The Italian Language Teaching Method
After years of experience, we have come to the conclusion that there is no perfect method on how to teach a foreign language, but a mix of different techniques, each contributing to the ultimate result of learning.
The mono-directional interaction of student and teacher, where the teacher explains the content and the student listens to the lesson, may sometime lead to poor results.
Your knowledge and confidence in a language continuously improve in a context involving various aspects: you, your personal objectives, your teachers, the other students and, most of all, the surrounding environment.
Our method is based on the interaction of the students in the classroom, after the grammar session, teachers will involve students in a general discussion by promoting their interaction.
Furthermore, students will have the unique opportunity to experience what they will learn during the lessons in the trips and tours we organize in the afternoon.
Our aim is to enable you to achieve your personal/professional objectives, depending on your entry level of Italian (which will be assessed with an entry test) and the time you dedicate to the course. Therefore, we offer you a well structured programme, previously agreed with you on the basis of your expectations and knowledge.
The programme will allow you to make the best of this experience even in the short run. You will enjoy an intense interaction with our school and our territory and a full immersion experience in a friendly and highly professional environment.
How we organize italian classes
We offer three types of italian classes:
- Italian group classes: students are grouped in classes of 7 to 14 people maximum depending on their level of knowledge.
- One to one italian classes: individual lessons for the students looking for a full-time dedicated Italian teacher. Also available for two students.
- Monographic classes: upon request, we organize special lessons with readings in Italian about a wide range of specific topics related to Italy, such as: Opera Lirica and Music, Dante’s Divina Commedia, Italian literature, painting, cinema and theatre, but also business and everyday life in italy. Classes will be held by professional teachers with experience in the subject. This type of course is only available for groups of students.
Our standard Italian course consists of 20 hours a week, from 9:00am to 1:00am, from Monday to Friday. Afternoons and the weekends are generally free for extra activities, such as trips, excursions, visits, or just fun and relax.
The hours of lessons can also be increased or decreased according to students’ preferences.
We also offer a full-time intensive course with 35 hours of Italian lessons a week and a study session in the afternoon from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.
Our teaching method is based on the following objectives:
- Grammar: We usually start our classes with grammar lessons for about an hour and a half to take advantage of your high level of concentration. We then carry on with the main aspects of the Italian language depending on your level (and interest).
- Reading: After the intense grammar sessuion, we usually carry on with a more relaxing hour of reading. Italian is difficult to pronounce and this is why we insist that a correct pronunciation adds value to your knowledge.
- Conversation: This is the funniest hour of the class, aimed at preparing students for their afternoon excursions: visiting a museum, or a national park, or just go shopping. It’s better to be prepared for any of therse events and that’s why in our classes you will learn some of the most common daily expressions and phrases. Only for the advanced course we propose an alternative session with a special focus on art, literature, cinema, or music (i.e. listening and interpretation).
Classes based upon your italian language level
For students who already attended a short Italian course in the past or have a basic knowledge of the language but no communication skills and poor grammar knowledge.
For students who know the Italian grammar and have some communication skills, but need to practice both aspects further.
For students who can have a conversation in Italian, but are interested in learning specific topics (i.e. Italian for business, or art or music).