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Italian Language Classes Resume October 5

by Giuseppe Tassone

Congratulations to our students for completing their third quarter of Italian and thank you to our instructors for their dedication and success.

We have decided not to offer Summer review sessions this year to give our instructors a much needed break and to regroup for next school year. Therefore, language Classes will resume in Fall Quarter, with classes beginning October 5th and will once again be offered only online.

Registration is now open for students at all levels. Absolute beginners should register for Level A1 in Fall Quarter.

Buone vacanze e buon riposo.

Spring Quarter Classes Begin March 30

Italian Classes Resume March 3oth

by Giuseppe Tassone

Congratulations to our students for completing their second quarter of Italian and thank you to our instructors for their dedication and success. Spring Quarter resumes on Tuesday, March 30. Registration is still open for students who completed their previous quarters and for new students interested in joining an ongoing class. Absolute beginners should wait for Fall Quarter.

Buone vacanze e buon riposo.

Spring Quarter 2021

Summer Quarter Classes

New Online Review Classes starting on July 7th & July 11th 

The Dante Alighieri Society of Washington – Italian Language Program, after the positive experience of our spring quarter online classes, is offering for the first time two summer online review sections. These classes are for students who with some previous exposure to the Italian language. During the summer sections, students will solidify what they learned in level A1 & B1 (fall, winter and spring) before advancing to the next level of Italian in the fall of 2020. Special attention will be given to improve speaking and listening comprehension skills. 

Students with no experience of Italian should enroll in Level A1 beginning in the Fall. The 2020-21 school year will start October 1st. Students who completed levels A1, A2 and B1 in the spring can enroll to the next level independently from the participation to the summer section. The registration deadline for Summer is July 3, 2020.

 

 

Summer 2020

Language Program News

Language Program Director Giuseppe Tassone

Jeffrey Freiberg is one of the students in our Italian Language Program.  He joined the Italian Language program in the fall of 2020 with the beginning level A1 and successfully completed his first year of Italian. Last November, Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association awarded Jeff with a scholarship to study for a month in Perugia. His trip was postponed until next summer but he found in our program a place to fulfill his passion for Italy and the Italian language.  Here is Jeff’’s experience in his own words.

 

2020 End of Quarter

Jeff Freiberg on the right with director Giuseppe Tassone and instructor Roberta Punzi at the end of fall quarter 2020 celebration.

Italy in Seattle with the Dante Alighieri Society – Italian Language Program

By Jeffrey Freiberg

Ciao a tutti, my name is Jeffrey Freiberg and I am thrilled to be heading to Perugia, Umbria next summer to continue my Italian journey. I’ve always been intrigued by Italian culture, due to having a grandmother whose family is from Palermo, Italy, to growing up in a city with a large Italian population – Philadelphia, to falling in love with calcio during the summer World Cup of 2006. It led to me selecting an Italian class with my two free elective classes while studying at Temple University ten years ago, and it culminated in my first trip to Italy last April. My wife and I got married at a villa in the small town of Poppi with our closest friends and family present, and then we spent the next 10 days touring 12 cities/towns mostly in central Italy. We fell in love with the playful spirit of the Italian people, the melodic language, the beautiful scenery and architecture, and of course, the heavenly food and drinks.

We immediately looked for ways to recapture that feeling we had in Italy once we got back to Seattle. Thankfully, we found the Dante Alighieri Society of Washington and the Seattle Perugia Sister Cities Association. Dante Alighieri offered two A1 classes this past year with two wonderful professors. Damiano Pinton and Laura Ciori are extremely skilled in helping all their students find an entry point into the language, no matter what their starting point is. They make class fun and social, and modify the textbook and curriculum to make it relevant to modern day Italy. I recently had the pleasure of meeting students from the advanced classes at an end-of-quarter social gathering in December and now I’m even more eager to continue through the classes at Dante Alighieri! Whether you just want to learn some basic phrases or become conversationally fluent, Dante Alighieri can get you there with their amazing professors.

DAS were quick to react to the COVID situation this winter and spring, leading to classes being held on Zoom. As a teacher myself, I know there’s no substitute to learning in person, but I’m amazed at how seamlessly and effectively our classes transitioned to Zoom. Luckily for me, DAS is offering a special summer session of classes where we will review the skills we’ve learned this year before we advance to the A2 classes starting this fall.

The application process for this scholarship was pretty straightforward. After filling out your scholarship application, Seattle Perugia Sister Cities Association (SPSCA) does a round of interviews before recommending their selections to their board. The interview was very informal and felt more like a fun casual conversation with others who share your passion for everything Italy related. SPSCA is a very welcoming community who shares Dante Alighieri’s mission of bringing people together to celebrate and explore Italian culture. Similar to Dante Alighieri, SPSCA also holds special gatherings and events throughout the year that are a great way to meet new people and enjoy various elements of Italy. 

I am currently a classroom teacher at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School in the Central District. While I love my job and cherish every day with my students, it’s hard for me to deny that I’m in full countdown mode for next summer!

Dantedì Flashmob – 25 marzo le 10:00 di mattina

Dantedì

Dal 25 marzo di quest’anno si celebra il Dantedì, la giornata dedicata a Dante Alighieri. A seguito delle emergenze sanitarie che costringe tutti a rimanere a casa, la Società Dante Alighieri ha promosso un flashmob invitando tutti con #stoacasacondante, a leggere in balcone il V Canto dell’Inferno della Divina Commedia, quello più popolare, che racconta dell’amore di Paolo e Francesca. L’Amore è un sentimento che aiuta a superare ogni male, persino quello oggi rappresentato dal Covid-19 e per questo mercoledì 25 marzo alle ore 18 italiane tanti cittadini nel mondo sono stati invitati a leggere i più celebri passi del poeta fiorentino. A Seattle saranno le 10:00 di mattina. Quindi subito dopo il caffè tutti a leggere e a registrare i versi di Dante!

Amor, ch’al cor gentil ratto s’apprende,
prese costui de la bella persona
che mi fu tolta; e ‘l modo ancor m’offende.

Amor, ch’a nullo amato amar perdona,
mi prese del costui piacer sì forte,
che, come vedi, ancor non m’ abbandona.

[Dante Alighieri, Divina Commedia, Inf., V canto]

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