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Learn Italian in Sorrento: Teaching

The Italian language school’s key concern is to get you to speak Italian!

Students are encouraged to speak Italian and only Italian for the very first day.

Teaching Environment

The language school in Sorrento offers group and private Italian language courses plus a superb range of cultural courses (e.g. cookery, ceramics, literature, art… ). As well as traditional classroom methods of education, the students  have the chance to put their knowledge into daily practice in an authentic Italian environment. This contact with native speakers is vital to achieve a true understanding of the Italian language as it is really spoken, and allows students to become familiar with the culture and customs that breathe life into the language.

Course Content

To develop a full command of the language the school develops student ability across all four linguistic skill area; reading, writing, speaking and listening. The courses are designed to be practical, stimulating and interactive, and make use of didactic materials taken not only from text books, but from everyday life as well (e.g. newspaper articles, magazines, videos and music CDs), all of which will help you to achieve a working level of competence in the language. The general objective is enable you to be able to effectively communicate in Italian to the best of your current ability, to deal with common, everyday situations, and to enable you to express yourself lucidly when interacting with Italian native speakers.

Level Assessment

The teaching programme includes constant assessment of each student’s level of learning, using tests to check their progress, feedback sessions, and at the end of the course, to document the actual level achieved. Once the course ends, the school will provide each student with a Certificate of Attendance and some notes to help them continue their studies, once they return home.

Rate of Progress

Level I: Beginner
Approx. 4 weeks
Greetings & introductions
Simple biographical information (i.e. family, job, house, traditions, holiday)
Descriptions of people and places
Living abroad essentials (ie. ordering in a restaurant, daily situations such as phone calls, health matters, taxis, post office
Level II Elementary
Approx. 4 weeks
Travel experiences
Current events
Description of people and places
Art and cultural topics
Comparing situations and opinions
Body language
Level III: Pre-Intermediate
Approx. 4/8 weeks
Giving instructions and making suggestions
Simple reading comprehension
Expressing needs, obligation, possibility
Making invitations
Expressing preferences and desires
Level IV: Intermediate
Approx. 4/8 weeks
Understanding context
Communicating in different situations (ie. formal vrs informal)
Compare and analyse alternative viewpoints
Ability to express perspectives
Level V: Upper Intermediate
Approx 4/8 weeks
Idiomatic expressions and phraseology
Shades of meaning
Regional aspects of Italian
Persuasion and argumentation
Making judgments and evaluations
Expressing emotion
Conversation on literary or poetic passages
Level VI: Advanced
Approx 8 weeks +
Demonstrated ability to integrate levels I-V; to speak in a clear, yet nuanced mode stylistically adapted to the situation.
Ability to present oneself logically, contribute to and facilitate conversation.
Ability to hear, recall and identify the most important points of a conversation.


Group timetable structure: Lessons Monday/Friday

09.00 – 10.40 Conversation practice, vocabulary, and grammar
10.40 – 11.00 Break
11.00– 11.50 Vocabulary expansion and conversation practice
11:50 – 12:40  Conversation practice and development of speaking and pronunciation abilities
12:40 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:00 Phonetic Class (optional)
15.00 – 15.30 Quiz game (optional to improve vocabulary)
15:30 – 17:00 Thematic lectures and discussion based on a class’ particular interests (i.e., Italian history, literature, current events) (optional)
17.00 – 17.30 Let’s go out for a Coffee! (optional with Italian teachers)
* Standard Course timetable


First Day

Students are asked to arrive by 08.30 hrs
They will be asked to take an oral assessment with an Italian teacher (a written assessment will be arranged via email in advance of arrival, by CESA). Classes then begin at, or soon after 09.00 hrs on the Monday. Beginners will start classes straight away.  There will time during the break, or after class to answer any questions that arise.

Sorrento School Teachers

All of the teaching staff who teach the Italian language classes, are native Italian speakers, who have trained as Italian language teachers.

Sorrento School Students

The student body is drawn from countries around the world.  There will be Europeans, Americans and many other nationalities besides, represented at the school.  The school welcomes students of all ages, from 18 yrs +. The average age of students will be 40-45 yrs of age, whilst some programmes such as the Italian and Cookery or Ceramics or (obviously) the Over 50s Programmes will attract older students. Actually any adult student, who wishes to learn or improve their Italian is very welcome to attend the Italian courses offered in Sorrento.