English Courses

The British Institute of Florence has been teaching English to the people of Tuscany continuously since its foundation in 1917. We are proud of our reputation for excellence and generations of families have learnt their English at il British.  We offer English language courses at all levels, as well as business English and preparation courses for the Cambridge English Language Assessment exams. We also offer intensive summer courses.


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.

Following an assesment 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 14.00 - 19.00, and vary in length from one and half hours to two hours. Learn and Play classes for the 5 - 6 age group are held once a week for an hour. We have well-established relationships with many of the schools in and around Florence and work alongside state schools to help in the teaching of English.


All students have automatic membership of our Harold Acton Library, which is the largest English lending library in Italy.