The teaching method of the Italian individual personalized courses in Florence at Galilei Istituto.
ITALIAN INDIVIDUAL COURSES - THE TEACHING METHOD WITH PERSONALIZED PROGRAMSThe teaching method of the individual personalized Italian courses at Institute Galilei gives fast and efficient results in only a few days of lessons, and has been elaborated and refined during the last 28 years of specializing in one-to-one teaching.
We use a flexible and personalized teaching approach, taking into consideration that mother-tongue, age, interests, study habits and motivation make a difference from person to person in terms of time and ways of learning.
PHASES OF THE LEARNING PROCESS
Evaluation of the student’s linguistic needs and characteristics.
According to the student’s profile decision on whether to favour a more conversational or technical-syntactical approach of teaching;
Individualization of the student’s personal interests in order to assure that the course contents (subjects of conversations, readings, writings, etc.) are of his/her interest, which helps to facilitate the process of learning;
Selection of the most appropriate instruments and their way of utilisation, such as conversational activities, audio-visual material, articles from newspapers or reviews, etc.;
Controlling of the process of learning: small tests, guided conversations, graduated exercises in order to verify the results of the various stages of learning, and to decide on the exact ongoing of the studying program;
- Interpretation of the achieved results so that the student is aware on what he/she has learnt.
SUMMARISINGThe individual personalized Italian courses are structured in the above five phases in order to assure a high quality of teaching and being able to control the process of learning.
Independent of the teaching approach used, the main studies, from a linguistic point of view, are: grammar; syntax; vocabulary; phonetics.
The Practical exercises can include: conversation; technical conversation; translation; dictation; oral and written summary; pronunciation; reading.
Vocabulary, technical conversation and reading are selected according to their relevance to the profession or interests of the student; see also “language specialization & business courses”.
For those who are particularly interested in the spoken language, the school has structured a special program of conversation. In class every day we discuss current topics with the use of idiomatic expressions and role play common situations relevant to the student's work or interest.
Our highly qualified teachers attend exclusively to the students’ particular linguistic needs, so that they can take full advantage of the lesson hours.
At our school each lesson hour lasts 60 minutes. In many other schools the lesson hour lasts 45 or 50 minutes and the prices of their courses, apparently lower, are actually higher of 25% (or 20%) of those written on their brochure.