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Carnevale a Piccolitalia

Italian for children Cork

Carnevale, one of the most important Italian celebrations, is taken very seriously here in Piccolitalia and it provides us with great learning opportunities!

In fact, we’ve just celebrated a great Carnevale this year. Do you know that all Italian towns have their own traditional mask? It was great to learn about them and it was fun to discover from which towns and regions they come from… so we learned so much about Italian geography and it was fun! We learned that in Italian confetti are actually coriandoli, streamers are stelle filanti and pignata is pignatta… and it’s easy to learn when you have fun. This is scientifically proven, it is not a Carnevale’s trick!

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Role-Playing

Italian grinds Cork

A great day at the market here in Piccolitalia. Fruttivendoli, verdurieri (fruit and veg vendors) e clienti molto, molto esigenti (very demanding)! We learned how to ask for fruit and veg, for the bill and for a discount… and everything in the Formal Register! These will be valuable skills in Italy for our students and their parents!Italian conversation Cork

We always have great fun here with our role-plays and we really learn so much. They are the best way to implement what we learned and we always discover something new. As in real life situations the language used is not only verbal, but we have to use our body language… and considering that we are learning Italian… we use it a lot (as you all know we speak a lot with our hands)! In fact, role plays give us the opportunity to work not only on the Communicative competence, but they also help develop Language Awareness and Intercultural Awareness and they allow us to practice both registers (formal and informal).

Fluency classes Italian CorkRole-Playing boosts our confidence and prepares us for real situations we are going to face in Italy, so students are always very keen, motivated and enthusiastic to role-play. We implement Role-Playing methodology very successfully not only with children, but also with adult students especially during our Fluency classes. In fact, we are all ready for our holidays here at Italiancork: we went to the restaurant, the market, we bought new clothes and shoes, we got on the right train, asked for information in the street, checked in and out in the hotel… and next week we’re Italian grinds Corkgoing to the birreria (the Italian version of a pub)… so role-plays are a win win: we learn Italian, we get ready to face real life situations, and we have fun (scientific research proves that we learn much more when we are having fun)!

So are you ready to get your apron and your hat on? Let’s go, we’re
going to the market today…. SIGNORA BELLA, SIGNORA BELLA OGGI ABBIAMO LE Italian for Children CorkMELE A UN EURO E CINQUANTA AL KILO… UN AFFARE SIGNORA, UN AFFARE!

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Cominciano Nuovi Corsi a Piccolitalia!

Nuovo GIOCA E IMPARA (English below)

Siamo contenti di dirvi che avremo un nuovo corso a Piccolitalia per nuovi studenti. Il corso sarà completamente in italiano e sarà a base di giochi, canzoni e video. Esploreremo I colori, gli animali ed I loro versi, le parti del corpo, I numeri, le vocali italiane… saremo capaci a parlare di noi, di cosa ci piace e di cosa non ci piace a salutare in modo formale ed informale e ci divertiremo un sacco! Infatti, recenti studi scentifici mostrano che si impara molto di più quando ci si diverte!

Il corso è consigliato ai bambini dai 4 anni in su, durerà un’ora e si terrà ogni due sabati. Poichè rispetteremo il calendario scolastico irlandese, non ci sarà lezione durante le vacanze di Pasqua e durante il Mid Term Break.

I genitori possono rimanere con I bambini durante le lezioni se vogliono imparare un po’ d’italiano o se vogliono aiutare I loro bambini (un genitore per bambino), ma non sono necessari. Al termine di ogni lezione vi invieremo le canzoni, I video ed I materiali che useremo così che I vostri bambini possano farvi vedere quanto stanno imparando e possano continuare a divertirsi con voi a casa. Se volete leggere qualcosa di più riguardo ai nostri corsi precedenti potete dare un’occhiata a  www.italiancork.com/category/

Per i dettagli riguardo a ‘Gioca e Impara’ cliccate qui Affrettatevi però i corsi cominciano tra 2 settimane e ci sono rimasti pochi posti!
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NEW GIOCA E IMPARA (Play & Learn)

We’re happy to tell you that we are starting a new course for new students. The course will be held completely in Italian and through games, songs and videos. We will learn a lot about colours, animals and theirs sounds, the parts of the body, numbers, Italian vowels… we will be able to talk about ourselves, express our likes and dislikes and greet in a formal and an informal way… all through fun, because all the scientific studies prove that we learn more when we enjoy ourselves!

