Semi-private lessons - Cultura Italiana Arezzo
italian language courses

Semi-private lessons

COURSE TYPE
Semi-private lessons (grammar and vocabulary, expression and communication)

COURSE DESCRIPTION
Lessons for two people intensify rapid learning because teachers can devote themselves to the specific learning needs of the students. According to the students’ interests, the teacher can choose specific subjects to discuss (art, literature, music, cinema, poetry, history, Italian cultural and social life, business, etc.), always with the view of helping the students to learn Italian and to get to know the Italian culture better.

NUMBER OF HOURS PER WEEK
To be determined jointly by the student and the school. The student can choose the starting date and the duration of the course.

NUMBER OF STUDENTS PER GROUP
Two people of the same level

SCHEDULE
Classes: between 9 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Plus regular homework between classes

PARTICIPATION TO THE EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES YES

COST
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DIDACTIC METHOD
Classes are conducted by professional teachers with experience in teaching Italian as a foreign language. Each student is catered for in accordance with his or her interests and needs. Particular care is given to the use of the language, oral expression, comprehension and the ability to express oneself in particular situations.

Instructional material includes manuals such as Progetto Italiano (Levels I, II and III).

Communicative language teaching (CLT)
The didactic methods used by the school are diversified and constantly updated; they are based on the communicative approach to language teaching. This approach emphasizes interaction as both the means and the ultimate goal of learning a language and acquiring the four linguistic abilities: oral comprehension (understanding the spoken language), oral expression (ability to communicate verbally), written comprehension (ability to understand written text) and written production (ability to communicate in writing). Several activities are proposed to simulate real situations such as role plays and linguistic interventions in real life (reportage, interviews, etc.).

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
The course structure complies with the European standards defined by the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTA) and by the Council of Europe. The courses therefore reflect the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, which divides learners into three broad divisions which can be divided into six levels: A - Basic User (A1 - Breakthrough or beginner, and A2 - Waystage or elementary), B - Independent User (B1 - Threshold or intermediate, and B2 - Vantage or upper intermediate) and C - Proficient User (C1 - Effective Operational Proficiency or advanced, and C2 - Mastery or proficiency).

The CEFR describes what a learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing at each level. The detailed description of the levels is included below this chart.*

Monitoring
The school monitors the progression of students and analyzes the learning processes at a weekly teachers’ meeting. Teaching strategies are evaluated and discussed based on the classroom experience and the various groups present.


*Detailed description of the six CEFR levels:

A1 (Breakthrough)
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2 (Waystage)
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

B1 (Threshold)
Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

B2 (Vantage)
Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

C1 (Effective Operational Proficiency)
Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

C2 (Mastery)
Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.

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I had a great time studying at Cultura Italiana Arezzo. The class was right level and the teacher (Monica) was very entusiastic! The small class was great and I feel I was able to learn so much in just a week. Arezzo is a lovely city with lots of character. I loved especially the walk we took with Monica and the faboulous tasting class. I will definitely try to come back in the future :)

Emily Yamahiro - 35 years old    (  Singapore)