Italian language courses – organization and syllabus


Fully immerse yourself in the Italian language in Southern Italy! Take Italian courses according to your level. Beginners to advanced levels are welcome!

This program is intended for participants who want a more authentic experience than most touristic Italian cities can offer. You will be based in Cava de’ Tirreni which offers great cafes, restaurants, shops, nightlife and access to the Amalfi Coast!

Our Italian language courses consist of 120 hours of lessons in the Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter and Autumn Quarter. The Summer Quarter is 60 hours of instruction.

We can provide, separately, half-board accommodation in a local home (all breakfasts and dinners included).

A full immersion experience where you will practice your Italian language skills, with your host family and new friends.

You can combine your studies with visits to archaeological sites & museums, go hiking, or attend local festivals in Campania and the surrounding regions.

Do not hesitate to contact us for more information about our packages. We can customize a package to suit your needs for anytime of the year.

Entrance test

This test offers the teacher the opportunity to assess the language proficiency of candidates. The test will consist of open questions, multiple choice, and composition writing skills.

Final test

Each course includes a final test evaluation (written and oral). It is prepared by the teacher on the subjects addressed during the quarter. Students who regularly attended the language courses (at least 80% of classes) can take the final exam and receive a certificate of attendance. The final exam requires a score of 18 to 30/30.The candidate can also take CELI certification on request.

Course Structure

The courses are divided into the following levels:
• Introductory and Advanced Beginner
• Medium and Intermediate Advanced
• Higher and More Advanced

Introductory level
• Preparatory course (A1)

Audience. The introductory course is aimed at absolute beginners and beginners with few prerequisites.

Aims. The course provides the tools to understand and use familiar everyday expressions. The student will learn to ask questions about personal details and answer questions of the same type (where he/she lives, people he/she knows, etc). The course objective is a simple interaction with an interlocutor who speaks slowly and clearly. At the end of the quarter the student reaches the level of contact or A1 (Breakthrough).

Layout. The course consists of an alternation of lectures and seminar classes (or workshops). During the lectures the teacher explains simply and clearly the fundamental concepts of phonetics, morphology and vocabulary, alternating between the functional-situational approach  to the explanation of traditional grammar descriptive. The seminar hours are devoted to the consolidation of knowledge, the correction of exercises, to the depth required by the students, the reading of short texts, conversation, role-playing games, listening, speaking and writing activities-interclass (projections film, video, documentaries). The student is able to assess their progress through the correction work done in class and with special tests during the quarter.

The contents. Phonics, spelling, punctuation. The Italian alphabet: vowels and consonants – pronunciation and spelling (vowels, diphthongs and consonant clusters) – The emphasis in pronunciation (words flat and truncated).

Morphology and syntax. Common Proper / names. Regular Plurals . the order name + surname. Articles: definite/ indefinite article. Adjectives: Adjectives – adjectives with the names. Verbs: The infinite present – the present indicative – the imperative (affirmative and negative) – The three regular conjugations active (talk, think, sleep) at the time and manner as above – To have and to be on time and manner as above – The auxiliary verbs: have, and will be – The past participle (in the formation of compound tenses) – The past tense – past participle in past tense – The imperfect indicative – The simple future indicative – The present conditional. Pronouns, adjectives and pronouns: personal pronouns –  possessive adjectives – demonstrative pronouns (this one). Numeral- Cardinal numbers. Prepositions. Adverbs.

Vocabulary: Parts of the body – Colours – Clothing – Family – Dates, Time – House – City (street, square, etc..) – Names of shops and some public places – Directions – Transportation – Food – Telephone communication.

Preparatory course Advanced (A2)

Audience. The advanced course is aimed at elementary false beginner with good prerequisites.

Aims. The course provides the tools to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (basic information about yourself and your family, shopping, neighborhood, jobs). The student learns to communicate in routine situations that require a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics. his memory and his places in the local areas. At the end of the quarter the student reaches the level of survival or A2 (Waystage ) according to the parameters of the Common European Framework of Reference.

