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Languages for Life Course

Levels offeredBeginner to Advanced
Minimum age16 (18yrs+ recommended)
Course duration8+ weeks
Number of lessons20 group lessons
Lesson duration45 minutes
Maximum per class12 students
  • Timetable: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm (alternative timetables may also apply)
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A long term Italian language course in Siena ideal for Gap Year / post University students or adults looking to learn Italian in depth over two or more months for maximum impact and progress. The Italian school in Siena will work with a range of different methods, chosen according to the level of the students (students are always streamed according to their language ability).  The overall goal of the language school is to provide students with the best possible training in the Italian language, allowing for the duration of the programme on offer and the time the student has allocated.
Techniques are a mixture of traditional (teacher led) and communicative (student based) methods.  All aspects of the language are explored; oral comprehension and expression and written comprehension and expression.  Much is dependent on the make up of the class concerned and their specific linguistic requirements as a group.

Start dates 2019

  • Jan7 14 21 28
  • Feb4 11 18 25
  • Mar4 11 18 25
  • Apr1 8 15 23 29
  • May6 13 20 27
  • Jun3 10 17 24
  • Jul1 8 15 22 29
  • Aug5 12 19 26
  • Sep2 9 16 23 30
  • Oct7 14 21 28
  • Nov4 11 18 25
  • Dec2

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Standard Italian Course

Levels offeredBeginner to Advanced
Minimum age16 (18yrs+ recommended)
Course duration1+ weeks
Number of lessons20 group lessons
Lesson duration45 minutes
Maximum per class12 students
  • Timetable: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm (alternative timetables may also apply)
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A short term Italian language course 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. The methods used are the same as those described in the Languages for Life course description.  We recommend students taking a one week course to avoid weeks with public holidays in them.

Start dates 2019

  • Jan7 14 21 28
  • Feb4 11 18 25
  • Mar4 11 18 25
  • Apr1 8 15 23 29
  • May6 13 20 27
  • Jun3 10 17 24
  • Jul1 8 15 22 29
  • Aug5 12 19 26
  • Sep2 9 16 23 30
  • Oct7 14 21 28
  • Nov4 11 18 25
  • Dec2 9 16

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Over 50 Course

Levels offeredBeginner to Advanced
Minimum age50
Course duration1 or 2 weeks
Number of lessons20 group lessons
Additional activitiesSocial & cultural activities
Lesson duration45 minutes
Maximum per class12 students
  • Timetable: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm (alternative timetables may also apply)
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  • Open to students over 50 yrs of age only
  • 1 or 2 weeks duration
  • Italian language lessons as per the Standard Course
  • plus a busy activity programme
  • A popular programme offered on set dates each year in May, June or September

Week One – sample

  • Guided city tour and local aperitif in the ‘Campo’ square;
  • Visit to the Duomo, the imposing cathedral of Siena;
  • Relaxing half day excursion at the Spa of Rapolano;
  • Guided visit to the fascinating fountains of Siena;
  • ‘Pecorino’ cheese tasting, accompanied by a selection of honeys and marmalades.

Week Two – sample

  • The program of the One-Week-Course is followed by:
  • Weekend excursion to the Beauty of Southern Tuscany;
  • Introduction to Tuscan cuisine: lesson and tasting;
  • Guided tour of the ‘Palazzo Pubblico’, Siena’s graceful gothic town hall;
  • Wine tasting guided by expert sommelier;
  • Traditional Tuscan dinner with the group leader in a renowned local restaurant.

Start dates 2019

  • May20
  • Sep16
  • Oct14

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Combined Course

Levels offeredBeginner to Advanced
Minimum age16 (18yrs+ recommended)
Course duration1+ weeks
Number of lessons20 group lessons
Additional lessons+ 05 or 10 private lessons
Lesson duration45 minutes
Maximum per group class12 students
  • Timetable: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm (alternative timetables may also apply)
  • Plus additional 10 lessons (Monday to Friday)
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A short term Italian language course aimed at those who want the combined study experience of the camaraderie of the group course in Siena, with the individual attention of the Italian private classes with a personal tutor.

Combined Course: 20 group + 5 private lessons

Start dates 2019

  • Jan7 14 21 28
  • Feb4 11 18 25
  • Mar4 11 18 25
  • Apr1 8 15 23 29
  • May6 13 20 27
  • Jun3 10 17 24
  • Jul1 8 15 22 29
  • Aug5 12 19 26
  • Sep2 9 16 23 30
  • Oct7 14 21 28
  • Nov4 11 18 25
  • Dec2 9 16

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Combined Course: 20 group + 10 private lessons

Start dates 2019

  • Jan7 14 21 28
  • Feb4 11 18 25
  • Mar4 11 18 25
  • Apr1 8 15 23 29
  • May6 13 20 27
  • Jun3 10 17 24
  • Jul1 8 15 22 29
  • Aug5 12 19 26
  • Sep2 9 16 23 30
  • Oct7 14 21 28
  • Nov4 11 18 25
  • Dec2 9 16

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Private Tuition Courses

Levels offeredBeginner to Advanced
Minimum age16 (recommended for 18yrs+)
Course duration1 week+
Number of lessons15 or 20 private lessons
Lesson duration45 minutes
Maximum per class1 student
  • Timetable: Generally afternoon classes are offered (alternative timetables may also apply)
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An extremely intensive Italian language course, ideal for those who wish to make maximum language progress over a one or two+ week period in Siena. Aimed at business people or those who need to work on their Italian for academic or professional reasons, for whom time is of the essence. Continual language practice, maximum concentration through intensive work with your personal teacher and, especially, active practising of your communication skills guarantee you swift progress and success in the shortest possible time. Thanks to their proven system “the Italian school in Siena is able to plan private tutorial according to your needs and areas of interest.

Lunch with teacher : If you wish, the private tutorial can also be organised to include lunch with your teacher. Thus you are able to continue practising the new language during the lunch-break.
Professional element: Should you already have sufficient knowledge of Italian, you can also learn vocabulary oriented to certain professions, such as general business Italian, banking, trading, import/export, law, insurance, marketing, medicine and so on.  Please discuss with CESA staff if this is of interest.

Start dates 2019

  • Jan7 14 21 28
  • Feb4 11 18 25
  • Mar4 11 18 25
  • Apr1 8 15 23 29
  • May6 13 20 27
  • Jun3 10 17 24
  • Jul1 8 15 22 29
  • Aug5 12 19 26
  • Sep2 9 16 23 30
  • Oct7 14 21 28
  • Nov4 11 18 25
  • Dec2 9 16

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Exam Preparation Courses

Levels offeredElementary to Advanced
Minimum age16 (recommended for 18yrs+)
Course duration4 weeks
Number of lessons20 group lessons
Lesson duration45 minutes
Additional classes5 or 10 exam prep lessons
Maximum per class12 students
  • Timetable: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm (alternative timetables may also apply) + exam preparation classes
  • DELI (elementary level)
  • DILI (intermediate level)
  • DILC (intermediate/business level)
  • DALI (advanced level)
  • DALC (advanced/business level)
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  • 10 exam prep lessons if 3 to 12 students per week
  • 5 exam prep lessons if 2 students per week
  • Minimum 2 students required for this programme to run

Students are welcome to follow a long term Italian language course prior to the four week specific exam preparation course leading to the exams themselves. The final 4 week session consists of the Italian Standard course plus an additional 10 lessons per week of mock tests, strategy discussion and exam drills. Should there be only one participant in a class, lessons will be reduced to 5 private Italian lessons per week (in addition to the Italian Standard Course).

Start dates 2019

  • Mar4
  • Jun3
  • Sep2
  • Nov11

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