowledge to add new vocabulary and grammatical structures through speaking, listening, and reading activities.  The objectives of the course are to further develop  1) communicative competence, 2) speaking and listening capacity, 3) expression in the spoken language, and 4) pronunciation, correct intonation and pace of the language.