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Italian Online Language Courses for Teens and Adults Start January 8!

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Spring 2018 starts in January
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About Us
Fondazione Italia is a non-profit  organization founded in 1998 to promote the teaching of Italian language and culture in Southern California. Fondazione Italia  receives grants from the government of Italy in support of its mission, and works in close collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy and the Education Office at the Italian Consulate in San Francisco.
Online Italian Classes for
Teens & Adult
All Fondazione Italia’s online sessions are 8-weeks
Each lesson is 90 minutes
(if enrolling by January 4, 2018)
Online Courses for Teens
Ragazzi Italiani* (Italian Teens)

Our Ragazzi Italiani course is designed for middle and high school students, ages 12 to 16 years, who already have a strong foundation in Italian and wish to develop communicative competence in reading, listening, writing and speaking while exploring multiple aspects of  Italian society, literature, history and culture. Students in this class will also learn and practice skills which will be useful to eventually take the Italian SAT® and AP® Italian exams. To learn more about the online AP® prep course that begins January 13 click here.

January 8 – February 26
 6:15 pm – 7:45 pm  PST
January 10 – February 28
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm PST
Class is limited to 6 Students
Online Courses for Adults
Adult Classes
Our most important objective is to enable our students to communicate in Italian and to have fun while learning!

Meets on Thursdays

January 11 – March 1
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm PST
Meets on Thursdays
January 11 – March 1
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm PST
Meets on Tuesdays
January 9 – February 27
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm PST
Classes are limited to 8 students
Meet the Teachers!

Simona Cavadini  

(Teen Class)
Simona grew up in Como, Italy and graduated from the Bocconi University in Milan, majoring in International Business. After several of years working in Human Resources for a U.S. multinational company, Simona decided it was time for a change of scenery (and weather!) and moved to sunny Los Angeles to follow her husband. Since moving to Los Angeles, Simona has worked for the U.S. office of the Vicenza Trade Fair (VTF) as a Marketing and PR Specialist. Additionally, she taught Italian to private clients, as a way to stay connected to her culture. After becoming a mom, Simona worked for the VTF from home until 2013 when she decided to pursue her passion for teaching more rigorously. She completed a training course for foreign language teachers based on the Montessori Methodology and started working and teaching at Fondazione Italia in 2014.
Lorena Bignamini
(Adult classes)   

Lorena moved to Los Angeles from Milan, Italy 15 years ago. Her passion for teaching started when she was a child when her favorite game was not playing ‘house’ as many girls did, but playing ‘teacher’.

During her experience teaching Italian over the last two decades, Lorena has come to understand the challenges students face, and the enormous pride a person feels, when studying a new language. She knows there is not a blanket technique to language instruction so she customizes her instruction delivery to each person’s style of learning in a unique and fun way.