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Italian Club 50 + courses, Sorrento
Our Italian Club 50+ courses in Sorrento take place at our general language school close to the seafront. An historic town dating back to Roman times, Sorrento is full of winding streets, beautiful and colourful buildings, and quiet corners in which to sit and take in the incredible views. Our language school here has 16 air-conditioned classrooms and its own private garden, where lessons often take place under the sun! You’ll benefit from access to the multi-media learning materials in the resource centre, as well as the selection of student computers, which are available for schoolwork or personal use. The building has a kitchen you can use to can prepare drinks and snacks and a spacious rooftop terrace - the ideal place to relax after your lessons.
The glistening azure waters of the Mediterranean are just a short walk from our Sorrento language centre. From Porta Marina you can see the bustling metropolis of Naples across the bay, towered over by the infamous Mount Vesuvius. On this side of the shore you’ll find local fishing boats and authentic trattorias serving delicious local fare - it’s a lovely, relaxing place to spend an afternoon or evening. Further towards the town centre you’ll find the stunning Sedile Dominova building - a high arch with delicately painted frescoes under which locals sit to enjoy a coffee or some fresh frutti di mare - and the Correale art museum. Spiaggia Pubblica is a small but popular public beach with excellent views across the Gulf of Naples; behind it sits the Chiostro di San Francesco, a 14th-century monastery that hosts regular concerts and public events. From the nearby port you can catch a ferry to the tiny but idyllic island of Capri and spend your day exploring the incredible grottos peppering its coastline.
This language centre is a member of the Association of Schools of Italian as a Second Language (ASILS), the Association of International Educators (NAFSA), and Eduitalia, three organisations dedicated to maintaining high standards of language tuition in its member schools. The facility has been welcoming international students for over 20 years and is thus experienced in teaching Italian to pupils of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Its prime position overlooking the marina means you’re within walking distance of some of the best views in town, whilst still being close to all the delights of the centre.
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer the Club 50+ programme this year. Please view our other Italian language courses or contact us for more information.
Courses in Sorrento
The Club 50+ package offered by this school consists of 20 Italian lessons each week (4 classes per weekday) in groups of no more than 15. Lessons take place between 09:00 and 12:40 and are followed by a selection of social/cultural activities designed with mature students in mind. Tuition is suitable for students with A1 or higher Italian ability, and is therefore not appropriate for complete beginners. Classes follow the same format as the standard Intensive programme, with the exception that students must be aged 50 or over to be eligible.
The Club 50+ course can be taken for 2 weeks at a time and has specific start dates throughout the year.
- 20 Italian lessons per week
- Small class sizes that benefit mature students
- Free course materials
- Breakfast-included homestay accommodation
- Daily activities (excludes Sundays)
Accommodation in the home of a local homestay host is included in the Club 50+ programme. Hosts are all native Italians and offer the opportunity for maximum language immersion, since you’ll be able to practice Italian with them and carry on learning even outside the classroom. You’ll have a private single or twin* bedroom and share the living and bathroom facilities with your host(s) and any other students living in the home. You’ll receive breakfast each day as part of the accommodation package - this gives you the freedom to eat in the town’s restaurants during your stay, though you can upgrade to a half-board meal package if you prefer (breakfast and dinner). Special diets can be accommodated for an additional fee (includes vegan, halal, gluten-/lactose-free, etc; vegetarian diets do not incur a supplement). Hosts live up to 20 minutes’ travel from the school by public transport. Bed linens and towels are included and changed regularly; laundry is not included, though you can pay a small fee to your host on-site to cover the costs of this service. You will have your own key to come and go as you please, though you must respect house rules and schedules.
If you prefer, you are welcome to arrange your own lodging in Sorrento and just book your tuition with us.
*Twin rooms are only available to students travelling together.
Accommodation is available from the Sunday before the start of your course until the Saturday after your course finishes. Check-in and check-out times are usually very flexible.
The Club 50+ package includes a selection of social and cultural activities designed to complement your Italian tuition and give you the best possible experience in Sorrento. You’re guaranteed to have 4 activities per week, though more may be available. Possible activities may include:
- Walking tours of the town
- Seminars on Italian culture and history
- A visit to the local Limoncello factory, including a tasting session
- Italian film screenings
- Cookery workshops, including tasting sessions
- Half- and full-day excursions to Naples and Pompeii
You are also welcome to attend the sessions offered to all students on the general activity programme if you wish.
This programme is designed for mature students wanting to study Italian with other international learners of a similar age. Sorrento is an idyllic town on the Amalfi coast and is therefore perfect for anyone wanting to combine their language course with a beach holiday. It is also a great location for history buffs. Tuition is suitable for students with A1 or higher Italian ability, and is therefore not appropriate for complete beginners.
Please contact us if you are unsure if this programme would be suitable for you; we will be happy to advise you.
How to get there
The closest airport to Sorrento is Naples International Airport, which is around an hour’s drive from the town and which is easily accessible from many worldwide locations.
From here, you can either take public transport to your accommodation or we can add an airport transfer service to your booking for an additional charge. If you select this service, a driver will be waiting for you when you land and will take you directly to your lodging. If you select this service on departure as well, you will be collected from your accommodation on your last day and taken back to the airport in time for your departing flight.
You should arrange to arrive in Sorrento on the Sunday before the course starts and depart on the Saturday after the course finishes. We may be able to arrange extra nights on arrival and/or departure for you if needed. Please note that a supplement will be applied to transfers booked between 20:30 and 07:30.
Location of our school in Sorrento
Prices for Sorrento
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