Part of the mission here on the IACC Texas blog is that of creating an online Italian culture resource for Houstonians and Italians living in or visiting Houston.
And now that we are shifting our focus away from the Taste of Italy Houston event, which took place last week, it’s time to start blogging about Houston’s Italian community and all of the opportunities it offers for cultural exchange and enrichment.
As an American who speaks Italian (I have a Ph.D. in Italian from U.C.L.A. and I lived and attended university in Italy for many years), people ask me all the time about how they can learn to speak Italian.
Especially when it comes to beginning Italian, I can’t underline enough the importance of studying the language in a group environment.
As much as we’d like to believe that we can hire a tutor for one-on-one instruction and miraculously become Italian speakers in our own homes, the census among scholars of second-language acquisition is that studying language in a small group is the best approach.
There’s a lot more that goes into a solid and successful language program. But finding a continuing education program that offers classes like this is key.
My search for Italian language instruction in Houston is far from over. And I will continue to post my findings here.
One of the leading resources for Italian language instruction is Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing education.
Again, this is not the only resource for Italian language instruction but it’s one of them.
Stay tuned as we continue to post more about where to study Italian in Houston.
And we’ll also be posting our own Italian language lessons here on the blog as well!
Buon weekend a tutti!