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    Siena(Head Office)

    THE SCHOOL

    Founded in 1977, we have years of experience and specialise in teaching Italian in Italy
    All the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci schools are located in the city center
    Professional and young teachers all of whom have studied at the University level and who have been specially trained in teaching Italian to foreigners
    Members of ASILS (Associaton of language schools of Italian as a second foreign language)
    Italian at every level, all year round, Small study groups
    Courses start every 2 weeks (including beginners)
    After 3 or 6 months the AIL-exam "Firenze" (Accademia Italiana di Lingua) DELI/DILI/DALI/DALC can be taken
    A whole range of activities offered for students to gain insight into the Italian culture
    Variety of students from over 50 countries study at the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci schools
    Friendly and helpful staff that give personal attention to each student
    Equipped for handicapped students

    TEACHING METHOD

    Our Teaching method takes full account of modern didactics and is oriented towards the "Foreign Language Concept of the Council of Europe" and the "Guidelines of the Accademia Italiana di Lingua (AIL)".

    The Leonardo da Vinci schools teach according to the Direct Method: from the first day on, at all levels, only Italian will be spoken.

    We emphasize the spoken language and live language. Continually stressing the use of verbal communication permits you to learn Italian "naturally", to unite theory and practice easily and to increase your knowledge quickly and with confidence. The structure of the language and its practical application is very important. Advanced courses also practice the written language.

    Our teaching staff consists of young teams of experienced language teachers, all of whom studied at University and who have been specially trained in teaching Italian to foreigners.

    Most of the teaching material has been developed by our schools and is excellently suited to the needs and requirements of the students. Thanks to a permanent work group the didactic material is continuously updated and adapted to the newest research on teaching languages to foreigners.

    But learning Italian does not consist, for us at the Leonardo da Vinci schools, in just teaching grammar and vocabulary. We want to allow our students to gain insight into the Italian way of living and thinking. That is why we offer, in addition to the language courses, a whole range of italian culture extracurricular activities for our students.


    FIRST SCHOOL DAY

    On the first school day there is an entry test (written and oral), testing the student's knowledge of the Italian language.
    Beginners will join a pilot course which is aimed to divide complete beginners from students with a little knowledge of the Italian language.

    LEVELS OF ABILITY

    Our schools offer courses on 6 monthly ability levels (subdivided on 12 ability levels ot two weeks, each), following the Assessment Grid of the European Language Portfolio (ELP), based on the assessment grid of Schneider/North.
     
    DIDACTIC PROGRAM
    (according to the level)

    Intensive grammar study
    Phonetics Development of vocabulary
    Syntax and application
    Listening and comprehension
    Dialogue and communication
    Situation method Idiomatic and phraseology
    Written and oral comprehension
    Lecture and analysis
    Live guided discussion and synthesis
    Free conversation
    NOTA BENE

    Teaching Material: Text books and supplies are provided by the school and is already included in the price of the course. You are expected to bring your own dictionary.
    Minimum Admission Age: The minimum age for participants is 16.
    Course Dates: In our calendar we specify the course dates, the public holidays and the days off for group language courses and courses in Italian culture.
    Certificate of Attendance: On request, all students receive a Certificate of Attendance.
    Lessons: The duration of each lesson is 45 minutes.

    INTENSIVE ITALIANLANGUAGE COURSE

    Starting dates: every week for non-beginners.
    Duration: min. 2 weeks. It's possible to have a 
    "one week only" intensiveItalian language course.
    Lessons: 4 per day, 20 per week
    Tuition: 
    on all 6 (monthly)ability levels
    Class size: maximum 12 participants in each class
    Dates: 
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    Prices: 
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    Course schedule: 
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    The Intensive Course is held throughout the year on 6 (monthly) levels of ability.Duration: min. 2 weeks. The 4 lessons are held daily from Monday to Friday,usually beginning at 9am. If there are many participants the Intensive Coursemay also be held in the afternoon at 2pm. There is a maximum of 12students ineach class.
    It's possible to have a 
    "one week only" intensivecourse.




