ITALIAN COURSES IN SARDINIA
Our school and the courses we offer
The school is situated in the heart of Alghero’s old town just a short walk from the picturesque harbour, an ideal location for exploring the region’s breathtaking beaches or for spending an afternoon shopping in the lively streets of the town centre.
Courses are available in General Italian (20 lessons per week), Italian and Cookery, Italian and Sport (Sailing, Surfing, Tennis etc). NEW: Italian and Latin and Italian and History of Art of the island of Sardinia.
The quality of Italiano in Riviera courses
Qualified native-speaking teachers, simple and effective teaching methods, small groups of 6-8 students in a fun and stimulating atmosphere.
Our primary aim is to improve the student’s communicative ability in all areas of the Italian language (grammar, vocabulary, reading and comprehension), with particular emphasis on conversation. The chosen teaching method favours active participation and interaction in the classroom, promoting the student’s integration, both linguistic and cultural.
Friendly and helpful staff are available and willing to help with any request for information or assistance that the student may have at any time.
“GENERAL ITALIAN COURSE”
Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate and Advanced Course are proposed.
The Course takes place every day from Monday to Friday and is composed of 4 daily Lessons, generally in the morning from 9.15 a.m. until 12.55 p.m. The work carried out in the first part of the morning regards fundamentally grammar and language use .
The second part is dedicated to conversation, listening , group activity and games.
The aims of the course are therefore:
- Develop the basic four language capacities (speaking , listening, reading, writing)
With particular emphasis, as said before, on improving and strengthening the security and fluency in speaking the language.
- Stimulate the students to understand the correct role of the language through real situations.
- Encourage the use of the language by team work.
- Improve the students’ capacity to communicate through self-study, also using educational material and the language laboratory provided by the school.
Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate and Advanced courses are proposed.
The Combined Course is composed of 4 lessons of “General Course” in the morning (or afternoon) every day from Monday to Friday, plus 1 individual lesson each day. This course permits a combination of the advantages of a group course with one to one lesson with the teacher. The benefit is having the possibility to organise freely the individual lesson in agreement with the teacher and at the same time be able to draw the maximum benefits from attending a “group” course.
“COMBINED COURSE 2”
Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate and Advanced courses are proposed.
The Combined Course is composed of 4 lessons of “General Course” in the morning (or afternoon) every day from Monday to Friday, plus 2 individual lesson each day each day. This course permits a combination of the advantages of a group course with one to one lesson with the teacher. The benefit is having the possibility to organise freely the individual lesson in agreement with the teacher and at the same time be able to draw the maximum benefits from attending a “group” course.
“Italian + Latin”
Italian language course + Latin is suitable for pre intermediate, intermediate and advanced levels.
The course is composed of 4 daily Lessons of General course in the morning (or afternoon) every day from Monday to Friday, plus 1 individual Latin lesson each day. This course permits a combination of the advantages of a group course with the possibility to study in depth the common origin of Romance languages (Latin), essential to know the common root and “soul” of Italian and other Neo- Latin languages. Through this course the student can achieve a better understanding of the modern Italian language, the meaning of the great majority of its words or just enjoy the study of one of the two classical languages par excellence.
“ITALIAN LANGUAGE COURSE +
ITALIAN AND SARDINIAN ART HISTORY”
Italian language course + Italian and Sardinian Art History is aimed at pre intermediate, intermediate and advanced levels.
The course is composed of 4 daily Lessons of General course in the morning, plus 2 seminars and one guided visit to a historical – archeological – artistic interest site of Sardinia per week.
The course length is from 1 to 4 weeks.
The Course takes place every day from Monday to Friday and is composed of 4 daily Lessons, generally in the morning from 9.15 a.m. until 12.55 p.m. The work carried out in the first part of the morning regards fundamentally grammar and language use. The second part is dedicated to conversation, listening, group activity and games
The seminars take place in the afternoon and deal with:
– Sardinian history, culture, traditions and art
– the life and work of some protagonists of painting and figurative arts of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
The aim of the guided tours will be to discover sites of great historical-artistic- archeological interest, as the fantastic Prehistoric Altar of Monte d’Accoddi (the one and only example of Babylonian Ziggurat construction in the Mediterranean Basin), the suggestive Nuragic arqueological complex of Palvamera and Torralba (among the best nuragic complex preserved in Sardinia).- The Nuraghe is a typical stone building of the fascinating and mysterious civilization that lived and prospered in Sardinia before de Romans´arrival, and the visit of the lovely Basilica di Saccargia with its black and white marble, a supreme example of Pisane- Romanesque style in Sardinia.
