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Cristina Polesel
Phone: 831.479.6478
Office Hours: Fall 2020
Tuesdays: 12:00pm - 12:40pm; and 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Thursdays: 11:20am - 12:45pm

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Location: 301
Alternate Location: 350F

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Cristina Polesel
Adjunct Italian Instructor

Cristina on Ponte Degli Scalzi in Venezia

Foreign Modern Languages and Literature
With Cabrillo College since 2018

Cabrillo courses for the Fall 2020 term will take place in an online format. DO NOT REPORT TO THE CLASSROOM.
We will meet live online via Zoom with additional weekly online instruction delivered in Canvas.

Italian class schedule for Fall 2020:

ITAL 1-1 Zoom weekly sessions: T&Th 9:30AM – 11:00AM
ITAL 1-2 Zoom weekly sessions: T&Th 1:30PM – 3:00PM

Italian 1 will be offered using a hybrid remote teaching model. There will be two required Zoom meetings each week (times shown above) that provide instruction and discussion, and where students and the instructor interact. Group and pair work on interpersonal communication also takes place in breakout rooms, especially for speaking practice. The balance of the course takes place via Canvas, where students will find ample practice and learning options such as videos, online activities, readings, writing assignments, etc.

Click on the Canvas link on the Cabrillo homepage,, to access your online course. It will be available starting August __. (TBA)

Enrolled and waitlisted students: Two weeks before the first class, you will receive a welcome email. It will tell you how to join the first Zoom class session and what materials you will need for the course. If you do not receive this information or if you have any questions, feel free to email me: crpolese[at]

Be sure Cabrillo has your current email address. Please verify that the email you provided in Self-Service is one you check regularly.

The Fall 2020 semester begins Monday, August 24.
First day of instruction is Tuesday, August 25

If the class you want is full, be sure to get on the waitlist so that you will receive instructions about how to attend the first Zoom session. See you in the first class!

I am Italian from Venice, Italy where I was born and raised. Italian is my native language. I have graduated in Foreign Modern Languages and Literature from Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy years ago. I learned French, Spanish and Latin before English, which is my second language.

Why is it so important to learn foreign languages? There is no doubt about the great advantages of speaking foreign languages and the significant role of language and culture in today's global society. Dealing with another culture enables people to gain a more profound understanding of their own culture. In a globalized world, those who can communicate effectively in more than one language and across cultures, have a great advantage. Graduates often cite foreign language courses as some of the most valuable courses in college because of the communication skills developed in the process. Also, creativity is increased with the study of foreign languages.

Foreign languages also provide a competitive edge in career choices: one is able to communicate in a second language. Foreign language proficiency is critical for business, trade, diplomacy, and can help to promote mutual understanding and respect. Foreign language skills are a plus in your resume to help you stay competitive in the job market. For students, learning more than one language can enrich their academic and life experiences and open doors to opportunities. We could go on and on to find great reasons...

If you love art history, photography, food and culinary arts, classic music, architecture, anthropology, ancient cultures and literature, to name just a few interests - you will enjoy the benefits of learning Italian, before you even travel there!

I look forward to helping you make your Italian learning experience fun, enjoyable and memorable in your academic experience. It will be a great asset in your global communication skills toolbox.

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