CiaoItaly
95% Rating
(2 Reviews)

CiaoItaly

CiaoItaly specialises in the teaching of the Italian language and culture to foreign students, and it has been certified according to ASILS, AIL and Eduitalia parameters for the design and provision of such services. The school has been acknowledged as a centre for Bildungsurlaub courses and it recognised by the CSN Lund-Sweden (National Swedish Student Assistance). CiaoItaly offers its students not only courses in Italian language and culture, but it also provides free intermediation services to help students find accommodation, as well as guided tours, recreational activities and food and wine workshops aimed at helping them settle into city life.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Dino
Male
42 years old
Turin, Italy
Boston University

Excellent one-on-lectures

9/10

I'm an expat professional living in Turin for the past 1.5 years. I am very happy with the language program and the flexible schedule that has been designed to meet my needs.
I enjoyed all my classes, as well as my homeworks :-)) and I'm looking forward to new lectures.

Highly recommend!

How can this program be improved?

I just wouldn't change anything at Abbye Schoold Ciao Italy.

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buckwheat
Female
32 years old
Philadelphia, PA
Other

Summer 2013 Abbey School

10/10

This school was absolutely excellent in improving one's ability to speak Italian. This was largely based on my professor, Simone, who was highly talented at second language teaching. This is the school you come to if you really want to learn how to speak Italian. Oral and written communication is stressed less, as it should be, because if you're in Italy you should be taking as much advantage of your opportunity to speak as possible. You can read and write Italian all you want at home.

I was in the advanced group which was made up of C1 and C2-level students. We started each day with prepositions, which is the hardest grammatical concept to pin down, and this helped me greatly. Because the group was so small, we didn't exactly have speaking "activities" but instead spent the entire class time communicating with each other and with the teacher in a natural way, in Italian, so we got plenty of practice. Not much time was spent on reviewing grammar, which was good because at that level everything should have already been learned. We spent a lot of time discussing culture, watching clips from movies, and listening to songs. Simone was particularly gifted in incorporating cinema into the learning experience, and one of the lessons I enjoyed the most was where he would play clips from movies that used a certain dialect and we would have to guess where in Italy it was from.

Overall, in just a short month, my Italian improved leaps and bounds. I was a little concerned that the other students in my group might have been at a lower level than me, and grammatically they were, but orally we were all about the same, so it worked out great. If you want to learn Italian, this is the school and (very importantly) the city to go.

How can this program be improved?

I would add more in-house tourist-y activities. Some of the students who go to Abbey School already live in Turin either for work or because they married an Italian or whatever the reason, so there is less the sense of a school full of foreigners who are in Turin for the first time and want to explore the city together. However, there are still plenty of foreigners, so it would be nice if the school catered more to those of us who want to do fun things like take tours with the professors or participate in cooking classes, all those extracurricular activities that language schools usually tend to offer.

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For people who desire to learn Italian with a fully personalized program, these individual lessons are ideal for a student wh...

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Our standard courses are arranged for all levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2) and are established according to the needs of stude...

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The CILS exams, run by the Siena University for Foreigners, are held in June and December at accredited institutions both in...