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Teaching Methodology

The teaching methodology employed at LINGUA IT, Italian language school, is based on the most current educational techniques and texts available. Finely tuned to meet the specific needs and interests of different classes and students, each language course focuses simultaneously on the four components on which all language is built: oral expression and comprehension (speaking and listening) and written expression and comprehension (writing and reading). 

In addition to traditional grammar instruction and speaking exercises where focus is given to the linguistic form and characteristics of Italian, students are encouraged to participate in less structured activities that promote spontaneous, sub-conscious learning, developing communication skills in a natural and instinctive manner. In a relaxed and informal environment, over an extended period of time, students at LINGUA IT quickly improve and loose their fear of speaking a new language, frequently surprising themselves with the speed at which they become competent and confident with Italian. The teaching method adopted at the school encourages active class participation and interaction by all students.

Always grouped with others of a similar skill level, students need not be fearful of class participation. After a day at the school, students invariably relax into the routine of lessons and find the presence of other students a help rather than a hindrance to the learning process. Outside the regular morning classes, students of different levels are brought together for the optional cultural courses (guided tours, lectures on art and history, cooking courses etc). The naturally informal nature of these events makes the merging of different levels comfortable and easy and benefits both beginners and advanced students alike.

The final objective of the teachers at LINGUA IT is to equip students with the necessary tools and techniques that will guide them in their self-study.



Teaching Resources

The aim of each language course is to teach students the Italian language as it is used naturally, in real life situations. LINGUA IT, Italian school, utilises a variety of resources (written texts, audio and video stock, newspaper articles, images, music and didactic games) to meet this end.

Well aware that foreign language textbooks and schools often teach a version of a language that is outmoded or rarely used by the native speakers of the country, the teachers at LINGUA IT have compiled a specialised and comprehensive assortment of teaching materials and learning aids that use real-world linguistic examples. The use of play excerpts, television and radio programs, advertisements, literary passages, song lyrics, greeting cards, dialogues of telephone conversations, newspaper and magazine articles, government forms, diary entries, comics, letters and reviews (just to name a few), ensures that students will be exposed to the real language of Italy, as it is used in both formal and informal contexts
The variety of topics explored in both the texts and conversations at LINGUA IT (ranging from basic introductory skills to the exploration of complex theoretical and philosophic ideas), address an array of linguistic demands. By immersing students in a variety of real-life situations, they are given the confidence and skills they need to effectively participate and interact in the Italy of today.

Italian Language Course Levels

At the beginning of each language course, students (beginners excluded) are given a short test to evaluate their competence and determine which level they are best suited to. At the conclusion of each course level, students sit a final test. The results are evaluated and used to determine whether the student is ready to proceed onto the next course level. The language courses are divided into six levels with a maximum number of ten students per class and a minimum number of three.

course levelsBeginners Course (A1):

In the Beginners Level, students learn basic communication skills clearly geared for the everyday. A strong grammar base is introduced and the vocabulary taught is simple but precise.

Elementary Course (A2): 
Students of the Elementary Level actively participate in conversation structured around general issues and topics. In this course, solid focus is given to the correct employment of various grammatical principles and rules and students develop a comprehensive and broad vocabulary.

Pre-Intermediate Course (B1): 
Through discussion and textual analysis, students in the Pre-Intermediate Level explore a range of complicated themes and ideas, gaining a strong command of the Italian language and a deeper understanding of both grammatical and linguistic elements. In this course, students are exposed to the language of the mass media and the variable nature of Italian as it is affected by intonation and different contexts within Italian society.

Intermediate Course (B2):
This course is dedicated to perfecting students' communication skills and equipping them with an understanding of the nuances that make up a thorough knowledge of Italian. In the Intermediate Course, students are taught the correct usage of colloquialisms and idiomatic expressions and are also exposed to some of the more complex structures of the Italian language.

Post-Intermediate Course (C1): 
This course helps students exercise their Italian language skills by focusing on a variety of conceivable real-life situations. Pupils of the Post-intermediate Level secure a full and comprehensive mastery of all the grammatical and syntactical structures of the Italian language and are also exposed to the vocabulary and idiom of the workplace. This course level also equips students iwh the necessray skills for composing a variety of written documents.

Advanced Course (C2):
This proficiency perfection course aims to enrich and embellish students' vocabulary and perfect their ability to communicate in a rapid and precise manner. Pupils participate in a variety of dicussion groups to help them fine-tune their syntax and meliorate their written and oral expression. Advanced-level textual analysis of a variety of excerpts, documents and essays also forms part of the course syllabus, helping students to distinguish between the subtelties of style and vocabulary used in each and the reasons why. Completion of the Advaced C2 course is a prerequisite for teachng Italian as a second language.

Certificates and Diplomas

ITALIAN ATTENDANCE CERTIFICATES

At the end of each course, LINGUA IT, Italian school in Verona, issues an attendance certificate to each student, specifying the language course level they completed and the total hours of attendance.

CILS DIPLOMA (Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera)

LINGUA IT organises specific study courses for those who wish to take the CILS Diploma exams of The University for Foreigners in Siena. It is possible to sit the exam in Verona in June and December.

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