FAQs

Q. HOW MUCH ITALIAN WILL I LEARN IN ONE MONTH?

A. This varies from student to student. However in general in a one-month beginners course you will learn basic grammar: present, and past tenses, how to construct simple sentences and especially how to get by in Florence and Italy. (i.e. asking for things, asking directions, simple conversations etc).

Q. WHAT TIME ARE THE ITALIAN CLASSES?

A. Our standard Italian classes are held each morning, Monday - Friday. The exact timetable varies - classes may start at 10am or 11am from week to week depending on other courses going on at the same. You will be given a detailed programme at the start of the course. *Academic hour = 50 minutes

Q. HOW LONG ARE THE ITALIAN LESSONS?

A. The Italian lessons are 3 hours per day; 15 hours per week; 60 hours in a 4 week course.

Q. DO YOU USE ENGLISH IN CLASS?

A. Classes are taught in Italian using an interactive method so you will be immersed in the language from the very first day. Learning a language is different from studying other subjects, as a language has to be learnt as a system of communication. We use a method of progressive skills integration aimed at helping you acquire the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in their natural order.

Q. WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO THE ITALIAN TEACHERS HAVE?

A. All our teachers are mother-tongue graduates with a specialised qualification in teaching Italian as a foreign language. In addition all the teaching staff have several years of experience teaching Italian as a foreign language.

Q. HOW MUCH HOMEWORK WILL I HAVE TO DO?

A. A small amount of homework will be set each day: this will usually take up to 30 minutes to complete.

Q. WILL I HAVE A CHANCE TO MEET ITALIAN STUDENTS?

A. You will have the chance to meet Italian students by taking part in the conversation exchanges organised on a weekly basis throughout the course.

Q. CAN I COMBINE ITALIAN WITH ANY OTHER COURSES?

A. Yes, you can combine the Italian language course with either History of Art or the Life Drawing course. The course dates coincide and the course timetables are organised so that all three courses can be taken in the same month.

Q. CAN I TAKE ITALIAN EVEN IF I HAVE NEVER STUDIED IT BEFORE?

A.Yes, we have a Beginners course starting each month. Please check the dates and prices for upcoming courses.

Q. I STUDIED ITALIAN SOME YEARS AGO, SHOULD I GO INTO A BEGINNERS CLASS?

A. If you have already studied Italian then we will need to test you on the first day of the course as you may be able to join one of the Intermediate courses. When you have taken the test our teachers will be able to advise you which level course will be best for you.

Q. HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHICH INTERMEDIATE CLASS I WILL BE IN?

A. All students who have some knowledge of Italian will be given a short test on the first day of the course (written and oral). Students are then split according to their language ability.

Q. DO I NEED TO BUY ANY COURSE BOOKS? WHICH TEXT BOOK DO YOU USE?

A. All material needed for the course will be provided by the Institute. At the beginning of the course you will receive the recommended text book (Grammatica pratica della lingua italiana by Susanna Nocchi, published by Alma Edizioni). This text will be referred to throughout the course however you will also be given supplementary material by your teacher on a day-to-day basis.

Q. WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?

A. The only thing that you will need to bring is something to write with and a notebook. Dictionaries are available at the school and from our library however you may wish to bring a small pocket dictionary, which you can keep with you.

Q. CAN I TAKE JUST ONE WEEK OF AN ITALIAN COURSE?

A.Yes, it is possible to take just one week of an Italian course. If you already have some knowledge of Italian then you can start at any time (beginners must start at the beginning of the course). Please check the dates and prices page for 1, 2 and 3 week prices. If you are planning to join part way through a course please contact us so that we can check which weeks would be most suitable.

Q. HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO BOOK?

A.There are no booking deadlines however some courses fill up quickly so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. If you would like the Institute to arrange your accommodation then we ask that students enrol at least two months before so that there is time to find appropriate accommodation.

Q. WHO TAKES COURSES AT THE INSTITUTE?

A. Courses at the Institute are open to adults of all ages and nationalities, although most people studying with us are British. Ages range from 18 - 60+ and people usually stay from 1 - 12 wks.