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Our school offers a friendly, personal and attentive approach to learn Italian. Our school was founded 8 years ago and was one of the first Italian language schools in Apulia region. It is small-scale and friendly, staffed with experienced teachers having a sincere desire to help you to learn in an atmosphere of relaxed, but attentive, individual support.
The most important point to understand about our Italian language school is the emphasis we place on personalized attention, which means that you are guaranteed a rewarding Italian-immersion experience in the classroom and through our comprehensive extra-curricular activities. Our school offers a friendly, personal and attentive approach to learn Italian. Our school was founded 8 years ago and was one of the first Italian language schools in Apulia region. It is small-scale and friendly, staffed with experienced teachers having a sincere desire to help you to learn in an atmosphere of relaxed, but attentive, individual support. Be warned however that you may find yourself gently seduced by our passion for the music of the Italian language.
We offer a variety of Italian language courses to suit all requirements. For example you can attend an Italian language course (Intensive courses, Intensive-plus, conversation courses or a individual courses) featuring a choice of intensities; or you can attend a Business Italian course, Italian for law, or a course about Italian art and about Italian literature. We organize also courses for teachers of Italian, CILS certificate preparation course and CELI certificate preparation courses, courses about the regional and the Italian cooking and Italian language courses for children.
The location of our school, in the historic and artistic seaside town of Otranto, is very conducive to the whole Italian learning experience. Otranto is one of the 15 most beautiful small villages in Italy, officially recognized by ANCI (Association of Italian Villages). Its small modern port, adjacent to massive ancient stone fortifications, adds a vibrancy supplementing an excellent array of shops, restaurants and visitor facilities. However Otranto still manages to maintain a quiet and sophisticated atmosphere, totally uncharacteristic of typical tourist towns. Local people are warm and welcoming; you will find their smiles to be infectious. There is virtually no English spoken locally, so our students have an undiluted stunning stage on which to practice their new-found Italian skills!
Indeed we encourage all our students to engage in extra-curricular activities as an essential part of their organic learning experience. Through our adaptable cultural program and guided tours of the magnificent Salento region (the romantic coast, the culturally rich Lecce in Apulia, the Greek area), your classroom instruction will gain heightened relevance.
The School Porta d'Oriente is:
- Official seat and preparation center (recognized by the University for Foreigners of Siena) for the CILS diploma and DITALS examination (for foreigners and Italian teachers who want to teach Italian)
- Official seat and preparation center (recognized by the University for Foreigners of Perugia) for the CELI certificate
CELI and CILS certifications of Italian as foreign language are recognized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Officially recognized by the Swedish and German authorities for Education.
- Our school is also in contact with the National Agencies Socrates/Comenius for the training of the foreign teachers and especially for the teachers of Italian as a foreign language.