    SUPER INTENSIVE ITALIAN LANGUAGE COURSE
    (FLORENCE - ROME - MILAN)

    Starting dates: every week for non-beginners
    Duration: from 2 to 24 weeks. It's possible to have a 
    "one week only" superintensive Italian language course.
    Lessons: 6 per day, 30 per week
    Tuition: 
    beginner, intermediate, advancedlevel
    Class size: maximum 12 participants in each class
    Dates: 
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    Prices: 
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    Course schedule: 
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    The Super Intensive Course consists of 4 lessons Intensive Course per day in themorning and 2 extra lessons of group language course in the afternoon. In theafternoon session students will have the opportunity to increase their knowledgewith practice in speaking and conversing. 
    This course is held in our schools in Florence, Rome, and Milan.
    It's possible to have a 
    "one week only" superintensive Italian language course.




    SUPER INTENSIVE ITALIAN LANGUAGE
    COURSE "PLUS" 5 & 10

    Starting dates: every week forn on-beginners
    Duration: from 2 to 24 weeks. It's possible to have a 
    "one week only" superintensive plus Italian language course.
    Lessons: 4 lessons of group language course plus 1 or 2 lessons of privatetuition per day, 25 or 30 per week
    Tuition: 
    on all 6 (monthly)ability levels
    Class size: maximum 12 participants in the group language course;1participant in the private lessons
    Dates: 
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    Prices Plus-5: 
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    Prices Plus-10: 
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    Course schedule: 
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    The Super Intensive Plus Course consists of the Intensive Course Plusadditional private lessons (one-to-one). The individual lessons arespecifically designed for your specific needs. We offer two kinds of SuperIntensive Plus Courses:

    ·        Super IntensivePlus-5 Course: 20 lessons of IntensiveCourse and additional 5 private lessons per week;

    ·        Super IntensivePlus-10 Course: 20 lessons of IntensiveCourse and additional 10 private lessons per week.

    It's possible to have a "one week only" superintensive plus Italian language course.




    "ONEWEEKONLY" 
    ITALIAN LANGUAGE COURSES

    Starting dates: every week  for non-beginners.
    Duration: 1 week.
    Tuition: 
    on all 6 (monthly)ability levels
    Class size: maximum 12 participants in each class
    Dates: 
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    Course schedule: 
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    You will have the opportunity to take a one week only Italian language course,choosing between:

    ·        "One weekonly" Italian language intensive course: 4 lessons per day, 20 perweek(see price list);

    ·        "One weekonly" Italian language super intensive course: 6 lessons per day, 30 perweek (see price list);

    ·        "One weekonly" Italian language super intensive plus 5 or 10 course: 4 lessonsof group language course plus 1 or 2 lessons of private tuition per day, 25 or30 per week (see plus 5 price list or plus 10 price list).




    SUPER INTENSIVE SMALL GROUP 
    ITALIAN LANGUAGE COURSE
    (FLORENCE and ROME)

    Starting dates: every week for non-beginners
    Duration: from 2 to 12 weeks
    Lessons: 6 per day, 30 per week
    Tuition: 
    on all 6 (monthly)ability levels
    Class size: small groups of 2 to 5 participants
    Dates: 
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    Prices: 
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    For students who want to learn quickly and intensively in a small group, or wishto increase their knowledge, the Small Group Super Intensive Course is tailor-madefor their needs. Together with no more than 5 participants they will have 6hours of daily intensive language course. The Super Intensive SmallGroup Course is held only in Florence and Rome.

     

    ITALIANTOUR!
    A program combining travel with a love for learning

    Starting dates: every week for non-beginners
    Duration: from 2 to 4 weeks
    Lessons: 4 per day, 20 per week
    Tuition: 
    on all 6 (monthly)ability levels
    Class size: maximum 12 participants in each class
    Dates for absolute beginners: 
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    Prices: 
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    Discover your Italy and select your destinations from four of Italy's most memorablecities: Florence, Milan, Rome and Siena.
    The program consists of 20 group language lessons in each of the cities for 2,3or 4 weeks. The schools all offer the same course structure but in varying architecturaland historic settings.

