Children’s Classes

Language and Cultural Enrichment Classes for Children

Weekend Classes – Schedule for 2018/19
After School Classes – Schedule for 2018/19


Weekend Classes and Workshops

Weekend Classes

10:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Friendly House in the Pearl, 1542 NW 14th Ave
Teacher: Daniela Silvestrin

Cuccioli (preschool age, 3-5) – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Piccoli (age 6-7) – 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Grandi (age 8-11) – 2:45p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Weekend Classes, 2018-19 School Year Calendar

Register for Weekend Classes here!

After School Classes

CANCELLED: Friendly House Beginner Italian Language Enrichment Classes –  for Grades K-2 (8 Week Program)
Wednesday, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Friendly House, Bretano Building, South Room (1737 NW 26th Ave, Portland, OR)
January 23, 2019 – March 13, 2019 (8 week session)
$80 for 8 weeks ($75 if Friendly House member, $65 if receiving free/reduced lunch)
Teacher: Pina di Rosa

CANCELLED: Register Here

Advanced Piccoli for Grades K-3
Thursday, 3:45pm – 5:45pm
Catlin Gabel, 8825 SW Barnes Road, Portland, OR 97225
Teacher: Daniela Silvestrin
Advanced After School Program Calendar: After School CG, 2018-19 School Year Calendar

Register Here.

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!

Weekend and after school classes are held at Friendly House in the Pearl and offer beginner to advanced level classes for ages 3 to 14 years old.  After-school classes are held at Catlin Gabel School and offer advanced level classes for ages 6 to 14 years old.  For more information, to schedule a visit or to enroll in a class, email

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

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 7 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: 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.

Friendly House After-School Enrichment 8 Week Program

Join Maestra Pina for a fun-filled, eight week After School Italian Language class from January 23, 2019 through March 13, 2019 (8 week session) from 4:30pm – 5:30pm at Friendly House, Bretano Building (1737 NW 26th Ave), South Room. In this class, children will learn Italian through conversation, games, and songs.

No previous Italian language needed as this is a Beginner friendly class. This class is open to children in Kindergarten through Second Grade (K-2). Classes are $80 for the eight week session ($75 if you are a Friendly House Member or $65 if you receive free or reduced lunch). Scholarships might be available. Email for more information.

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.

Teenage Weekend Workshop (Ages 11-14) – Advanced/Intermediate Italian

Scuola Italiana di Portland is offering four weekend workshops for our Teen advanced and intermediate Italian speakers. This workshop will help Italian speakers gain a deeper understanding of the language and culture, while also keeping them engaged in fun and interesting topics and discussions. The class will focus on advanced reading and comprehension activities, as well as conversation on topics such as newspapers, movies, or other media based activities (songs, short clips etc). The material will be suited for the age and skills of the students. The focus is to motivate the young, advanced learners to speak, write, and read in the target language while developing a deeper interest in Italian culture.

Youth Weekend Workshop (Ages 5-10) – Advanced/Intermediate Italian (not available 2018 term)

Scuola Italiana di Portland is offering four weekend workshops this Fall for our youth advanced and intermediate Italian speakers. This workshop will help Italian speakers gain a deeper understanding of the language and culture, while also keeping them engaged in fun and interesting topics and discussions. The focus of the class will be to spark the student’s interest and curiosity in Italian language and culture, while improving speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The workshop will create enthusiasm through games that teach the language in a fun environment. Through creative activities they will learn to follow instructions and how to ask for help. Conversation will primarily be in Italian to facilitate students to grow their vocabulary.

After School Music Class (Ages K-10) – No previous Italian experience necessary

Join Maestra Pina for a fun and song filled after school Italian music class this Fall! Music and songs are a wonderful gateway into the Italian language and culture. The language of music is universal, so whether your child has never spoken Italian or is fluent, this class has been crafted for everyone to enjoy! In this class, the children will learn how to sing Italian language songs, accompanied by Maestra Pina on her guitar, and participate in fun Italian language based arts and crafts projects. Children do not have to have any previous Italian language experience to enjoy the class. The class is open to Kindergarten age children through 10 years old.