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 and the average number of students in a class, as well as our free time activities and Wi-Fi availability.

Our prospective students also 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.

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
  • Supplementary indoors classes for free such as Italian history, geography or cooking
  • 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 service for Parola students during their stay in Florence
  • Special discounts at several local restaurants and coffee shops in Florence
  • CILS certification (Our school is an accredited center)

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 the Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio and Piazza Della Signoria.

How Many Students Are There in Each Class?

Each course can not have a maximum of 12 students, because of the rules of the European Union For Language Competence. Group classes must have a minimum of 3 students in order to be activated and their average is usually 6 – 7 students.

Will Everyone in my Class Speak English?

Parola is home to a variety of students from all over the world. Parola school tries to use 10O% Italian in its Italian language courses in Florence, and our teachers avoid (whenever it is possible) to use English during their classes.

In general, the students enrolled in our Italian language school include the following nationalities:

 

  • 25% American or other native English speakers
  • 15% German
  • 20% Spanish
  • 10% Chinese
  • 10% Brazilian
  • 10% Turkish
  • 10% Other

Is There a Break For Classes That Last Longer Than an Hour?

Each teaching hour lasts 55 minutes. Our 4 hours of lessons in the morning will include a 20-minute break from 10:50 am to 11:10 am. 

What is The Daily Class Schedule at Parola Italian School?

Parola Italian language school opens at 8:30 am and closes at 6:30 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

In the afternoon, our school mainly holds individual Italian language lessons or dedicated small group Italian classes.

When Do 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.

Times of the individual language courses at Parola Italian language school are flexible in order to meet students’ scheduling needs.

Contact us for further information about our private language courses.

What is The Best Time-of-Year to Take an Italian Language Course?

Florence is home to students all year-round. Anyone interested in studying when the city is less-crowded should enroll between the months of November and February. It is a little bit damp and cold but it is worth it since the student can fully enjoy the city, its museums and churches. 

What is The Climate Like in Florence?

The weather in Florence is usually perceived as a Mediterranean one, 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.

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, Youtube videos and movies, internet to improve their Italian.  These tools are used during the conversation courses at Parola school 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).

Do Parola Students Get Discounts at Local Establishments?

Parola school has agreements with some bars and restaurants. Students receive special discounts for lunch time.

Do Parola Students Get Discounts at Local Establishments?

Parola school has agreements with some bars and restaurants. Students receive special discounts for lunch time.

Which Courses Are The Most Popular at Parola School?

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
  • Andante – 2 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 in the morning, the Maestoso Italian language course (4 hours a day) is the most popular choice among Parola students.

See our Italian language courses in Florence for further information.

Does Parola Offer Evening Language Courses in Florence?

Our Italian language school has evening Italian courses for individuals (€30 per hour). Our evening lessons can be done until 8:30 pm and they are very useful for professionals or working students.

Do You Have Conversation And Pronunciation Courses For Business Purposes?

Yes, Parola 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, our language center is located at a short distance from all of the most popular museums, restaurants, and bars in Florence.

Contact Parola Italian School For Further Information

Contact us for any questions you might have on our Italian language school in Florence.