Take a peek at Veneto
Rockland — Venezia, city of gondolas, the Capulets and Montagues, piazze and cattedrali, and its environs is the subject of a special mini-course, offered by Penobscot School Italian instructor, Eleonora Mella, on Saturday, Jan. 19, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the school at 28 Gay St., in Rockland.
Mella, from Padova, Italy, earned a masters in foreign languages, German and English, from the University of Padova in 2009. Her thesis topic was the Bayeux Tapestries. She speaks fluent German, as well as English and Italian, and some Norwegian. She loves to travel and has lived and worked in Nuremburg, Oslo and Dublin, to name a few places, making her living waitressing, tutoring and as an au pair. From Jan. to June of 2011, she taught English to kindergarten students in Padova, then relocated to California, with her American husband. She taught Italian for an online language school for several months there until the couple decided to move to Maine. She has been teaching Italian classes at the school since October, 2012.
The mini-course will include a Powerpoint tour of key places to visit in her region, tips on how best to do so, lunch, and a fun, language-learning experience where students will practice “survival” sentences in Italian.
The event is a great way to go traveling for those who have never visited Venice, or a chance to bring back fond memories for those who have already been. The icing on the cake will be the “Pranzo” with the opportunity to taste the flavors typical of Veneto.
All levels are welcome and no previous knowledge of Italian is required.
Penobscot School is located in Rockland's north end. This event kicks off a 14-week winter/spring semester of courses in eight languages. For more information the costs of the course or the schedule visit penobscot.us. Request a catalog of courses by calling the school at 594-1084, or by stopping by at 28 Gay St..