If you want to speak and understand Italian better, you should give some thought to selecting the approach that will be best-suited to your style of learning and circumstances.
You might, for instance, get on very well ‘teaching yourself’ Italian using materials available on the Internet. If that sounds like you, take a look at OnlineItalianClub.com, which has thousands of pages of grammar and practise exercises.
But perhaps you’d prefer something more structured? Maybe you’d appreciate the chance to learn Italian in Italy? Or need to study online with lessons from an Italian native-speaker teacher?
No matter what your situation, Madrelingua Italian School offers a variety of Italian courses so you can be sure you’ll find something to suit you. Choose between standard or more intensive courses, courses personalized to your specific needs, evening classes in Bologna, or online lessons from your home or office.
Courses in Bologna, Italy
Bologna is the ideal place to study Italian! It’s small enough to get around on foot, but has all the facilities of a city, including an international airport and Europe’s oldest university.
Taking an Italian course at our school is an excellent way to boost your Italian. It’s also totally flexible, as courses can be of any length, the minimum period being just one week.
Most students choose our standard 20-hour-a-week option, which means studying from nine-thirty to one-thirty each morning from Monday to Friday. Afternoons can be spent studying in the school with a tutor, participating in activities organized as part of our social program, or just exploring the city.
A typical student completes a level in four to five weeks. If you’re able to stay away for longer, you could even reach an advanced level. Longer courses bring greater fluency and confidence with Italian, but also offer excellent value for money since each subsequent week costs less!
Find out more about the 20-hour-a-week Italian course
Intensive Italian courses
For more experienced language learners, or for those who wish to cram as many lessons as possible into each day, we offer the 30-hour-a-week ‘intensive course’.
You study with the morning students, but get an extra two hours of lessons each afternoon. You should bear in mind that learning a language can be tiring… this is not an option to be chosen lightly!
More on intensive Italian courses
Courses personalized to your needs
If you have a specific objective, you may prefer individual or semi-individual Italian lessons. Choose how many hours you would like to study, and when. There’s no minimum, but there are discounts for greater numbers of hours.
Your teacher will personalize lessons based on your needs. You might, for example, want to speak as much as possible, or to work on preparing for an exam or a job in which you’ll need to speak or write in Italian.
Details of individual Italian lessons
Evening classes at Madrelingua
For students who are already in Bologna for study, work or family reasons, we offer Italian evening classes during the academic year, from October to December and then again from January to June.
There are two lessons a week, each of three hours duration. So a three-week evening course module is approximately equivalent to one week of our 20-hour-a-week ‘morning’ course.
We’d expect you to be able to improve your Italian by about a level in each of the two ‘terms’.
Dates and times of Italian evening classes
Online lessons from your home or office
Wherever you are in the world, there’s always the option to study online with one of our staff of professional Italian teachers.
For online teaching we use Skype video calling software, which is free to download and easy to use.
All you need is a decent broadband Internet connection and a PC or tablet and you could be taking lessons from your home or office at a time to suit you.
As for our individual courses, online lesson content is personalized according to your needs and preferences.
Measure your progress with CILS
Besides specializing in Italian courses, Madrelingua is also an approved CILS exam center.
CILS Italian language exams come at six different levels, from A1 to C2, and you can take one (and so measure your progress with Italian) twice a year, each June and December.