Learning Italian at Gainville Learning Center
By Anna Maria Gencarelli
Holding onto to the native language of Italian is a challenge all Italian Americans have at one point or another. Unfortunately, as generations pass, the language becomes fragmented and piece meal. With this passing comes the sad losing of a big part of the culture. Italians talk and share with each other. This is what it means to be Italian!
One of the best ways to learn a language is through immersion. Children have an added edge since they are like sponges that soak up new information. I remember when I was a child. I learned the Calabrese dialect first and did not learn English until I went into Kindergarten. I still speak today and have learned the more proper Italian. However, it has been a challenge as an adult.
Gainville Learning Center is the perfect place for children to learn a language. The learning center offersItalian Immersion for children one-three years of age and three to five years of age. They also offer an Italian Cultural Workshop for six to nine years old. Speaking to the managing director, I was able to gather much information about the programs offered.
“Our Italian Immersion sessions expose children to Italian vocabulary, songs and expressions through hands-on activities that promote communication and active participation. These classes provide a foundation in the target language while building upon prior language skills if present. Through an immersion-based approach, native language instructors use varied teaching methods to engage students in age appropriate interactive learning leading to love of learning the chosen
Our Italian Culture workshop incorporates both the language and the culture aspect of Italian. In our 90 minute class, the students are introduced to new vocabulary through multiple mediums that provide both the motivation to learn the language and the commitment for long term retention. Cultural tools such as pictures, instructional videos, audio CD’s, popular
Italian songs, games, and YouTube videos are utilized in each class to ensure students are grasping new concepts as well as retaining old ones. Students also have a better understanding of the Italian culture through art projects, story time and class discussions where students can make personal connections. By contrasting and comparing, students gain new
perspectives of Italian culture while building a foundation in the Italian language, all in an authentic and meaningful way”, shared Diala S. Pharaon, Managing Director of Gainville.
Gainville Learning Center is a unique place which has a lot to offer Italian Americans. In addition to an interactive classroom environment, visitors will find an eclectic café which offers a variety of cultural foods as well as free Wi-Fi. The center also provides language immersion instruction in Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, French and Italian. It is vital for every cultural generation to attempt to hold on to native languages. Families often do not know where to go for these opportunities. Gainville offers this opportunity! I highly recommend learning more about this center. It will be a huge asset to your family as you carry on your heritage!
17 Ames Avenue
Rutherford, NJ 07070
Anna Maria Gencarelli