Professional Italian courses: for business, study and work

Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci

Program Description

Professional Italian courses: for business, study and work

Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci

Professional courses deal with extensive and well-structured subjects that cannot be covered with in the space of a few lessons.

When a student needs to deal with specific topics linked to their profession, we recommend informing the school before arrival, so that the course programme can be better prepared.

These courses consist of a programme with a minimum duration of 2 weeks, which consists of 4 lessons of the intensive Italian language course plus 2 private lessons during which you deal with specific topics of the chosen professional course.

The text books and materials used in the professional courses are provided by the school and are included in the price of the course.

The teachers are experts in the language of the chosen sector and use a vast range of support materials (e.g. articles from economic newspapers, examples of commercial letters and other authentic material from different professional areas) that allow the student to engage with real texts with real practical use.

To participate in these courses, it is advised that you have an intermediate level of knowledge of Italian.

When a student needs to deal with specific topics linked to their profession, we recommend informing the school before arrival, to give time for the teachers to better prepare the programme of the course.

Preparation Courses for CILS

The CILS certification is an officially recognized qualification and is an important tool for work and also in education and academia.

The numerous certificates of proficiency in the Italian language are issued by institutions or universities (Università per Stranieri di Siena, Università per Stranieri di Perugia, Università di Venice, Università di Roma Tre) or by cultural institutions of various kinds (Accademia Italiana di Lingua, Società Dante Alighieri).

Scuola Leonardo da Vinci is an recognized center, approved by the Università per Stranieri di Siena, for CILS certification exams.

CILS (Certificate of Italian as a Foreign Language)

The CILS certification is standardized by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​and is divided into various competence levels that this document (CEFR) introduces. The CILS certification levels are as follows: A1-A2 (basic learner), B1-B2 (independent learner, central), C1-C2 (competent learner). In each level linguistic competence is evaluated - communication and the four fundamental skills. For this reason, the exam is divided into the following sections: written comprehension, oral reading comprehension, writing skills, more specifically morphosyntactic and lexical and oral production. The tests shall be either multiple choice, or semistructured (revision of texts from data elements), or open (free development on a theme). Each of the sections are evaluated and scored independently. To pass the exam and receive the certification, you must obtain a sufficient score in each section. If you have reached a sufficient score in only some of the sections, it is still possible to capitalize on your positive results and, within a calendar year, you may repeat the test only for the sections in which you had not previously reached the minimum score required to pass.

The CILS is the first certification of Italian to have achieved these specific modules for foreign workers in Italy. It is important to remember that the CILS A2 module integration is recognized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for ‘Fluency in Italian’ – this is helpful for obtaining the residence permit for long period stays.

Course Preparation for the CILS

Scuola Leonardo da Vinci organizes specific courses aimed toward those who want to obtain the CILS certification. Those courses are held during the weeks immediately prior to the exam dates established by the Università per Stranieri di Siena and aim to provide thorough preparation with regard to the different skills required. The preparation, on one end, analyzes and tests the evidence of previous examinations, while also carrying out specific problems that the teacher may identify.

Analysis and testing of the examination. First, the student is given a comprehensive overview of the various sections that make up the exam. The teacher then introduces the individual tests illustrating their nature, main characteristics and assessment criteria used at the time of correction. It then goes on to the practice during which students face the tests, first without the time constraints imposed by the true examination, then trying to stay within those limits.

Insight. Thanks to test corrections, there are continuously assessed aspects that the student should complie and utilize in proposed reinforcement activities . The teacher identifies, from time to time, critical points and specific difficulties, and program revisions targeted through certain topics through theoretical explanations and educational activities.

Group Courses

option A:

Starting dates: - from May 2nd to June 3rd 2016; - from October 24th to November 25th 2016.

Duration: 5 weeks. 3 meetings per week with 2 lessons each

Lessons: 30

Levels: A1 – A2 – B1 – B2

Participants: min 4 - max 15

Price: € 280 (+ 70 euro of enrollment fee and materials)

Course centres: Milan - Rome

option B:

Starting dates: - from April 18th to June 3rd 2016; - from October 10th to November 25th 2016.

