We believe in teaching Italian from an early age. Our goal is to create an encouraging environment to learn the Italian language by providing small classroom sizes (7-8 students at the most) and individual attention to all students.
Italian School NJ has developed its own sequential curriculums following the requirements of the Common European Frameworks so that children will learn the language through the years through age appropriate activities. Attention is given to 4 skills: listening and comprehension, ability to speak, read and write Italian.
Youth Weekly Classes
Courses are offered in the Fall (late September-end of February) Late Fall (mid-November-April) and Spring (immediately following after the Fall semester until the end of May).
Tuition: $480, 14 classes, 1.5 hour, includes ALL materials!
Students’ placement is based on the completion of an entrance exam.
If these days and times don’t work for you please REQUEST A CLASS HERE.
Classes can begin anytime once we reach a min. of 4 students.
Cuccioli (2.5-3.5 years old, pre-K)
Coccinelle (4 – 6 years old, pre-K)
For Cuccioli and Coccinele the focus is the listening and comprehension and ability to speak. ISNJ offers two levels for these age group: beginner/intermediate for those students who don’t know Italian at all or have some exposure to it advanced (bilingual) for those children who have a perfect comprehension of the language and have at least one parent that speak Italian to them in Italian.
ISNJ has developed a play-based curriculum that evolves around age-appropriate activities and “full immersion”. It has been shown that students of this age in particular benefit from activities and lessons conducted solely in Italian, as it encourages them to express themselves and think in the language.
Lessons are “theme based”, focusing on vocabulary-building activities such as songs, pretend plays and show and tell, visual aid games, art and crafts, etc.. “Themes” include greetings, numbers, colors, body parts, foods, seasons, family, animals, holidays and more. Children will be introduced to the Italian alphabet.
Beginner Course II:
This course is geared toward those students that already have a basic knowledge of the Italian language including present tense of “essere and avere”, proper conjugation of nouns, articles, adjectives,
Course Objective: In addition to mastering more advanced grammar and conversation skills more complex conversation and response to everyday situations, students will be start to read and understand topics of simple dialogues, short stories, magazine articles and write a one-page essay about every-day life, hobbies, family, vacations ...
Curriculum: Conversation and listening skills are based upon longer dialogues, interactive conversation and role-playing, listening comprehension from videos and CDs.
Beginner II classes are offered:
Monday morning , Monday evening, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday morning
Intermediate Course I or II:
These courses are geared toward those students that already have a deeper knowledge of the Italian language including present and past tense of regular and some irregular verbs, proper conjugation of nouns, articles, adjectives, and are able to carry a more complex conversation about everyday situations and other subjects.
Courses Objective: Mastery of more complex grammatical structures, fluid communication, and comprehension and analysis of short stories, while enhancing knowledge of Italian culture.
Curriculum: Students learn to discuss complicated concepts, such as politics, social issues, and personal views and will be introduced to read and analyze short stories and articles. Classes are conducted based primarily on a predetermined textbook, intense drill practice, regular conversation on progressively complex topics, and the use of readers and videos to increase comprehension.
Intermediate I and II classes are offered: Monday morning, Tuesday evening, Wednesday evening
Advance Course I or II:
These courses are geared toward those students that already have a deeper knowledge of the Italian language and wish to review or better understand more difficult grammar structures. Students are expected to speak Italian fluently and to both read and write essays in Italian.
Courses Objective: Mastery of more complex grammatical structures, refinement and enrichment of current linguistic dexterity (including speaking, reading and writing) and comprehension while enhancing knowledge of Italian culture.
Curriculum: In-class discussions of a variety of complex topics and issues based on reading materials, as well as Italian songs and films and various other media. Students will also compose original work outside of class. A predetermined textbook will be used to review grammar.
Advanced I and II classes are offered: Tuesday evening, Friday morning