La Scaletta




 2018 Secondo Ciclo


ITALIAN 1: Learn the basics to achieve the formation of a simple sentence in the present tense. Correct pronunciation and grammar will be taught.

Mon.                            11:00 AM – 12:15 PM            March 19 – May 7     Book $20.00

Instructor:       Therese Licata Paff


Thu.                             11:00 AM – 12:15 PM           March – 22  – May 10     Book $20.00

Instructor:       Therese Licata Paff


Sat.                              10:45 AM – 12:00 PM            March 24 – May 19     Book $20.00

Instructor:       Therese Licata Paff



ITALIAN 2: A continuation of Italian 1. This course will improve your sentence structure as you add the present perfect and the future tenses as well as increased vocabulary.

 Tue.                               11:45 AM – 1:00 PM                 March – 20 – May 8     Book $20.00

Instructor:       Vita Maria Mesnick


 Thu.                               11:30 AM – 12:45 PM                 March 22 – May 10     Book $20.00

Instructor:       Vita Maria Mesnick




                                                                     Grammar review will take place.

 Tue.                             1:30 PM – 2:45 PM                        March 20 – May 8

Instructor :      Vita Maria Mesnick


 Fri.                             10:00 AM – 11:15 AM                        March 23 – May 18

Instructor :      Vita Maria Mesnick



ITALIAN 3: This course teaches reflexive verbs, direct and indirect pronouns, and the imperative.

 Mon.                            6:00 PM – 7:15 PM                 March 19 – May 7     Book $20.00

Instructor:       Vita Maria Mesnick



ITALIAN 4: This course will offer the double object pronouns, the imperfect tense, comparisons, the conditional, and more.

Mon.                            10:00 AM – 11:15 AM           March 19 – May 7     Book $20.00

Instructor:       Vita Maria Mesnick



INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN CONVERSATION: This conversation will be based on courses Italian 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Tue.                          6:00 PM – 7:15 PM             March 20 – May 8

Instructor:       TBA



ITALIAN 5: The subjunctive and the hypothetical are the main studies in this course.

                    Review of Italian 3, 4, and 5 will take place.

 Mon.                            2:45 PM –  4:00 PM                March 19 – May 7     Book $20.00

Instructor        Vita Maria Mesnick



ADVANCED ITALIAN CONVERSATION: Based on all the material covered from Italian 1 to Italian 5

 Wed.                            9:30 AM – 10:45 AM                 March 21 – May 9

Instructor:   TBA



PARLIAMO 1: This course will introduce Italian literature. Easy Readers are used. Paragraph writing will be included.

 Thu.                             10:00 AM – 11:15 AM           March 22 – May 10     Price of book varies

Instructor:    Vita Maria Mesnick



PARLIAMO 2: This course offers short stories by well-known Italian Authors (Italo Calvino, Luigi Pirandello, Natalia Ginzburg, and others) followed by discussions of these works.

Wed.                           6:00 PM – 7:15 PM                 March 21 – May 9     Price of book varies

Instructor:   Vita Maria Mesnick


Thu.                             1:00 PM – 2:15 PM                 March 22 – May 10     Price of book varies

Instructor:    Vita Maria Mesnick



CULTURE 1: The book “Voglia di Sapere” traces the development of the Italian language and introduces Dante’s life and The Divine Comedy. This course is presented mainly in Italian.

 Wed.                             11:00 AM – 12:15 PM           May 21 – May 9            Book $25.00

Instructor:    Vita Maria Mesnick



CULTURE 2: This course explores other cultural aspects of Italy such as the story of Pinocchio, I Trulli di Alberobello, the San Carlo Theatre, and more. This course is presented mainly in Italian.

Sat.                               12:00 PM – 1:00 PM           March 24 – May 19      

Instructor        TBA



ITALIAN FOR CHILDREN (4+): This course teaches beginning vocabulary, songs, and simple basics.

 Fri.                               4:00 PM – 5:00 PM                 March 23 – May 18           $96.00            

Instructor:    Therese Licata Paff



DANCING THE TARANTELLA (ages 8-11): Children will learn the basic folk dance and develop skills in cooperation and coordination Class will culminate with a show for the parents.

Day and time TBA    Call if interested                        5 weeks                             $80.00

Instructor:       Elizabeth Treverton




SKYPE: Classes are available via SKYPE directly from Italy with an It. professor. Call the institute for details and to set up the class.



BASIC ENGLISH: For those who wish to improve their reading, writing and speaking skills in English. Everything will be presented in a simple, easy format. This is not an ESL class, but one to help those who would like to improve the skills they already have.

 Thu.                           10:00 AM – 11:15 AM             March 22 – May 10

Instructor: Sharon Gates



GERMAN 1 A:  Introduction to German for those who would like to become acquainted with the German Language and its Culture; or for those who would like to refresh their past studies

Thu.                           6:00 PM – 7:15 PM                 March 22 – May 10                    Book $25.00

Instructor:   Linda Coombs



GERMAN 2 C:  This course develops the German Language and Culture through grammar, short stories, and video. It includes reflexive pronouns, verb tenses and moods.

Thu.                             2:30 PM – 3:45 PM                 March 22 – May 10                   Book $25.00

Instructor:       Linda Coombs



German Private lessons: Available for all levels. Weekday afternoons.

Call the institute for details

Instructor:       Linda Coombs



 SPANISH 1 : Students will gain a basic knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. They will be able to understand, respond and read simple texts and conversations.

Mon.                            1:00 PM – 2:15 PM                 March 19 – May 7     Price of book varies

Instructor:       Mariana Schackne



REIKI  HEALING  SESSION:  Reiki is an ancient healing system. It can help in relieving pain, stress, anxiety, and depression and is a wonderful way to connect to Source energy for self exploration and awareness.

 1 hr. Session with reiki master by appt only                                       $50.00/hr

Reiki Master:   Elizabeth Treverton



INTRODUCTION TO BALLROOM: Learn the basic steps in Foxtrot, Waltz, Rumba, and Swing dance. Boost your social confidence, memory recall, and get some exercise while having fun! This class will teach you to recognize the music and know  the steps to floating across the door with grace. No partner needed.

Mon.                            7:00 PM – 8:15 PM                             March 19 – May 7

Instructor        Elizabeth Treverton


Fri.                               7:00 PM – 8:15 PM     March 23, 30,  Apri 6, 20, 27,  May 4, 18, 25

Instructor:       Elizabeth Treverton    



KNITTING FOR BEGINNERS: Learn how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off, increase and decrease, along with an overview of knitting techniques which will open up endless possibilities for creating knitted articles of your choice. All you need is a pair of knitting needles size US10 (6mm) – bamboo preferred – and one skein of bulky acrylic yarn size 5 or 6.

Please email instructor for suggested brands or for any questions –


Time and date  TBA                                                                         4 weeks          $48..00

Instructor:   Barbara Davison




 To register for any of the classes please call or email: 

Phone # (845) 867–4887




Pirandello Institute

247 Hooker Avenue

Poughkeepsie, NY 12603



The Institute will be closed on the following dates:

March 30, 2018

March 31, 2018



Course Price (Group/Semi-Private)

Group Class* (3+ Students)………………………………………………………………….$160.00

 Semi-Private Class (2 Students)……………………………………………………………$240.00


*Please Note:  If Group Class does not materialize (at least 3 students sign up) you will be immediately notified.  You have the option of changing your class selection or given a full refund.


Private Classes (1 Student)………………………………………..block of 4 classes $200.00