Duration: 7 weeks. 3 meetings per week with 2 lessons each

Lessons: 40

Levels: C1 – C2

Participants: max 15

Price: € 375 (+ 70 euro of enrollment fee and materials)

Course centres: Milan - Rome

Individual Courses

option A:

Lessons: 15

Levels: A1 – A2 – B1 – B2

Price: € 600 (+ 70 euro of enrollment fee and materials)

Course centres: Milan - Rome

option B:

Lessons: 20

Levels: C1 – C2

Price: € 800 (+ 70 euro of enrollment fee and materials)

Course centres: Milan - Rome

Preparation courses for studying at University in Italy

Scuola Leonardo da Vinci® Florence, Milan and Rome organize a preparation course geared towards foreign students who wish to attend University in Italy. Some of the universities require students to take an entrance exam in order to be accepted into a specific program/major. Whether or not an exam is required for matriculation, our course prepares students for success throughout their degree’s curriculum.

In some cases, an entrance exam is required for all applicants, with a limited number of students accepted into a specific University program. In other circumstances, students will take an exam solely to introduce them to topics related to their major, with an open number of applicants and as well as student acceptance.

Our University preparation course at Scuola Leonardo da Vinci® will prepare students by reinforcing language skills, enhancing writing competence and by focusing on subject matter and vocabulary closely related to each specialized program.

Course contents

  1. Critical thinking and reasoning and general Cultural themes (40 hours)
  2. Specific knowledge in each University course (100 hours)

Prerequisite

To attend and complete the course, competence in Italian is imperative. At minimum a level of B1 or B2 according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is required.

Course Structure and Method

1.1 Critical thinking and reasoning. Throughout the course, students will work on the materials of the admission tests from previous years. The goal is to incorporate specific types of logical reasoning and practice testing. In particular, the Critical Thinking section centers upon summarizing and drawing conclusions, identifying assumptions, assessing the impact of additional evidence and detecting reasoning errors. As for the Problem Solving section, students will practice with questions related to numerical and spatial skills. Exercises will be divided into three areas: relevant selection, selecting specific information to discover a solution; finding procedures, finding the method in which you can use to generate a solution; and finally identifying similarity, being able to identify the same information presented in a different way.

1.2 General Culture and Scientific topics. Both areas during the course introduce the fundamental content that has been represented through the admission tests from previous years. The scientific-driven portion of the course, in addition to the vital content, lends special attention to science specific vocabulary. It is essential to be familiar with this vocabulary in order to be successful during the exam and also at University.

2. Specific knowledge in scientific areas. Especially in the lessons focused on specific scientific sectors, special attention will be given to specialized lexicon – besides content – since it is necessary to have a good knowledge of such a vocabulary in order to face the entrance exam.

Below you find in detail the different topics dealt during the lessons with relation to the different majors.

2.a Medicine and Dentistry

Medicine and Dentistry are limited enrolment majors and students necessarily have to pass an entrance exam. For this reason, Scuola Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Rome and Milan created a specific training program.

2.b Architecture

Also architecture is a limited number major in Italy and Scuola Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Rome and Milan offers a specific training program.

2.c Engineering and Scientific Faculties

Mathematics: Algebra and numerical sets, functions, geometry, probability and statistics; engineering;

Physics: Measurements, kinematics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, acoustic and optical electrostatics and electrodynamics;

Chemistry: The constitution of matter, the structure of the atom, the periodic table of elements, the chemical bond, fundamentals of general chemistry, chemical reactions, solutions, oxidation and reduction, acids and bases, gas laws..

2.d Economics

Mathematics: Algebra and numerical sets, functions, geometry, probability and statistics;

Economics: Business economics, political economics, finance, international economics;

Law: Business law, civil law.

2.e Law

Law: Civil law, business law, criminal law;

Economics: Business economics, political economics, finance, international economics.

2.f Psychology

Mathematics: Algebra and numerical sets, functions, geometry, probability and statistics;

Biology: Organic chemistry, the cell as the basis of life, bioenergetics, reproduction and inheritance, inheritance and environment, anatomy and physiology of animals and humans.

2.g Languages, Literature, History, Philosophy

Italian Literature: From Dolce stil novo to Italo Calvino;

History: Medieval history, modern history, contemporary history;

History of art: From ancient Greece to ‘900.

