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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.

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.

School facts 
Lesson length:45 mins
Number of classrooms:9
Average class size:10
Minimum age:17
Course materials included:Yes
Average number of students: Summer (90) - Winter (30) per week
Disability access:No
Air conditioning:Yes
WiFi available:Yes
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

Courses

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.

Accommodation

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.

Activities

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!

t_13_08_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!

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