The Italian language courses at the Centro Machiavelli
The Italian language study programmes are available for the entire year. The Italian courses have 9 levels, from absolute beginners to advanced.
The group courses are split into semi-intensive, intensive and super intensive depending on the number of hours/lessons attended. We also offer one-to-one courses, tailored to the student's specific needs.
With Tandem Italy it is possible to attend an Italian course in Italy, travelling between Rome, Florence, Milan, Venice and Trieste.
In our Italian courses, teachers use a variety of educational materials to motivate students in learning Italian and monitor their progress in the four language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Real situations are simulated in communication lessons and role playing takes on a very important function for learning vocabulary, syntax and grammar.
Business Italian lessons are aimed at people who have specific needs and must communicate in Italian for work purposes and for negotiations.
Insights into Italian culture allow students to become familiar with Italy through history, current events, the economy and politics. In addition to being treated in single-topic courses and seminars, these issues are also used as topics of conversation and discussion in the lesson.
Most of our students learn Italian to communicate with Italians in Italy. For this reason we base our methodology on the direct communicative method.
Learning quickly to communicate well is a priority and thus the teachers have to adopt a fun and entertaining approach. Motivation is important and thus the teacher takes on the role of entertainer as well as language instructor.
The programme of extra-curricular activities changes every two weeks. Seminars, excursions and daily trips are offered allowing students to learn about the culture of our region and Italian culture in general.
Activities range from food and wine tasting in Chianti, to the preparation of dishes of our famous cuisine, from themed walks in Florence's historical centre, to tours of cities such as Siena and Lucca and participation in annual and seasonal events such as the Carnival of Venice and the opera programme of the Arena di Verona.