Italian Language Course Programs
Learn and study Italian in Italy at our Centre for Italian Studies: Italian full immersion programs & intensive Italian language programs, Italian language group courses, intensive Italian lessons.
Our Italian language course programs have been developed from a communicative based approach and focuses on the four language abilities (listening, speaking, reading, writing). Our first goal is communication, both oral and written. Our courses are structured to conform with the European standards set by ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe) and by the Council of Europe.
Our reference teaching methodology is communicativism .We do think that language analyses is also important. For this reasons we divide our standard course in two parts: "Language Analyses" and "Communicative Tasks".The language analyses activities include controlled oral and written production, while the communicative tasks involve listening and reading comprehension and free oral and written activities.
Italian Language courses taught at Babilonia - Center for Italian Language and Culture are full immersion classes. Language classes are conducted in the Italian language exclusively to accelerate learning. Since Babilonia students are from around the world and all students do not speak English, the "lingua franca" (common language for communication among students) is Italian.
Our faculty draw materials from a variety of authentic reading, video and audio sources as well as a variety of Italian language textbooks. The focus is to introduce students to current language usage. The didactic methodology follows the curriculum set by the Common Framework of European Languages.
Intensive Italian language courses available are:
SEMI STANDARD – Italian courses These Italian courses are designed for those who want to study only 2 lessons per day, focusing on the language analysis activities or the communicative tasks Minimum 1 week, max 48 weeks
STANDARD - Italian courses These Italian courses are designed for those who want a complete language experience, studying 4 lessons per day, focusing on the language analysis activities and the communicative tasks Minimum 1 week, max 48 weeks
STANDARD PLUS - Italian courses These Italian courses are designed for those who, beyond the advantages of the Standard group course, want to have an extra individual hour (one-to-one) especially devoted to their individual language needs Minimum 1 week, max 48 weeks
INTENSIVE - Italian courses These Italian courses are designed for those who want to have a more intensive group course to strengthen their abilities in a shorter time Minimum 1 week, max 48 weeks
INDIVIDUAL COURSES (One-to-one) - Italian language courses These Italian courses are designed and arranged on an individual basis to meet your needs, for as many hours as you want, in a given period of time Minimum 1 week, max 48 weeks
CLOSED GROUP COURSES (Two-to-one) - Italian language courses These Italian courses are designed for two people who want to share a language course with no one else, for as many hours as you want , in a given period of time Minimum 1 week, max 48 weeks
As we keep saying, A LANGUAGE IS NOT THE RESULT OF A SET OF GRAMMAR RULES. A language is the result of a culture and its traditions, its history, its lifestyle and its places. With this in mind, if you want a fuller cultural experience in Sicily, and not just to be a simple tourist but be a real traveler, you can combine a group Italian language course or private Italian lessons with our ITALIAN PLUS PROGRAMS • Italian plus Sicilian Cooking • Italian plus Wine & food of Sicily • Italian plus Sicilian pottery & ceramic decoration • Italian plus Hiking & trekking in Sicily • Italian plus Diving in Sicily • Italian plus Golf in Sicily • Italian plus Literature • Italian plus Art History • Italian plus History and, for those who wish a more exclusive and intensive package with 50+ fellows, a special invitation to join our “Golden Sicily” program.
All course prices include: first day package free internet access (DSL & wireless area) student card for discounts free extra curricular activities student insurance educational material oral and written entrance test final certificate.
Our Italian language courses are Nationally accredited by:
- Italian Ministry of Education University for foreigners of Perugia as Authorised Exam Centre for CELI exam - Certificato di Lingua Italiana
- University "Ca' Foscari" of Venice as official Teacher Training Centre for degreeing teachers in ITALS University Master for Teachers of Italian as Foreign Language
Our Italian language school is member of:
- A.S.I.L.S. - Association of Schools of Italian as a Second Language –
- EDUITALIA – International Education
- NAFSA - Association of International Educators
Our Italian language courses are Internationally accredited by:
- Sweden’s CSN (Swedish National Agency for Higher education) to apply for Swedish students loans for study purposes;
- Germany’s Bildungsurlaub for learning vacations and educational and training holidays
- U.S. Universities and Study Abroad Providers for Academic Credits
We hope to welcome you soon to Taormina, Sicily and offer you the opportunity to discover our island so full of history, so full of culture, so full of inspiration!
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