Language Teaching Methods at Parola School

Methodology That Follows The EU Educational Guidelines

Parola Italian language school follows the guidelines set by the Council of Europe in 1971: the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)”.

Our institute uses these standards for language course training during its Italian courses in Florence. For this reason, our methodology is mainly divided into 2 phases:

  • A direct method that immerses the student in the Italian language through common daily situations
  • A functional-notional method in which grammar instruction is central

This language didactics allows the student to learn Italian grammar properly and then proactively speak the language.

Engaging Methodologies of Parola’s Online Italian Courses

Parola school offers online Italian courses with suitable teaching methods, which give a very good opportunity to learn Italian from the comfort of home.

In short, our on-stream Italian lessons have a flexible and ductile online methodology that allows students to fully enjoy an Italian language course remotely thanks to engaging and professional tutoring. 

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Two Learning Steps in The Italian Courses at Parola School

The Italian language courses at Parola school are divided into two learning phases, both covered during the morning lessons of Italian. These two learning steps are divided equally into each course to provide students with grammar rules and spoken Italian:

  • The first part of a course is about learning Italian grammar with our Parola grammar books: one book is for grammar and the other one is to practice it with exercises
  • The second part of an Italian language course is to achieve a good fluency of Italian through conversation practice. To do so we utilize contemporary Italian topics, language activities such as stories, reading texts, newspapers, and games. We watch and analyze movies as well as listen, understand and discuss Italian music lyrics

Contact us to ask about our course methods at Parola Italian language school in Florence.

Teaching Materials For The Italian Language Courses at Parola

Our teachers use extra didactic materials to enliven the Italian language lessons.

These language tools are based on the studies of language training methodology that Parola provides to teachers.

Our teaching material includes:

  • Parola’s Books (Grammar and exercises)
  • Social games
  • Audio and visual DVDs
  • Laptop and use of Internet
  • IPads and iPods for music
  • Music CDs and audio MP3
  • Movies with subtitles

Note: all these tools are used to supplement the traditional Italian lessons in a classroom.

Structure of Parola’s Italian Language Courses in Florence

Italian class sizes at Parola school range from a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 12 with an average of 6 – 7 students. In the case of our online Italian courses, the class size can only reach a number of 5 participants. 

Very importantly, students are carefully screened as to their Italian language levels with a test at the beginning of their course.

Moreover, we have diversified types of lessons: there are individual courses, combined courses (group+individual) and group courses, on-site (Borgo Santa Croce, 4), and online.

Our school offers dedicated courses as well, such as the CILS certification preparation course (Our language school is officially accredited by the University of Siena), small class programs, or Au Pair courses in Florence.

Small Classes For Individual Attention to The Student

Everybody gets individual attention. Therefore, each student to have the maximum amount of exposure to the Italian language during the classes and personal attention to resolve doubts that they may encounter with the Italian grammar.

As mentioned above, the average number of students in a classroom is 6 – 7 students, and this allows teachers to follow students’ progress in a profitable way.

On the first day of class, students who are not an absolute beginner will take a short and light assessment test to be placed in the proper language level.

Qualified Italian Language Teachers at Parola

All our teachers are native Italian speakers and hold an advanced degree from an Italian university. Professional competence, openness, enthusiasm, and patience are our language teachers’ key traits.

This guarantees that the time spent in class will be both profitable and fun.

Contact Parola School For Further Information About Teaching Methods

Contact Parola for further information about the teaching methods of our Italian language school in Florence.