2.h Healthcare Professions

Mathematics: Algebra and numerical sets, functions, geometry, probability and statistics;

Physics: Measurements, kinematics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, acoustic and optical electrostatics and electrodynamics;

Healthcare law.

Duration: 4 weeks

Lessons: 140

Levels: min. B1

Participants: min. 5 students

Dates: Florence and Milan: from 04 to 29 July or from 08 Aug to 02 Sep; Rome: from 01 to 26 August

Prices: € 1.495

Italian language Preparatory course for Fashion and Design Academies

The course is intended for students who wish to attend Italian Fashion and Design Academies such as: NABA, Domus Academy, Istituto Marangoni, Polimoda, Scuola Politecnico di Design, Fashion School Carlo Secoli, UptoDate Fashion Academy, Istituto Europeo di Design, etc..

The aim of the course is to help students develop the skills and understanding that are required to immediately attend lessons at a fashion and design academy and facilitate them to pass the entrance exam, where required.

To be able to attend this program the student must have a very good knowledge of the Italian language (Intermediate B1 and above).

The program of the course is focused on the specific lexicon and cultural background necessary for attending a fashion and design course in Italy and includes an introduction to history of art, design and fashion

The course is run by highly skilled teachers with several years of experience in the sector.

The price of the course includes:

  • Lessons;
  • Initial test and interview;
  • Course material;
  • Certificate of attendance;
  • Information and assistance in administrative matters

ACCOMMODATION

If requested, we can provide lodgings for our students. The following kinds of accommodation are available:

  • With a family, single or double room with breakfast or half-board;
  • Apartment, single or double room with use of kitchen.

Duration: from 4 weeks

Lessons: from 140

Participants: min. 5 students

Dates: From 04 to 29 Apr; From 13 Jun to 08 Jul; From 08 Aug to 02 Sep

Prices: € 1.280

Preparation course for Architectural studies in Italy

The preparation course for architectural studies in Italy is intended for students willing to study in a Faculty of Architecture in Italy. In order to be admitted to Italian University, one must pass an entrance examination on scientific and techinical subjects (in Italian).

Students from EU-member countries may apply for the entrance exam directly at the University in Italy (more information: http://www.universitaly.it/). Requirements for enrollment: the upper high school qualification must be translated, authenticated and provided with a "Certificate of equivalence of qualification" (dichiarazione di valore), issued by the Italian Consulate in their country.

Students from other countries must apply to the entrance exam at the italian consular delegation in their country. Before attending the entrance exam (scientific subjects) students must pass an Italian language proficiency test.

Scuola Leonardo da Vinci is among the first schools that offer preparation courses for architectural students. During our thirtyfive years of experience we have put together a program which in its composition corresponds to the official program of the entrance exams. In our courses, the main emphasis is put on the language tuition and a thorough preparation in the various examination subjects.

In the preparation course the students are taught by highly qualified and experienced lecturers. Purpose of the courses is not only to successfully pass the entrance exams at university, but, thanks to a careful tuition of many examination subjects of the first university year, to enable the students to immediately take up their studies at the university.

During the last thirtyfive years we have prepared several hundred students to successfully pass the entrance exams for Italian universities.

HERE AN EXAMPLE OF THE COURSE PROGRAM (subject to changes):

ITALIAN LANGUAGE PROGRAM:

The aim of this language program is to provide foreign students wishing to study architecture in Italy with the knowledge of the Italian language necessary to be able to participate in our special courses and to pass the university entrance examination.

DEGREE PROGRAM IN ARCHITECTURE:

The purpose of this course is to provide future architectural students the special scientific vocabulary needed to pass the university entrance examination and to participate without difficulty in the lectures and the advanced tutorial classes of the first year of university.

Linguistic abilities are developed enabling the participant to understand a scientific subject, to discuss it and to express his opinion in writing about it. Furthermore, the student is instructed on how to find his way through the relevant literature and to interpret it properly.

Participation in this course requires a good knowledge of the Italian language, corresponding to Intermediate B1.

