2024 Matta Italian Small
Group Language Programs.
Early Bird Special!
Ready to travel and learn in Italy in 2024?
In 2024, I will be your guide in Italy for two new language programs to help you learn the language and delve deeper into Italian culture.
I will organize your classes, activities, outings, and meals. I ask in return that, along with your sensible walking shoes, you bring a sense of humor and the thoughtfulness to engage with unique individuals who, like you, are traveling to Italy to learn Italian!
What to expect from a Matta Language Immersion Program in Italy.
Coursework with my partner school in Italy
When you participate in a Matta Italian Language Program, you will study with my partner school in the mornings (9 am – 1 pm). Before your arrival, you will fill out a short language placement appraisal. This ensures we understand where you are with your Italian skills and that your learning experience is tailored to elevate your existing skills. You’ll then join a class just right for you with fellow students from around the globe.
Afternoon activities to continue practicing Italian skills
During the afternoon excursions and activities —“fuori aula” — all docents, artisans, artists, and chefs we interact with communicate in Italian, so you will be exposed to various accents and authentic voices. They will be instructed to speak slowly, and translations will be provided when necessary.
Planned evening meals typically start at 8:00 pm, which is standard dining time in Italy. Many students in my programs also enjoy an aperitivo or spritz before dinner. There are wine tastings, wine events, and cocktail hours. If you prefer not to drink alcoholic beverages, that is okay, too.
I organize group dinners not only as a courtesy and convenience to my students but also because it is an opportunity for participants to “rompere il ghiaccio” break the ice, and get to know one another better. During evening meals, we can chat in Italian, ask questions about grammar or vocabulary, and take Italian skills to a new level. Italian conversation is always encouraged, but English is spoken when students need to relax and recharge their batteries after a long day!
We stay connected via WhatsApp
During the program, my group stays connected via WhatsApp. Every morning, I send out messages reminding students about the afternoon’s planned activity, meet-up points or alerting students if there has been a change in the schedule. I also send out a daily “pillola di grammatica” or a “curiosità” or article about what we will be seeing or experiencing later that day or even an Italian song. You can also reach me via email or WhatsApp.
Who participates, and where do they come from?
To date, students in my programs have ranged in age from 30 to 86. Everyone in my programs will have a different level of Italian expertise, ranging from very beginner to advanced intermediate. Participants have come from various countries, such as Australia, England, Switzerland, the U.S., Puerto Ricco, France, and Russia, and have diverse backgrounds and life experiences.
Because of the diversity among my students, I expect everyone in my programs to respect and enjoy one another’s company during our time together.
Traveling abroad in a small group is a fantastic opportunity to make new friends, connect with people, and discover why they study Italian. It is a moment of personal growth — a chance to meet new people and learn from one another.
Study in Italy with the Studentessa Matta:
where language isn’t just learned; it’s lived.
Small groups, big adventures!
Are you ready to travel to Italy
to learn Italian in 2024?
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off the program price.
(Early Bird Special does not apply to the 3-Day September Weekend Giostra Program.)
Arezzo June 16 – 28, 2024 Italian Program
(Before Jan 1, 2024 — $4250)
Lucca Sept 26 – Oct 5, 2024 Italian Program
(Before Jan 1, 2024 — $4250)
Arezzo 3-Day Joust Weekend Sept 7-9, 2024
(Early Bird Special does not apply to the weekend Giostra)