Language Courses

Useless at languages? That’s not possible, it’s a mere excuse to get out of doing it, a stereotype, call it whatever you want. Every day we hear the stories of people who, for some reason or other, have brought themselves to believe that they are no good at learning a new language.

The truth is, everyone has his/her own learning style, that is his/her own way of learning, memorizing and studying.

In fact, we learn more effectively and easily when we feel enthusiastic because we are learning something that has personal relevance and is meaningful to us, when we are intrigued by it, when we have fun doing it and, above all, when we feel comfortable, supported and appreciated.

This is why our courses are tailored to your personal needs, your level of competence, your goals and your learning style.

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

To assess your language level, we refer to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), a tool designed to identify the language skills and competences acquired.

Based on the CEFR, the language levels that we refer to in order to place students on the right course are the following:

Goals
To acquire the basic language to use in everyday situations and the ability to interact, using simple phrases, on common, familiar topics, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly.

Contents
Fundamentals of phonetics and basics of the sound system of the language. Basics of grammar, construction of simple sentences, common phrases used in everyday situations, greetings and introductions. Use of the language in different everyday situations.

Exams on completion of this level:
Italian: CILS A1 - English: - German: Start 1 – French
Goals
To acquire elementary vocabulary and phrases which allow communicating in different everyday situations. To be able to understand simple sentences and respond on familiar and routine matters using simple but correct language.

Contents
More work on phonetics and on the sound system of the language. Essential grammar for the construction of simple, correct sentences. Phrases commonly used in everyday situations which permit a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters and topics. Construct sentences and write short communications such as text messages or a simple holiday greeting card.

Exams on completion of this level:
Italian: CILS A2 - English: KET (KEY) - German: Start 2 – French: DELF A2
Goals
To understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters. To produce simple connected speech to take part in a conversation and to describe a situation.

Contents
Review of previous knowledge, improvement of grammar skills and use of the same in the production of simple, correct sentences which allow communicating effectively on familiar topics. Write short, simple texts on familiar topics such as personal letters, describing impressions and experiences.

Exams on completion of this level:
Italian: CILS 1 – English: PET/BEC Preliminary – German: ZD – French: DELF B1
Goals
To understand speech and conversation on any topic when standard language is used. To be able to produce simple but correct speech in any situation.

Contents
Review of previous knowledge, improvement of grammar skills and use of the same in the production of sentences which allow communicating correctly on any topic. Write texts on specific subjects with reasonably detailed descriptions.

Exams on completion of this level:
Italian: CILS2 - English FCE/BEC Vantage – German: ZDfB/GZ B2 – French: DELF B2
Goals
To understand extended speech and take part in longer conversations, recognizing implicit meaning. To understand a film or TV programme. To be able to communicate easily in social and professional situations.

Contents
Activities aimed at improving grammar and lexicon. Acquisition of specific vocabulary, including any sector-specific terminology. Express ideas clearly, using well-structured speech and present opinions with the required level of detail. Select the most appropriate style in the production of written text, with attention to register.

Exams on completion of this level:
Italian: CILS3 – English: CAE/BEC Higher - German GZ C1 - French: DALF C1
Goals
To be able to understand everything read, including abstract, literary and technical texts, and to understand everything heard, including fast speech. To take part with ease in any kind of conversation using current idiomatic expressions.

Contents
Produce spontaneous, flowing written text with fine shades of meaning, which shows excellent command of the language on any subject. Discussions and presentations that draw the listener’s attention, with the ability to use the same style and register.

Exams on completion of this level:
Italian: CILS4 - English: CPE - German: ZOP - French: DALF C2

Family and friends

Learn, have fun and save money!

Just moved to Ticino with your family but all you can say is “mamma – pizza – pasta –ciao bella”?
Hate your current job, have very little free time, and all job adverts you may be interested in ask for German speakers?
Have a great plan, a dream that involves travelling abroad with a group of friends, but your English is still at “the cat is on the table” level?

No problem! You just choose the language, the time and the place, and we’ll do all the rest!
The Family and Friends offer allows you to learn at home, have fun and save money!

 

Give us a call or just pop in! Whether you want to learn or improve your English or your German or want to study Swahili or Japanese, together we will find the ideal solution for you!

 
 
 
 
 

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