Learning Italian in Florence | What to expect
Located in the centre of historic Florence, you will find our friendly Italian language school which boasts a serene setting with sunny balconies, roof terrace, and even a spa which you can take advantage of while you’re brushing up on your Italian language skills.
Although the stunning location, vibrant locales and charming school ground sells itself, you may want to know what your hours inside the classroom will be like so a few of the certified teachers got together to answer your frequently asked questions about learning Italian in Italy.
1. What do students do during a typical language lesson?
Language courses are composed of grammar and conversation lessons. During the grammar lessons, we focus on the explanation of grammar rules and use exercises from different books and learning materials. Conversation classes are more flexible and varied, according to the level of the language, students can practice their grammar, play games, focus on reading and comprehension, or take part in fun activities in groups or pairs. When classes are quite small, students can just chat about a range of different topics together.
2. What techniques seem to help students learn the most?
In our opinion, interactive activities help students the most – lessons outside the classroom in real life situations, watching movies, listening to Italian songs; the more fun and interactive a lesson, the more a student is able to learn. We try to teach in an exciting, welcoming and informal environment. Learning is fun!
3. How would you recommend preparing for a language course?
No preparation is required, just bring curiosity, enthusiasm and a desire to learn and be with people from all over the world and from completely different cultures. It might be difficult at first, as we only teach in Italian, and everyone learns at different speeds, but all that matters is that you come ready to have fun learning Italian and you will leave satisfied.
4. How much can students expect to learn in a week?
In our absolute beginners course it is amazing to see students who cannot even understand a word on Monday, go home on Friday able to form a simple Italian phrase using the present tense. As for students who already know some Italian, the first week is usually spent getting used to the language again, as it may be the first time they have practiced it in a while, but after this they become more confident and pick up new words and skills.
5. As teachers, what are some of your preferred class activities?
Favorite activities are the ones where students can work with the language for themselves and have fun while they do it! The best teaching methods are always the most noisy, interactive and communicative, but of course it’s also important to practice the theory and general rules of a language.
6. What’s the breakdown of classroom techniques?
The techniques and teaching style we use change according to the group, the number of students, the type of lesson and topic. Yet generally our classes are around 30% solo work, 30% pair work, 30% group work, and 10% teacher to student one to one.
7. What are some of the extracurricular cultural activities your school offers to help people explore your city and meet others?
We offer extracurricular activities every afternoon and weekend – all of them different and exciting. From guided walking tours through the city centre, to the most important churches and monuments in Florence with one of our teachers, as well as visits to some of Florence’s more hidden treasures. Group Italian cooking lessons in the evening with other students is always a great time, and also excursions outside of Florence to explore the local area… and the list goes on! You will never have to look far for something to do; we take care of that for you.
This Italian language school offers a range of courses from Italian only to Italian and cooking to Italian and spa! See their language holidays here.
Or, feel free to explore all our Italian language holidays in Italy here.