“ITALIAN + WATER SPORTS”
These activities are combined with above-mentioned courses. The Italian course+water sports is made up of 4 lessons in the General Course in the morning (or afternoon) every day from Monday to Friday.
There is a choice of lessons between sailing, windsurf, or scuba diving. The sailing and scuba diving lessons are carried out in a yacht club in the heart of tourist port in Alghero, only 2 minutes on foot from the school. They are carried out by qualified instructors who possess a licence issued by the Italian Sailing Federation.
For those who choose windsurf as a water sport, aswsociated to the General Course, the lessons are held at the Alghero Lido near the splendid beach of “Maria Pia”.
“ITALIAN + TENNIS”
This activity is combined with the above mentioned course.
The Italian Course + tennis is made up of 4 lessons in the General Course in the morning (or afternoon) every day from Monday to Friday + tennis lessons at the Alghero tennis club.
The tennis lessons are held on cement beaten earth courts by Federal instructors, “FIT”, normally in the evening after 6p.m.
“ITALIAN + COOKERY”
This activity is combined with the above-mentioned courses. The Italian Course + Cookery is made up of 4 lessons in the General Course in the morning ( or afternoon) every day from Monday to Friday + pratical cookery lessons, twice a week!
“ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND WINE TASTING”
This new and interesting programme allows to combine our General Course (20 lessons per week to be held in the morning) with a new exciting evening activity: the discovery and the tasting of the fantastic wines of Sardinia. It’s various years that our region receives national and international rewards for the production of white wines (it is particularly renown our famous “Vermentino”).
Also our red Sardinian wines, however, are really appreciated and find a place in wine shops and on the tables of wine lovers all over the world.
The activities of wine tasting consist of two evening meetings per week that will last 45-60 minutes circa, during which will be described by expert enologists and sommelier the story, the characteristics, the process of manufacturing and the final product concerning the various wines proposed from time to time to the students and obviously the wines will be then tasted and sampled by them at the end of the lesson.
The course of Italian language “Family Programme” is a course created and developed for those who would like to learn Italian when they decide to come and visit Alghero and Sardinia with their families.
The formula is very simple: the father and/or the mother will follow the Course in the Group of Adults (General Course) in the more apt class, according to their level of knowledge of the Italian language while children will follow some lessons of approach to the Italian language through the use of appropriate didactic means in a class obviously different from that of their parents.
Cost 450 – 650 euro for family unit/weekly according to the number of the members of the family who will follow the Course.
Lessons generally take place in the morning from 9.00 a.m. Each lesson is 50 minutes long. Courses could also be taught in the afternoon due to the availability of classrooms or lessons with the same schedule.
Entrance test is performed on the first day of the course, that is on Monday mornings.
Based on the results of the entrance test the School will decide autonomously which class each student should attend, according to different levels.
In the exceptional case that only one student attend to class, the Group Courses scheduled for 4 hours duration will be transformed into Individual lessons and then reduced to 2 hours. The lesson’s duration will also be reduced from 4 to 3 hours if only 2 students had ,enrolled for each class.
Tuition deposit of €150 will not be refunded in case of cancellations.
15th of August: NATIONAL HOLIDAY (School closed)
Italiano in Riviera does not have his own accommodation available, but offers contact between students and landlords or guest houses willing to offer accommodation.
The School offers a selected range of accommodation, trying to ensure always the best conditions for the students, but cannot be liable for controversy between the landlord and the student himself (fact that has never happened in the past).
Due to a lack of alternatives especially in the busy months of July and August, it is not possibile to change accommodation (apartment, families, etc) once the students come in Alghero.
All the students are required to pay a refundable deposit of €100 at the moment of their arrival in Sardinia. They are asked to pay attention to the cleaning of the room or the flat that they are sharing. The deposit will not be refunded if the room or flat will be damaged or things result missing.
Arrival and departures
Applicants are expected to arrive on Sunday, because lessons start on Monday.
The accommodation should be left on Saturday, that is to say the day after the end of lessons (lessons usually finish on Friday). Different days for arrival and departure can also be arranged previously with the School; in this case the student will be charged with an extra fee of 20,00 to 45,00 euro per day, depending on the season.
The School must receive bank transfer for the payment of the tuition and the accommodation before the courses star. Payment by credit card cannot be accepted for security reasons, both for the School and the student.
Payment can also be done cash on the day that the Course start.
If this condition is not fulfilled, the students will lose any chance to continue the Course and stay in the accommodation pointed out by the school.