Learn Italian | CCI Buffalo

Centro Culturale Italiano di Buffalo is pleased to announce that we will be offering online Italian lessons again in May 2021!

  • Conversational classes begin Saturday, May 8th at 10:00 am.
  • Beginner, Advanced Beginner, & Intermediate classes will begin Wednesday, May 5th at 6:00 pm.

Lessons will be offered in PACKS OF TWELVE.

NOTE: Classes must register at least six students in order to be operational. If that does not occur your check will be refunded.

Class cost is as follows:

  • $96 for CCI Members
  • $144 for non-members.

If you are interested in taking the online classes please submit your check along with your email address to CCI Buffalo, 1599 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216 by May 1, 2021.

Please contact Toni Marie Di Leo at 716-783-7555 or if you have any questions.

This page is dedicated to
Dr. Renata Giacobbe

Meet the Instructors!

Paul Castricone

Paul Castricone

Beginner Lessons

Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others, can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. The student can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.    

Marco Trivellato

Marco Trivellato

Advanced Beginner Lessons

Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). The student can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.  Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions. Can give briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.  

Celeste Marotta

Celeste Marotta

Intermediate Lessons

Can understand the main idea of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with the degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

Ernesta Mc Elvein

Ernesta Mc Elvein

Conversation Class

Can understand a wide range of demanding, long texts, and recognize implicit meaning.  Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expression. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

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