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> Standard Italian Course
> Italian Evening Course
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Italian Languages for Life Course
12, 16, 20 & 24 weeks Italian language course duration
Open to 16yrs+ age group
20 group Italian lessons per week
Max. 12 people per class
Timetable : 09.00 - 13.00hrs

This is the ideal long term Italian language course for those who wish to learn Italian in Venice at a first class Italian language school with other well motivated Italian language students. You can learn Italian from beginner level, or build on current linguistic skills with a serious and well thought out immersion programme.
Lessons are always held in Italian because this trains your brain to use the language more effectively, the Italian school in Venice also strongly believe that students need to learn both Italian language and at the same time learn about Italian culture, to give the language a meaningful context (and because this will increase your enjoyment of the language course). The Italian school believes this is the best method to ensure progress will be rapid and lasting. The teaching methodology is based on a fully communicative approach that promotes and encourages students’ active participation. It aims at developing oral and written communication skills. A wide variety of up-to-date authentic material is used in class, as valuable examples of real communication, thus introducing the students to Italian culture and society.

In order to increase and improve your Italian knowledge the Italian school will use :
~ listening activities to improve your oral skills
~ oral and written exercises
~ reading activities to improve your comprehension of written texts
~ activities in pairs or in groups
~ grammar workshops
~ vocabulary exercises
~ educational games (still teaching, but in a more relaxed style)
~ educational videos to improve your knowledge of Italy and its culture

During the course, the main communication skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - are equally explored and gradually developed at all levels.
Every week the teachers adjust and enrich the programme of your group in order to satisfy your interests and requirements.

Standard Italian Course
1 to 10 weeks Italian language course duration
Open to 16yrs+ age group
20 group Italian lessons per week
Max. 12 people per class
Timetable : 09.00 - 13.00hrs
If you are looking for a short term Italian language course in Venice aimed at those who need to build on current skills or who want to kick start their Italian language learning from scratch with an immersion course in Italian, this course is ideal. Courses begin every month and are divided into 4 week sessions of 80 lessons (20 lessons per week). You are welcome to attend for longer or shorter course durations, but 4 weeks will allow you to complete a structured amount of work that will progress you one language level closer to Italian fluency. The course is organised across 5 language levels. At the beginning of your course, you sit a simple written test and there is a short interview (unless of course you start as a beginner to Italian, in which case you go straight into class), this allows the school to place you in a group at the correct language level.
Beginners can enrol only during the first week of every monthly course (refer to the CESA Course Finder for exact dates). Students who already have some Italian knowledge have a greater range of start dates on offer.

The Italian school believes this is the best method to ensure progress will be rapid and lasting. The teaching methodology is based on a fully communicative approach that promotes and encourages students’ active participation. It aims at developing oral and written communication skills. A wide variety of up-to-date authentic material is used in class, as valuable examples of real communication, thus introducing the students to Italian culture and society.

In order to increase and improve your Italian knowledge the Italian school will use :
~ listening activities to improve your oral skills
~ oral and written exercises
~ reading activities to improve your comprehension of written texts
~ activities in pairs or in groups
~ grammar workshops
~ vocabulary exercises
~ educational games (still teaching, but in a more relaxed style)
~ educational videos to improve your knowledge of Italy and its culture

During the course, the main communication skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - are equally explored and gradually developed at all levels.
Every week the teachers adjust and enrich the programme of your group in order to satisfy your interests and requirements.

Italian Evening Course > Evening Course details
1 to 12 weeks Italian language course duration
Open to 16yrs+ age group
20 group Italian lessons per week
Max. 15 people per class
Lessons scheduled from 16:00 to18:00 each afternoon
Offered April to October each year.
A cheaper afternoon course, based on the same format as the Standard course.
NB : Only 4 levels offered: Beginner, Low-Intermediate, Intermediate & Advanced.

Students are still able to join in the school cultural programme, or explore the local churches etc on their own (or enjoy the beach at the Venice Lido) each day, and study in the early evening at the Italian language school. The main difference from the Standard Course is that there are only THREE language levels on offer (not five, as with the morning Italian programme). Ideal for beginners or those with current knowledge who are looking for an Italian language holiday, keen to improve their Italian in Venice, enjoy the experience of life in Venice but wish to do so on a budget.

Combined Italian Course
1 to 4+ weeks Italian language course duration
Open to 16yrs+ age group
20 group Italian lessons per week
plus a further 5 or 10 private tuition lessons per week
Max. 12 people per group class
Timetable : 09.00 to 13.00hrs (group classes)
+ private tuition in the PM (times will vary)
An excellent Italian language course for those who want the combined study experience of and Italian group course (with it's class dynamic and camaraderie) with the individual focus and attention offered through Italian private tuition classes with a personal tutor.

Italian CILS Exam Preparation Course
The Italian Combined courses are the best preparation for the CILS exam, but the Standard Course (or better yet the Languages for Life course) will also be able to improve all the linguistic and communicative skills you are required to know. However, for a more targeted preparation you should consider booking the Combined Course for at least the last few weeks of your studies prior to the exam date, to ensure specific exam technique preparation for CILS exam.

What is CILS?
The Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language (CILS) is the official title that denotes the degree of linguistic competency of Italian as a foreign language. The CILS is awarded by the University of Siena for Foreigners and is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Who is it designed for?
The CILS is useful for those who study Italian, who work and study within an Italian context, and for those who wish to evaluate their Italian language skills. Each CILS level refers to a specific ability to communicate in different contexts and situations.
Where can you sit the exam and what are the CILS exam dates?
Outside of Italy, the exam may be taken at Italian Institutes of Culture as well as at other selected venues. In Italy, the exam takes place at the University of Siena for Foreigners and at other selected sites. The CILS exams are scheduled twice a year, at the beginning of June and December, and will be held on the same day across all CILS test sites.

If you are interested in CILS exam preparation, please contact the CESA office.

Methodology

The Italian Language School’s key concern is to get you to speak!

Students are encouraged to speak Italian and only Italian for the very first day.  Learn more about themethodology at the Italian language schools in Venice.