    You will learn about the Italian language and culturewithout the usual hassles of travel: the school will provide transportationassistance and take care of the appropriate class level, accommodation andextra activities.

    Through your study of Italian language, culture and artand your immersion in contrasting landscapes, regional traditions and cuisine,you will find «Italian Tour» a profound and satisfying travel experience.

    Download the Italian Tour transportinformation in PDF format.




    “PART TIME TWICE A WEEK”
    STANDARD COURSE
    (Milan & Rome)

    Starting dates: please click here 
    Duration: minimum 8 weeks - prolongable
    Lessons: 2 lessons per evening, 4 per week
    Tuition: 
    beginner - intermediate-advanced 
    Class size: maximum 12 participants in each class
    Course schedule: held on Tuesday and Thursday evening
    Dates and prices

    If you want to learn or improve your Italian, but you don’t have time for a dailycourse, we offer you the possibility to attend “Part-Time” courses for twotimes a week.

    This evening course is especially recommended for those who already live, studyor work in Milan and Rome. The courses are held throughout the year on three abilitylevels. The minimum duration of each course is 8 weeks.

    For more information contact: our school inMilan or our school in Rome

     

    EXTENSIVESTANDARD COURSE
    (MILAN)

    Starting dates: please click here 
    Duration: minimum 4 weeks - prolongable
    Lessons: 2 per day, 10 per week
    Tuition: 
    beginner, intermediate and advancedlevel
    Class size: minimum 4 participants
    Course schedule: daily lessons from Monday to Friday, from 6:30p.m.to 8,00 p.m. 
    Dates and prices 

    Especially for those who work during the day, we offer the possibility to attendour Italian language course which is held in the evening. The minimum durationis 4 weeks. The course is held from Monday to Friday throughout the year forbeginners, intermediate and advanced students.

     

    ITALIAN LANGUAGEAND CULTURE
    COURSE "ITALY TODAY"

    Starting dates: every week for non-beginners
    Duration: 2 or 4 weeks
    Lessons: 50 in two weeks
    Tuition: 
    from the 3rd ability level on
    Class size: maximum 12 participants in each class 
    Dates: 
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    Prices: 
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    For students who want to learn Italian and at the same time become acquainted withthe culture and history and the current social and political situation of theirhost country, we suggest to choose the "Italy Today" Course. In additionto the 4 lessons Intensive Course in the morning, in the afternoon they will beintroduced to art and culture, history and folklore, press and films as well asthe current political and economic situation of Italy.

    The cultural part of this course consists of 10 supplementary lessons in two weeks.

     

    LA DOLCE VITA - 50+course
    Italian language and culture course 
    for mature students of any age

    Starting dates: please click here 
    Duration: 1 or 2 weeks
    Lessons: 20 or 40 plus visits and excursions
    Tuition: 
    on all 6 ability level
    Prices: 
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    This course is specifically designed for mature students of any age. You willlearn Italian in a pleasant and relaxing environment, accompanied by a widevariety of cultural activities.

    You can choose among the most beautiful Italiancities:Florence, Milan, Rome and Siena

    See "LaDolce Vita" programs.




    Siena with Gusto!

    Starting dates: special course dates
    Duration: 1 week
    Italian Lessons: 20 + visits, cooking classes and wine tastinginthe afternoons
    Tuition: 
    elementary A2 and above
    Prices: 
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    Siena is celebrated not only for its art andhistory,but for its traditional hearty cuisine and the excellence of its localproducts.

    "Siena with Gusto!" is acourse designed for both, students andprofessionals, who would like to extendtheir study of Italian to include thetastes of local traditional food.Instruction and tastings are led by nativespeakers and experts whose passion,knowledge and dedication will shape eachlesson.

    The "Siena with Gusto!" courseconsistsof four language lessons every morning for one week. Afternoons aredevoted tothe appreciation and sampling of Sienese cuisine.

