by Luca Cusi
One of the reasons why people are keen to learn Italian is surely the opportunity to discover the history, culture and arts of the country and people who have been speaking it for many centuries. So what better way to do this than to spend some time Italy to get this opportunity? With this article we want to give information to anyone who is interested in having this kind of experience.
Italy is known as the "Bel paese", for its high quality of life and its historical cities full of monuments and arts such Rome, Florence, Venice etc., where you can discover the glorious age of the Roman empire or the works of Renaissance. You can also eat delicious food and have a good time in whatever natural environment you want. We can say without doubt that every place is a good choice!
You have to consider multiple elements, such as the teaching methodology, the services offered and the extra activities. A good course provides the opportunity to learn step by step upgrading levels from beginners to advanced. It must not have too many students (10-16 max) in order to let the teacher give the best support for each one. Everyone has particular needs according to his level, so the school must provide a good range of solutions (intensive, non-intensive, individual, combined) and must orientate the students to their ideal paths.
Many language schools in Italy also provide accommodation: you can decide to lodge in a flat with other students, with an Italian host family or if you prefer in a hotel or bed and breakfast. It's unusual for a school not to arrange accommodation. The web is full of sites and directories offering many solutions for everybody who wants to be accommodated.
It's possible to reach a good level in a language not only with in writing and reading, but also in listening and speaking. These skills can be developed through real-life situations such as shopping or spending an evevning in a pub or restaurant. Such real-life activities help you to learn the language in context.
There many schools with websites where it's possible enrol directly online, selecting to pay immediately with credit-card or a bank transfer or later if you prefer. As we have just written, we suggest that you book accommodation with your course, so you will not have to organize this yourself.
Luca Cusi works for Dilit Italian language school.