Italian language lessons In Florence
All Italian language lessons in Florence with the EUROPASS team are based on modern and innovative methodological principles that encourage immediate communication with ease and security, in real life situations. At all levels and in all Italian language lessons, the work is shared equally between the four basic skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing).
The primary focal point of our Italian language lessons is not only aimed towards the structural aspects of the Italian language and the grammatical rules, but also, more importantly perhaps, on their appropriate use in Italian social-cultural contexts in which a proficiency and confidence in the Italian language is paramount.
Therefore, in every Italian language course we incorporate stimulating and interesting activities, intended to recreate a believable representation of a real-life situation. These activities include role-playing, dramatisation, group and paired activities, debates and conversations on a range of current topics.
Of course, we do not overlook the importance of grammar, systematic work, fixed rules and the strengthening of the main concepts of the Italian language. The study of vocabulary plays a primary role in all of our Italian courses, and in order to simplify its learning process, we employ a method of grouping words into similar themes and meanings.
Thanks to the introduction of our new teaching methods, for example “teaching language through film”, we guarantee an exceptionally high quality language course and an effective teaching result.
Moreover, EUROPASS’ participation in numerous European exchange programmes, working with other institutions in similar sectors throughout Europe, allows us to deepen our knowledge and use of the new methods and technologies as they evolve.
Our Italian language students each receive an exercise book comprising of introductory texts and exercises relevant to each individual grammatical topic. The books were compiled by our staff and are constantly updated and adjusted.
Moreover, EUROPASS has an extensive library containing numerous texts to learn Italian and books on the teaching of Italian (L2) that our teachers use together with authentic materials (newspapers, advertising, TV schedules, images, etc.) to achieve an integrated and personalised approach to each language lesson, as well as to stimulate group discussions about topics of common interest and daily situations.
All of the Italian learning materials are available for the students to use, and are included in the course price. We do recommend, however, to bring your own dictionary.
Our Italian language teachers often use modern technology to liven up their language lessons, incorporating CDs, DVDs and online activities into the normal teaching methods to give a more interactive take on each lesson.
EUROPASS also has a computer lab with a high-speed internet connection, in which the students can access online language resources and other materials (for example, newspaper articles, videos, transcripts, specific websites designed for the effective learning of the Italian language, etc.). Our students also have full use of the school’s wide range of language based computer software, which they can make use of during their free time.
The Italian classes are made up of a minimum of two and a maximum of twelve participants. Thanks to the small number students per class, on average six people per group, each student is guaranteed the maximum amount of individual attention and the highest standard of teaching possible.
Moreover, the efficiency of our method of teaching enables us to asses the composition of the classes on a weekly basis, allowing us to modify and adjust where necessary. This allows us to provide the best possible learning experience for our students.
According to the European Common Framework, our Italian language courses are structured into 6 levels >>.
Language proficiency evaluation
Each Italian language course includes three different kinds of evaluation:
- an initial evaluation on the starting date, that determines the student’s placement into the adequate level;
- an intermediate evaluation taking place periodically, to assess the learning process;
- a final evaluation, designed to verify the goals achieved.
Upon completion of each course you will get an attendance certificate specifying:
- type of course attended
- hours per week
- language course duration
- knowledge attained
Language Proficiency Certificate
Upon completion of each level programme, you will take a written and oral test allowing you:
1) to have access to the higher level;
2) to obtain the Language Proficiency Certificate.
The above certificate certifies the actual language proficiency attained, regardless of the duration of the language course attended.