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Project Description

Accelerated Introductory Italian

Accelerated Introductory Italian  is an accelerated introductory course for speakers of French, Spanish or Portuguese, or for students who have studied some Italian in the past and need a refresher course. In this course we will cover the equivalent of introductory levels I and II within the 8-week period. The goal is to develop oral and written proficiency in Italian. By the end of the class should be able to speak about food, hobbies, family, past experiences and future plans. You will also be able to read short stories and understand the basics of Italian films.

Sessions – Fall 2020

For fall 2020, we are dividing Accelerated Introductory Italian into two parts that are each four weeks long. You can take the parts in sequence or only take one course depending on your language learning needs. We will meet mid-September to mid-November on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45-4:45pm. We plan to meet outdoors for as long as possible, but may move the class to Zoom if needed. Scroll below to sign up!  The course will be capped at the first 9 students to register, so please register at least one week in advance.

You can email bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com if you have questions or would like a free language level evaluation.

Introductory Italian I

Introductory Italian I is designed for students who have never taken an Italian class before. The goal is to develop basic oral and written proficiency in Italian. By the end of the class you should be able to speak and write about a variety of topics, such as your family and friends, your likes/dislikes, food and hobbies, and travel plans. You should also be able to read directions, food menus, train timetables, and short stories (with a dictionary).

Sessions – Summer 2020

For summer 2020, we are dividing Introductory Italian I into two parts that are each four weeks long. You can take the parts in sequence or only take one course depending on your language learning needs. We will meet in the months of July and August on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15-6:15pm. We plan to meet in person for this course if possible, but will have a computer set up in case a student would prefer to Zoom into the class. Scroll below to sign up!

Please send us an email at bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com if you would like more details or have any questions.

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Italian II

Italian II is designed to further your Italian language skills. It is designed for people who have studied Italian previously and can say/write basic sentences in the present tense. The goal of this course is to strengthen everyday conversation skills through practical, everyday applications. By the end of the class should be able to comfortable converse about food, travel, family, past experiences and future plans. You will also be able to read short stories and understand the basics of Italian films. This is a small and fun class for people seeking to improve their knowledge of the Italian language and culture!

Sessions – Fall 2020

For fall 2020, we are dividing Italian II into two parts that are each four weeks long. You can take the parts in sequence or only take one course depending on your language learning needs. We will meet mid-September to mid-November on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15pm-6:15pm. We plan to meet outdoors for as long as possible, but may move the class to Zoom if needed. Scroll below to sign up!  The course will be capped at the first 9 students to register, so please register at least one week in advance.

You can email bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com if you have questions or would like a free language level evaluation.

Advanced Italian

Advanced Italian offers advanced language practice for students who are conversant in Italian. In this course we will speak about present, past, and future plans. We will watch films, listen to podcasts, news read articles. We will also cover more complex grammar including the conditional, subjunctive, and the remote past (condizionale, congiuntivo, passato remoto). The goal is to strengthen each learner’s oral and written skills.

Sessions – Fall 2020

Advanced Italian will meet from 10am-11:15am on Wednesdays from September 23 – October 14. We plan to meet at our outdoor classroom for as long as possible and may move the course to Zoom if needed. We will continue with a second session of Advanced Italian from October 19 – November 11. You can email bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com if you have questions.

Film Critics – Intermediate Italian

Are you feeling a bit restless at home and want to enjoy your month of May? Come and join us for a fun, interactive Italian course through Zoom! In this 4-week course, we will watch an Italian film at home (Netflix or Amazon) each week and then come together once a week to discuss it. By acting as film critics, we will further develop our Italian conversational skills while building our vocabularies. This class is specifically designed for intermediate Italian speakers.

Sessions – Winter 2020

Italian Film Critics (Intermediate Level) will be offered again in Winter 2020.

New to Zoom? Don’t worry – we are happy to speak with you to help you set up a free account. You can reach us by email as bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com or by phone (541) 728 -3022.

The Language of Italian Wine Workshop

Winemaking has been a tradition in the Italian region for over three thousand years and continues to represent one of Italy’s major industries. With the help of an Italian Master Sommelier, we will review the history of winemaking in Italy. Through this workshop we will also develop our Italian vocabulary to be able to describe different wine regions in Italy, grape varietals, flavors, and wine tasting etiquette.

Our next workshop will be offered on Wednesday, August 26 2020 from 5-7pm.. It will be held remotely. Email us at bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com for more information.

The Language of Italian Food Workshop

Do you love Italian food? You are not alone! In this workshop we will learn more about Italian food through the Italian language. By cooking traditional Italian recipes, we will expand our Italian vocabulary and pronunciation for different meals, ingredients, dishware, flavors, and more. Arrive hungry!

Check this page for future offerings of this class. You can also sign up to be on our mailing list at the bottom of this page and email bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com if you have questions.

Individual Tutoring

Don’t let the current climate limit your language learning progress! Given concerns around COVID-19, our teachers are happy to meet with you digitally for one-on-one instruction. Over your phone or computer, you can speak face-to-face while sharing files, video clips, short stories, written exercises and more. Meeting with a teacher is a great way to improve your language skills through interactive conversations and exercises.

Our language tutoring rate of $43 dollars per hour is the best you’ll find in town, and when you purchase your time in advance you can reduce that rate down to just $37 per hour. With individual tutoring, you can work with your teacher to find a time that works for both of you. We also offer semi-private tutoring for 2-4 youth and/or adults at an affordable price, so you can have fun learning with your friends.  You can see more information about this by scrolling down to the bottom of the page.

If you are new to Bend Language Institute, send us an email at bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com or give us a call at 541-728-3022 and we will be happy to put you in touch with a local teacher. You will have the opportunity to speak with a teacher about your language learning needs and get set up to learn a language from the comfort of your own home.

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS

CHRISTINA CAPPY
CHRISTINA CAPPYInstructor
My goal through Bend Language Institute is to provide meaningful education through language and cultural studies to our Bend community. Learning a language isn’t just about memorizing words but understanding another way of life. It helps broaden our perspectives and engage our minds. Plus, it is fun!
Maria Chiara Della Porta
Maria Chiara Della PortaInstructor —Italian
Buongiorno! Born and raised in Italy, I moved to Bend two years ago where I have been enjoying meeting new people and exploring the Pacific Northwest with my family. My love for languages and different cultures began at a young age. In middle school, I went on two cultural exchanges in France and England and later spent one year in Atlanta, GA, where I graduated high school. I returned to Italian to earn a degree in International Management Studies and a Masters in Translation Studies. At university I was awarded an Erasmus Scholarship and I studied for two years in Hamburg as well. I have been happily working as a translator for more than 14 years. In addition to translation and teaching work, I like travelling and cooking Italian cuisine. I am a professional Sommelier and I love sharing my knowledge of wines with those around me.

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