The course is suitable for children aged 4 onward with any level of Italian. The course will be an hour long and run every second Saturday. As we will respect the school calendar there won’t be class during the Easter holdidays and Mid Term Break.

Parents are welcome to stay in class if they want to learn with their children or if they want to help them (one parent per child), but this is not necessary (remember that we are a minute walk from Aldi and 5 minutes by car from Mahon Point). At the end of each lesson we will email you any songs, videos and materials we covered so that your young students can ‘show off’ their Italian and enjoy it at home with you. If you’d like to read more about our previous courses you can take a look at www.italiancork.com/category/

To know more about this course click here but, Hurry! We’re starting in 2 weeks and we have few places left!

GRUPPO SCUOLA  (English below)

Nel prossimo corso finiremo di esplorare i suoni delle sillabe italiane più difficili e questa sarà una bella sfida per i bambini italiani e non! Impariamo divertendoci: ed impariamo in modo efficace con un approccio olistico che include l’aspetto cinestetico e visuale molto importanti nei bambini. Continueremo a lavorare sul nostro vocabolario ed in questo semestre lo consolideremo, non solo attraverso giochi e storytelling, ma anche attraverso canzoni divertenti e video che I bambini potranno rivedere e cantare a casa! Le lezioni del Gruppo Scuola si terranno ogni due sabati e saranno di un’ora e mezza… ci sarà tempo per imparare e divertirsi… tutto in italiano!

Per i dettagli riguardo al ‘Gruppo scuola’ cliccate qui Affrettatevi però i corsi cominciano tra 2 settimane e ci sono rimasti pochi posti!

Per maggiori informazioni mandate una e-mail a carolina@italiancork.com o telefonate a 0879588375.

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GRUPPO SCUOLA (School Group)

In our next course we’ll explore the sounds of more demanding Italian syllables, a great challenge for Italian and non Italian students! We’re learning while having fun through the holistic approach which includes kinaesthetic and visual elements so important for children. We’ll keep working and consolidating our vocab, not only through games and storytelling, but also through songs and videos that students will be able to watch and sing at home. The Gruppo Scuola will be held every two weeks and it will be 1.5 hours long… enough time to learn and have fun in Italian! To know more about this course click here but, Hurry! We’re starting in 2 weeks and we have few places left! DSC_0455

For more info you can send us and email at carolina@italiancork.com or ring on 087 9588375.

 

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Noi parliamo italiano!

Bambini bilingui Cork

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Noi parliamo italiano!

Non è solo il titolo di un libro e di un sito internet, ma è proprio quello che facciamo qui a Piccolitalia! Le lezioni sono solo in italiano, gli studenti parlano italiano e quando non sanno come si dice una cosa usano scripts indispensabili come ‘Come si dice_________?’ e quando non capiscono qualcosa ‘Cosa significa____________?’. Adesso stiamo lavorando sulle sillabe italiane più impegnative e se la stanno cavando alla grande! Nelle foto stiamo facendo una gara sul vocabolario… e poi il gioco dei mimi… non c’è modo migliore per memorizzare che creare delle memorie memorabili con l’uso di immagini e giochi interattivi che coinvolgono le nostre emozioni…. credeteci: vincono sempre tutti!

 

We speak Italian!

It’s not only the title of a famous Italian book or its website… it is what we’re doing here in Piccolitalia! Our lessons are held completely in Italian, our students speak Italian and when they don’t know the words to say something, they use essential scripts, such as ‘Come si dice _________?’ (how do you say__________) and when they don’t understand something they use ‘Cosa significa___________?’ (What does it mean_____________). At the moment, we’re working on the more demanding Italian syllables and they are doing very well! In the pictures you can see our vocab competition and then our miming game… no better way to store new vocab in our long term memory than to make our memories really memorable by using images and interactive games that involve our emotions… It’s great to see how well they all do.

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Ristorante Pizzeria Mamma Mia

Ristorante Pizzeria Mamma Mia

Quante cose si imparano al Ristorante Pizzeria Mamma Mia e quanto ci si diverte! Siamo sicuramente capaci di portare genitori ed amici fuori a cena, ordinare, chiedere il conto e pagare, tutto in italiano e con le dovute maniere (formale)! Siamo anche bravi camerieri e cameriere… super divertente al nostro affollato ristorante… e mamma mia, clienti veramente esigenti ed affamati!

