In the past 20 years, more than 10000 foreign students have discovered the Italian language and the Italian culture at the Scuola Toscana, and time and again we hear from them that their fondest school memories involve the human element: fellow students, teachers, guides, staff, people met during the activities. Scuola Toscana students have friends all over the world, and return to visit them again and again. Scuola Toscana is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education. Our italian language school is situated in Florence, the city of the Renaissance, the heart of Tuscany: surrounded by the beautiful Chianti hills. You will tell you have walked the streets where Michelangelo, Dante Alighieri, Leonardo da Vinci walked. Come to the Scuola Toscana: Italian Language as its best in its very place, Florence. Study a foreign language and gain an unbeatable tool: to have a concrete knowledge of the Italian language. THE ADVANTAGES OF THE Scuola Toscana ARE: - a maximum of 8 students per class; - starting dates available every two weeks, 12 months a year; - courses from one week up to three years; - complete assistance for Visa procedure for long duration courses - the accommodation programme: a wide choice of apartments and selected families in Florence (no commission) - proficiency evaluation once a course is completed, various Certificates and Diplomas (Accademia Italiana di Lingua and Università per Stranieri di Siena). - customer service: assistance and courtesy, "no surprise" prices. - Middle size school; not too small, not too big, from 60 to 100 students a month The Scuola Toscana is a school of Italian Language and Culture for Foreigners, located in the heart of the historical centre of Florence. The Scuola Toscana, recognised with Presa d'Atto of the Italian Ministry of Education, is a proud member of: - A.I.L. (Accademia Italiana di Lingua); - ASILS (the Association of the Schools of Italian as a Second Language). The school also co-operates with the Adult Education Department of the Florence City Council. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Every italian language course is in small classes (maximum 8 students): this allows the teacher to follow every student personally, and the student to really practice the italian language. When you come to the Scuola Toscana you are among students from all over the world, of all ages and with different interests: you will find good friends, may-be for the rest of your life! Direct method of teaching for the six levels of all our italian language courses
Europass is the most vibrant and joyful Italian language school in Florence! Its cosy atmosphere, the friendly and informal teaching style and being surrounded by friends from all over the world makes learning Italian fun and easy. Florence is full of hidden gems which you can only discover if you stay here for a few weeks. With our constant support and your newly found Italian skills, you'll be able to dive into the Italian way of life and have a truly unforgettable experience.
The school, which owes its name to Michelangelo's famous sculpture, was set-up in 1983, it is officially authorized by the Italian Ministry of Education and it is open all year round. It is situated in the heart of the historical center of Florence, on the third floor of a bourgeois palace (with a lift) built at the end of the 19th century and recently renovated. It is located in the area that houses banks and worldwide famous fashion shops. The Cathedral, the railway station, the main monuments and museums are all within walking distance (5-10 minutes walk) from the school. All the rooms are provided with air conditioning, they are spacious and bright with big tables and comfortable chairs. All that is necessary has been provided so that the students can feel comfortable and energetic during their lessons. The school is provided with a wireless connection which the students can use for free. On the top floor of the school, there is a wonderful terrace, from which the students can enjoy a breath-taking view of Florence. All the teachers are Italian mother-tongue speakers and have a degree. Classes have a maximum of 12 and a minimum of 4 students, the average number of learners per class is 7/8. The school offers a various and interesting program of leisure activities, about 20-30 per month. The school offers students and a free accommodation search for any kind of request and for the duration of the stay in Florence. The school offers various courses of Italian language and culture. Group courses from 2 to 6-hour lessons per day, lessons for couples, lessons for scholastic groups, individual lessons, combined courses of Italian, Art History, Italian business, Italian cooking, Italian fashion, Art and Crafts, combined courses with an internship, summer courses. The courses of Italian language are divided into six levels of language competence. Classes have a maximum of 12 and a minimum of 4 students, the average number of learners per class is 7/8. All the teachers are Italian mother-tongue speakers and have a degree.
