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Italian ~ Day and Evening Available ~ Keep Scrolling!

Reminder: Advanced registration and payment is required.

Classes are listed below. For Summer 2021, classes will be on Zoom with a couple of in person sessions possible (to be determined byeach class based on participant locations).

Click here to view several European History classes.


Italian 1: Beginners Part 1
This course, for people new to Italian, focuses on practical conversation and basic language structure. It is a must for people traveling to Italy. Please obtain the text, Italian Made Simple by Cristina Mazzoni. Handouts emailed. Instructor Sylvana Serravezza is a native of Venice and teacher of Italian for many years at local universities and in Ridgefield Continuing Education. She is also a marketing representative for an Italian company.

Next session is Fall 2021
Call (203) 431-2812 or email to be on notification list.



Italian 1: Beginners Part 2 ~ Evening
A continuation of beginners part 1 from winter 2021. Newcomers with some background of the language's basic structure are welcome. Whether for travel, business, or to extend your knowledge, the course will cover vocabulary and basic grammar of this beautiful language, plus culture, food, travel, and topics of interest. It is a must for people traveling to Italy. Please obtain the text, Italian Made Simple by Cristina Mazzoni to class. Other handouts emailed. Instructor Sylvana Serravezza is a native of Venice and teacher of Italian for many years at local universities and in Ridgefield Continuing Education. She is also a marketing representative for an Italian company.

6 Sessions (9 hours) $ 119 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 95)
Wed., 7/14, 21, 28; 8/4, 11 and 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Zoom/hybrid.


Italian 2: Continued ~ Day
A continuation of Italian 2 from the winter 2021 session. Newcomers with some background in the language's basic structure are welcome. Whether for travel, business, or to extend your knowledge, the course will cover vocabulary and basic grammar of this beautiful language, plus culture, food, travel, and topics of interest. It is a must for people traveling to Italy. Please obtain the text, Italian Made Simple by Cristina Mazzoni to class. Other handouts emailed. Instructor Sylvana Serravezza is a native of Venice and teacher of Italian for many years at local universities and in Ridgefield Continuing Education. She is also a marketing representative for an Italian company.

6 Sessions (9 hours) $ 119 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 95)
Thur., 7/15, 22, 29; 8/5, 12 and 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon; Zoom/hybrid.


Italian: Intermediate / Advanced ~ Evening
Prerequisite: Italian Level 3 (intermediate) and comfortable with immersion in this beautiful language. This 8 week course is aimed at further developing the four basic skills (listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing). Culture will be an integral part of the course. Contemporary usage, reading of novelle and independent weekly assignments to be presented and to be discussed by the class. Handouts provided. Instructor Sylvana Serravezza is a native of Venice and teacher of Italian for many years at local universities and in Ridgefield Continuing Education. She is also a marketing representative for an Italian company.

6 Sessions (9 hours) $ 119 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 95)
Mon., 7/12, 19, 26; 8/2, 9 and 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Zoom/hybrid.


Why Learn a Foreign Language? in Person? or Online with active Instruction and Participation?

Step away from a rote computer program and into live, active learning of a foreign language.

Absorb news as heard in another country.

Visit another country to see the sites, converse, eat, and enjoy the culture.

Use original genealogical sources.


Click here to view several European History classes.