Our Teachers

The teachers, all university graduates, are specialized in the teaching of Italian as a foreign or second language, and are particularly experienced in instructing adult students. The courses are geared to those who want a cultural vacation in Tuscany while learning how to get by in Italian in day-to-day situations, as well as to those who wish to learn Italian for their work or studies through a full immersion program. The method of communication, and the friendly and personal atmosphere of the lessons make our courses a very special, human and cultural experience that's different each time.

Our Method

The principal objective of our courses is to get our students, even those in the beginner and elementary levels, to the point where they're able to communicate in Italian. How do we do this? We believe that knowledge of grammatical structure and vocabulary are important, yet we know that they aren't enough in themselves. Students can be well versed in the rules of a language without being able to speak it.

When we communicate, we use language to exercise certain functions, such as asking, answering, discussing, promising etc. In addition, we exercise these functions within a sociocultural context. These are the two fundamental elements that make for effective communication, and it is through the interaction between two speakers, or a writer and a reader, that the meaning of a communication becomes clear.

How do our teachers put into practice these basic concepts? The aim of our lessons is to develop proficiency in communication through activities suchas games, role-plays, problem solving, dramatizations, and listening and reading comprehension using real recordings and texts. The use of authentic materials provides our students with the opportunity to develop ways of comprehending the language as it is used by native speakers. What renders approach we use in class particularly effective is the fact that the activities have an immediate, functional impact on our students' communication beyond the classroom. Immersing themselves in the language as it's used outside the school environment (for example in a bar, in a restaurant, at the post office or the train station) allows students to put the strategies they've learned into practice and to get immediate feedback on their capacity to communicate effectively.

This is made much easier in a small town like Montepulciano in which even the shopkeepers and waiters feel they're part of our students' learning process. They're always ready to listen, encourage, advise and even laugh with the students at their more entertaining mistakes.

Within this context the teacher is the point of reference - creating a situation in which students can communicate, explaining the rules at the right time, drawing students into conversation and encouraging those who are having difficulty - without being a dominating presence. We're convinced that our students, while having the constant support of their teacher, must always feel that they are the centre of the learning process. And our results speak for themselves!


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Montepulciano Language Courses We want you to be able to speak, read, understand and write in Italian as quickly as possible, which is important for you. Our trainers understand various teaching methods which are used to insure your utmost success.

We offer Italian courses on seven different course levels: After filling out our Italian Placement Test you will be assigned to the Italian course that complies with your Italian knowledge ideally.

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