Italian travelers course begins in March

Feb 22, 2013
Eleonora Mella will teach Italian for Travelers, Saturdays, March 9 and 16 at Penobscot School in Rockland.

Rockland — Two courses on four Saturdays this spring at Penobscot School will be dedicated to helping travelers with Italian language skills and the logistics of getting around in Italy.

Italian for Travelers, Saturdays, March 9 and 16, runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., is designed for beginner levels, and will provide speaking practice for introducing oneself, asking directions, situations at the cafe and "mercato." Instruction will be mostly through demonstration and role-plays. The course will be taught, as much as possible, in Italian, but no previous experience is necessary.

The classes are taught by Italian native, Eleonora Mella, who is from Padova, an ancient, northern city, noted for its cultural treasures and its university, and located a half hour train ride west of Venice.

Mella earned a masters in foreign languages (German and English) from the University of Padova in 2009. She speaks fluent German, as well as English and Italian, and has lived and worked in Nuremburg, Oslo and Dublin. She has been teaching Italian classes at Penobscot School since October 2012. She loves to travel. She will also speak about how to see the local festivals, art treasures and medieval towns of her region.

The same event is offered again at a later date: April 13 and 20, adding topics such as touring and hotels. A course for travelers in France is upcoming at the school in April. Stay tuned.

Penobscot School is located at 28 Gay St. in Rockland. Space is limited; please pre-register at 594-1084, or online at

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