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Program & Admission Information - Sorrento, Italy  


 

Programs

The Italian for Foreigners program is designed to enable students, professionals and those simply interested in learning Italian to develop an integrated mastery of the language and its the four main skill areas: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Programs are practical, stimulating, and interactive. Teachers use a range of material from textbooks to. articles from newspapers and magazines, videos and tapes. This ensures that each student receives both an academic understanding of the language and a contemporary understanding of the Italian culture and language. The overall objective is to enable students to communicate effectively and confidently in Italian.

In addition to classroom instruction, the surrounding community offers students an excellent opportunity to practice their language skills. Because the NRCSA Center also teaches foreign languages to Italians, students are exposed to Italian native speakers on a daily basis. Whether it's a casual encounter in the hallway or a school-organized event, students are in an environment which encourages conversation and interaction.

Italian language courses are divided into six levels consistent with the criteria of the Council of Europe: Beginner (I), Elementary (II), Pre-Intermediate (III), Intermediate (IV), Upper Intermediate (V), and Advanced (VI). If a student has previous Italian language experience, a test will be administered in the beginning of the course to determine placement. Each level lasts four weeks for the average student.

A TYPICAL DAY OF CLASSES

Time Learning Agenda

9:00-11:00 Conversation practice, vocabulary and grammar

11:00-11:15 Break

11:15-12:15 Vocabulary expansion and conversation practice

12:15-13:15 Conversation practice and development of speaking and pronunciation abilities

15:00-17:15 Thematic lectures and discussion based on a class' particular interests (i.e., Italian history, literature, current events)
Standard Program
Group 20 hours per week. The Standard Program consists of four hours per day of Italian language classes held five days per week, Monday through Friday. Classes are scheduled to begin at 9.00 each morning and end at 13.15 (1:15pm), with one fifteen minute break from 11.00 to 11.15. There is an average of 10-12 students per class.
Intensive Program
Group 25 hours per week: 20 Italian Language + 5 Culture. The Intensive Program combines twenty hours of Italian language classes with five hours of cultural study per week. The cultural classes are held in the afternoon and themes are based on the particular interests of the participants. Themes could include topics related to Italian history, literature, current events, etc. that are designed to build a students' cultural language skills. There is an average of 10-12 students per class.

Italian language classes are scheduled to begin at 9.00 each morning, Monday through Friday, and end at 13.15 (1:15pm), with one fifteen minute break from 11.00 to 11.15. Cultural classes are scheduled from 15.00(3:00pm) to 17.15(5:15pm).

Group + Tutorial Program
25 hours per week: 20 Group Italian Language + 5 Tutor. The Super Intensive Program combines the Basic Program of four hours per day of Italian language classes with one hour per day of individual Italian language classes, held five days per week, Monday through Friday.

Group classes are scheduled to begin at 9.00 each morning, Monday through Friday, and end at 13.15 (1:15pm), with one fifteen minute break from 11.00 to 11.15. There is an average of 10-12 students per class.

Tutor classes are held in the afternoons and can be custom-tailored for students with more specific needs (i.e., Italian university preparation, business Italian).

Italian & Cooking Program
This Standard Italian & Cooking Program combines 20 hours of group Italian language classes with 3, 2 hour cooking lessons per week.

Italian language classes are scheduled to begin at 9.00 each morning, Monday through Friday, and end at 13.15 (1:15pm), with one fifteen minute break from 11.00 to 11.15. There is an average of 10-12 students per class.


Cooking classes are scheduled held in the afternoon. Students learn how to prepare traditional Italian recipes as well as dishes unique to the Sorrento and the Campania region.

The instructor will lead students on a gastronomical tour of Italy and teach the secrets of making Mediterranean food (i.e., handmade pasta, gnocchi, fish).

Each course is designed as a full meal, including antipasti, primo piatto, secondo piatto, and dolce.

Italian & Voice Lessons Program
20 hours of Italian language + 10 Voice lessons of per week. The Standard Language & Voice Lessons Program combines twenty hours of group Italian language classes with ten voice lessons per week.

Italian language classes are scheduled to begin at 9.00 each morning, Monday through Friday, and end at 13.15 (1:15pm), with one fifteen minute break from 11.00 to 11.15. There is an average of 10-12 students per class.

Voice lessons are scheduled held in the afternoon. Led by Maestro Federico De Curtis, former tenor of the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the center offers both professional and beginner-level voice lessons. Professional lessons cover techniques and interpretation of Italian opera and Neopolitan songs, voice laying, and breathing emission. Beginner lessons enable future talents to develop their vocal and respiratory techniques through Italian and Neopolitan songs.

Italian & Ceramics Program
20 hours of Italian language + 10 Ceramics lessons of per week. The Standard Language & Ceramics Program combines twenty hours of group Italian language classes with ten ceramics classes per week.

Italian language classes are scheduled to begin at 9.00 each morning, Monday through Friday, and end at 13.15 (1:15pm), with one fifteen minute break from 11.00 to 11.15. There is an average of 10-12 students per class.

Ceramics classes are scheduled held in the afternoon. Students learn the techniques of working, decorating and baking clay the artigianale way in a typical, Sorrentine ceramics studio. On request, excursions can also be arranged to Vietri, one of the most famous and beautiful towns of the Costiera Amalfitana, known worldwide for its ceramics.

Christmas Course
2 weeks, 24 hours Italian Language + Activities. This special 2 week course is designed for students that want to experience the year-end holidays Italian style. The course includes six days of formal Italian language classes held four hours per day in small groups averaging 10 to 12 students, as well as special dinners, a tour of the churches of Sorrento, a Christmas cooking class, an excursion to Naples, and a New Year's Eve dinner cooking class. Combine that with staying with a host family and you've got a perfect intercultural holiday experience.


 

Admissions & Academic Credit

Students age 18 years and older are welcomed regardless of educational background, occupation or nationality. No previous knowledge of Italian is required except where otherwise indicated.

Students desiring credit for their study 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

At the end of each level, students will have the opportunity to take an examination accreditated by The European Language Certificates (TELC) for an additional fee.

 
Program Overview (PDF)

Standard Program
Intensive Program
Super Intensive Program
Basic Language & Cooking Program
Basic Language & Voice Lessons Program
Basic Language & Ceramics Program
Christmas Course

Admissions & Academic Credit

Excursions and Cultural activities

 
 

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