Oaks Christian Online High School Invests in Building Online Italian Language Program

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Antoinette Cavaliere joins OCO as Italian Subject Matter Expert.

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I enjoy relating the Italian language to students on a personal level with things they know and care about. I’m passionate about everything Italian.

Oaks Christian Online (OCO) School is launching several high-level online language course alternatives, including online American Sign Language and Italian. To begin the process of writing online Italian courses, Oaks Christian virtual high school has hired Antoinette Cavaliere of New York as a course writer and subject matter expert. Antoinette is a native speaker. She was born in the United Sates, but Italian was her first language growing up at home. Her family immigrated to Brooklyn, New York, in 1965, just before she was born. A good portion of her family still resides just outside Pompeii in southwestern Italy. She says, “I feel most at home when I’m speaking Italian.”

Antoinette has a BA in Italian Studies and an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), which gives her a unique perspective on teaching methodologies for learning a language. She is also currently a full-time teacher in Staten Island. Antoinette is excited about creating and teaching her course for many reasons. She believes that Italian is the most direct language descendant from Latin, and, with over 50% of English words with Latin roots, Italian is a natural English vocabulary builder. She also enjoys teaching about Italian food and the history of the Roman Empire. She says, “I enjoy relating the Italian language to students on a personal level with things they know and care about. I’m passionate about everything Italian.”

Oaks Christian Online high school has written more than forty-five unique, college-preparatory online courses that are offered to students on the Oaks Christian campus in Westlake Village, CA, as well as to students around the country and the world. These courses follow rigorous state and national standards as well as Quality Matters, NCAA, and University of California standards. OCO also works with its acclaimed main campus to match the rigor, content and sequencing of online high school courses to those offered on campus. In this case, online Italian courses will be a new offering for main-campus students as well. OCO Director Vicki Conway says, “We’re glad to offer language courses that are clearly in demand to high school students. Several of our students have done study abroad programs in Italy and have even attended college there. We know our students will be excited to take these courses.”

The main campus of Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, CA opened in the fall of 2000 and Oaks Christian Online School (OCO) opened for full-time, online students in the fall of 2011. One of the nation's finest accredited online schools, Oaks Christian Online High School provides a rigorous, NCAA approved, college-preparatory education for high school students all around the world in a Christian environment. OCO and Oaks Christian School are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges as well as by the Southern Association of Independent Schools. Oaks Christian Online High School continues to enroll part-time and full-time students throughout the school year and regularly hosts information sessions on its main campus – 31749 La Tienda Drive, Westlake Village, CA 91362, as well as virtual information sessions for prospective student families. Interested students can visit the website http://online.oakschristian.org to R.S.V.P.

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