Learn Italian in Sicily, Italy
Sicily is a unique location in which to study Italian abroad, famous for its relaxed, easy-going lifestyle, marvellous climate and friendly locals. Taormina is a beautiful town, full of culture and history, surrounded by magnificent countryside and lying on the warm Mediterranean Sea, a perfect base from which to explore the rest of Sicily. Our Italian school in Taormina, Sicily, offers a wide range of Italian courses, as well as a ‘Vera Mamma’ Italian cooking course. This is a marvellous study abroad location, not to be missed by anyone wanting to discover the real, unspoilt Italy.
I started as a complete beginner, and I developed so much knowledge from the course. My host family was great. They were kind, helpful, and amazing people. I hope that in the future I will come back to Taormina to study more.
I really enjoyed my two weeks in Taormina, the time went very fast. The teaching was excellent and the teachers were great.
The teachers were friendly. There was a sice terrace on top of the buillding to relax. The activities in the afternoon were interesting.
The teachers were excellent and I really liked the whole set up. My host family was first class, they made me feel so welcome, it actually made the holiday perfect. Would highly recommend the school, the accommodation & Taormina
The course perfectly suited for my level. I would recommend my host family's cooking to anyone. Yum!
Our tutor was informative but also very entertaining, lively, simpatica! We also attended a really interesting talk by another tutor - this was optional - on Italy over the last 50 years.
The school was well organised and a small number of students per class. The classes were well structured. The accommodation was basic but clean and the people were friendly.
I had planned to do a super intensive course but changed at the last minute to private lessons. Liz organized everything for me & the school were superb at adapting to my personal needs. The flat was ideally located within the school.
The courses where good and very helpful. My accomodations were great, my host family's house became home in no time. Very nice lady, and good kids. Great view from the terrasse. It was fantastic!
Generally excellent. Good, knowledgable and helpful teachers, excellent approach to learning. Especially liked the grammer 1st, repetition and then practice for 1st session; then opportunity to practice again in more relaxed 2nd session.
Our school in Taormina
Our Italian language school in Taormina, Sicily, is located in an historic villa, in the centre of Taormina, just 200m from the Greek Theatre. All the classrooms in the school are fully air-conditioned. The school sits in beautiful botanical gardens, which along with the villa are protected by Soverintendenza alle Belle Arti (the national agency for the preservation of arts and monuments). The school has its very own kitchen where cookery lessons are held, as well as a cafeteria for students to get hot and cold drinks and snacks in between lessons.
The school is also a centre for cultural studies, and regularly hosts book presentations given by authors, a Cine Forum and live theatre performances and concerts. In the summertime, the school’s gardens also play host to sculpture and painting exhibitions.
|Lesson length:||45 mins|
|Number of classrooms:||9|
|Average class size:||10|
|Course materials included:||Yes|
|Average number of students:||Summer (90) - Winter (30) per week|
|Affiliations:||Italian Ministry of Education, University for foreigners of Perugia, ALTE, University "Ca' Foscari" of Venice, ITALS, A.S.I.L.S. - Association of Schools of Italian as a Second Language, NAFSA - Association of International Educators|
|Included in fees:||First day package (bag, binder, notebook, pen, student discount card, social activity program, info package, map), guided tour of Taormina on the first course day (on the scheduled starting dates), all course material (copies of the learning activities are supplied daily in class by teachers), use of PCs, free internet connection and Wi-Fi, afternoon and evening social and cultural program (free activities), free access to school resources (books, video, DVDs), access to the student lounge and top floor terrace during school opening hours, certificate of attendance|
|Typical activities:||lectures, walks, films, games, seminars, excursions, guided tours, field trips and trips in Sicily, dinners, theatre performances and concerts|
|Paid activities:||Guided excursions at weekends, dinners with other students, school parties, theatre performances, concerts|
|School closed on:||06/01, 25/04, 01/05, 02/06, 15/08, 11/11, 08/12|
The school closes on 20/12/2014 to 12/01/2015
You can learn Italian on a Semi-Intensive Italian language course of 10 lessons/week, a Standard course of 20 lessons/week, an Intensive course of 30 lessons/week or if you want to learn as much Italian as possible during your course in Taormina, study on a Standard Plus Italian language course of 20 group lessons and 5 private lessons/week. You can choose an Examination Preparation Course to study for the internationally recognized CELI Italian language exams.
Italian and Cookery
Students can also attend the standard ‘Italian Cooking Course’, or else the ‘Vera Mamma’ Italian Cooking Course, taught by a real Sicilian ‘Mamma’ and followed by the 3-course meal that the students prepare under her guidance, on the cooking course.
Our Italian language school in Taormina arranges accommodation in self-catering apartments, shared with students from our school, in private studio apartments, in a guest house, or in carefully selected Italian host families. Our school advises students who want to learn Italian as quickly as possible to stay in Italian host families, as the families speak Italian to the students, helping students to learn the language skills they study in class.
Our school in Taormina offers a lively activities programme which is designed to help you discover the local area and culture, as well as help you to meet your fellow students! Some examples of typical activities arranged include lectures and seminars, guided walks, Italian film screenings, theatre and concert trips and excursions to places of interest within Sicily, such as Mt. Etna, Palermo and Syracuse!
How to get there
Our Italian language school in Taormina can arrange airport transfers from Catania Airport, if you would like to be met on arrival and taken to your accommodation.
This is my third year!
My name is Stephen Blackhust and I am Deputy Head Teacher of a large comprehensive secondary school in Luton, Bedfordshire. For the third time in 4 years, during the school summer holiday, I am spending 4 weeks studying Italian in Taormina, Sicily.
When, in 2005, I decided to put myself in a classroom for 6 hours a day for 4 weeks, having just completed a busy school year, many people thought I was mad. I must confess to having a few doubts myself, people often comment on the length of teachers’ holidays but in truth without them teachers simply could not keep going (neither could the pupils). And my mayor doubt was how I could cope without the long break to prepare far the re-start in September.
What actually happened was that that summer holiday, with its total immersion in Italian language and culture was both the most stimulating, challenging and restful break I have had in 28 years as a teacher!