News from the Italian Classroom
The New Year
Italian classes at C.D. Hylton are proceeding smoothly and with enthusiasm. The year began with two extraordinary events. First, in Washington, D.C. students of Italian 3 and 4 had the chance to meet Col. Roberto Vittori, an Italian astronaut that flew on the Shuttle with Mark Kelly. We all felt very special.
Second, Italian AP has been approved by the school board on November 6th. We are the only school division to offer Italian AP classes in the state of Virginia!
We have been using I-pads in the class and the students are working on learning Italian on the latest language app called DUOLINGO. If you need to brush up on your high school foreign language, give it a try. The students love it!
Italian club took a trip to Occoquan on October 12th and students had a chance to eat real Italian gelato. The next meeting is Saturday, November 23rd, at Olive Garden. It will be our Italian Thanksgiving meal. In December, we will bake almond cookies and we will make cannoli.
The Italian Exchange Trip scheduled from April 9th to April 19th received an unusual numbers of applications and we are the process of selecting the participants. Italian students from Verona will be visiting in March 2013 and September 2013. If you can offer room and board for about a week, please let me know.
What are we learning
Students of Italian I are enjoying the new book. We are about to end lesson 2 and they can say their name, their age, likes and dislikes.
Level II students are learning how to speak using the past tense and will soon learn about Italian meals and food. We will visit Wegmans to discover the authentic Italian food for sale. This is one of the most fun trips we have!
Level 3 students are learning about indirect object pronouns and skiing in Italy. This is perfect timing for the season. If the school system allowed snow activities, I would take them snow tubing, but all I can do is Italian ice!
Students in Italian 4 learned about immigration and immigration policy. They are now learning about politics and justice. I am very proud of them because they have been speaking in Italian and are able to understand me when I speak. Some students are really blooming and it is a pleasure to see it.
The Italian AP exam will take place on May 15, 2014. I have identified the students who want to try the test and I am currently seeking funds to pay for the test since this is not an official AP class.
I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.
Olive Garden Lunch
Saturday, Nov. 23rd 2013 at 11:30am
14405 Gideon Drive
Italian at C.D. Hylton