Cultura Italiana guarantees results
Students are adults of different nationalities, different languages and different cultures. There are 8 different levels for grammar, vocabulary, expression and communication, but classes are flexible, adjusted to the level and pace of learning of each class.
Each person and each class has a different pace, a person or a upper-level class may go at a slow pace while a lower-level class can have a faster pace. For this reason you can change your class by choosing and agreeing with the teacher, the best class for you.
The teacher follows a proposed syllabus (an educational project) for every different student. In this way the school can guarantee the most suitable solution for each student. Each student has the ability to communicate in Italian in the shortest time possible and in the most correct way for his/her language level. We guarantee the best possible result for each student corresponding to their competence.
The result is guaranteed because we have the interest and responsibility that every person learns lots! There are 8 levels with classes for different competencies throughout the year. We have the average attendance of 60 students.
Cultura Italiana (1980) is the first school recognised by the Italian State as an “Italian Language School for Foreigners”. We are also recognised as a continuous and permanent training institution by the region of Emilia-Romagna. Cultura Italiana collaborates in applied linguistics research with the University of Bologna and University of Siena (courses and examinations for the certification of Italian as a second language teachers, and for the well-known academic Italian language certificate), and with different European, American and Japanese universities for their Italian courses and credits in Italy. Our programmes are defined and monitored.
Our course objectives are established by the conventions of the “European Framework of Reference for Languages” http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/linguistic/cadre1_en.asp. We tailor our courses to the requests from different universities for credits consistent with the Socrates, Erasmus and Overseas programmes. The objectives are audited by external bodies (Region and State). Our primary objectives it to use the Italian language straightaway; from the first day, every student starts communicating in Italian with Italian people; to speak, understand, read, write and communicate makes it possible to live with Italians.
Our teachers have on average 10 years of teaching experience; they support students with their usage of the Italian language. We help, advise and assist people who come to our school, with their every need (accommodation, health, cultural programmes, entertainment). The school is always on the student’s side, we are never in conflict.
Our courses are particularly attractive in terms of value for money. The course prices are clear (all inclusive) precisely calculated based on the cost of running our organisation effectively. The final price is consistent with the quality we deliver. In some periods, we offer discounts but our prices are never the unrealistic below-cost prices of commercial courses that impinge on quality The course consists of 4 lesson-hours (50 minutes per lesson hour) of daily lessons and 2 hours of homework at home or school. The School guarantees 8 class-levels.
After a two-week course, a beginner-level student can already understand and speak a little in shops and restaurants. An intermediate-level student reinforces their communication skill, activates their grammar knowledge with use, and learns new vocabulary and expressions. An advanced-level student instead enlarges and strengthens their breadth of comprehension and expression by revisiting their acquired expressive skills. All teaching choices are tailored to each student, we don’t impose the same general programmes for everyone. We have a clear teaching plan; we are strict, but flexible in that we recommend classes, lessons, the programme and we deliver them in accordance with every student. The student decides when there are differences of opinions.
After school and homework, there are visits, walks, history, art and Italian friends. Beyond the standard programme, there are meetings with doctors, teachers, architects and other Italian work colleagues in their fields of work. Students can also visit fashion or mechanical manufacturers (Ducati, Maserati, Lamborghini, Ferrari), or food producers (in prosciutto, parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar, wine)
The location of Cultura Italiana is in the historical Palazzo Pepoli at the centre of the medieval city, near the Due Torri (the school is about 100 metres south of these two towers). Bologna is magnificent; there is no invasion of mass tourists like in other Italian cities. Our students live with Italians and not with foreign tourists.
The Italian language and way of life is authentic without the taint of mass tourism .
You can spend the weekend in the city or in parks in the hills. In Bologna, foreign guests enjoy their vacation because they are well-received and Italians are very interested to meet them because there is no mass tourism and only selective tourists choose Bologna. Bologna is one of the most important railway hubs in Italy and from here in just a day (leaving in the morning, returning in the evening), students can visit Siena, Lucca, Pisa, Florence, Milan, Venice, Padua or Verona; in an afternoon to Ferrara or Parma, Rimini and Ravenna. It is also possible to go to the sea (Rimini, Ravenna) in an hour by train without needing to live by the sea, or a walk in the mountains (2000 metres up) on the Apennine mountains located between Bologna and Tuscany.
At Cultura Italiana, you can live like an Italian, not as a tourist. It is important to speak Italian outside of school to improve your communication skills. At Cultura Italiana, it is easy to meet Italians because the social life in Bologna is very intense. After work and study , the Bolognese go to local cafés, bars and restaurants. There are also many shows, street parties, concerts and cultural initiatives around the city. It is easy to chat with people.
Bologna is the home to the first university in Europe (founded in 1088). There are over 100,000 students, many artists and musicians, jazz players, opera singers, book shops, writers, teachers, creative designers, lots of culture and many local venues, meetings and parties.
Accommodation is offered at low cost (without surcharges), in single or double rooms with families or with Italian students.
The cuisine is excellent in Bologna. Historically, Bologna is the most famous Italian city for quality cuisine. The average quality restaurants are moderately priced (less than in touristy cities) and high quality restaurants are relatively inexpensive. There are also lots of low price, good quality small restaurants.
We are a school of well-established traditions (1981). We also organise conventions and study days (see Publication and Conventions), which have received recognition from the Press and international institutions. This research gives prestige to our teaching practice and enables the dissemination of the Italian culture.