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Beginner/Intermediate Track

The beginner/intermediate track is designed for children with little to no experience with the Italian language. The 60 minute weekly lessons are conducted in Italian by university-educated instructors with native or native-like fluency and emphasize the gradual acquisition of basic reading, writing and grammar skills as students advance through the three levels. Students may enter the curriculum at any point. Please contact the Youth Language School director, Luisa Narducci O' Gara, with questions regarding curriculum and/or placement. 

Parent volunteers organize informal opportunities for students and their parents to meet and interact with other families in more casual social settings. Previous outings have included a trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, sledding and an authentic Italian winter meal at Powderhorn Park, a trip to the Caponi Art Park and Learning Center and making pizzas as guests of the Uptown Punch Pizza.


FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2018/19  Italian classes will be offered for beginner/intermediate level on SATURDAY MORNING from 10:15 to 11:15

This will be the ideal environment to learn Italian language and culture. Classes need to be a minimum of 4 students to a maximum 10 to ensure individual attention, while  still offering social and practical interaction among the students.

The ICC requires a minimum of 4 students in any group class.  When enrollment drops below this number, the families will be offered the option of remitting a tuition supplement.  If all involved families agree to the supplement, the class can materialize.

Fall semester 2018 (12 weeks): September 15 - December 15, 2018; no classes on Saturday October 20 (Education Minnesota Conference) and Saturday November 24 (Thanksgiving). Christmas party (Festa di Natale) will take place on the last lesson of December 15 in room 502.

Winter/Spring semester 2019 (12 weeks): January 19-April 27, 2019; no classes on  Saturday February 16 (Presidents 'Day); March 23 (Spring Break); April 20 (Easter weekend).

Membership The ICC has adopted a policy requiring membership for all language classes. Membership allows lower rates on classes than previously charged for non-member registration. Plus, membership includes discounts on other classes and events, as well as other benefits. Family membership is recommended, which covers parents and children. However, it is possible to purchase an individual membership for a child. Follow this link to became a member

Please register the first child, click on "pay online", the PayPal window will open, click on "Cancel and return to the Italian Cultural Center", once back on the ICC website click on the "new registration" button on the bottom right corner, register the second child and click on "Pay Online", this should allow you to make one single payment for both registrations. For any additional child that needs to be registered in another class, please start a new registration and make a separate payment

Refund Policy
Students will receive a full tuition refund prior to the start of the first lesson in the semester, minus a $10 registration fee. Students can withdraw from the course prior to the second week of class, however an administrative fee of $25 will be retained. No refunds will be issued after the second week of class.

Weather Policy
Class cancellations resulting from bad weather will be posted on the Youth School blog by 7:30 AM

Resource Center
ICC members are invited to borrow materials from the children's resource center.

For information on events for children click here.

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The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
 528 Hennepin Ave | Minneapolis, MN 55403 | (612) 295-4111 

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