| ||ITER: Language and Culture Course|
The winning idea of our school forms the basis for the ITER Language and Culture Course which is a combinations of language classes and cultural excursions through the city of Florence. The didactic material covered in class is an elaboration of the language and vocabulary students will encounter during their excursions in the city. Each lesson will first be introduced with the aid of video projectors, CD Rom and computers, in order to prepare the student for what they will experience first-hand.
Il centro politico: visita di Palazzo Vecchio, il Davide di Michelangelo, l'imponente edificio di Orsanmichele;
1. IL CENTRO POLITICO: visita di Palazzo Vecchio, il Davide di Michelangelo, l'imponente edificio di Orsanmichele;
2. IL CENTRO RELIGIOSO: Battistero "il bel San Giovanni", la nuova Cattedrale di S. Maria del Fiore e il Campanile;
3. IL MUSEO DEGLI UFFIZI;
4 OLTRARNO: Piazzale Michelangelo, San Miniato al Monte, Chiesa di Santo Spirito;
5. MASACCIO E LA CAPPELLA BRANCACCI: "A questa cappella devono la loro eccelsa arte tutti gli artisti successivi". (Vasari)
6. LA REGGIA MEDICEA: il Palazzo Pitti, il Giardino dei Boboli, Forte di Belvedere, Giardino Bardini;
7. GIOTTO IN SANTA MARIA NOVELLA E SANTA CROCE;
8. GLI OSPEDALI E LE OPERE DI CARITA';
9. FIRENZE DALL'ALTO: San Miniato, Forte Belvedere e Fiesole;
10. LE ANTICHE ABITAZIONI FIORENTINE E LE LUSSUOSE VILLE MEDICEE
The complete course for learning everything you need to know to work in Italy or with Italians.Â The aim of this course is to develop linguistic competency and to provide the vocabulary specific to oral and written communication in the world of business and commerce.
This course is suited to Intermediate students of the Italian language who desire to go into depth regarding specific areas of the language.Â This business course is highly recommended to those who are already involved in the working world and who use business Italian on a daily basis.
The professional terminology in the sector of commerce and the use of written and oral Italian in the world of business.Â Specially developed aspects:Â
1. Business Meetings & Discussions: public speaking in the Italian language: standard formulas common to commercial communication and negotiations with clients and suppliers;
2. Office & Social Skills: communication in all of its forms between offices in various parts of the world: correspondence, telephone, relations, travel organization for business trips, and preparation for international conventions.
3. Terminology specific to the sector: can be personalized to meet the needs of each individual student and prepared according to the student's indications which should be provided at least 15 days prior to the start of the course.
Individual courses are available for all levels. A qualified teacher will be at the disposition of the student. The advantage of this course lies in the possibility to cater to the specific needs of the student. The didactic program developed by the teacher adheres to the indications given by the student. This allows for an optimization of progress and a minimization of time.
The Intensive Italian Courses take place from Monday to Friday, six hours a day, in the morning from 09:00 to 13:00, with half an hour of break and two individual hours in the afternoon, to decide with the teacher. They can be attended for periods varying between 2 and 8 weeks.
There are three levels in all, from absolute beginners to the advanced level. There are minimum 5 to a maximum of 15 students in each class and the teaching is assigned to two teachers who develop the language programme 09:00 - 10:30, the conversation programme 11:00 - 13:00 and the revision and vocabulary building programme (14:00 16:00).
An entry examination determines the appropriate study level for all non-beginner students to help them to find their right class.
Ideal for working adults or familiesÂ who desire to learn the Italian language while discovering Tuscany by means of organized guided tours.Â The course is organized as follows: 4 hours of Italian language in the morning in class (minimum of 5 students, maximum of 10) combined with excursions to the city of Florence as well as other cities of art throughout Tuscany.
| ||MILESTONES: From Heaven to Earth|
The importance of astronomy in the development of modern science: perspective, color, and art: "Milestones: from the heavens to the Earth"
1. Theoretical Lesson on The Importance of Astronomy in the Development of Modern Science with excurtion toÂ The Old Sacristy of San Lorenzo with works by Donatello and the cupola of the map of the heavens.Â Recent studies show that this map of the heavens was not drawn at random; rather, it reproduces the heavens over Florence as they appeared on the day that Lorenzo dei Medici was born.
2. Theoretical Lesson of the Perspective and Science:Â Leonardo's point of view and visit the Paintings by Leonardo and Verrocchio at the Uffizi Gallery
3. Theoretical Lesson on The Synthesis of the Addition and Subtraction of Color with an Excursion toÂ The Museum of Modern Art at the Pitti Palace, where one finds the only examples of pointillism in Florentine painting
4. Theoretical Lesson:Â Perspective and Science:Â The point of view of Piero della Francesca with an ExcursionÂ to Arezzo to see the frescos by Piero della Francesca in the church of San Francesco
5. Theoretical Lesson on The Constancy of Color with The private collection of paintings involving the use of light at Villa la Sfacciata
| ||ORA ET LABORA: Italian for religious|
This course is dedicated to the numerous lay people who seek knowledge of the Italian language in order to live out their vocation with more clarity and to better comprehend their present reality. Language courses will be combined with short activities of manual labor (to be established with the didactic coordinator before initiating the course). Options include: embroidery, gardening, cooking, and lessons with the Benedictine Olivetani monks regarding religious life in Western societies.
| ||POINTS OF VIEW: Language and history of science|
Florence is not onlyÂ the capital of the Italian language, but it is also the birthplace of the history of science.Â The proposed itineraries delve into the minds of the world's greatest scientists: Galileo Galilei, Leonardo da Vinci, Dante, Evangelista Torricelli, Vincevo Viviani.
This course seeks to illustrate scientific thought, using as examples the figures and events related to the history of Tuscany: our region, in fact, offers a privileged perspective due to its importance in the history of western thought. Afternoon lessons make use of video projections, CD Rom, and computers in order to prepare students for the didactic visits on the following day.