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Program & Admission Information - Taormina, Italy  


 

Programs

The methodology used has beem developed around a communicative based approach. This means the program focuses first on the students ability to communicate (written and oral) in the Italian language, and then interjects the grammatical structures and formal rules of the language. To assist in the understanding of the language and its usage, teachers will present students with newspaper and magazine articles, taped dialogs, video-taped situations, letters, and/or short stories. This engages the student in an analysis of the grammatical structures in a meaningful and productive manner.

Students who want more practice and want to augment their studies with a traditional exercise book may do so upon request. The exercises and practice material are designed to follow the sequence of the course providing the student with a guide to their independent study. It is also valuable for students who want to continue practicing their Italian after they return home.

There is a maximum number of 8 students per class. This limit ensures a small group which is more conducive to communication and offers each student the opportunity to speak as much as possible.

The courses are divided into two programs: The Formation Program & The Specialization Program. The Formation Program is divided into three levels (Elementary, Intermediate and Superior) and allows the students to reach the "Threshold Level", i.e. the level of communicative competence according to the Modern Language Project of the Council of Europe. The Specialization Program is divided into three levels (Advanced 1, Advanced 2 and Advanced 3) and allows the students to reach a level of competence in the Italian language which is necessary for entrance into an Italian university.

Each level lasts four weeks. Students are welcome to enroll for as few as 2 weeks or as many as 6 months. Please Note: completion of a particular 4 week course does not guarantee advancement to the next level. Language learning is not a mechanical endeavor. It is an academic endeavor which contains a personal / psychological component as well. Some students have elected to repeat a particular level or delay advancement by a week or two, so as to continue study and practice of particular structures, so as to feel more comfortable. Because methodology is developed from a Communicative based approach and because the materials, activities and tasks are quite extensive, there is no risk that the student will repeat the same activities, using the same materials.

Standard Course
Group 20 hours per week. This course is designed for those who want a complete language experience, studying 4 hours per day, focusing on the language analysis activities and the communicative tasks.

Group + Tutorial
Group/Tutor 25 hours per week - 20 hours of Group + 5 hours of Tutor weekly. The course is designed for those who, beyond the advantages of the Standard group course, want to have an extra individual hour (one-to-one) per day especially devoted to their needs.

Intensive Course
Group 30 hours per week. A course designed for those who want to have a more intensive group course to strengthen their abilities in a shorter time.

Italian & Italian History Course
2 weeks, 24 or 28 hours per week - Standard Course
Group 20 + 4 hours of Italian History private tutor, OR Standard Course, Group 20 + 8 hours of group lessons in Italian History. In combination with the Standard Group course, an Italian History course is offered which covers the Etruscans, the Greeks, the Romans, all the way up to the present day in Italy. The History course is taught by individuals trained in the field. Tutor course is offered on the first Monday of every month. The group course is subject to minimum enrollment.


Italian & Art History
2 weeks, 24 or 28 hours per week - Standard Course
Group 20 + 4 hours of Italian Art History private tutor OR Standard Course, Group 20 + 8 hours of group lessons in Italian Art History. The school offers an Italian Art History course in combination with the Standard Group course which focuses on sculpture, painting and architecture in Italy. The aim of the course is to provide content based language study and to provide a deeper, more specialized knowledge and understanding of Italian Art. The Art History course is taught by individuals trained in the field. Tutor course is offered on the first Monday of every month. The group course is subject to minimum enrollment.

Italian & "Family Style" Cooking Course
Group 20 hours per week plus 10.5 hours per week of private cooking lessons with a Sicilian host mother. The cooking course is given in the home of a Sicilian "mamma". Cooking lessons will be provided on the preparation of a full meal with units focusing on the first course (pasta, risotto, or soup), a second course (vegetarian, meat or fish), side dishes (salad or vegetables), and sweets or cake. The course includes a weekly dinner with the host mother in the homestay.

