Here are the pictures of the PLIDA certification ceremony for the students that passed the May 2012 session.
Congratulations also to Brigitte Anelli who wasn’t present at the party, but she passed the Level A1 in May 2012, too. Last but not least, we don’t forget the “brava” Allison Longley who passed the level A2 and now she won a scholarship to study in Italy.
Thank you also to Comm. Lino Rullo, President of Education Committee for his efforts.
Thank you also to our President Comm. Spencer Di Scala, PhD, and Prof. Cecilia Mattii for going ahead with PLIDA certification project
In addition, we asked our students why you should learn Italian. We chose the following response as the best one. It is explains why studying Italian can make all the difference.
I grew up listening to the sounds of the Italian language spoken by my grandparents and my mother, but I never learned to speak Italian. As teenagers, all four of my grandparents emigrated from Sicily to Boston. As first generation Americans, my parents were determined to raise me as an “American”. Assimilation, not multiculturalism, was the driving force of the day. Therefore, although the Italian ladies of the neighborhood would visit and speak Italian with my mother, only English was spoken to me. It is my dream to learn Italian, perhaps live for a period of time In Italy, and finally understand those beautiful sounds from my childhood. (R.M.Adamo)