Intensive course

SICILIA ITALIAN LANGUAGE SCHOOL

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Course description

For those who would like to learn Italian in the company of other international students. You can immediately initiate speaking without solely concentrating on the grammar. These courses are available for all levels; from beginners to advanced learners.

The ideal course for those who want to devote more time to study and deepening their vocabulary while practising as much as possible.

Course topics

Listening, Speaking, Pronunciation, Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Grammar and Activities

Class schedule

Course duration
1-52 weeks
Start dates
Every Monday
Classes per week
30 lessons per week (each lesson lasts 45 min)
Class days
Monday - Friday

Class schedule may change depending on availability and season.

Class level

All levels, beginner to advanced
You will take a placement test on your first day to determine your class level. You may also take this test before your arrival in Palermo.

Class size

Average 5 students
Maximum 10 students

Student age

Age range 6 years old and older
Average 30 years old
(25 in the summer)

Certificate

A certificate of completion will be issued at the end of the course.
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Reviews

60% recommend

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"The school did not fulfill what it promises"

Raimund Büchner, student from Germany

Business part:
- My booked arrangement conditions were unclear and caused quite some stress to me at the first days.
- No organized activities took place within 2 weeks, without any explanation. Other than stated on website.
- Teaching material paid with 50,- EUR were 20-30 sheets of partly badly copied book pages only.

Organisation & Infrastructure
- Lessons were often interrupted.
- The level of communicating organizational issues was very poor.
- The (only) two classes existing were too heterogeneous.
- I’m not sure that I was placed at the class best fitting for me.

Content of lessons
- Strong stress on grammar, on partly wrong issues in my opinion = I'll be never good enough to use them.
- No training in and for practical situations at all. Other than stated on the website.
- Almost only frontal teaching, very rarely gaming situations, working in small groups or any other kind of playful learning took place.

+ Location of the school is quite good.
+ Teachers were nice, engaged and motivated in general.

As a result of all this, during these two weeks in Palermo I felt more insecure and incomplete regarding my Italian language skills than before. I felt often like a complete fool. After 4 years of keeping up I seriously thought about quitting completely my efforts to learn Italian! This is exactly the opposite of what I should have experienced.

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My ratings for this school

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Duration of study
1 week
Date of study
27 May 2019 - 7 Jun 2019
Would you recommend this school?
No
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.
teresa bevilacqua, direttrice at SICILIA ITALIAN LANGUAGE SCHOOL responded to this review.
23 June 2019

Dear Raimund,
Thanks for your message.
You should read the previous reviews, you realize that perhaps the period you chose for a study stay was not the good one. You were probably tense about your personal problems. I don't know what you're referring to, as nobody in your group and other groups has ever complained during the weeks of your study stay. The students progress and thank us for the results of the achieved level. A few more intense days may happen and therefore some distraction. In any case, in itinere you should have said what the problems were and we would have solved them. Surely, there was nothing concrete we could do for you, since you didn't speak.
In fact, in the end you offered us a Sicilian liqueur to thank us and we drank it together and thanked you. So it's strange what you write. thank you.

"Teachers are okay"

Stefanie Dedecke, student from Germany

The teachers made a good job. I was there in December and there was no heater in the classroom, it was very cold. If you go to this school twice a week it is okay, but if you spend every day in this school, it is boring. There were no activities. You need other input and other people. Some students brought their family to Palermo or studied at the University, so they had contact to others.

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My ratings for this school

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Duration of study
1 week
Date of study
4 Dec 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
Would you recommend this school?
No
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.

"Sicilia Italian Language School in Palermo - a place to help you improve your Italian in an interesting town."

Peter Burow, student from Germany

School: Small school with a particularly familiar atmosphere and nice personal contacts

Classes: As advertised, has a small course - which includes the difficulty to teach one level

Teachers: Competent and very friendly with a wide range of motivating subjects.

On some occasions, they gave too much stress on, as far as I am concerned, less important grammar chapters (passato remoto!).

Location: City centre

Facilities: In spite of the school being rather small, it offered all that was necessary.

Activies: In the first week there were practically none. It was only after I had talked to the head that the situation improved a lot in the second week - with city walks and small excursions.

I recommend at least one walk of the city centre on one of the first days to help the students find their way in a big City like Palermo and to get used to their new surroundings.

Housing: Excellent apartment - though unlike advertised (as a 5 minute walk to school), it took me around 20 minutes to walk to school.

Generally speaking, I found Palermo and the school an interesting experience once I got used to the big city and the heavy traffic. Its rich history and culture make it definitely a place worth visiting.

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My ratings for this school

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Housing
Duration of study
1 week
Date of study
7 Sep 2015 - 18 Sep 2015
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.

