All our teachers are university graduates with many years of experience in teaching Italian as a froeign language.
Two goals were identified from the very beginning:
- Teaching the language to the speakers of other languages requires a specific approach and therefore professional training for the teachers.
- Italian is regarded and studied as a language of culture by people with tourist and cultural motivations and therefore learning must be linked to the contemporary presentation of artistic and cultural production representing the history of the Italian people.
The program and didactic method were developed over a 10-year period of research and testing by the didactic group of the school. Through this work, the school has developed teaching materials, books, and audiovisual tools, whilst also organized seminars and teacher orientation courses.
Our Italian language courses represent a program of communication based on the realities of everyday life in Italy and include social and cultural aspects. We have established a program which, through the selection of specific reading materials, helps the student to experience Italian society in an individual, personal way and not merely through the eyes of a tourist.
All our programs follows a method which while including various didactic methods is based principally on creative and induced activities. These kinds of activities are aimed at developing the confidence and autonomy of the student who is required to participate actively in classes. In this way, the students become the protagonists while the teacher becomes a discussion leader. Leading scientific research shows that, in order to be truly effective, teaching should involve not only the rational part of the memory but also the unconscious part. The goal is to achieve practical abilities. First, talking and speaking and then reading and writing, to avoid building up knowledge that has no link with communicating effectively.