The heart of Pintadera’s Italian program is the Lingua group language course with a maximum enrolment of 8 students per class. The lessons are normally divided into two parts with a different teacher guiding each segment. The first part emphasizes Italian grammar and structure. The second part focuses on the application and exercise of these linguistic rules in real life settings.
Pintadera offers three basic levels of Italian proficiency - Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced. Absolute beginner classes generally begin the first Monday of every month. Intermediate and Advanced learners may start on any Monday, and depending on student circumstances, may enjoy the liberty of beginning on other days.
Pintadera does not employ standard Italian textbooks but instead produces its own class and take-home materials which are modified to the particular interests, abilities and needs of the group. This method has proven most effective in teaching adults who come to us from different backgrounds and who respond most favorably when treated in a way that is personally significant.
Pintadera carefully selects readings from Italy’s most celebrated poets, play-wrights and novelists. Wide varieties of current-event materials such as newspapers, magazines, radio and TV broadcasts are used in the Pintadera learning experience. Together, the student is enlightened to valuable Italian cultural, historic and contemporary perspectives and supplemented with improved linguistic and communicative skills.