Italian & Pottery and Ceramics
24.5 hours per week - Standard Course, Group 20 + 4.5 Art Lessons
This pottery and ceramics program is offered to those who want to learn how to make Sicilian ceramics or wood and furniture restoration, or other forms of art crafts on request. You will be tutored by professional craftsmen at the atelier. At the end of the workshop a Letter of Attendance is issued by the atelier. Program is 3 times per week and meets for 1.5 hours each meeting.

Italian & Eco-Touring
Standard Course, Group 20 + 2 different guided half-day hiking tours and 1 guided all-day hiking tour per week. This course includes the Standard Group course of language study and guided hiking tours through Sicily's National Parks. All transportation is included in the cost.



Italian & Mountain Biking
This Italian & Mountain Biking program enables you to combine an Italian course with mountain biking for a chance to have a complete cultural experience of a language and its territory.

Mountain biking is a perfect activity to discover the beauties of a land and Sicily is ideal for just that. The island boasts a coastline of breathtaking beauty speckled with secret as yet unspoiled areas by the violent hands of humans. Its natural reserves include:

Regional Parks of Volcano Etna
Nebrodi Mountains
Madonie Mountains
Peloritani Mountains
Iblei Highlands
Central Highlands
Sicani Mountains
Mountains around Palermo
Zingaro Natural Reserve
The coasts

This program is includes mountain biking in different trails in various trials of Sicily guided by our guides. Transportation to the different trails is included. Personal equipment needed. The program includes 2 half-day and 1 full day biking trips per week.

Italian & Golf for Beginners
This program gives students the opportunity to learn how to play golf in an enchanting golf club with an incredible position on the slopes of Mount Etna, about 40 minute driving from Taormina, in conjunction with an Italian language course at the center.

The program includes 2 lessons (1 hours each) with Head Professional Golf teacher and private transportation (car rental) for you to drive to the golf club, (gas not included).

Italian & Regular Golf
This program combines an Italian language course at the center with the opportunity to play 18 holes in an enchanting golf club with located on the slopes of Mount Etna, about 40 minute driving from Taormina.

Program includes: 2 green fees + 2 golf car + 2 golf equipment + 2 car rental to drive privately to the golf club (gasoline not included)

Italian & Beginner Diving
This diving program is designed for those who have never dived and want to learn how to dive and experience the beauty of diving in Taormina. One afternoon session per week, equipment included and is offered from May to October.

This programs is to be taken in conjunction with a language program.

Italian & Regular Diving
This program is designed for those who know how to dive and want to experience the beauty of diving in Taormina.
It is offered from May to October and includes 2 afternoons with 2 dives each afternoon.

Our Italian & Diving program provides a unique dive vacation which submerges participants in the Mediterranean Sea and its culture.

Scuba-diving in the pristine, turquoise Mediterranean offers a diverse mixture of dive adventures guaranteed to excite the novice and to inspire the advanced divers.

This program is taken in conjunction with a language program at the center.

Italian & PADI Diving Licensing
This Italian & PADI Diving License Program enables you to combine an Italian course with PADI diving certification for a chance to have a complete cultural experience of a language and underwater beauty.

This program is designed for those who want to get the PADI International Diving License.
This course is offered from May to October. This program lasts 2 weeks and includes: 5 theory lessons (1 hours each) to learn the technique of diving and 5 times diving with gas tank (2 hours each dive).

 

Admissions & Academic Credit

Students 17 years and older are welcome 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 & Exams

There is a final test, given upon request, however many students prefer to continue with another day of class rather than take the test. After this test, students are given certification, which, if necessary, details the program followed and includes an evaluation of the student's achieved level of language proficiency, according to the Modern Language Project of the Council of Europe.

The NRCSA Center is a preparation centre for the CILS-Certificates of the University of Siena. Detailed information is available upon request. CILS Preparation course is at additional cost.

 
Program Overview (PDF)
Video of Sicily

Standard Course
Standard Plus Course
Intensive Course
Language & Italian History Course
Language & Art History
Language & Italian Cooking
Language & Sicillian Ceramics OR Wood and Furniture Restoration Apprenticeship
Language & Eco-Touring

Admissions & Academic Credit
Certificates & Exams

Excursions and Cultural activities

 
 

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