If you want to learn Italian and, at the same time, to be fully immersed in the culture of Italy, the ‘Bel Paese’, then Genoa is the city for you.
The capital of Liguria has in recent years become one of the most sought-after destinations for the language learner, second only to the great historical cities of Rome, Venice, Milan and Naples.
A Door to Italy – Scuola di Italiano per Stranieri, founded in 2002, is the oldest established Italian language school in Genoa. It specialises in the successful organisation of every aspect of a language holiday, from the course to the accommodation and including additional social activities such as guided tours of the city, visits to museums and different opportunities to enjoy the local culture and the local cuisine and products of Genoa.
All the language courses are offered all year round in our premises, in the heart of the town. The school is based in an elegant and fascinating 19th century building and offers to its students large and sunny classrooms, a balcony, a lounge area with coffee corner and snacks, daily newspapers, free internet points with also WiFi connection, a furnished library and an information point regarding cultural and leisure activities.
A Door to Italy organizes a wide range of Italian language courses and cultural and specialized courses at all levels from beginners to advanced levels as established by the Common European Framework of Languages (from A1 to C2). To asses the level each new student is required to take the entry test, both written and oral during the first day of lessons. The classes are small, with average of 5-6 students per group. This helps to ensure that the students are given personal attention and the opportunity for self expression. Our students come from all over the world, usually in a group there are no more than two students of the same nationality. Different languages and cultural backgrounds make the group and the lessons very interesting and the learning process particularly fast.
A Door to Italy is:
Member of ASILS National Association of Italian Language Schools
Member EDUITALIA Association
Recognized by all the Italian Cultural Institutes in the world (IIC)
Recognized by the Swedish Board CSN, for study grants to students
Recognized by the BILDUNGURLAUB in Germany (Berlin, Hamburg, Hessen), for study grants to workers.
Last but not least a wide range of housing options, from basic accommodation up to the high level solution, to guarantee our students a pleasant stay. All of our accommodation arrangements are carefully selected and continuously monitored by the staff of the school. Accommodation are conveniently located close to the school and in the city centre.
Learn Italian the communicative way! Our motto is: Ridendo, s’impara! Or, learn while you’re laughing! The Consortium approach focuses on communication and being able to interact in an Italian context. Choose the length of course (1 week to 1 month) and intensity (2 or 4 hours a day of instruction) that best suits you. Our on-site testing will place you in the appropriate level.
Genoa and its Riviera offer the opportunity - rare in Italy! - for an authentic, full immersion experience in contemporary Italian life, increasing the chance to practice speaking Italian outside the classroom. Genoa’s vibrant cultural scene provides many opportunities to enjoy world-class opera, theatre and museums. Classroom time is balanced with excursions, walking tours and cultural offerings. Our focus on Genoa gives the opportunity to get to know a region of Italy with a temperate climate and a stunning natural setting, while also offering the context of a large city rich in history.
Founded in 2000, Consortium Educational Consulting is a private educational service provider that establishes academic and cultural exchanges. Consortium also assists individuals interested in performing internships in the region of Genoa.
The Director of Consortium, Professor Suzanne Branciforte, has degrees from Harvard (B.A.) and UCLA (M.A. and Ph.D.). She is the author of Parliamo italiano! as well as the introductory text Sì, lo so! With more than 20 years’ experience of teaching Italian to foreigners, Professor Branciforte teaches methodology at the University of Genoa’s Masters degree program in Methods of teaching Italian as a second language.
In addition to the educational services it offers, Consortium provides a variety of collateral services including assistance with the logistical aspects of an extended stay in Italy. Consortium offers an enjoyable and enriching educational experience.
Our school’s long experience in teaching Italian to foreign students is reflected in our high level of accreditation from the University of Genoa and of Siena. Since 1995, IL MONDO’s reputation for a high standard of instruction has grown from humble beginnings, with one room and one teacher, to serving local international business clients.
The school is small, with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It is situated in the main street of Genoa, and is easily accessible, not far from the train station and close to any bus stop.
The school provides courses for adult students of all nationalities, ages and interests. In addition to the lessons, the school also serves as a meeting place for students from all over the world.
The courses take place in small groups with never more than eight students to a group. The courses are divided into six levels; a student’s level is established by an entry test and an informal interview.
All courses aim to improve the full range of language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing).
The teaching method is communicative, designed to encourage students to communicate in Italian from the moment they begin the course. The lessons are conducted entirely in Italian, to speed up the learning process.
