Children’s Classes

Language and Cultural Enrichment Classes for Children

Weekend Classes

Weekend Classes (Beginner/Intermediate)

Begins September 14, 2019 through June 6, 2020

9:30am – 11:30am
1542 NW 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Cuccioli in Preschool Room (14th St) and Piccoli in Quimby Room
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Cuccioli (Ages 3 – Kindergarten) – 9:30am – 11:30am
Piccoli (Grades 1-3) – 9:30am – 11:30am.

Register for Weekend Classes here!

Advanced Hangouts (Fluent Speakers)

Kid Hangout

Introducing our Kid Hangout! A place to speak Italian in a relaxed, fun environment with a native Italian speaker as a facilitator. Play games, watch videos, do crafts, and have conversation in Italian with friends! The Kid Hangout is for grades Kindergarten through Fifth and is for children who are currently fluent speakers. This is a unique and affordable way for your child to engage in Italian language and culture without the pressure of homework or structured lessons.

Begins September 15, 2019 through May 17, 2020

3rd Sunday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm | 1542 NW 14th Ave | Drop in $20, Three Hangout Pass $50 (sibling discount available) | Register Here


September 15, 2019
October 20, 2019
November 17, 2019
December 15, 2019
January 26, 2020
February 23, 2020
March 15, 2020
April 19, 2020
May 17, 2020

Teen Hangout

Movies and board games in Italian? On the third Friday of the month, your fluent speaking teenager can come to Scuola Italiana di Portland for two hours of Italian speaking fun with a native Italian as a facilitator. Conversation, games, and movies with your friends. Its a wonderful way to maintain language in a low pressure environment. Ages 11 through 17 are welcome. Must be a fluent speaker of Italian.

3rd Friday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm | 1542 NW 14th Ave | Drop in $20, Three Hangout Pass $50 (sibling discount available) | Register Here

Begins September 20, 2019 – May 22, 2020


September 20, 2019
October 18, 2019
November 22, 2019
December 20, 2019
January 17, 2020
February 21, 2020
March 20, 2020
April 17, 2020
May 22, 2020

After School Classes

Begins September 26, 2019 through June 4, 2020

Advanced Speakers
3:45pm – 5:15pm
Grades 1-4
1542 NW 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
14th Street Room

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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 14.

Registration is ongoing and welcome throughout the year!

Class Descriptions

Cuccioli: 3 to Kindergarten
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: Grades 1-3
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: 8 to 11 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.