NOI Italian Language Program for Children

NOI is going online for Spring Term! Check our calendar for NOI Semini Story Times and NOI Alberelli Games and Chat. As always, feel free to email noi@ilpuntoseattle.org for information. Ci vediamo presto!  

Early exposure to a second language, not only increases the likelihood of gaining language proficiency, but it has been shown to improve a wide variety of cognitive skills. The most effective way for children to learn a second language is to put them in situations where language surrounds them. Il Punto's NOI (Not an Ordinary Italian) Program, taught by native speakers, immerses children from 2 to 12 in the Italian language through an engaging environment of play and conversation. Three classes — Semini, Germogli, and Alberelli — range from absolute beginners to proficient Italian speakers ready to work on the finer points of grammar and composition. 

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For more information about the NOI Program or to ask about placement, please contact us at noi@ilpuntoseattle.org

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Semini Sprouting Seeds

NOI Semini is a hands-on program designed for toddlers and preschoolers with little or no exposure to Italian, as well as children coming from Italian families. The program will give our “Sprouting Seeds” vocabulary tools through games and songs. Through group activities guided by an instructor speaking solely Italian, the children will start to process the language morphology, preparing to express themselves in Italian.

Age: 2 to 4 years old (Exceptions may made with instructor approval.)
Level: Absolute Beginner
Length:
60 minutes
Meets: At Il Punto, every other Sunday at 9AM 
Cost: Six-classes for $120 members and first-time students / $170 non-members
$20 discount for each additional child

Registration: a link to the registration page will be posted here.

Germogli Blooming Buds

NOI Germogli is a hands-on program designed for children with little or no exposure to Italian, as well as children that have already taken their first steps in Italian, have a basic grasp of vocabulary, and are ready to put together their first sentences in Italiano! The program will help our “Blooming Buds” to mature a basic understanding of Italian morphology through games, stories, and group activities. Children won’t just listen and repeat, but start communicating basic needs and ideas in the language. All activities will be conducted solely in Italian. 

Age: 5 to 10 years old (Exceptions may made with instructor approval.)
This class involves time spent seated and engaged in activity sheets, games, and group activities.
Students must be comfortable in a classroom/school environment. Children may have no exposure to Italian, or they may have a basic understanding, but are not able to express themselves in the language yet.
Level: Beginner
Length: 60 minutes
Meets: At Il Punto, every other Sunday at 10:15AM

Cost: $120 members and first-time students / $170 non-members

$20 discount for each additional child

Registration: a link to the registration page will be posted here. 

Alberelli Thriving Trees

NOI Alberelli is our most advanced level of Italian for children. Our “Thriving Trees” are students that are already able to speak and tell us more about their life and interests in Italian. Our goal for this group is to be able to produce more complex ideas in Italian, to understand written material and, maybe even to produce some short written sentences on their own! As with other NOI classes, our approach uses games and activities, but NOI Alberelli integrates exercises specifically designed to allow our students to absorb some essential grammar and morphology, allowing them to be more confident in their reading and writing in the language.

Age: 7 to 12 years old (Exceptions may made with instructor approval.)
In addition to games, worksheets and grammar activities will be a central part of this class.
Minimal writing and reading skills are required.
Level: Low Intermediate
Length:
 90 minutes
Meets: At Il Punto, every other Sunday at 11:30AM
Cost: $150 members and first-time students / $200 non-members
$20 discount for each additional child

Registration: a link to the registration page will be posted here. 

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