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From the first day of class, only Italian is spoken in the classroom. This “total immersion” helps students at all levels to quickly learn the language. By continually promoting the use of verbal communication, it permits the student to learn Italian 'naturally'. It unites the theory and practice of learning the language and helps to quickly build the students confidence. Students practice their Italian in real-life situations through role playing with your teacher and other participants. In advanced courses, the written language will also be a major part of the course curriculum.

On the first day of class there is a placement test (written and oral), which is used to place the student in the most appropriate level. Students are then evaluated throughout their studies and moved through the levels as their knowledge of the Italian language increases.

Standard Group Course
20 hours per week. The Standard Course is held throughout the year on 6 (monthly) levels of ability. Duration is 2 to 24 weeks. The 4 lessons are held daily from Monday to Friday, usually beginning at 9:00. If there are many participants, the Standard Course may also be held in the afternoon at 14:00. There is a maximum of 12 students in each class.

Group/Tutor Course
25 or 30 hours per week - 20 Group + 5 or 10 Tutor hours. Continual language practice, maximum concentration through intensive work with a personal teacher five hours per week, and active practicing of communication skills guarantee swift progress and success in the shortest possible time. All levels can be accommodated and those above beginner level can also include vocabulary oriented to certain professions during the Tutor hours. Additional hours can be accommodated upon request.

Tutor Course
20 hours per week. Consists of 4 private lessons 5 days per week, you create your own class schedule. Continual language practice, maximum concentration through intensive work with your personal instructor, and active usage of your communication skills equate to swift progress and increased language proficiency in the shortest possible time.

Professional Italian
30 hours per week - 20 Group + 10 Tutor. If you want to attend a course that suits your particular professional and personal requirements, the Professional Italian program may be of interest to you. Classes with a private Tutor focus on vocabulary from one of the following areas:

* Business Correspondance
* Business Italian
* Italian for Banking
* Italian for Law
* Italian for the Hotel Industry
* The Language of Wine and Food
* The Language of Tourism
* Italian for Flight Attendants
* Italian for Healthcare
* The Language of Fashion
* The Language of Architecture
* Italian Literature
* Italian Cinema
* The Language of Opera
* The History and Language of Theatre

An intermediate level of Italian is required to participate in the Professional Italian program.

Program for Teachers of Italian Language
The main objective of the course is to support Italian language instructors by bringing teaching methods and theoretical knowledge up to date. The course is designed to revitalize linguistic and didactic abilities, and refreshes the socio-economic and political-cultural knowledge of Italy for class participants. The course focuses on refining theoretical and practical bases for teaching Italian as a foreign language, offers lessons in diction, and provides greater insight on student teaching in general. This program meets the requirements for a LINGUA grant, which Italian-language teachers within the European Union can apply for.

Study & Internship Program
This Study & Internship program in Rome combines a minimum 4 week Standard Group Italian Study program, professional orientation of specialized classes, followed up with a minimum 8 week Internship Work Experience placement in the community.

Internship placements are available in businesses or organizations in the following fields:
-Web Design
-Web Marketing
-Other fields available upon request

For more information about this program, contact us!

Preparatory Courses for Admittance into Italian University Programs
Preparatory courses for University studies in Italy is designed for students who intend to study and enroll at Italian Universities. To be admitted into an Italian University, foreign students must pass an entrance exam (Italian language proficiency and scientific subjects). The exams are usually held in September at the University chosen by the applicant. The application deadline for this program is March 19, 2011.

Language Plus Program
The Language Plus Program courses are organized on a two-week basis and can be extended to four weeks (art courses are always four weeks) to give students the opportunity to attend these courses. They are held in the afternoon or evening. All courses are conducted in Italian.

* Italian Cooking Course 2 weeks, 2 evenings
o The course provides an introduction to and hands on experience in the preparation of meals from various regions of Italy. Course also includes a recipe book and takes place one evening per week. All levels accepted.

* Italian Wine Course 2 weeks, 2 evenings
o The course consists of an introduction to the processes involved with the creation of wine, as well as wine tasting sessions, which enable the participant to differentiate wines from all main wine producing regions of Italy. Course takes place one evening per week. Post Beginner Level Required.

* History of Italian Art 2 weeks, 12 lessons
o This course offers an introduction to Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque artistic styles, and enables the student to become acquainted with the works of Botticelli, Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo (6 hrs/wk). Post Beginner Level Required.


Admissions & Academic Credit

The school welcomes students age 18 years and older regardless of educational background, occupation or nationality. No previous knowledge of Italian is required except where otherwise indicated.

Students desiring credit for their language studies should contact their home school or request the NRCSA Credit Fact Sheet. Generally, U.S. universities consider 15 hours of study to be equal to 1 semester credit.

For general information on academic credit, please click here.


Certificates & Exams

The following certificates may be earned:
1. Certificato di frequenza. At the end of each course, students receive a certificate of attendance.

2. Certificato di conoscenza della lingua italiana. At the end of the third course, a written examination can be taken. Successful candidates obtain the certificate of knowledge of the Italian language.

3. Diploma di Lingua Italiana. At the end of the fifth level, diploma course students have the opportunity to take an examination which tests every part of the course. Successful candidates will be given the diploma of Italian Language and Culture.

4. Academia Italiana di Lingua (AIL). At every base it is possible to procure one of the internationally recognized language Diplomas "Firenze" of the Academia Italiana di Lingua (AIL), DELI at elementary, DILI at intermediate, DALI at advanced levels and DALC the separate commercial diploma.

The examination dates are four times a year:
  •   DELI - basic level: at the end of the first ability level
  •   DILI - intermediate level: at the end of the third ability level

Twice a year for:
  •   DALI - advanced level: at the end of the sixth ability level
  •   DALC - Diploma of Business language, advanced level: at the end of the sixth ability level.
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Standard Group Course
Group/Tutor Course
Tutor Course
Professional Italian
Program for Teachers of Italian Language
Preparatory Courses for Admittance into Italian University Programs
Optional History and Humanities Courses

Admissions & Academic Credit
Certificates & Exams

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