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)".
Leonardo da Vinci schools teach according to the Comunicative Approach:
from the first day on, at all levels, only Italian will be spoken.
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.
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
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.
the first school day there is an entry test (written and oral),
testing the student's knowledge of the Italian language.
will join a pilot course which is aimed to divide complete beginners
from students with a little knowledge of the Italian language.
On the first day of the language course, your knowledge of Italian will be determined by an entry test and an interview. Students with no
knowledge of Italian will be assigned to the beginner level. Text books and supplies are provided by the school, but you are expected to
bring your own dictionary.
The time it takes to learn to use a foreign language varies from person to person. Therefore, regular progress tests at the end of each level
enables us to measure your language development and evaluate your performance over a period of time.
Our schools offer courses on six ability levels, following the Assessment Grid of the European Language Portfolio (ELP/CEF: Common
European Framework of Reference for Languages) which is based on the assessment grid of Schneider/North:
= Language ability scale according to the European Language Portfolio
(Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
S/N = Language ability scale according to Günther Schneider
and Brian North
(according to the level)
method Idiomatic and phraseology
and oral comprehension
guided discussion and synthesis
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
Age: The minimum age for participants is 16.
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.
The duration of each lesson is 45 minutes.
teachers will be checking on your progress continuously during
your course and will discuss with you any particular difficulties
which arise in the teaching program. At the end of each course
and each level, your progress will be assessed with a written
studies at the Leonardo da Vinci schools can be concluded with
the following diplomas and examinations:
Leonardo da Vinci" Certificates
to our international success many institutions and companies in
your country recognize "Leonardo da Vinci" certificates
and diplomas. They are valid proof of your knowledge and communicative
abilities in the Italian language.
Certificato di Frequenza:
Certificate of attendance at the end of the course;
At the end of the 3rd level (every month);
di Lingua Italiana: At the end of the 5th level (every month).
Language Diplomas of the Accademia Italiana di Lingua (AIL)
Accademia Italiana di Lingua (AIL) is the international association
of schools, institutions and experts in the field of teaching
Italian as a foreign language. The members of the association
guarantee and promote the high quality of Italian language teaching.
AIL organizes the following Diploma "Firenze" language
- DELI A2 - Diploma Elementare di Lingua Italiana "Firenze" (Diploma of the Italian Language "Firenze") - AIL: Basic level (elp: A2 - s/n: N3)*;at the end of the 1st or 2nd ability level.
- DILI B1
- Diploma Intermedio di Lingua Italiana "Firenze"
(Diploma of the Italian Language "Firenze") - AIL:
Intermediate level (elp: B1 - s/n: N6)*; at the end of the
3rd ability level.
- DILC B1
- Diploma Intermedio di Lingua Italiana Commerciale "Firenze" (Business
Diploma of the Italian Language "Firenze") -
Business language, intermediate level (elp: B1 - s/n: N6)*; at the end of the
3rd ability level.
- DILI B2 - Diploma Intermedio di Lingua Italiana "Firenze" (Diploma of the Italian Language "Firenze") - AIL: Intermediate level (elp: B2 - s/n: N8)*; at the end of the 4th ability level.
- DALI C1 - Diploma Avanzato di Lingua Italiana "Firenze" (Diploma of the Italian Language "Firenze") - AIL: Advanced level (elp: C1 - s/n: N9)*; at the end of the 5th ability level.
- DALC C1 - Diploma Avanzato di Lingua Italiana Commerciale "Firenze" (Business Diploma of the Italian Language "Firenze") - AIL: Business language, advanced level (elp: C1- s/n: N9)*; at the end of the 5th or 6th ability level.
- DALI C2 - Diploma Avanzato di Lingua Italiana "Firenze" (Diploma of the Italian Language "Firenze") - AIL: Advanced level II (elp: C2 - s/n: N10)*; at the end of the 6th ability level.
Levels according to European Language Portfolio (elp) and Schneider/North
(s/n); see ability levels.
language schools organise preparation courses for the following
in Italiano come L2 - Rome.
information upon request.