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post Apr 4 2010, 10:59 AM
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I have been reading through some of the blogs on this website and found them useful for information. Therefore I have decided to post my own query in the hope that some advice may help me with some immediate concerns.

I already take Italian lessons here in London (at beginner level) and I have now decided to go over to Italy for an initial period of three months (July/August/September 2010) to help move my language skills on to the next level and to get more immersed in the culture. I am 34, single, and consider this to be the best opportunity to take this experience.

So, I have the whole of Italy to choose from when searching for a school. I have been informed that the north is a better option to learn because there is less regional dialect and the accent may be better for me to learn with.

I am travelling solo and would also like to stay with a family, a couple or even an individual. I do not want to be eating dinner on my own in the evening! I have been making some enquiries through the language schools and as expected, the agencies arrange the host families and it is evident in the price. I would like to avoid the agency if at all possible.

Finally, I am taking a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course. It is not a priority but I would also like to consider an area of Italy where teaching English within a school or privately is an option. It may be something that I consider seriously if I wish to stay longer than three months.

So, can anyone advise on a region in Italy that accommodates for the following:

a. Italian School
b. Accommodation*
c. Possibly Teaching Opportunities

* I can obtain character references from my native Italian teacher if someone can recommend accommodation.

Thank you for any help and advice.


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post Nov 29 2012, 09:15 AM
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As a followup to my previous post, the Scuola Babilonia in Taormina turned out to be very good, with many free activities in the afternoons (weekly movies, an hour's lecture on the Italian news of the week, language learning games) and optional paid excursions.

The absolute best experience, however, was the three-month course I took last year at the UniversitÓ per Stranieri di Perugia. It's a far more rigorous and broad program than the private language schools. If you're really serious, that's the place to go. I'm going back in February 2013.

There's also a university for foreigners in Siena that has a good reputation but la Stranieri in Perugia is the top place in Italy to study the language. There are also Italian students in attendance studying, for example, for master's degrees in teaching Italian to foreigners.

I know this is long past the original post, but maybe the information will be useful to others.
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