Our staff and our goal - The Founders of the school, Anja Schultz and Andrea Moradei, having had more than 30 years of experience in the field of Cultural Tourism, have created this new initiative, better-designed to satisfy the needs of both Italians, and foreigners. From Italian Language, to Art, Photography and the Crafts From an initial idea of offering a range of activities concentrating on Italian Language and Culture for foreign students, the need became obvious to open a general Cultural Centre, aimed at both Italian and foreign users, offering firstly a Learning opportunity, which can subsequently become a Professional opportunity. Professional staff for every area of study, at your disposal Sessions with professionals of all types: Photographers, Graphic Designers, Painters, Sculptors, Video Makers and Craftspeople have enabled us to delve deeply into a wide-range of subjects, with the idea of also enhancing future job opportunities. For non-Italians we have created a series of custom courses to be able to learn the Italian Language, directly inspired by, and designed for, the various reasons that you’d like to speak Italian. In the light of this new approach, it was obvious for us to include a collaboration with our Centro Italiano in Naples, who have been working in this field for many years, with great success. These are our collaborators: Maria Cristina Piccini – Language and Italian culture Eleonora Nistri -Language and Italian culture Franco Guardascione – Photography Francesco D’Isa – Graphics for Advertising and Creative Writing Marcello Fittipaldi – Video production and Web design Serena Guidobaldi – Food Storytelling Accademia d’Arte – Art Le Arti Orafe – Goldsmithing Decorazioni e Pitture – Artisan Production Abacus – Bookbinding Atelier Via Maggio – Sewing and Tie Production Our location - The classes at Centro Italiano take place in a historic building, in the tree-lined Piazza D’Azeglio, a 19th century square. Two minutes from the school you’ll find the S.Ambrogio district, with its old food and flea markets. It’s an area that has maintained its own identity, where mainly Florentines live, and it’s away from the flow of group tourism. Small shops, artisan workshops, cafes, restaurants and theatres make this part of Florence particularly pleasant and lively. Not far away are Santa Croce square, the Dome, the University, and some of the city’s most important museums. The area is served by most city bus lines, so you can quickly and easily reach any part of the city. The school offers spacious and bright classrooms, free WIFI, and a peaceful garden.
Learn Italian & live in your private teacher's home around Florence with Home Language International! Home Language International (HLI) is a family-run business offering language courses in more than 20 languages in over 30 countries worldwide, including Italian lessons at an experienced private teacher's home in Italy. More than 5,000 students take advantage of our services every year. Ian Josephs, Danielle Josephs, their 5 adult children and an expert team of dedicated staff all put in very long hours for HLI. You stay in an experienced teacher's family home, have one-to-one Italian lessons and then continue to use the language during the rest of your stay in Florence. Because you are the only student, you are guaranteed individual attention. The lessons are completely designed for you, so the teacher will focus exactly on what you need. Mealtime conversation, television and social contacts are all in Italian. All of our teachers in Italy have a university degree (or equivalent) and/or a recognised teaching certificate. All teachers have been visited by one of our local organisers. Their qualifications have been checked and their homes throughly inspected. During your stay in Florence, a local organiser will monitor your progress and make sure your experience is both happy and successful. Home Language International (HLI) is accredited by the Accreditation Body for Language Services (ABLS), Association of Language Travel Organisations (ALTO), and UNOSEL.
Centro Koinè - one of the longest established Italian language schools in Italy - offers a unique, natural and conversational approach to language learning. The flexible, varied, and effective classes and afternoon activities are designed to make serious study fun. The teaching of the highest quality and the commitment of the entire Koinè staff have become the school's trademark. Our policy is to have several schools in different locations so that we can offer a wide range of choice of both locations and courses and at the same time maintain a pleasant and friendly atmosphere due to the size of the schools. Koinè now has 3 schools located in the historical centres of Florence, Lucca and Bologna, each location renowned for outstanding historical heritage, culture, landscape, architecture and lifestyle and each offering you the opportunity to be immersed in the Italian way of life. Our locations are the perfect base for your stay, with many things to do and see either in the context of our “Italian Language and Culture Programme” or independently. The courses are offered all year round. Our aim is to offer you the best start to your exploration of Italy and Italian culture. We will be delighted to equip you with a tool that will allow you to enjoy our country and our culture on a much deeper level: the Italian language. Look on the language as a key that opens the many doors to our way of life. Centro Koinè is officially authorized by the Italian Ministry of Education
The ABC School of Florence has been teaching the Italian Language and Culture to students from all over the world since 1982. In all these years we have improved our offerings to better face the real needs of our students. The ABC School of Florence carries out research in the field of linguistics and pedagogy according to the “Direct Teaching Method”: from the first day on, in all levels, only Italian will be spoken. Students are encouraged to practice verbal communication with their teachers so that they may learn Italian naturally, increasing their knowledge quickly and with confidence. With their teacher students practice their spoken Italian in real-life situations. Classes of maximum 8 students, a wide range of courses (Standard or Intensive courses for beginners, intermediate and advanced levels, professional courses, cultural courses and art courses, preparation for exams...), interesting and enriching activities conducted by our teachers, visits to museums and churches in Florence with our teachers who are also licensed tour guides and its position in the heart of Florence make of the ABC the ideal school to study Italian.
