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ART: “The Sicilian Cart: History in Movement” at IAMLA – Opens June 30

Date 06.15.2017

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, in collaboration with the MUSCÀ Museum, and with the special support of Dolce & Gabbana, is pleased to present, “The Sicilian Cart: History in Movement.”  The exhibition is the first of its kind in Los Angeles and features two original carretti (horse or donkey-drawn carts native to Sicily), which is among the island’s most recognized symbols of folk iconography. The carretto sicilano is an ornate cart that emerged in the early 1800s as a means of transportation. The cart’s illustrations of historic events, literary works, and religious subject matter imparted knowledge to a population that was often illiterate and assisted in the transmission of culture.

The automobile eventually replaced the carretto, but the carts continue to occupy a revered place within Sicilian popular culture and serve as an excellent guide for understanding the island’s history.

With the support of Dolce & Gabbana, whose collections are strongly linked with Sicilian folklore, the exhibit will showcase the carts’ presence in today’s fashion world thanks to the creativity of the Italian luxury brand.



NEWS: Nine Features of High-Quality Immersion Programs

Date 06.08.2017

Language immersion education is a relatively new field, so how can educators know if a program is effective? Shuhan Wang and Joy Kreeft Peyton, of Asia Society’s Chinese Early Language and Immersion Network (CELIN), consider this question and offer a checklist tool to allow program staff to engage in review of their programs and make plans for program improvement.

Although the checklist was developed for use in Chinese language immersion programs, it can be used for different world languages in grades K-12.

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Fondazione Italia Students Win Eduitalia Scholarships!

Date 06.05.2017

Congratulations to Fondazione Italia students Benjamin Reis-Roncalli and Carlotta Invrea-Lizcano who successfully completed our preparatory course for the AP® Italian Language and Culture exam and passed!

They both applied for and won the chance to study in Italy this summer for three weeks through scholarships provided by the Eduitalia network of schools to students who pass the AP® Italian Language and Culture exam.

Benjamin will be studying at the Accademia Italiana in Salerno while Carlotta will be studying at the A Door to Italy school in Genova.

Fondazione Italia always strives to create and promote opportunities for our students to expand their access to Italian language and culture.


Buona Festa della Repubblica!

Date 06.02.2017

Festa della Repubblica is the Italian National Day and Republic Day, which is celebrated on 2 June each year. The day commemorates the institutional referendum held by universal suffrage in 1946, in which the Italian people were called to the polls to decide on the form of government, following the Second World War and the fall of Fascism. With 12,717,923 votes for a republic and 10,719,284 for the monarchy, the male descendants of the House of Savoy were sent into exile. To commemorate it, a grand military parade is held in central Rome, presided over by the President of the Italian Republic in his role as Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. The Prime Minister, formally known as the President of the Council of Ministers, and other high officers of state also attend. There are important celebrations in all the Italian embassies and foreign heads of state are invited. Even though the main parade is in Rome, many Italian cities celebrate the day as well.

“Study in Italy” – Learn how American students can study at an Italian University for their degree – May 31

Date 05.30.2017

The Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles is happy to extend an invitation to “Study in Italy”, a presentation of the Italian Higher Education system and of the opportunities it offers to American students choosing Italy as their study destination. Many Universities offer an ever expanding number of degree programs taught in English, and even foreign students have access to Italy’s detailed system of tuition and fees, financial assistance and exemptions. The presentation will address some of the most relevant aspects of studying in Italy. Come and talk with the experts! The event is organized in partnership with the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West.

Wednesday, May 31 @ 6:30 pm
Italian Chamber of Commerce – West
925 N. La Brea, 4th Floor

RSVP required

The Next Edition of “Il Piccolo Corriere” by FI Students now Available!

Date 05.23.2017

Fondazione Italia’s Italian language student’s ages 7 to 16 have together with their teacher, created Il Piccolo Corriere. The goal of Il Piccolo Corriere was to incorporate, in a fun and creative way, writing activities into the communicative experience of language learning. Fondazione Italia students were asked to contribute an article to Il Piccolo Corriere on a topic related to their own experience of all things Italian, and Italy.

“Writing-to-learn” activities in the foreign language classroom is a great way to learn new vocabulary and practice verb construction. Unlike conversation where there is no time to think about how to use a new language, writing gives language learners the opportunity to think and practice the language, helps increase overall language proficiency, expands critical thinking skills, and fosters cultural interaction.

Please enjoy the most recent edition of  Il Piccolo Corriere!



Italian National Day Photo Contest! Enter to win a trip to Italy!

Date 05.12.2017

On the occasion of the “Festa Nazionale” (Italian National Day) the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles is promoting a “social” Photo Contest to highlight the extraordinary and varied culinary heritage of Italy.

1. Prepare an Italian dish that you consider to be the most representative of the rich Italian Culinary heritage.
2. Take a picture of the dish you prepared and post it on Twitter or Facebook including a brief description and the hashtag #June2LA2017.
3. Tag us @ItalyinLA (Twitter) or @conslosangeles (Facebook).
4. Have your friends and followers like/share/retweet your post as much as you can.
5. The posts that prove most popular will win one of the following prizes:
– 1 flight to Rome (Courtesy of Protravel Internationa)
– Italian Sport Cars Driving Experiences in Las Vegas (courtesy of Dream Racing)
– Subscriptions to “L’Italo Americano” online edition

Summer 2017 – Adult Italian Language Classes Open for Enrollment in Burbank

Date 05.10.2017

Fondazione Italia’s Burbank Language Center is offering Summer 2017 Italian classes for adults.

Adult Beginner I is designed for students with zero to low knowledge of Italian. This course aims to develop students’ basic communicative skills through learning the Italian sound system and the rudiments of vocabulary and grammar to be able to use and respond to everyday expressions in simple conversations.

Class Dates: June 24 /July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 / Aug. 5, 12
Time: Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:30 am

Beginner II is the second half of a beginning level sequence course designed for students with previous low level knowledge of beginning Italian. This course aims to develop students’ basic communicative skills through learning the Italian sound system and the rudiments of vocabulary and grammar to be able to use and respond to everyday expressions in simple conversations.

Class Dates: June 24 /July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 / Aug. 5, 12
Time: Saturdays from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm

Pricing and Enrollment Information

New! “Facilissimo” – An Online Course for Adult Beginners Starts July 11!

Date 05.09.2017

Enroll by July 5 to receive $50 Discount!

Facilissimo! is a 6-week summer session that promises to teach students in a very short time how to navigate through the most common communication topics when traveling in Italy. Topics include shopping, getting around, solving a health issue and much more! This course is especially geared toward those who are planning a vacation to Italy and want to quickly reach a “survival” level in Italian.

Class Dates: July 11, 18, 25 / August 1, 8, 15
Time: Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 pm PST
Price: $150 ($200 if enrolling after July 5)


Italian Language Foundation Offers Award for 2017 AP Italian Test Takers!

Date 05.08.2017

The Italian Language Foundation is pleased to announce that they will again be offering the Dante Award for Excellence in AP Italian Language & Culture! Students of AP Italian who are members of the Italian Language Foundation and enrolled in an American or Canadian high school are eligible.

Students who score a 3 on the exam will receive a $75 award, students who score a 4 will receive a $100 award, and students who score a 5 will receive a $200 award. Please be sure to join the Italian Language Foundation as a member!

If you plan to take the AP Italian exam and wish to be considered for the Dante Award for Excellence, please visit the following link to the College Board’s Score Reporting Services to find out how to send us your AP score report using our college code (7202). College Board score report requests can be sent online, as well as by mail or fax.

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