Layout. The course consists of an alternation of lectures and seminar classes (or workshops). Topics of phonetics, morphology and vocabulary alternating functional-situational approach .The seminar hours are devoted to the consolidation of knowledge, the correction of exercises, to the depth required by the students, the conversation, reading of short texts, role-playing games, listening, speaking and writing activities-interclass (film, video, documentaries).The student is able to assess their progress through the correction work done in class and with proper checks during the quarter.

The contents. Phonics, spelling, punctuation: pronunciation and spelling of consonant clusters – spelling and pronunciation of minimal pairs – spelling and pronunciation of double consonants where the opposition generates two different words – The emphasis in the pronunciation of Italian words (words and slippery) – the emphasis in the spelling of Italian words – Using the full stop and the comma – Tuning the affirmative sentence.

Morphology and syntax. Common Names: (male and female names in-e; feminine nouns in-i, and in-ta-tu) – Transfer of names from male to female – Peculiarities of the name (singular in – with a plural in-i). Adjectives with two outputs (masculine and feminine singular in-e, masculine and feminine plural in-i) – Adjectives with three outputs (male and female in-a singular, masculine plural in-i, feminine plural in-e). Verbs: The future perfect Indicative – The past perfect Indicative – The past conditional – The present gerund (the present continuous with the verb to be) – reflexive verbs in wide use (bathing, dressing, called) – regular verbs (irregular and widely used: to have, go, drinking, give, say, duty, be, do, make, opinion, pleasure, power, knowledge, stand, go out, remove , will, come) within the time and manner as above. Prepositions: Adverbs of time Adverbs of quantity: Types of sentences: Coordinates and introduced by when and while.- Direct Speech –

Vocabulary: Names of countries and adjectives of nationality – Weather – Travel – Weights and measures – Shopping – Names of everyday objects – Food

Average level

• Average rate (B1)

Audience. The average course is for students who have already acquired the basic structures of Italian grammar and are able to express and understand simple concepts.

Aims. The course provides the tools to talk about familiar matters concerning work, school, leisure,.describing experiences and events, desires, opinions and plans and written language (composition of simple texts on topics which are familiar or of personal interest). At the end of the quarter the students reach a threshold level (Threshold Level ) according to the parameters of the Common European Framework of Reference.

Layout. The course consists of lectures and workshops, conversation, reading texts of average difficulty, role-playing games, listening, speaking and writing activities-interclass (films, videos, documentaries). The student is able to assess their progress through the correction work done in class and with proper checks during the quarter.

The contents. Phonics, spelling, punctuation: pronunciation and spelling – Spelling double consonants – Emphasis in the spelling of Italian words: accent mark on a few monosyllables – Use of capital letters – Use the question mark – interrogative intonation of the sentence.

Morphology and Syntax: the partitive. The degrees of the adjective: comparative and the superlative ; third-conjugation verbs in-sco – Verbs: power, duty, will – verbs without subjects: the impersonal – Irregular verbs or difficult to use (have, go, drinking, give, say, having , be, do, make, opinion, pleasure, power, knowledge, stand, go out, take off, will, come, etc..). Pronouns, personal pronouns possessive adjectives and pronouns: use of the article with the possessive – demonstrative adjectives and pronouns (himself, what) – adjectives and interrogative pronouns (who, what and what, who, what and how much) – indefinite adjectives and pronouns (some, someone, something, anybody, anything or nothing, little, much, much, too). Prepositions: between / among ,for; on .Types of phrases: time ,Connecting closes using either, but, or – hypothetical period (reality ).

Vocabulary: Names of animals – holidays – study, work or interests.

 Preparation course for the exam +  CELI exam

Option 1

  • 120 hours term courses (October to December / January to March / April to June)
  • July/September (upon advanced booking)
  •  3 hours per day, from Monday to Friday

Option 2

  • 60 hours summer courses ( June, July, August, September)
  • 3 hours per day, from Monday to Friday

Celi exam fee depends on the level and on candidate’s request.

There are three examination sessions during the year: in March, June and Octber.

Working hours: 9.30/13.00- (Monday to Friday)

The courses will be taught by teachers specialized in teaching at level L2

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