Upon arrival in Firenze, students are asked to go directly to their apartment or host family. The accommodation address is communicated in advance to the student or travel agency together with a phone number of the family/landlord and an emergency phone number. If delayed, the student should call these numbers to inform the host family/landlord. The school is closed on Saturday and Sunday. The school is situated on the 2nd floor of the building, in the heart of the ancient city center of Firence. There is a lounge where students can spend time during their breaks or after lessons, a library with books and DVDs, a piano and an internet corner. The 16 large airconditioned classrooms are equipped with video projectors and wireless internet. The residence is located within the school premises.
The Leonardo da Vinci school is located in an historical palazzo, situated in the heart of the city of Florence, with a magnificent view of the Cathedral. From here you can reach the most beautiful and famous places in the city in only few minutes walk. Our school occupies an entire building of 3 floors and with 15 spacious and light classrooms. The first floor is dedicated to recreational activities, where you can read the paper, have a coffee with your friends and do your homework. On the first floor there are the classrooms, the secretary and the multimedia classroom with free internet service. Scuola Leonardo da Vinci offers a wide range of high-quality Italian language courses, conceived for any level, from beginner to advanced, all the year round! Courses start every Monday except for beginners and students can stay for 1 week only as well as for many weeks and months. Our school organizes interesting leisure activities every week during afternoon and evening. Our 40 years of experience make us a well-established and reliable reality in the world of language schools. We are very proud of our professional and friendly staff, who do their best to make every student's stay unique in terms both of language learning and of cultural experience. Our teaching method is influenced by modern didactics and is designed according to the 'Concept of Foreign Languages' of the European Council and the guidelines of the ''Accademia Italiana di Lingua (AIL)". We follow a communicative method: from the first day of lessons and at each ability level, only Italian is spoken in class. We put particular emphasis on spoken language and on communication, but also deal with the 4 base abilities (reading, writing, oral comprehension and speaking). Lessons are interesting, interactive and also fun, organized in a relaxed atmosphere in which learning is done naturally. Text books are supported by authentic material, like newspapers, magazines and video, that facilitate learning about contemporary Italy and the many different aspects of Italian culture. Our teachers, experts in teaching Italian to foreign students, are there for the students, to guide them, motivate them and help them in their learning. In addition, through the years Scuola Leonardo da Vinci has developed its own teaching method. The books have been conceived for speeding up the learning process of Italian language. Grammar is presented in a logic and organized way, followed by examples and a wide range of practical exercises and short stories that give both students and teachers many opportunities for making conversation in Italian language. All the programmes have been thought in order to reach your goals, independently from the duration of the course. Having a deep knowledge of Italian grammar (through the continuous practice of writing, reading and speaking in real situations) is the principle which Scuola Leonardo da Vinci’s method is based on.
Where else should you learn Italian than in the city that gave birth to fine arts - and where eating typical Tuscan dishes and local sourced produce in Trattorie is as good as it gets? We highly recommend you opt for InFlorence Academy, the first language school established in Florence, located in a 16th Century building that strongly evokes the Renaissance period. The school is surrounded by world famous sights, the cosiest of cafés and most intriguing of markets. Crossing the Ponte Vecchio to get your daily dose of Italian gelato and espresso will be just one of the many things you will do while experiencing Florence’s artistic ambience.
Centro Fiorenza - International House Florence is located in a city deeply rooted in artistic tradition. The school offers a variety of courses tailored to students' needs and arranges cultural and social activities including excursions to other cities in Italy. There are several accommodation options available including homestay and shared student apartments. Classes at IH Florence are limited to 10 students, which allows the teaching staff to provide more personal attention to students. Centro Fiorenza has been accredited by the University for Foreigners of Siena and is now an official examination center for the CILS certification. The CILS certification is a diploma officially recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education and is based on the Common European Framework of Reference of the Council of Europe. The CILS certification attests to the student’s degree of linguistic and communicative competence in Italian as a second language. Examination fees vary according to the level. The application needs to be effected 40 days before the exam date. Exams take place in June and December.
Parola school is an Italian language school that holds its courses in the historic center of Florence. The school's excellent location and its excellent variety of courses make it an ideal location to study Italian: Parola offers a wide array of language courses from group classes to individual lessons up to combined classes (group + one-on-one). Our Italian language students can choose from intensive courses, CILS examination courses, or executive courses, and can decide between just a few lessons per week to 40 hours a week. Our Italian language center also organizes free time activities for its students: we offer a weekly social and leisure calendar to invite students to practice their Italian language skills while visiting popular points of interest in and around Florence. Parola school is specialized in tailor-made Italian language courses for students of all ages and nationalities.
