Price should be regarded in the context of likely linguistic achievement, or in other words, how much time (and therefore money) do you need to achieve, let’s say, an intermediate or an advanced level? How much time should you plan to stay in Italy to achieve your goals? The fact is, that you can study a language either in a one-to-one course or in a group.
The group can be bigger or smaller, but when you share your time with about 10 or even more other students, your active participation in class is only a small fraction of the entire lesson and you may be disappointed with the results. In fact, in the process of language learning, the active practice under the tuition of an experienced teacher makes the main difference. Of course, the grammar and structures need to be studied, but actually learning a language is a very practical matter.
Another thing to consider is that a group class usually is composed of students with various mother-tongues (such as French, German, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, English or Japanese) which can be interesting, and may encourage you to speak Italian, but it also slows down the speed of your learning: The effects of these linguistic differences and the fact that each student learns at a different pace could lead to confusion or distraction, depending on the composition of your group.
This is why in a one-to-one Italian course, you can learn 3 to 4 times faster and more thoroughly, because the teachers are devoting their time to you alone. The course is tailored to your needs and your pace of learning, slowing down when you are tired, speeding up when you are brilliant.
In a small group course, the results achieved take about half the time than in a class with more students, this thanks to the fact that the percentage of active participation of every students is still quite high. This means that in a group the speed of learning, unfortunately, decreases with every more participants.
Less time learning translates into less time living in a foreign country, in this case Italy, and possibly an overall reduction of costs involved when studying abroad.
In order to know how much time you should calculate to spend and study in Italy to reach a certain level of knowledge by taking a one-to-one, small group or regular size group course.