Courses consist of two parts:
1. Italian language course
2. Extra-curricular activities (visits and meetings).
Our school is the ideal place to study Italian in Italy: a total immersion experience! Our Intensive courses can last 2,3,4 or more weeks. It is also possible to do a 1 week course, but if you did take this option, we would suggest that you continue studying at home to help make this course more useful. The courses consist of four hours of classes, (plus two hours of homework) daily for five days a week in classes of 6 to 12 persons. The courses begin every Monday and finish on the Friday of the last week of the selected period of study (see STARTING DATES). There are four classes each of 50 minutes, with a 20-minute break in the middle. From 09:00 a.m. to 12.40 p.m. or from 01.00 p.m. to 04.40 p.m. Classes for elementary (basic) levels are often in the morning and the ones for higher levels are often in the afternoon. During the first half of the morning or afternoon one teacher gives lessons on grammar structure and vocabulary; during the second another one concentrates on expression and communication. These courses are especially convenient in terms of cost-benefit ratio. They enable the student to achieve a solid grasp of the language in a short time. The class numbers are ideal in providing the opportunity for full participation by all.
The four-week course is the standard, corresponding to one level for European languages. The courses are divided as follows: A1 (Basic 1), A2 (Basic 2), B1 (Intermediate 1), B2 (Intermediate 2), C1 (Advanced 1) and C2 (Advanced 2). The two-week course is the equivalent of the first or second part of a course level. Students may also progressively attend a series of standard courses in succession in the same class. Beginners who have European languages as their mother tongue can reach a level B1 in 12 weeks. They would need another 12 weeks to reach the C1 level, but this will depend on the person, on their nature and frequency of contact with the Italian language. People who do not have European languages as their mother tongue will have different rhythms of learning, usually twice the duration it would take an European language native speaker.
In case of didactic differences within a single class, The School may decide to divide the class into smaller groups and reduce the class-time as follows:
4-5 people: three lesson-hours;
2-3 people: two and a half lesson-hours;
1 person: one and a quarter lesson-hours (every lesson-hour consists of 50 minutes).
Small groups usually do more intensive work in class and at home: the students can therefore reach the same level as those in larger groups.
These courses are tailored specially to suit those staying in Italy over a longer period who wish to learn at a slower pace. They are held in the afternoon and evening and consist of two or four classes a week, each of three hours long. Each lesson hours is 50 minutes, with 3 lesson hours per class of 6-12 people on Tuesdays and Thursdays or on Wednesdays and Fridays (two classes a week) and from Monday to Thursday (four classes per week). These classes begin every Monday or Tuesday.
The standard course of 12 weeks (2 classes per week) is the equivalent of one level. Students in the same class may also progressively attend a series of standard courses in succession. A six-week course is the equivalent of the first or second part of a complete level. The standard course of 6 weeks (4 classes per week) is the equivalent of one level. Students in the same class may also progressively attend a series of standard courses in succession. A three-week course is the equivalent of the first or second part of a complete level.
If the number of students in the class is 3-5, each class will last 2 lesson hours, while a class of 1-2 students will receive one and a half lesson hours (every lesson-hour is 50 minutes). Small groups usually do more intensive work in class and at home: the students can therefore reach the same levels as those in larger groups.
Individual tuition intensifies rapid learning because teachers can devote themselves to the specific learning needs of the student. The student has the right to choose subjects for study (for eg.: art, literature, music, poetry, history, Italian cultural and social life, business, etc). The Individual standard course consists of 30 hours of 60 minutes each divided into one or two weeks. This course is the equivalent of one level. The students may also choose the number of hours and the times of lessons, these being previously agreed with the Secretary.
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The individual course can be done by two people at the same level. Its period and length can be arranged by the two students themselves. The two-person tuition intensifies rapid learning because teachers can devote themselves to the specific learning needs of the students. The two students have the right to choose subjects for study (for eg.: art, literature, music, poetry, history, Italian cultural and social life, business, etc). The Two-person standard course consists of 30 hours of 60 minutes each divided into one or two weeks. This course is the equivalent of one level. The students may also choose the number of hours and the times of lessons, these being previously agreed with the Secretary.
This is the equivalent of an intensive course for 6-12 persons although the number of participants in this case is confined to 3-5 persons. In cases where it is not possible to organise a small group because there are no other participants at the same level, the student is free to choose either:
a. the Intensive 6-12 person Course of four hours a day, 20 hours a week, plus one additional individual hour for himself or herself each day, i.e. five hours of additional one-to-one instruction per week at the same price;
b. the Intensive 6-12 person Course of four hours a day, 20 hours a week, , at the lower price of the intensive 6-12 people course;
c. 2 individual hours per day instead of a group course at the same price. Please indicate the likely alternative preferred.
These are courses for those learning Italian for professional purposes or specific cultural aims. This specialised teaching offers: an intensive course of four hours each day for 6-12 persons, 20 hours a week in a group, plus daily one-hour individual lessons on a particular subject, giving an additional five one-to-one hours a week.
These courses are designed for professionals learning Italian for business, marketing and industry purposes.
This course prepares students for the admission examinations for the different Italian faculties and also provides preparation for Erasmus students.
These courses prepare tourist guides and those in the tourist agency, hotel and restaurant fields.
These courses for those with cultural or professional interests in the Arts. They include sessions with professors of Bologna University.
These courses are for students and others specifically interested in Italian literature and its history. They include sessions with critics and writers.
These courses are aimed at architects interested in history of architecture, in problems of restoration work and latest developments in Italian architecture. They include guided tours with a history expert in Italian architecture.
These courses for doctors and medical students include sessions with doctors and visits to health centres. Bologna boasts both Italy’s best medical teaching and its best health services.
This course is based on theory of translation in coordination with a professor of the Institute of the Science of Communication of Bologna University.
These are Italian courses for non-Italian teachin Italian language abroad. They include comparison of didactic methods.
The School also organises special courses for various other fields. On request it would be possible to organise a course by a specialist in a particular field, combined with language teaching by a member of the School staff. Please make your enquiry to the Secretary.