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The Idea Verona Study Centre is the first school of Italian language and culture born in the magical city of Romeo and Juliet.
Our teachers are all qualified, experienced and constantly updated on methodologies for teaching Italian L2. All come from diverse training backgrounds and professional experiences to ensure the group's continuous enrichment and allow the school to offer a vast educational opportunity. The team meets daily under the careful guidance of the educational coordinator who is also responsible for testing and orientation interviews with new students.
Since opening in 1998, the unique teaching method and personal relationships that develop between teacher and pupil has enabled the school to grow thanks to our former students. In fact, word of mouth both on the internet and off, has always been the advertising we prefer because, in our view, relationships are what gives value to life.
The school was actually born in Verona to meet the demand of tour operators to master the secrets of the province and learn the Italian language in order to better carry out their work in the Veneto region. We are always attentive to the needs of the market and we facilitate meetings between our clients and the city's institutions (associations and events) where the most enterprising students can take part in volunteer activities. Even today, the friendly atmosphere, in school and in their relations with the people of Verona, helps students quickly learn the Italian language, and can be used every day.
The Idea Verona Study Centre also participates in study abroad programmes in European secondary schools and universities overseas. We believe that to be always up to the standards of great partners encourages us to improve our standards for all our future students.
Idea Verona uses dynamic methods of teaching, encouraging active participation of students.
The courses take place at different levels, each student can develop their language and grammar skills through simulations of real situations, to make linguistic expressions more spontaneous and natural. The goal is to give students receptive skills such as comprehension, listening and reading, and productive skills, such as writing, speaking and interacting in Italian.
The first lessons (usually from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.) will favour the learning and application of structures and functions of the Italian language, while the second session (usually from 11:15 to 13:15) focuses on conversations and aspects of Italian culture. Grammar is not dealt with in a rigid way, but as a useful frame of reference for understanding structure, which will then be used consciously in correct usage.
The student can choose a cultural subject on the basis of their interests, to enrich and personalize their education. Cultural subjects take place in groups (minimum 4 students), usually 2 afternoons per week. A cultural subject is included in the education plan (and therefore should be chosen - indicating an alternative - at enrolment) of the following courses:
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Learn about the works of the most important Italian artists. Accurate analysis of historical periods, art and culture through the works of authors (painters, sculptors, architects) most representative of the various trains, who lived in Italy and in particular Verona and the Veneto region. Also suitable for beginners, because the lessons are supported by images that facilitate participation.
Visual and travelling Italian, through the main interesting artistic areas of northern Italy, particularly the surroundings of Verona, Lake Garda, Valpolicella, nearby cities such as: the magical Venice; Padua, home to an ancient and prestigious university; Vicenza, with its Palladian villas; Mantua, where the Middle Ages merge with the Renaissance; Trent, with its magnificent castle, and Rovereto, a small city of culture. For students of all levels who consider the study also as a journey to discover the "Bel Paese".
Lyrical And Theatrical Opera
General course on the history of Italian opera. The greatest Italian composers are presented to the students, together with the authors of libretti from major operas. Recommended for those who love opera and want to better understand the poetic and musical context.
Italian For Business
Learn or improve business language. The course deals mainly with language in the areas of: economic and financial, marketing, Italian administrative and tax systems, banking system, and stock market.
Italian Literature (History And Analysis Of Literary Texts)
Course on major authors, styles, genres and trends of Italian literature. Taking into account their language skills, students can tackle the fundamentals of Italian literature from the 1200's onwards up to contemporary literature. Text analysis is carried out on works such as: Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch, Machiavelli, Ariosto, Tasso, Parini, Foscolo, Manzoni, Leopardi, Verga, Pirandello and many others. The course is very operational, and student's productive skills are engaged by the chosen texts according to their interests (prose, poetry, theatre, etc.., In their original language).
Fashion & Design
To understand and investigate the Italian style, the organization of the "Made in Italy" system, terminology and practices. For those who dedicate themselves to a sector where art and industry happily meet. The course is on the history of brands and designers who have become legends, but also on new trends and the most advanced research. The course takes place just an hour and a half away by train from Milan and Florence, Italy's most important fashion and design cities.
Italian Media And Society
One of the most fascinating topics concerning Italy is the lifestyle of Italians. The course is a way to learn about their society and analyse the mainstream media (analysis of television, print media, public relations, press offices, spokesmen, major events, advertising, etc.) from a sociological perspective to understand Italian public opinion and its mechanisms. Highly interactive course.
Learn the scientific language of doctors, nurses and health workers. The objectives of the course are focused on the special needs of students. The lexical component will be accompanied by cultural understanding (for example learning about the Italian health care system and its structures) and communicative skills, engaging the linguistic functions useful for interacting with the patient and health care environment.
Archival And Bibliographical Research
The Italian documentary and archival heritage is immense and priceless. In Italy - and Verona is no exception - countless documents that belong to humanity's history and knowledge are kept: arts, music, science, geography, history, etc. Each historical period, from antiquity to the present day, has testified with plenty of material. For those who do research in Italy, there are many difficulties to overcome: navigating the vast sea of documents, consulting catalogues, accessing archives, and analysing documents. The course helps to provide useful linguistic and communicative tools, and may include reference services, visits and practical exercises on archives of interest, and activities on the heritage of Verona and the surrounding towns.
The school provides its non-resident students with an accommodation search and booking service.
The school does not have its own accommodations, but provides its non-resident students with an accommodation search and booking service. Allocation is determined taking the needs of the student and actual availability into account. The cost varies depending on the length of stay, time of year and the characteristics of the accommodations (distance from the school, private bathroom, additional services such as TV, air conditioning, parking).
The apartments are close to the school and the city centre and are almost all within walking distance (5 to 20-30 minute walk), and in any case are well served by public transport.
The structures and host families are all selected and known personally by the Director of the school Anna Sbampato, which over the years has verified the reliability and quality of reception.
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