    Gastronomyprogram inthe afternoon

    ·        An introductorytour with your course leader, followed by a delicious aperitif in the Piazzadel Campo, the pulsing heart of Siena.

     

    ·        Two hands-oncooking classes led by the chef of a traditional Sienese restaurant. Afterpreparing your dishes, you will enjoy your meal, accompanied by Tuscany’sfabled local wines.

     

    ·        A wine-tasting ofthe world famous Brunello led by an expert sommelier. As you sample, you willlearn the characteristics of Tuscan wines and come to appreciate thecomplexities of wine production.

    MIDDLE LENGTHINTENSIVE COURSE

    Starting dates: everyweek for non-beginners
    Duration: minimum 5 weeks
    Lessons: 4 per day, 20 per week
    Level: 
    all 6 ability levels
    Dates: 
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    Prices: 
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    This is our new Intensive Course with a 5-weeks minimumdurationto deepen students basic knowledge of the Italian language... at avery specialprice!




    LONG-TERM INTENSIVE COURSE

    Starting dates: everyweek for non-beginners
    Duration: minimum 12 weeks
    Lessons: 4 per day, 20 per week
    Level: 
    all 6 ability levels
    Extras: special long-term discount; study in different cities 
    Dates: 
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    Prices: 
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    Students wishing to study Italian for longer periods are especially welcomeatour schools and receive special care and attention from our staff, as wellasbenefiting from our long-term discounted prices. With this course,studentsprofit from all the advantages of learning a language in the countrywhere itis spoken. Through our experience in teaching the Italian language, weknowthat the ideal minimum stay for a course is 12 weeks. Not only you willhavemore confidence in your language skills, but instead of feeling like youare onholiday, you will be completely immersed in the Italian culture and wayoflife. Many of our long-term students are preparing to enter universityorrounding off their Italian Long-Term Intensive Course with therecognised 
    AIL "Firenze"examination.


     

    LONG-TERMSEMESTER COURSE

    Starting dates: every week fornon-beginners
    Duration: minimum 24 weeks
    Lessons: 4 per day, 20 per week
    Level: 
    all 6 ability levels
    Extras: special long-term discount; study in different cities 
    Dates: 
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    Prices: 
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    Would you like to enjoy 6 months in Italy and travel to different cities,too?We have the right program for you! The Long-Term Semester Course is anextendedversion of the Long-Term Intensive Course. The general structure issimilar,but the objectives are targeted on a long-term basis. If you would liketo livein Italy for several months, the Leonardo da Vinci schools offer youthepossibility of an attractive package. You may start learning ItalianinFlorence, and after a few months you can move to Rome, Siena or Milan.Thecurricula in the semester course are the same; thus you can change thecourselocation any time you want and you will make the most of your stay inItaly.

    An excellent opportunity to attain a more in-depthandcontinuous study of the Italian language. You can combine learning thelanguageand enjoying your free time. This course is also an excellentpreparation forMaster Courses in Art, Italian Design, Italian Fashion orRestoration.

    Last abut not least, the Long-Term Semester Coursehasa particularly attractive price!



    ACADEMIC SCHOOL YEAR

    Starting dates for beginners:
    From 07 January 2014 to 14 August 2014;
    From 05 May 2014 to 12 December 2014;
    From 15 September 2014 to 08 May 2015. 
    Duration: 32 weeks
    Lessons: 650 lessons of language, culture and exam
    Level: 
    beginner and elementarylevels
    Class size: min. 5 - max. 12 participants in each class
    Extras: Special accommodation prices
    Prices: 
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    The “academic year” is a 32 week language and culture course for studentswhowish to experience living and studying in Italy. The course combines notonlylanguage courses with Italian culture classes at the Scuola Leonardo daVincibut the syllabus also incorporates the fundamental elements of level C2 oftheEuropean Language Portfolio. All in all, the course offers studentstheopportunity to see at first hand the various aspects of Italy’s richhistoryand culture. The course is composed of a linguistic element and anacademicelement:

    1) Linguistic element:

    ·        480 lessons of theintensive language course

    ·        80 lessons ofpreparation for the two Diploma «Firenze» AIL exams DILI (intermediate level)and DALI (advanced level)

    2) Academic element(80 lessons):

    ·        ItalianCivilization and History

    ·        ArtHistory

    ·        BusinessItalian

    ·        Historyof Design and Architecture

    ·        Introductionto Italian Gastronomy

    3)Privatetutoring (10 lessons):

    ·        toprepare your essay

    For moreinformations about this course: click here 

    For students, starting the Academic Year in September the duration of thewholestay is 34 weeks, including two weeks of Christmas Holidays where nocoursesare held.

    This course is also an excellent preparation for Master Courses in Art,ItalianDesign, Italian Fashion or Restoration.


    SABBATICAL YEAR

    Starting dates: every week fornon-beginners 
    Duration: minimum 48 weeks
    Lessons: 4 per day, 20 per week
    Level: 
    beginner and elementarylevel
    Extras: special long-term discount; study in different cities 
    Dates: 
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    Prices: 
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    This program has a length of 48 weeks, especially appropriate for studentswhowant to spend a very long period in Italy and take a break from theireverydaylife. During these weeks you learn the Italian language from the basisto thehigh proficient level. Since programs are the same in each Leonardo daVincibranch, you have the possibility to live in different cities during yourstayand so to enter in the Italian Culture and way of living.

  • City
    Montepulciano (Si)(Head Office)

    The school of Italian Il Sasso is in Montepulciano, in the heart of Tuscany, half way between Florence and Rome. It is located in a historic buildingin town. It has 8 large, airy classrooms and a hall for conferences. There is aterrace with a lovely panoramic view as well as free Internet Point forstudents and WiFi access.

    The Italian language school IlSasso offers to its students a wide variety of 
    mini-courses and other afternoon activities - guided tours, wine, olive oil and cheese tastings, cookingclasses, walks in the countryside - and the opportunity to study Italian orwatch a film at the school.

    Students are of every agegroup and come from all parts of the globe. Class sizes are from five to nine students.The classes of Italian Language and Culture are divided into six 
    levels based onthe Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the EuropeanCouncil.

    The principal objective of ourlanguage courses is to get our students, even those in the beginner andelementary levels, to the point where they're able to communicate in Italian.The great number of
    students who returnevery year is the best tribute to this.

    LANGUAGECOURSES 

     

    Our Italian languagecourses run for two weeks, however, it is possible to attend for one week onlyor for periods longer than two weeks. Students who already speak some Italianmay start classes every Monday, whereas newcomers to the language must start atthe scheduled starting dates.

    Italian courses and lessons start on Mondaymornings at 8:45 am with a placement test (90 minutes). For complete beginnersthere is no test so lessons start right away! Class sizes are from five to ninestudents. Classes are divided into six levels based on the "CommonEuropean Framework of Reference for Languages" of the European Council.

    If there is no suitable group available to anapplicant, the school will offer two hours of individual tuition per day at thesame price of the booked course. If the group consists only of two students theschool will offer three hours of lessons per day (
    policy). This way we avoid placing students in a levelthat is either too low or too high for them, and we're able to guarantee thatall students receive the same quality and attention year-round.

    Individual tuition is designed for thosestudents who are looking for a custom program that meets their individualneeds. Morning and afternoon classes are available.

     

    CULTURE COURSES

     

    our language program is complemented by a program of cultural courses covering a rangeof topics from history and literature to current affairs, art and wine, forstudents who would like more in depth studies of various aspects of Italiansociety and culture.

    The Italian cultural courses start every Monday and run for either one or twoweeks. They consist of two hours (55 minutes each) of lessons every afternoonfor a total of 10 hours per week.

    For people interested in shorter programs, we suggest our 
    mini-courses: two or three afternoons of classes and practical activities deditacedto art, wine, cooking and popular traditions.

 

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