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COURSES FOR ITALIAN LANGUAGE TEACHERS
ITALIAN LANGUAGE CERTIFICATIONS
The special method used in the School Porta d'Oriente
"And a disciple asked:
tell us of teaching. And he said: nobody can reveal anything to you, except
what already rests half-asleep in the roots of your own knowledge. The
Master that walks with his disciples in the shade of the temple doesn't
lavish his knowledge, but rather his faith and his love. If he is really
wise he doesn't impose you to enter in the abode of his wisdom but drives
you to the threshold of your mind. The astronomer can tell you about what
he knows of space but he can not deliver his knowledge to you. The musician
can sing you the rhythm that pervades creation but he can not give you
his ear that halts that rhythm neither his voice that resounds it. The
vision of a human being doesn't lend its wings to another human being.
And as each of you is alone in the conscience of God, so each one must
be alone in his knowledge of God and in the knowledge of the world
Kahlil Gibran, The prophet, 1923
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE METHOD
The teaching staff consists of experienced, university-trained
professionals with a solid experience in the teaching of Italian as a
foreign language. Some teachers have worked abroad with students of very
different nationalities and levels and have acquired a particular sensitivity
to the specific demands of every participant. The service of reception
and didactic orientation offered by the tutors is based on the didactic
principles of the "project work": upon their arrival the students
will determine with the teachers the level of their linguistic knowledge.
The teachers will help the students clarify their real purposes and they
will plan together the stages of "the learning-project".
On a basis of a standard program, some grammatical and
conversational subjects can be decided and planned together with the students.
YOU CAN STUDY ITALIAN WITH AN ITALIAN STUDENT
The school promotes linguistic exchanges with Italian
speaking people in an informal context: you will speak Italian during
meetings which can take place at the beach, at a restaurant or at a bar.
Our students find this method very useful to improve their speaking skills.
speaking different languages ( i.e.: an Italian and a foreigner) can
work together to help to improve their knowledge of the foreign language
while discovering some aspects of the partner's culture.
THE PERSONAL ATMOSPHERE OF THE SCHOOL
The main characteristic of the school is the personal
and informal atmosphere and the helpfulness of the staff both during and
outside the lessons. For this reason classes are small because we think
this helps students to overcome shyness and encourages their involvement
in the class.
THE TEACHING MATERIAL
The teaching material is produced by the teachers
according to their long experience. Various authentic materials have been
collected and are used during the course: video-cassettes, cd roms, newspaper
articles, films, songs, literary texts.
THE EMPHASIS ON THE ITALIAN AND REGIONAL CULTURE
Our school offers several cultural activities
inside and outside the courses, included in the price (guided tour of
Otranto, typical-products tasting, visit of an olive-oil mill, typical
dance lesson etc.). For us it is important that students learn not only
the language but also the culture.
ACCOMMODATION IN OTRANTO
GUIDED TOURS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
ABOUT THE REGION AND THE TOWN
UTILITIES & SOCIAL
Lorenza from Austria
...É stato molto bello da voi; colma di ricordi, che adesso vanno raccontati e saranno ben conservati.
Il vostro entusiasmo per la vostra terra, la possibilità di avvicinarsi e aprirsi di più a questa grazie alle vostre spiegazioni e gite, la cordialità della gente, la luce e il caldo - tutte esperienze bellissime…read more >>
Carla, David and family from Boston
...the experience unforgettable for people of all ages. Attending the Scuola Porta d'Oriente is the opportunity of a lifetime and the school has my highest recommendation on all counts. If you travel the world, you will not find a more enchanting place or…read more >>
Tina and Lionel fron London
Lionel and I loved the school because:
- They have a nice, professional, dynamic team and they are very flexible, they can adapt their lessons to your needs.
- They are located in Otranto, it's a beautiful, very interesting and incredibly rich in history part of Italy…read more >>
Kitty from Singapore
...Vorrei ringraziarvi per tutto. Mi sono divertita ad Otranto.
Veramente, é un paese bellissimo. Non dimentico mai come ospitale la gente locale lì... Anche mi sono piaciute tantissimo l'escursione organizzate da voi.
Eravate così appassionati e le spiegazioni erano chiare e interessanti. Adesso, so un po' di piú dell'italia…read more >>
Madeleine from Swiss
Mi é piaciuto molto il mio soggiorno a Otranto, il tipo di scuola mi conviene perfettamente. Per quanto riguarda la qualità dell'insegnamento, l'ho trovata excellente. E importante per me, ringraziare le mie professoresse. Le loro competenze pedagogiche, la loro pazienza e il loro entusiasmo mi hanno permesso d'imparare velocemente…read more >>
Maryse et Sylvianne from Belgium
Nous voici bien rentrées de vacances, un peu mélancoliques d'avoir dû abandonner l'Italie.
Nous avons été enchantées des cours que tu nous a donnés et entretenons notre italien en lisant dans la langue: nous ne voulons pas perdre les bénéfices obtenus…read more >>
Cynthia from California
Dear Barbara: I am back in California and I enjoyed seeing the beautiful images on the CD you gave me. Thank you! The memories of those special places are etched onto my soul. Thanks again to you and Angelo for being so gracious and hospitable. I truly mean it when I say that we are friends…read more >>
Sylke from Germany
...ora e esattamente un anno fa, che io ho fatto un corso d'Italiano nella Scuola Porta d'Oriente. Nella questa settimana ho imperato molto di nuovo sulla regione e in Italiano. E per le conversazione nelle lezioni ho potuto pratticare la conoscenza nuova. Nella nostra regione si deve cercare a lungo per queste lezioni…read more >>
Annie from France
...Nostro gruppo ha avuto un'insegnante particolarmente competente che ha tenuto un corso tanto interessanto e vivo. Con la tua contribuzione entusiastica e grazie alle visite, ho possuto discoprire una regione tanto bella e particolare che non conoscevo, e la cultura affascinante della Grecia Salentina…read more >>
Anna from Sweden
I have had a wonderful summer, I got to know a lot of new people and got a lot of new friends.
I was staying two more weeks in Italy before I went home to Sweden, I went to St Benedetto del Tronto, Verona and Venezia, but I must say that I liked Otranto and Salento much much better. Thank you Barbara for everything. It has been the best summer in my life!read more >>