SIS employs a unique approach called EUFICCS. European Use of: Full-Immersion, Culture, Content, Service is a method that unites the guided input in the classroom with spontaneous input from outside the classroom, with host families, language exchange partners, and at community service placements and during daily interactions with locals in the streets of Siena. EUFICCS has recently received sponsorship by the European Union with funding through the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme, the projects aims to enhance the motivation and capacity of language learners to study a foreign language in the country of origin with the use of this innovative methodology applied to learning Italian, Spanish and Portuguese as second languages”.
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Learning Italy is a study program by Dante Alighieri Siena School. Since 1979 Dante Alighieri Siena offers a wide selection of customized programs of Italian Culture, Language, and Gastronomy courses in order to to allow students of all nationalities and ages to get the most out of their stay in Italy. Learning Italy is more than a study experience, everything turns into an opportunity to “taste” Italy.
The Leonardo da Vinci school is situated in the historic medieval centre of Siena. Located in an historic building, the school is situated particularly well, between historical monuments, museums, shops etc. The warm atmosphere of our school will make you feel at home and you have access to our large classrooms and sunny terrace where you can meet your friends. There is also an administration office in the school. Our staff are always at your service for any question or any information about Siena and its surroundings. You can use the Internet without charge, to contact your family and your friends. Scuola Leonardo da Vinci offers a wide range of high-quality Italian language courses, conceived for any level, from beginner to advanced, all the year round! Courses start every Monday except for beginners and students can stay for 1 week only as well as for many weeks and months. Our school organizes interesting leisure activities every week during afternoon and evening. Our 40 years of experience make us a well-established and reliable reality in the world of language schools. We are very proud of our professional and friendly staff, who do their best to make every student's stay unique in terms both of language learning and of cultural experience. Our teaching method is influenced by modern didactics and is designed according to the 'Concept of Foreign Languages' of the European Council and the guidelines of the ''Accademia Italiana di Lingua (AIL)". We follow a communicative method: from the first day of lessons and at each ability level, only Italian is spoken in class. We put particular emphasis on spoken language and on communication, but also deal with the 4 base abilities (reading, writing, oral comprehension and speaking). Lessons are interesting, interactive and also fun, organized in a relaxed atmosphere in which learning is done naturally. Text books are supported by authentic material, like newspapers, magazines and video, that facilitate learning about contemporary Italy and the many different aspects of Italian culture. Our teachers, experts in teaching Italian to foreign students, are there for the students, to guide them, motivate them and help them in their learning. In addition, through the years Scuola Leonardo da Vinci has developed its own teaching method. The books have been conceived for speeding up the learning process of Italian language. Grammar is presented in a logic and organized way, followed by examples and a wide range of practical exercises and short stories that give both students and teachers many opportunities for making conversation in Italian language. All the programmes have been thought in order to reach your goals, independently from the duration of the course. Having a deep knowledge of Italian grammar (through the continuous practice of writing, reading and speaking in real situations) is the principle which Scuola Leonardo da Vinci’s method is based on.
Overall i enjoyd my stay very much. The teachers were welcoming, put a bit pressure on us in regards to speaking. Could be more of that, but being a beginner its hard anyway. I was a bit concerned being placed in a class with teenagers. But was... more
Whether you are a student, a business professional, or a traveler, there is a language course in Siena that is right for you. There are Italian courses available for all fluency levels, ages and time durations. Just select a course type from the list below to get started.
General Italian courses are for adults who want to improve their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in Italian. Most general Italian courses are for adults age 16 and up. 2 - 48 week courses available. Most courses average 30 classes per week.
Italian test preparation courses are for students who want to prepare for Italian proficiency tests to improve job prospects or gain admission into a university.
Professional Italian courses are for professionals who want to study Italian in a specific area, such as business, medicine, law, aviation, and hospitality.