Outside our lessons we can offer a rich programme of extra-curricular activities starting from welcome “aperitivo” to visits to museums, historical sites and the theatre. Students can attend conferences on a variety of subjects ( Italian literature, art history, music, cinema, cuisine, etc.).
Rather than guided tours, our excursions are organized as social occasion to meet teachers and fellow students: enjoy our company!
For students attending courses of 2 weeks or more, we are pleased to find them authentic accommodation in B&B or in a shared flat with fellow students.
The school can assist students in finding bed and breakfast accommodation, short term apartment rentals, or hotels.(different prices!)
Those hoping to put their studies into practice and find a means to extend their visit to Genova, can find an au pair placement with our help.
Lingua Madre – a cultural linguistic association has established a language school in Genoa, one of the most beautiful cities along the Mediterranean coast, rich in history and culture.
It offers Italian language classes, numerous cultural encounters, tours of the city and its environs, sailing excursions, cooking classes, everything required to become acquainted with the real Italy, its habits and customs and arrange get-togethers with residents of Genoa to exchange opinions, ideas and travel experiences.
Lingua Madre also offers courses in Spanish, Russian and Classical Arabic with the goal to promote integration, emphasize the wealth in diversity and immerse oneself in a culture other than one’s own.
The language courses are organized and taught by experienced and highly qualified mother-tongue teachers. The method is conversational using state-of-the-art educational materials in order to acquaint the students with the economical, political and cultural state of affairs in the respective countries of the language taught.
The Italian language courses are organized as lessons “outside of the classroom” with the aim to practice the language in a practical and real way. For language classes other than Italian, we organize cultural exchanges with European and non-European countries.
Group classes consist of a minimum of 5 to a maximum of 8 students. Classes are also organized ad hoc, based on personal needs/requests, special area courses where the use of language is specialized, such as in the area of law or economics.
The hospitality of Genoa is guaranteed by the friends and families of Lingua Madre who are attentive in creating a friendly ambiance and are familiar with the hidden corners of historical and architectural treasures of Genoa. Lingua Madre also collaborates with a network of B&Bs and hotels and does its utmost to make the stay of its students as comfortable and culturally interesting as possible.
Genoa is a captivating, unspoilt city with a truly Italian flavour, so an Italian course in Genoa is a perfect way to learn the language! Formerly one of the most powerful city-states in the world, and a pioneer of exploration, Genoa possesses a profusion of palaces and great historical riches. Learn Italian in Genoa and spend days wandering back in time through the medieval streets of the city. These ‘caruggi’ lead to splendid open squares and antique townhouses, painted every shade imaginable, overlooking the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean.
In the scenic centre of Genoa, just a short walk from the seafront, our school occupies a beautifully restored historic building. You’ll learn Italian in large, bright classrooms with native, Italian-speaking teachers who love their work! In the student lounge you’ll find a small library and computers with free Internet access, as well as refreshments. It’s the perfect place to practice your Italian with other students!
There are a variety of different tuition options available at our school – learn Italian the way you want to! Study in a group with other students on a Standard or Intensive Italian course in Genoa, or enjoy the personal attention of Private Lessons. On the Standard course, you’ll have 20 Italian lessons per week, whereas the Intensive course comprises 30 classes each week.
Our school allows you to customise individual lessons according to your interests. Learn about subjects such as the history, art, literature, law, culture or cuisine of Italy, as you improve your Italian language skills!
The course schedule for one-to-one lessons is also very flexible. Choose to have classes every weekday or for just three days each week, taking either two or four Italian lessons each day. Whichever course you choose, you’ll greatly improve your language skills and still have plenty of time to discover this unforgettable city!
Combined Courses, including both group and Private Lessons, are also on offer at our school. These courses give you the chance to meet other students through your group lessons, and then benefit from specialised, one-to-one tuition as well.
The best way to fully experience the Italian culture is to live with Italian people! Our school organises accommodation with carefully selected Genovesi host families. You might prefer the company of your fellow international students, in which case our school’s shared apartments are the answer. This option is great for socialising and meeting new people.
To run alongside your Italian course in Genoa, our school offers a range of extracurricular activities. Firstly, there will be a city tour to familiarise you with Genoa’s ancient streets. Free seminars on a certain aspect of Italian culture are also occasionally offered.
Throughout your stay, a wide variety of optional activities will also be organised by the school. These include Italian cookery lessons, wine tasting, nature hikes and meals out in local restaurants. Or, explore some more of Italy on full-day excursions arranged by our school.
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