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From the first day of class, only Italian will be spoken in the classroom. This “total immersion” helps students of 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 and helps to quickly build the students confidence in using the language. 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 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.

Intensive Group Course
30 hours per week. The Intensive Course consists of 4 lessons Standard Group Course per day in the morning and 2 extra lessons of group language course in the afternoon. In the afternoon session students have the opportunity to increase their knowledge with practice in speaking and conversing. There is a maximum of 12 students in each class. Please note that this course is held only in Florence.

Group/Tutor Course
25 or 30 hours per week - 20 Group + 5 or 10 Tutor. 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.

Group 6
30 hours per week. The Group 6 course offers 4 small group lessons in the morning and 2 small group lessons in the afternoon. Class sizes range from 2 students to a maximum of 6.

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 Florence 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.

All internship opportunities will work in partnership with local people in a variety of community-based projects.

This unique program offers exciting hands-on work opportunities, meaningful cultural immersion, and an enriching language program.

After the minimum 4 week study program, and professional orientation, there is a 8 week minimum internship placement in a business or organization in one of the following fields:
-Web Design
-Web Marketing
-Other fields available upon request

For more information about this program, contact us!

Language Plus Courses
These Plus courses are organized on a two-week basis and can be extended to four weeks. Courses are held in the afternoon or evening. These courses start every other Monday. All courses are conducted in Italian.

* Italian Cooking Course, 1 session of 3 hours
o Our cooking course will enable you to prepare typical Italian meals and to learn recipes from the various regions of Italy. The course is one meeting of approx. 3 hours a week.

* Italian Wine Course, 2 or 4 weeks, 2 evening in 2 weeks or 4 evenings in 4 weeks
o Our wine course gives you an introduction to the art of grape cultivation, processing and storing of the most well-known Italian wines. The practical part consists of wine tasting which will allow you to get to know the wines from the different regions of Italy. When possible we will organize a visit to a renowned wine-cellar.

* History of Italian Art, 2 weeks, 12 lessons
o The course is designed to show, by means of slides and guided visits, the development of art in Italy in relation to the rest of Europe and offers you an introduction to the most important artistic styles (Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque). You will become acquainted with the most important works of artists such as Botticelli, Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo while learning about the most significant historical and social events that accompanied them.

Language Plus-Art
These Art programs are taken in conjunction with a language course at the center.

* Drawing or Painting, 2-4 weeks, 12 lessons or 24 lessons
o Painting and Drawing
During the drawing course the students will be introduced to the use of various materials such as: charcoal, sanguine and pencil.

As regard to painting: studies include the use of tempera, oil and acrylic colors.

Using these various materials they will learn to interpret the form of still life and figure drawings with live models. They can also work on expressing more fully their own ideas or in copying a work of art.

o Painting with ancient techniques
The course introduces to the students the painting techniques practiced between 1300 and 1500; also the study of the major works of the period from Giotto to Leonardo and Michelangelo. The knowledge gained will be put into practice by the copying of paintings in order that the student may learn the fundamental techniques used; such as egg tempera, gold leaf, up to an including oil colors.

The entire process for the realization of complete paintings will be put into practice, from the preparation of the supports to the final glazing.

o Painting with contemporary techniques
This course is designed to teach the students to use the new language, through learning how to use new support materials (plastic, various canvases, wood, metal) and painting techniques, ranging from the old traditional colors to the use of mixed techniques (such as color applied with sponge, spatulas and rollers).

The combination of new support and painting techniques will help the student to develop a new language and personal painting style.

* Italian Design, 2 weeks, 12 lessons
o The course presents the history of furniture and handcrafts design from the 1930's to 2000 (6 hrs/wk). Intermediate Level Required.

* Italian Fashion, 2 weeks, 12 lessons
o The course discusses the history of Italian fashion from Palazzo Pitti and the birth of Italian fashion, to the dresses of Giorgio Armani for the new American stars (6 hrs/wk). Intermediate Level Required.

*Mosaic, 2 weeks, 12 lessons
In this course we propose to teach the basic technique of making a mosaic with different materials.

For the beginner, we will us ceramic tiles to copy a chosen model. Instead, with the advanced level student, we will use glaze of marble to create an original design.

With the knowledge of the basic technique of the traditional mosaic, learned during the course, the student will be able to make, by him or herself, a mosaic in the classic style.

*Italian Sculpture, 2 weeks, 12 lessons
o This course allows the student to choose between a wide variety of techniques and media, including clay modeling, marble sculpture and wood cut.

According to the student’s level of study and course selection, the student may choose to concentrate on a specific technique or may choose to diversify techniques and materials.

At the beginning of the course there will be an introduction to functional drawing for sculpture used in connection with the various techniques.

*Art Restoration, 2 weeks, 12 lesson per week
o First the different stages of restoration are presented: analysis of the main causes decay and damages, the various methodologies to apply to each piece to be restored.

As lessons are held in a furnished workshop where all kinds of ancient and modern art pieces are continuously restored, during the course it is possible to practice on different materials according to the pieces the workshop team is working on: painting, plaster, stucco, ceramic, terra-cotta, wax, glass, wood and papier-mâché.

*Watercolor, 2 weeks, 12 lessons per week
o The first lesson introduces the basic techniques: how to use the paintbrush, how to do a wash of color and then another one over the top, how to dilute a color. You will immediately do a simple watercolor in one color, to try and consolidate these techniques.
In the following lessons you will use all the colors, learning to balance hot and cold colors and at first painting easy subjects but then progressing to harder ones as proposed by the teacher. At the same time you will learn to assess your work, identifying the positive aspects and improving the unsatisfactory aspects.

This course is suitable for students who already know how to draw quite well. At the end of the course, you will be able to paint a still life of various subjects and know enough to be able to continue at home, personalizing your watercolors.

*Engraving, 2 weeks, 12 lessons per week
o With our engraving course you can discover and practice all the engraving techniques:
-Acquaforte / Etching
-Puntasecca / Drypoint
-Ceramolle / Softground
-Xilografia / Woodcut

For more information about these art programs, contact us!

Day - At - A - Glance

Standard Course - Florence

9:00- 10:45 Classes
10:45 - 11:15 30-minute break
11:15 - 13:00 Classes


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.
Program Overview (PDF)

Standard Group Course
Intensive Group Course
Group/Tutor Course
Group 6
Tutor Course
Professional Italian
Program for Teachers of Italian Language
Optional History and Humanities Courses

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