Since the beginning, inlingua’s mission has been to provide high-quality language training to its customers. Our network of independent language training centers ensures that our standards, unique method and materials are employed all over the world and that our training method is continuously adapted. The method is backed by a dedicated team of inlingua trainers and support staff, who further an enabling environment for successful language acquisition. During our classes, the main focus is the spoken language. The inlingua Method focuses on your oral skills first, followed by improving your reading, listening and writing skills. You will learn the language by speaking it – all according to your personal needs.
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The intensive Italian Language courses offered by the Galilei Institute in Florence are specially designed for those who have only a little time to study, and want to make the most out of it: - private people of all ages, who study Italian for their personal needs or for passion - language students, who need to prepare for their Italian exams - business people who need the Italian language for work The one-to-one courses are characterized by the individual study programs, which are tailored to the linguistic needs and the profile of each student taking into consideration his/her linguistic background, age, motivation, and learning structure. In this way, it is possible to focus also on particular aspects of the language, such as grammar, conversation, pronunciation, etc. and/or to include the vocabulary of the Italian language you use for your work/study. In the process of learning a language, the fact of being continuously followed by an experienced teacher and practicing the Italian structures actively during this time permits to accelerate a lot the speed of learning. One week of our one-to-one courses corresponds to about a month with a regular size group class. The study program is developing according to the daily results. Our one-to-one Italian language courses may start and finish on any day requested. On request, the courses can continue also during the weekend and on holidays in order to take full advantage of your stay in Florence. THE TEACHING METHOD WITH PERSONALIZED PROGRAMS: --Evaluation of the student’s linguistic needs and characteristics. According to the student’s profile decision on whether to favour a more conversational or technical-syntactical approach of teaching; --Individualization of the student’s personal interests in order to assure that the course contents (subjects of conversations, readings, writings, etc.) are of his/her interest, which helps to facilitate the process of learning; --Selection of the most appropriate instruments and their way of utilisation, such as conversational activities, audio-visual material, articles from newspapers or reviews, etc.; --Controlling of the process of learning: small tests, guided conversations, graduated exercises in order to verify the results of the various stages of learning, and to decide on the exact ongoing of the studying program; --Interpretation of the achieved results so that the student is aware of what he/she has learned. FACILITIES The rooms of our school are equipped with air conditioning, audio-visual system, stereo recording facilities, and a computer to practice the grammar and to connect to the Internet.
The school offers Italian language courses, practical art and artisan courses, Italian cooking courses. The atmosphere is cheerful and informal as required when communication is aimed at a specific purpose. Our teaching staff is carefully selected, highly trained and periodically updated. All the educators have years of experience which allow them to optimally deal with students of different ages, cultural backgrounds, and motivations. Our teachers are able to turn multicultural classes into intercultural ones, while at the same time they having a role as entertainer, consultant and linguistic facilitator. Member of: TANDEM® International - International Association of Language Schools involved in the research and application of teaching methods based on language and cultural interchanges. ASILS - Association of Schools of Italian as a Second Language EDUITALIA - International Education, Association of Schools and Universities providing courses for foreign students ALTO Association of Language Travel Organisations - through Tandem International Acknowledgments: Official recognition of the Ministry of Education. ISO 9001:2008 quality certification. Complies with UNI ISO 29990:2010. Accreditations: from the Region of Tuscany as an Educational Agency. European Language Label. Transnational projects | Life Long Learning. CSN – Centrala Studiestöds Nämnden BildungsUrlaub (Hamburg and Berlin)
The Centro Toscano di Lingue e Cultura believes that the study of language enhances communication, understanding, and knowledge and that language and culture are inseparable. We are dedicated to the concept of intercultural exchange through language with the intention to provide deeper cultural understanding and awareness through our language teaching. Therefore, we are committed to offering a range of services that encompass our vision. We believe that language teaching and learning and cultural understanding go beyond the textbook and the classroom, and we seek to provide authentic experiences that will impact individuals as students, future teachers, and world citizens. Our goal is to instill a capacity for cultural sensitivity that transcends individuals' experiences at The Learning Center of Tuscany. Our hope is that this will become and remain fundamental in many aspects of their lives, including career, relationships, travel, and understanding of their individual role in a global society.