Frequently Asked Questions About Parola School
FAQ’s Regarding Our Italian Language School in Florence
The most common questions about Parola Italian language school are often in regards to our classroom environments, as well as our free time activities and Wi-Fi availability.
Moreover, prospective students inquire about our daily class schedules, teaching methods, and levels of Italian conversation. Other frequently asked questions are centered around our supplementary courses regarding Italian culture.
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What is included in the price of an Italian language course at Parola?
- Original grammar and exercise books are written by Parola’s certified instructors
- Official Certificate of Completion
- Social activities for free in Florence with Parola’s teachers and fellow students
- Use of Free Wi-Fi connection and computer stations at our school
- Italian DVD’s, books, and handouts for the program of study
- Optional housing accommodations for Parola students during their stay in Florence
- Special discounts at several local restaurants and coffee shops in Florence
- Instruction from our accredited Italian language school, as authorized by the Ministry of the Italian Republic
Where is Parola Italian language school located?
Parola Italian language school is located in the very center of Florence; we are one block away from Piazza Santa Croce and two blocks from Piazza Della Signoria, home to many of Italy’s most famous statues, including a copy of Michelangelo’s David.
How many students are there in each class?
Each course can have a maximum of 12 students, per the rules of the European Union. Group classes must have a minimum of three students in order to be activated.
Will everyone in my class speak English?
Not necessarily- Parola is home to a variety of students from all over the world. In general, the students enrolled in our Italian language school include the following nationalities:
- 25% American or other native English speakers
- 25% German
- 10% Spanish
- 10% Japanese
- 10% Brazilian
- 10% Turkish
- 10% Other
Is there a break for classes that last longer than an hour?
Yes- each teaching hour lasts 55 minutes. For example, four hours of lessons in the morning will include a 20-minute break.
What is the daily class schedule at Parola Italian School?
Parola Italian language school opens at 8:30 am and closes at 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
Our Italian language courses are held during the following hours:
- 9:00 am – 10:50 am- Italian grammar
- 11:10 am – 1:00 pm- Italian conversation
- There is a break between 10:50 am and 11:10 am
When does Parola offer individual Italian lessons and how long does each lesson last?
Our Individual Italian language courses are held in the morning (9:00 – 1:00 pm) or in the afternoon after 2 pm. A one-on-one lesson lasts 60 minutes.
What is the best time-of-year to take an Italian language course?
Florence is home to students all year around. Anyone interested in studying when the city is less-crowded should enroll between the months of November and February.
What is the climate like in Florence?
The weather in Florence is usually perceived as Mediterranean, however, the city may experience hot and humid summers followed by rainy and damp winters.
How many grammar levels are available at Parola School?
We provide 6 grammar levels plus the CILS preparation course, as outlined by the Italian board of education.
What is involved in the conversation classes?
Students are encouraged to utilize Italian books, DVD’s, movies and the internet to better their Italian. These tools are used during the conversation courses at Parola, as well. The lessons focus on question-and-answer exercises to help students comprehend and practice speaking in Italian. Depending on the level, the topics of conversation vary from standard language situations (bars, restaurants and directions) to politics, daily news and literature (upper levels).
When are the extracurricular activities offered and are they free?
Parola School organizes free-time activities in the afternoons, after our Italian language courses. Parola’s activities are for free for students. Sometimes, especially during the summer months, we organize trips through a local tour agency. In this case, students will be charged for the activities by the tour organizer.
Do Parola students get discounts at local establishments?
Parola School has agreements with several bars and sandwich shops near our school where our students receive special discounts on food and drinks.
Which courses are the most popular at Parola?
During the summer season, the most popular Italian language courses include:
- Allegro – 4 hours a day, Monday-Friday
- Andante – 2 hours a day, Monday-Friday
- Allegretto – 4 hours a day (Monday-Friday), plus a one-hour private lesson 3 times a week
During the winter season:
- Allegro – 4 hours a day, Monday-Friday
- Tre Volte Plus – 4 hours a day, 3 times per week
- Tre Volte – 2 hours a day, 3 times per week
- Alla Pari – Au Pair course held 3 times a week for 2 hours each lesson
Regarding individual courses, the Brio Italian language course with lunch is the most popular choice amongst Parola students. See our Italian language courses in Florence for further information.
Does Parola offer evening language courses?
Our Italian language school has evening Italian courses for individuals (€35 per hour).
Do you have conversation and pronunciation courses for business purposes?
Yes, Parola Italian school offers conversation and Italian pronunciation courses that focus on business topics for executives, employees and any interested study-abroad students.
Is Parola School located in the center?
Yes, the school is located a short distance from all of the most popular museums, restaurants and bars in Florence.
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