How many things do we learn at this super fun Ristorante Pizzeria Mamma Mia! We’ll definitely be able to take our parents and friends to a restaurant and place an order, in a very mannerly way, ask for the bill and pay… all in Italian! We are also good camerieri and cameriere (waiters and waitresses)… it’ super fun at our very busy restaurant… e mamma mia, clienti (customers) are very demanding and hungry!

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Piccolitalia workshops

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Le parti del corpo (body parts)

We had lots of fun with our workshops on the parts of the body in Italian. With lots of flash cards, games and a song we learned and memorized the body parts in Italian and after we went to hospital… exactly to hospital! Dottoresse e dottori (lady doctors and doctors), infermiere ed infermieri (female and male nurses) took great care of us… lots of bandages, plasters, syringes… mamma mia… there was even a saw for the worst case scenarios! Take a look at the pictures!

Ci siamo divertiti un sacco ai nostri laboratori d’italiano con le parti del corpo. Con molte flash cards, giochi ed una canzone abbiamo imparato e memorizzato le parti del corpo in italiano e dopo siamo andati in ospedale… si proprio in ospedale! Dottoresse e dottori, infermiere ed infermieri si sono presi cura di noi molto bene… con un sacco di bende, di cerotti, di siringhe… mamma mia… c’era addirittura una sega per i casi veramente difficili! Date un’occhiata alle foto!

Carolina

 

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News at Piccolitalia

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Italian for children

Il cuoco del ristorante

We’re having lots of fun with our newly introduced Workshops (laboratori)! Once in Italy, our little students will be able to take their parents to the market, the restaurant and they’ll also be very good at renovating their wardrobe by shopping some fine clothes in some expensive Armani or Prada shops in Italy! Beati loro!

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Clienti esigenti e cameriere professionista

At the start of each lesson they are so eager to learn new vocab, interchangeable chunks of sentences and formal register because they can’t wait to use them during their role playing… and they are very very good! Those who already speak Italian are learning the formal register and how to make formal and polite requests in situations outside of their family home, while the other students are learning a great deal of Italian.

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Mamma mia che piatti!

 

Fun is imperative… we know very well that we learn more when we’re happy and in a relaxed environment. We know that cognition and emotion affect each other in the oldest part of our brain (Amigdala). This part of our brain reacts to fear and happiness and this reaction strongly affects our ability to learn and memorize. On top of that, we shouldn’t forget the role that serotonin plays in learning among other important fields, such as social abilities. Therefore, we want to keep our Amigdala happy and learn as much as we can during our lessons here in Piccolitalia!!

Carolina

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E’ pronto?

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E’ pronto cuoco?

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Il Carnevale!

PICCOLITALIA, la tradizione continua!

Finally the pictures from our Carnevale! Grazie mille a tutti i bambini ed i loro genitori…. mamma mia guarda che pignatta…. indistruttibile… unbreakable!!!

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Il Mercato a Piccolitalia

Il Mercato a Piccolitalia

Learn Italian native speakerWe are so proud of our children who took us to the market last Saturday.

They did everything: they chose the frutta e verdura (fruit and vegetables), bargained the price, paid and dealt with the change… tutto, ma proprio tutto, all, but really all in Italian!!!

Our workshops’ aim to develop the Italian of all our students: Italian speaking children, such as Massimiliano, Kevin e Lulu are improving their Italian register and connotation, such as the use of the formal and how to make a polite request, while the non Italian students are expanding their vocabulary and their overall use of Italian language.

 

Role playing is a great way to learn and consolidate new language through the active production of the newly learned lexical structures. It is extremely effective for adults, but for children it is also super fun… and we know that we learn more when we enjoy ourselves. 

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In fact, “emotions were once believed to be  separated from cognition, but recent research has shown that they are intertwined with perception and attention and they interact with learning and memory” (Doc. Terry Sejonwski, Learning how to learn, UC San Diego).

 

So, enjoy the pictures and be ready: in a couple of weeks we’ll celebrate Carnevale here at Piccolitalia: fun and learning are assured!

PS: grazie to all the parents who are helping their children learn Italian!

Carolina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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