Italian Language Classes

The Cleveland History Center is pleased to offer a series of Basic Italian Language Classes, taught by Serena Scaiola, a native speaker of Italian with many years of teaching experience at all levels in several local Universities.

Beginner I : This 8-week, Saturday-morning course is designed for individuals with no previous knowledge of Italian, or for those who were exposed to the Italian spoken language but need to refresh. It is intended to give basic skills in reading, listening and speaking, with a focus on developing comprehension and communication skills. The fundamental elements of grammar, phonetics, and syntax will be introduced by using a functional situation approach. A part of each lesson will be dedicated to real situation exercises, grammar drills and consolidation of the material, deepening of concepts through cultural readings, conversations, role games, listening, and reading exercises. No matter what the motivation is – personal interest, upcoming travels or researching your genealogy – learning Italian will make any experience much more fun and engaging!

Beginner II: This 8-week, Saturday-afternoon course is designed for individuals who have already taken Beginner I Italian, or have a very basic knowledge of Italian language.  These classes will build on the concepts taught in Beginner I and will utilize many of the same learning tools and strategies.

NEW THIS YEAR! Intermediate Level: This 8-week course, held on Tuesday mornings, is designed for individuals who have had some experience with the Italian language but want to brush up their skills before moving on to the Beginner II level. Ideal for intermediate-level speakers and past Beginner I students, this course will review familiar concepts while gradually introducing new elements of the language. (May be taken simultaneously with Beginner I or Beginner II level classes.)


Beginner I & II: Saturdays, September 22, 29 | October 6, 13, 20, 27 | November 3, 10

  • Beginner I: 10:00-11:30am
  • Beginner II: 12:00-1:30pm

Intermediate: Tuesdays, October 16, 23, 30 | November 6, 13, 27 | December 4, 11

  • 10:00-11:30am ONLY

COST: $120.00 | WRHS members $100.00

LOCATION: Cleveland History Center, 10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106. Parking is not included.  Class participants are eligible for $5 flat rate parking during classes.

SUGGESTED MATERIALS: Italian Grammar (Quickstudy: Academic) by Inc. BarCharts; Italian Verb Conjugation Card (Foreign Language Verb Conjugation Cards) by Marcel Danesi. Both available on Amazon.