BOOKS TO LEARN ITALIAN

exercise with collage

The author of these books was Mr Alessandro Soriani, a teacher of Italian in Denmark.
As far as I know, there are two “Soriani” books, basic and advanced.
The advanced one has many pages with pictures, mostly sort of collages in an avantgarde style (they remember me of some work of the visual artists of “Gruppo 63”, like Pignotti or Ori).

There are many exercises with self-correcting schemes, which were quite used in the seventies. You had a question with two or three possible answers. If you hit the right one, you went forward, to the next question – if you hit a wrong one, according to the type of mistake, you were re-directed to a grammar explaination, or a conjugation chart, etc. and from there you could start again.

a self correcting exercise

It is a “if…then goto…” scheme that you were going to find some years after in the basic programming, ervidently the computer revolution was in the air, but the hardware was still not available to the masses.

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LEARN ITALIAN IN ITALY – OLDIES BUT GOLDIES

LEARN ITALIAN LANGUAGE - BOOKS 1

It was 1982 when your Italian Language Expert began teaching Italian as the youngest guy of the pack (even if the legend wants him as a 3-years old, teaching Italian to some Swiss baby sitters).
This book was already old at that time, and in few months, at the school I worked we did not use it anymore – officially. But we teachers kept on making good use of it for many years, and at Scuola Toscana you can meet with some of its pages still today – as you know, learning and teaching a language has a lot to do with sensations and feelings, so you have to like the tools you work with…

LEARN ITALIAN IN ITALY - BOOKS 2

Moreover, some of the exercises you find were quite revolutionary for the times, and are quite creative still today – can you figure out how they work ?

… some books never get old, do they ?