The Italian Academy, established in 1984, is specialized in language teaching and is fully recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education. It is situated in the city centre close to the archaeological park and archaeological museum, within easy reach of the main shopping streets of the city, the old town on the the island of Ortygia and the outdoor solariums.
All our teachers are Italian native speakers who are highly specialized and experienced in the teaching of Italian to foreigners. The staff at the Italian Academy are professional and friendly, they will always do their utmost best to help with any queries and ensure that your stay is as productive and enjoyable as possible.
Speaking as a teacher on leave/artist. My experience with the Academy was very positive. The correspondence and relations with the administration was warm and friendly. They were willing to help with any issue. I was extremely grateful to my hosts in taking my in and sharing their language and culture with me. They have become good friends. The school was clean and well organized. Fortunately I had 2 teachers of unique but complementary styles that maximized my learning. Both were university trained, energetic and highly passionate, conscientious. After acquiring some grammatical structure and understanding and an ability to communicate I returned to Canada with a sense of accomplishment and a greater appreciation for Sicilian Culture and a desire to continue learning. Grazie! Peter
At the end of our week learning at The Italian Academy, we thought we should drop a line and say how much we have enjoyed ourselves and more importantly learned this week! We have gained a huge amount from working with our teachers. They have been incredibly reponsive to our needs and varying skills, and have gone out of their way to prepare work in addition to the pack provided, either because we asked to cover certain aspects of grammar or because of certain interests we had expressed at the beginning of the week. Both our knowledge and confidence has increased enormously. It is such a shame to be only doing one week!
The teaching method used is communicative, focusing particularly on developing the student’s ability to express him/herself and understand others without neglecting the study of grammar, which is fundamental to the proper acquisition of the language. Time is dedicated in each lesson to the four linguistic skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Our teaching materials are carefully selected to present modern day Italian in line with the Common European Framework (CEFR).