Language and Cultural Enrichment Classes for Children
In today’s global society, it is truly important to give children the opportunity to learn multiple languages.
Being bilingual or multilingual, will not only open doors in the future for children at home and around the world, but it may also lead to enhanced cognitive skills, greater creative problem solving, and enthusiastic acceptance of diverse cultures and customs.
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages offers a library of research that documents these benefits and more.
Scuola Italiana offers beginner to advanced Italian immersion classes for children ages 3 to 12.
Registration is ongoing and welcome throughout the year!
Weekend and after school classes are held at Friendly House in the Pearl and offer beginner to advanced level classes for ages 3 to 12 years old. After-school classes are held at Catlin Gabel School and offer advanced level classes for ages 6 to 12 years old. For more information, to schedule a visit or to enroll in a class, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
While our class schedules follow the traditional school calendar, with a fall term and a winter/spring term, you are invited to enroll at any time. We will pro-rate your tuition and registration fees.
Our classes are small, averaging 4 to 6 students per teacher, and they are taught entirely in Italian. Children 3 to 12 years are grouped by age and ability. Teens and adults are grouped by ability.
Let us know if you’re interested in a teen class. With four students we can offer a class designed specifically for teenagers.
Class Descriptions and Schedules
Cuccioli: 3 to 5 years old
Our youngest students explore new language through play, song and engaging projects. We keep things familiar and comfortable during class so that children gradually come to embrace the new language. Total Physical Response is used in the class as a means for language comprehension. Children are also encouraged to play and interact with one another in Italian.
The Total Physical Response method is based on research that shows learning occurs before a child actually begins to speak a language. Initially children respond physically to the speech of the teacher and in turn, as the children’s responses are positively reinforced by the speech of the teacher, they begin to learn the language. The children are absorbing the language without being able to speak it. Over time, children are able to reproduce the language spontaneously. This method also promises double efficiency in terms of rate of learning, according to several published studies.
Piccoli: 6 to 8 years old
Our Piccoli students learn Italian together as they move through thematic units during class. New vocabulary and grammar is introduced through themes that are relevant to children them, such as family, self-image, home, sports & hobbies and nature. By using these practical topics as a vehicle for learning Italian, kids gain core language skills that are related to their own lives and that they are excited to use outside of the classroom setting!
Grandi: 9 to 12 years old
As our oldest group, Grandi students come into class equipped with the skills necessary for more structured learning. The class divides its time between working on syntax and grammar through reading and writing activities, and on applying those skills through different collaborative projects and activities. Knowledge is put to the test with games and puzzles that require a base comprehension of Italian. Additionally, students participate in discussions about the culture, history and youth of Italy.
After-School Program: Beginning/Intermediate
Scuola Italiana’s after-school program is designed for children ages 7- to 12-years-old. The program is very flexible and tailored to fit the age and skill level of the student. Students build their language skills as they move through fun thematic units. New vocabulary and grammar is introduced in each of the themes that include: family, self-image, home, sports & hobbies and nature. By using practical topics as a means for learning the language, kids gain core language skills and vocabulary that is relevant to their own lives and that they are excited to use outside of the classroom!
After-School Program: Advanced
Speaking a language on a regular basis is not enough to be considered an expert. To acquire native-like proficiency, students must understand and use the language in every different context and situation. An expert not only speaks the language fluently, but also effectively reads and writes the language in real-life circumstances. Our Advanced Italian Class for Children is designed to maximize every student’s learning experience in a creative and collaborative environment, and to guide them in becoming an expert in the Italian language.
Our curriculum includes three important elements for learning a second language:
1. Conversational skills: The class is full immersion, which means 100% Italian! Students use every moment in class fine-tuning their ability to speak, listen and understand the spoken language. Students work together in pairs or small groups as they engage in relevant and lively discussions.
2. Writing skills: In order to communicate effectively in written form, students utilize a variety of different formats and writing styles. These writing exercises are designed to develop full comprehension of grammar and spelling rules as well as build a broad vocabulary.
3. Reading skills: Students read a variety of texts to develop a strong command for reading Italian language. To ensure proper interpretation of the context and meaning of each text, students discuss their understanding of each piece during class.
Throughout this course, students work together in pairs and/or small groups as they participate in fluency-based activities such as language games, crossword puzzles, read alouds. and creative writing. It is through these engaging activities that students will gain the skills necessary to effectively communicate in a variety of real-life contexts and become “experts” in the Italian language.
For location and schedule information, download a class schedule from the list below. Registration forms are located on the right side bar.