Example of subjects that could be taught in the individual subjects:

THE LANGUAGE OF ARCHITECTURE

  • General elements of the history of architecture;
  • Vaults and arches;
  • Perspective;
  • The Cupola;
  • Architectural orders;
  • Architectural restoration.

SCIENCE AND TECNIQUES OF CONSTRUCTION

  • Light intensity and illumination;
  • Material states;
  • Load bearers and beams;
  • Traditional materials;
  • Reenforced concrete.

ART HISTORY

  • Classical period: Period of the kings (753 - 509 B.C.), Republican Period (509 - 27 B.C.), Imperial Period (27 B.C. - 476 A.D.), and the Paleo Christian Period (V - VII centuries A.D.) in Rome;
  • Byzantine period (VI - VII centuries A.D.), Ravenna (St. Apollinare and St. Vitale);
  • Romanesque period (XI - XIII century), Lombardy and Emilia Romagna;
  • Gothic period (XIV century), Siena (Palazzo pubblico, Piazza del Campo), Venice (Doges Palace) and Lucca (Church of St. Frediano);
  • The Renaissance (XV century): Brunelleschi, Donatello, Masaccio: Florence (Strozzi Palace, Rucellai Palace, Medici Riccardi Palace);
  • Mannerism Period (XVI century): Michelangelo and Bramante: Florence (the Medici Chapels) and Rome (St. Peter's Basilica);
  • Baroque Period (XVII century): Rome (St. Agnes in Agone and the Rivers Fountain in Piazza Navona);
  • The Neoclassical Period (XIX century): Antonio Canova (the sepulchral monuments of the popes) and Giuseppe Valadier (Piazza del Popolo).

MATHEMATICS

  • Algebra; relative numbers, powers, polynomials, system of linear and quadratic equations, geometric and arithmetic sequences, logarithms;
  • Trigonometry: definition of sine, cosine, tangent, formulas of addition, subtraction, multiplication and bisection of arguments;
  • Geometry: circle and sphere, calculation of perimeter, surface and volume, theory of the triangle with regard to congruence, division and calculation of angles into degrees and radiants.

PHYSICS

  • Fundamental examination of mechanics; motion, velocity, acceleration, substance, gravity, action and reaction, laws of gravity, pendulum, work, power, simple machines, fluids and their law;
  • Basic knowledge of acoustics, optics, theory of heat (thermology), thermodynamics, electric and magnetic phenomena such as electrostatics, flow of current, electrolysis, effect of joule, magnetism and electromagnetism;
  • Synthesis of matter; various kinds of rays; X-rays, gamma-, alpha- and beta-rays..

HISTORY

History of Italy from the end of the Second World War to today, including the history of economic, political and social thoughts:

  • The world divided;
  • Decolonization and the Third World;
  • Italy after Fascism;
  • Detente and Control;
  • Italy from the Economic Miracle to the Crisis of the First Republic;
  • The Second Republic.

GEOGRAPHY

  • Italy from North to South;
  • The regions of Italy;
  • Terrain, natural resources above and below ground, geomorphology, urban and rural settlement.

ACCOMMODATION:

If requested, we can provide lodgings for our students. The following kinds of accommodation are available:

  • With a family, single or double room with breakfast or half-board
  • Apartment, single or double room with use of kitchen

The price of the course includes:

  • Initial test and interview
  • Course material
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Information and assistance in administrative matters

Duration: 4 weeks

Lessons: 140

Levels: min. B1

Participants: min. 5 students

Dates: Florence and Milan: from 04 to 29 July or from 08 Aug to 02 Sep; Rome: from 01 to 26 August

Prices: € 1.495

Preparation course for Medical studies in Italy

The preparation course for medical studies in Italy is intended for students willing to study in a Medicine Faculty in Italy. In order to be admitted to Italian University, one must pass an entrance examination on scientific subjects (in Italian). For those students who need to take an entrance exam for a restricted access faculty, we provide a special course.

Scuola Leonardo da Vinci is among the first schools that offer preparation courses for medical students. During our thirty years of experience we have put together a program which in its composition corresponds to the official program of the entrance exams. In our courses, the main emphasis is put on the language tuition and a thorough preparation in the various examination subjects.