"The most flexible way of learning"

christianne neves, student from Brazil

The classes were very well planned. The teacher used books as educational material, though I missed some books and pedagogical materials provided to the students.

We had a marvelous lesson outdoors, as we had a city tour which was wonderful. They were very flexible with the time and the program which for me was really important.

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My ratings for this school

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Date of study
2 Feb 2015 - 6 Feb 2015
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.

"Great"

Karolina Kwasniewska

The school has a great location in the heart of Palermo. The classes were very interesting and the teachers very helpful and nice. The island has a lot of things to offer. You can find everything that is pleasurable and makes you relax. The sea, the monuments, beaches, and of course food which personally I think is the best on Sicily. Each week the school organizes amazing trips around the city and the island. I really recommend the school and the place :)

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My ratings for this school

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Housing
Duration of study
55 weeks
Date of study
8 May 2013 - 29 May 2014
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
housing

Housing

SICILIA SCHOOL offers the following housing types:
homestay

Homestay - Single-person room - Breakfast and dinner

A$ 791
weekly
Age range: 12 - 30 years old
Location: In the city center of Palermo
Housing type: Homestay
Room type: Single-person room
Board type: Breakfast and dinner (14 meals per week)
Facilities: Private bathroom, kitchen, computers, wireless internet, free internet, tV room, and air conditioning
Distance to school: 7 - 13 minutes by bus
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Sunday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
A$ 791
ACCOMMODATION IN THE FAMILY HOMESTAY LINA
FAMILY consists of husband, wife and two children. There are other possibilities of families send pictures and references.

days with breakfast and dinner in a double room with double bed and
private bathroom
Breakfast: milk, tea, coffee '
fruit yogurt
fresh fruit
honey biscuits jam tarts croissants brioscine
Dinner: Appetizer
first
second course
dessert fruit
apartment

Apartment - 2-person shared room - No meals - 2 students must book together

A$ 487
weekly
Age range: 18 years old and older
Address: via Porta Carini, Palermo, Włochy 90128, Italy
Location: In the city center of Palermo
Housing type: Shared apartment
Room type: Single-person room
Board type: No meals
Facilities: Private bathroom, kitchen, wireless internet, and other
Distance to school: 10 minutes by walk
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Sunday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
A$ 487

Holiday apartment - 1 person - No meals

A$ 678
weekly
Age range: 18 years old and older
Housing type: Private apartment
Room type: Single-person room
Board type: No meals
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Sunday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
A$ 678
Il palazzo si trova nel centro storico di Palermo all'interno dell'antico mercato del Capo. Tutti i principali monumenti di

Palermo sono raggiungibili a piedi: il teatro Massimo si trova a 200 m; la Cattedrale a 500 m; il Palazzo Reale a 600 m;

i Quattro Canti a 700 m; il Teatro Politeama e l'area commerciale sono a 300m. Tutta la città può essere raggiunta con

gli autobus. La spiaggia di Mondello può essere raggiunta in 20 minuti.

L'appartamento è ideale per viaggi culturali. Chiese antiche e monumenti sono proprio davanti alle finestre

dell'appartamento. Il palazzo è stato costruito alla fine del XIX secolo ed è stato ristrutturato nel 2007. Il palazzo è

molto sicuro perchè si trova nell'area riservata attorno al Palazzo di Giustizia ed è sorvegliato 24h/24h

Inoltre è dotato di cucina funzionante, internet, riscaldamento autonomo e condizionatore. Cambio lenzuola e pulizia

settimanale
hotel

Hostel - 2-person shared room - Breakfast - 2 students must book together

A$ 730
weekly
Age range: 18 years old and older
Address: via Roma, Palermo, Palermo 90133, Italy
Location: In the city center of Palermo
Housing type: 3-star hotel
Room type: 2-person shared room
Board type: Breakfast (7 meals per week)
Facilities: Private bathroom, wireless internet, free internet, tV room, air conditioning, and other
Distance to school: 15 minutes by walk
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Sunday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
Restriction: 2 students must book together
A$ 730
visa

Visa support

We cannot apply for visas on behalf of students. However, the school can supply you with all the documentation you need to support your visa application.

Your letter of acceptance will be sent to your home address by regular mail at no charge to you.

Flights and airport transfer

Please note that we do not book flights for our students. If you are researching airfare costs, we recommend using Kayak.com, a search engine that lets you compare flight options from your home country to Palermo based on your budget, schedule and preferences.

Travel insurance

Study abroad worry-free with Language International's health and personal effects insurance coverage. When you book a course with us, you can opt to purchase an international insurance plan that covers not only your health care cost but also loss of your personal belongings. You must book your insurance in advance when you register.

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