In the Cradle of the Renaissance
The school has its premises in a 19th century building in the center of Florence in front of the Bargello National Museum. The area is close to the Cathedral and the Palazzo Vecchio, the town hall. The student is literally immersed in the artistic, historical and cultural heart of Florence, the "cradle of the Renaissance", within walking distance of the most prestigious monuments of the Romanesque, Gothic and the 15th century art.
The other "attractions" of Tuscany are easy to reach: San Gimignano, Siena, Pisa, Lucca, up to Carrara with its marble quarries, the most famous in the world thanks to Michelangelo, and Versilia, one of the most famous sea resorts in Italy.
A Teacher and a Tutor
The school places considerable emphasis on the quality of its teaching. All our teachers have a degree from an approved Italian university. Every member of our teaching staff is a native Italian speaker who can also speak English. All our teachers have at least 3 years’ teaching experience and are prepared to help the students with any problem they may experience during their stay at us.
Intensive Italian Language courses
We organize intensive Italian language courses in small classes (max 7 students) all year round for all levels, from beginner to advanced, according to the European portfolio. The school places considerable emphasis on the quality of its teaching. All our teachers have a degree from an approved Italian university.
One-to-one tuition, Home tuition or Courses for school groups
One-to-one tuition is aimed at those people who want to learn Italian, but have busy schedules which prevent them from undertaking more rigidly scheduled language courses. For super-intensive programs it is also possible to study at the teacher's home. Last but not least our institute can arrange academic programs for school groups who are interested in Italian language, Art History, History of the Cinema, History of the Music and Italian literature and more.
One-To-One and Two-To-One Tuition
By choosing a one-to-one approach the student will have lessons tailored to his/her personal language needs. A personal tutor will be on hand throughout the day and also in the evenings, in order to help the student maximize opportunities to learn. The learning program and the timetable can be therefore fitted to the needs of the individual student.
One-to-one and two-to-one tuition are aimed at those people who want to learn Italian, but have busy schedules which prevent them from undertaking more rigidly scheduled language courses.
By adopting a more flexible, personal approach the student can gain an in-depth understanding of everyday Italian (both written and spoken), with minimal disruption.
Our courses are aimed to develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and are carefully structured to develop your fluency and accuracy. We use a wide variety of real-life material such as, television and radio programs, newspapers and magazine extracts, and we organize regular excursions so that our students learn Italian as it is currently used by native speakers.
After attending the several levels listed below, the student will be able to:
- Understand simple conversations and the general meaning of short written texts, containing everyday idiomatic expressions.
- Ask simple questions and give brief descriptions of personal events, including hesitation or inversions in the sentence structure in the present and past tense.
- Write short sentences and fill forms.
- Have simple conversations, allowing for occasional hesitations.
- Understand the language spoken by a native speaker on issues of general interest.
- Ask question and report simple events.
- Understand the general meaning of short written passages containing simplified syntactical structures.
- Know the main verbs, pronouns, polite forms of address and the future tense.
- Have conversations on issues of general interest and phone conversations allowing for occasional mistakes.
- Read short newspaper articles and understand their general meaning.
- Express doubts and wishes.
- Write standard texts, such as letters or summaries which reveal a satisfactory knowledge of pronouns, the conditional and the imperative tenses.
- Know simple idiomatic expressions.
- Have fluent conversations on issues of general interest.
- Understand standard texts fully and the general meaning of literary texts.
- Write standard texts providing opinions and suggestions, thus showing a satisfactory knowledge of the conjunctive.
- Know how to use several idiomatic expressions.
- Have a fluent conversation with a native speaker and follow a conversation among native speakers.
- Fully understand any text, standard or literary. Understand the general meaning of specialistic texts.
- Speak using a wide vocabulary and appropriate terminology, in order to express a personal view of facts, wishes and opinions.
- Write medium to long texts on any subject without mistakes, thus showing a good knowledge of tenses and forms.
- Understand native speakers having a conversation on specific subjects and be able to take part
- Understand specialty texts, allowing for the occasional consultation of a dictionary.
- Write texts of any length on any subject, thus showing a good mastery of subordinate sentences and different styles.
- Report and comment on facts fluently and by making use of a wide and specific vocabulary.
- Understand different accents of the Italian language and spot nuances and shades of intonation.
- Understand specialty texts, capturing the details and slight differences.
- Be able to take notes and react promptly or report on written and oral messages.
- Write long essays thus showing a good awareness of written styles.
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