A practical introduction to spoken Italian. In these lessons students learn basic vocabulary and grammar with emphasis on conversational skills (speaking and listening comprehension) to find their way in Italy. Students will be able to formulate simple factual questions and requests, understand simple answers/directions and make simple complaints (Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the Council of Europe)
Our group lessons are tailored to the particular needs and goals of each group. That is why it is important that all students in a group be at a comparable level of Italian and have the same goals. LEZIONI D’ITALIANO starts with an interview with one person representing the group (or with the entire group): to asses levels, goals, time commitments, schedule possibilities, specific needs (tourism, business, technical, etc.) and so forth. Once we get an idea of the group’s needs LEZIONI D’ITALIANO presents a class proposal and a fee schedule.
Normally, groups sign-up for a three month program consisting of weekly lesson of 1.5 hours each. However, the length of the lessons can be extended to two hours and the frequency to twice weekly according to the needs and wishes of the group. LEZIONI D’ITALIANO also makes the syllabus depending on the expectations, deadlines, availability to study outside class, etc. of the group.
LEZIONI D’ITALIANO offers a full course on Italian diction either combined with a language course or diction only for singers who are not interested in more complete Italian language lessons. We also offer coaching in phonetics and vocabulary of specific songs/operas chosen by the singer.
Carlos Capra holds a Doctor of Music degree in clarinet performance. He has studied opera and opera conducting with Dr. Robert De Simone and has been playing clarinet in opera orchestras in the US and Europe since 1992. He also plays chamber music with singers frequently.
These one-on-one lessons have a personalized structure designed to accommodate the student’s own pace and specific goals and needs so that the student can take full advantage of the time in lesson. One-on-one lessons are normally held once or twice a week for 1.5 hours each, unless the student prefers a different arrangement. The student pays for a group of lessons up front (normally four 1.5 hour lessons for which there is also a discount). Meetings are normally held at a local caffé.