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 Italian Language Classes

Members and non-members are welcome to sign up for our multi-level Italian classes - we teach everyone from beginners to travelers to advanced speakers.

See below for class descriptions, schedules, pricing and registration.

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Class options - Summer 2019

(All students must be at least 21 years of age)

BEGINNING ITALIAN 1A FOR TRAVELERS

Saturdays 11am - 1pm (6/15/19 - 8/17/19)
Instructor - Lisa Engelken

Buon viaggio!  This course welcomes both beginners with little or no prior knowledge of Italian and students who wish to brush up on the Italian before a trip to the Bel Paese.  Students will learn phrases and language used in connection food, culture and travel in Italy. They will become familiar with vocabulary used when shopping, dining and traveling. Scenarios will include making introductions, asking directions, booking reservations, buying tickets, using public transportation, shopping for clothing and/or food items, and ordering food & drinks in various settings.

Please contact info@slowtravelwithlisa.com with questions.

Book: Oggi In Italia, 7th edition.  Buy here.

BEGINNING ITALIAN 1A

Tuesday Evenings 7–9pm  (6/11/19 - 8/13/19)
Instructor - Lisa Engelken


This course is designed for students with little-to-no working knowledge of Italian, and for the student who wishes to brush up on the basics. Basic elements and concepts of Italian as well as verbs in present tense will be introduced. Mini-dialogues, grammar and cultural lessons are designed to help the student understand "how Italian works,” to increase vocabulary, and to provide a solid foundation for further language learning.This course is designed for students with little-to-no working knowledge of Italian, and for the student who wishes to brush up on the basics. Basic elements and concepts of Italian as well as verbs in present tense will be introduced. Mini-dialogues, grammar and cultural lessons are designed to help the student understand "how Italian works,” to increase vocabulary, and to provide a solid foundation for further language learning.

Please contact info@slowtravelwithlisa.com with questions

Book: Oggi In Italia, 7th edition.  Buy here.

CONTINUING ITALIAN 1B

Monday Evenings, 7-9pm (6/10/19 - 8/12/19)
Instructor - Lisa Engelken

Students with a working knowledge of present-tense verbs (-ARE, -ERE, -IRE) are welcome! This course includes the review and study of verbs in the present tense (including modal, irregular and reflexive verbs) and the introduction of the simple past tense (the Passato Prossimo). The student will be introduced to more advanced concepts of speech such as the articulation of prepositions. Guided conversation will provide the student with opportunities to exercise concepts and content presented. Readings and cultural studies will complement verb study and facilitate development of new vocabulary.

Please contact info@slowtravelwithlisa.com with questions.

Book: Oggi In Italia, 7th edition.  Buy here.

ADVANCED BEGINNERS ITALIAN 1C

Thursday Evenings 7–9pm  (6/13/19 - 8/15/19)
Instructor - Lisa Engelken

Students with a working knowledge of present-tense verbs and a familiarity with the Passato Prossimoare welcome! This course includes a review of the Passato Prossimo and an introduction to verb tenses that include the imperative, imperfect and future. Course includes developing conversation skills through use of selected readings, cultural studies, current events and grammar studies. Goals include development of new vocabulary and increased ability to converse using multiple verb tenses.

Please contact info@slowtravelwithlisa.com with questions.

INTERMEDIATE - ADVANCED CONVERSATION - not offered in Summer 2019

Wednesday Evenings 7-9pm CLASS RETURNING in FALL 2019 Instructor - Kelly Britt

In this course students with a good foundation in Italian who have studied the basic grammar and vocabulary points covered in Italian 1A, 1B and 1C will develop conversation skills through group discussion, role- playing, oral presentations, vocabulary-building, and other related activities, with an emphasis on speaking and listening skills. Students will learn:

  • A solid foundation in traditional and colloquial Italian structures

  • The ability to communicate effectively in Italian on various topics

  • How to understand and express themselves in Italian at the conversational level

  • Read and comprehend Italian written material for class discussion

Please contact instructor Kelly Britt at kellybritt415@gmail.com with questions.

Prices

SFIAC Members $150; Non-members $250

*All returning students receive a $25 discount

 

Instructor Biographies

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LISA ENGELKIN

Instructor Lisa Engelken has been teaching Italian for twenty years. She earned her M.A. in Italian Language & Literature from San Francisco State University and also holds two undergraduate degrees in Italian Studies and Theatre & Media Arts.  

In 2017, Lisa was honored to be recognized by Italian Consul General Lorenzo Ortona for her “eclectic rigorous creativity and innovative ways of helping language learners appreciate the best of the Italian language and culture.”

Lisa has been teaching at SFIAC Italian Language School since 2012. Prior to joining SFIAC, she served as a Lecturer at SF State University, Department of Italian Language and Literature (2002-2009). During her tenure at SFSU, she served as a Reviewer for the California State University Study Abroad Program to Italy. She has also taught at various education institutions that include an SF Fine Arts College, several international language schools and a Bay Area High School. She also offers private lessons and tutorials for individuals and small groups.

In addition to teaching Italian, Lisa enjoys serving as an Italian-English translator and interpreter in both social and business settings. She has recently begun to travel to Italy with English-speaking clients to facilitate their travels, to interpret gatherings with their Italian relatives and to assist in the acquisition of birth certificates and other documents needed to apply for Italian Citizenship.  

Lisa has worked as a translator for a San Francisco Italian Cultural Institute and has translated literary works, historical letters, technical manuals, legal documents and court depositions.

In 2017, Lisa launched her new travel venture Slow Travel with Lisa. At the urging of her Italian students, she began designing custom, small-group tours that feature Italian lessons and opportunities to meet a colorful cast of guest teachers, authors, artists and Italian friends. Upcoming itineraries are listed at www.SlowTravelwithLisa.com

Ms. Engelken was named an ISEP Delegate to the University of Florence, a Rotary Scholar to the University of Naples, a Carla Rossi Academy Fellow (in the Hermeneutics of Dante), and an Italian Cultural Institute Scholar to the University of Perugia where she successfully completed her course curriculum in Teaching Italian as a Second Language.

In tandem with her love of Italian language and culture, Lisa is an award-winning jazz vocalist, writer/arranger/composer, actor and vocal coach.  er most recent albums Caravan(2010) and Little Warrior (2013) were both named to the Jazz Journalists Association’s “Best Of” Lists.  Little Warrior includes her arrangement of the samba “Viva la felicità,” theme song for the 70’s Italian children’s cartoon “Signor Rossi” that her Italian students enjoy singing!

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KELLY BRITT

Kelly received her BA in Art History and Fine Art, and her MA in Italian Studies and Museology, in Florence, Italy. She has been a Language Educator for 12 years, as well as an Intercultural Trainer and a Higher Education Management professional at Stanford University, where she also taught Italian.

With an extensive background working within the arts, education, tourism, professional training and translation fields, she brings together all of these amazing experiences to develop and lead programs that open infinite opportunities to cultivate your language, professional and cultural skills all in one! Kelly uses the communicative teaching approach, in which students realize their strengths and build on them through her supporting an open dialogue/interaction and allowing students to apply their knowledge daily through guided practice and realistic situations.

She also encourages her students to attend local events and cultural groups throughout the Bay Area, as she is the Principal Organizer of the San Francisco Italian Language Meetup Group. For more information, visit her website at: http://www.italiantogo.info.