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The British Institute of Florence has been teaching English to the people of Tuscany continuously since its foundation in 1917, apart from when it was closed during the Second World War from 1940 - 1945. We are proud of our reputation for excellence and the fact that generations of families have learned their English at Il British, not only the citizens of Florence but also those that have made their way from neighbouring cities including Lucca, Pisa, Siena and Arezzo. While providing the highest standards of teaching at every level we also offer a range of other services to our students, including opportunities for contact with English speaking students, study awards, a well-equipped study and computer centre and information about studying in England.
We use a communicative methodology, embracing all four language skills (Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing) in a highly interactive small group context (maximum 12 students per group). Our fully qualified professional English mother tongue staff use up-to-date coursebooks and other audio-visual and IT materials.
Organisation of courses
Following an assessment test, students are placed in classes according to their level. General courses run from October to the end of May and it is usually possible to join a course during the year. Classes usually take place twice a week from October to the end of May, from Monday to Thursday. It is also possible to attend classes once a week on a Saturday morning. For full details of courses and to book a placement test drop in to the school or contact us.
English for young learners
We believe that while it is never too late to learn, the earlier you start to study a foreign language the better. For this reason we offer a comprehensive programme of English for Young Learners, with our Learn and Play classes designed for children as young as 5. Our courses are organised to meet the changing needs of students, and our teachers are trained to be sensitive to their requirements using a teaching style which is aimed at stimulating their interest and curiosity in the language.
Organisation of courses
Following an assessment test, students are placed in classes according to age and knowledge of the language. Lessons usually take place twice a week from October to June, from Monday to Friday between the hours of 1400 - 1900, and vary in length from 1 and half hours to 2 hours each. Learn and Play classes for the 5 - 6 age group are held once a week for an hour.
Working with schools in and around Florence
We have well-established relationships with many of the schools in and around Florence. Here are some of the many different ways that we work alongside state schools to help in the teaching of English.
Scuole Medie e Liceo Superiore:
Courses of exam preparation for University of Cambridge ESOL exams (KET to FCE)
Courses of pronunciation
Workshops, seminars and open days on aspects of English Literature
Multi media workshops on aspects of British Culture
Courses of conversation
English courses which supplement language areas on the school curriculum, from Terza to Quinta.
All students have automatic membership of our Harold Acton Library, which is the largest English lending library in Italy.