In the preparation course the students are taught by highly qualified and experienced lecturers. Purpose of the courses is not only to successfully pass the entrance exams at university, but, thanks to a careful tuition of many examination subjects of the first university year, to enable the students to immediately take up their studies at the university.

During the last thirty years we have prepared several hundred students to successfully pass the entrance exams for Italian universities.

Students from EU-member countries may apply for the entrance exam directly at the University in Italy (more information: http://www.universitaly.it/). Requirements for enrollment: the upper high school qualification must be translated, authenticated and provided with a "Certificate of equivalence of qualification" (dichiarazione di valore), issued by the Italian Consulate in their country.

Students from other countries must apply to the entrance exam at the italian consular delegation in their country. Before attending the entrance exam (scientific subjects) students must pass an Italian language proficiency test.

Here an example of the course program (subject to changes):

ITALIAN LANGUAGE PROGRAM:

The aim of this language program is to provide foreign students wishing to study Medicine in Italy with the knowledge of the Italian language necessary to be able to participate in our special courses and to pass the university entrance examination.

SCIENTIFIC SUBJECTS PROGRAM:

The purpose of this course is to provide future medical students the special scientific vocabulary needed to pass the university entrance examination and to participate without difficulty in the lectures and the advanced tutorial classes of the first year of university.

Linguistic abilities are developed enabling the participant to understand a scientific subject, to discuss it and to express his opinion in writing about it. Furthermore, the student is instructed on how to find his way through the relevant literature and to interpret it properly.

Participation in this course requires a good knowledge of the Italian language, corresponding to Intermediate B1.

Example of subjects that could be taught in the individual subjects:

BIOLOGY

  • Basic chemical composition of cells, proteins, nucleic acid, simple carbohydrates, glucoses, basic lipids and the families of lipids.
  • Base structure of cells, cellular membrane, cellular nucleus, cellular plasma,
  • Basis of genetic and hereditary theory, the laws of Mendell;
  • Classification of animals and plants and how their level of development reflects this.;
  • Basic environmental biology: basic biological cycles of water, carbon, and nitrogen.

ANATOMY

  • Synthesis of atomic material;
  • Basics of human anatomy and philology: respiratory organs, digestion system, blood circulation, sexual organs, nervous system, skeleton and limbs;
  • Relationship between vegetative and social aspect.

CHEMISTRY

  • Synthesis of atomic material;
  • Conformity and outlines of chemical compounds and chemical reactions;
  • Symbols and matching equations that show composition and chemical reactions;
  • Classification of elements in sequences, groups and cycles. Consideration of the patterns and properties of elements which follow the cycle;
  • Theory of electrons, acids, bases and salts
  • Metals and non-metals;
  • Organic matter used in petrochemicals.

MATHEMATICS

  • Algebra; relative numbers, powers, polinominals, linear equations and quadratic equations, geometrical and aritmethic sequences, logarithms;
  • Trigonometry, definition of sine, cosine, tangent, formulas for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Geometry: circles and spheres, calculation of perimeters, areas and volume, Pythagorus' triangle theory of the relationship between division and congruence, calculation of angles in degrees and of radiants

PHYSICS

  • Basic mechanics; movement, velocity, acceleration, matter, gravity, action and reaction, laws of gravity, pendulum, work, force, simple machines, properties of liquids
  • Basic knowledge of acoustics, optics, thermology (theory of heat), thermodynamics, electrical and electromagnetic phenomenons such as current, magnetism, electromagnetism, electrostatics, electrolysis, effects of joules
  • Synthesis of matter; different varieties of rays: X-rays, gamma, alpha and beta rays.

ACCOMMODATION:

If requested, we can provide lodgings for our students. The following kinds of accommodation are available:

  • With a family, single or double room with breakfast or half-board
  • Apartment, single or double room with use of kitchen

The price of the course includes:

  • Initial test and interview
  • Teaching Material
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Information and help with administrative issues

Duration: 4 weeks

Lessons: 140

Levels: min. B1

Participants: min. 5 students

Dates: Florence and Milan: from 04 to 29 July or from 08 Aug to 02 Sep; Rome: from 01 to 26 August

Prices: € 1.495

This school offers programs in:
  • Italian


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