Italian lessons for children in Haifa, Israel

(AGI) Haifa, June 25 - The Italian Cultural Institute in Haifa,Israel has organised a a cycle of eight language laboratorieslasting nine months for children of Italian origin and thosewanting to learn Italian between the ages of three and 12. Whatwas particularly appreciated was the possibility for childrento practice speaking Italian in amusing and creative ways.Instruction began in October with reading and listeningclasses, showing the children that there is no such thing as aboring book and that children's books can also be read byadults. This was followed in November, coinciding withHanukkah,

(AGI) Haifa, June 25 - The Italian Cultural Institute in Haifa,Israel has organised a a cycle of eight language laboratorieslasting nine months for children of Italian origin and thosewanting to learn Italian between the ages of three and 12. Whatwas particularly appreciated was the possibility for childrento practice speaking Italian in amusing and creative ways.Instruction began in October with reading and listeningclasses, showing the children that there is no such thing as aboring book and that children's books can also be read byadults. This was followed in November, coinciding withHanukkah, with multi-sensorial lessons about the oil used tolight lamps. In December, for Christmas, a deeper knowledge ofthe life of trees, while in January, for the Day ofRemembrance, it was the turn of the "Una storia per ricordare"(a story of remembrance) laboratory with the aim of passingdown memories, remembering the stories of the survivors of theShoah. In February and March the language labs covered winterand spring; the arrival of the seasons with their changes. InMay the theme was "Guardo dentro e guardo fuori. Storie diprospettive" (I look in and I look out), exhorting the childrento reflect on appearances and content. Next came architectureand the children invented cities to their own scale whileexamining creations such as the Sydney Opera House, CasaBattlo' in Barcelona and the Duomo in Milan. The last lab ofthe year-long cycle was dedicated to summer vacations. (AGI). .