The first week of June 2014 I am going to Lucca Italy to study with Lucca Italian school and soak up the culture in Tuscany and you are coming too! Daniela, Angelo & Eva, my friends and founders of Lucca Italian the school share with us their passion for teaching & their teaching philosophy.
LIS – Lucca Italian School is a school of Italian language and culture which offers group language courses and private lessons for students any age and level. We are situated in Lucca, in the north of Tuscany, and close to the most well-known places of Tuscany, like Pisa or Florence, and to the beautiful beaches of The Tuscan coast. Lucca is an absolutely charming town, full of beautiful medieval and Renaissance architecture, interesting streets, a Roman amphitheatre and a tree-topped tower. Although it has now found a place on the tourist map, it is not overwhelmed by foreign visitors. Lucca is small enough to feel at home in, but big enough to offer a variety of cultural activities including concerts and exhibitions. It has great markets, bars, restaurants and shops. Everything is within
walking distance, yet it is easy to find a bit of tranquillity by venturing out onto the city’s
16th century walls.
The mission of our school and culture center is an effort to provide our students, beside teaching them our language, with a practical and enjoyable experience of our way of life by sharing our own interests and leisure time activities with them and pleasantly mingling customer care and real life, aiming at a mutually enriching cultural exchange. Our Italian language courses aim to give participants the tools to interpret Italian life, using language as the key to decoding our society and our culture, in the broadest sense.
Why choose our school? Our school is small and with a family atmosphere; at the same time we are extremely flexible and professional. Our groups are small (maximum 8 persons) – our teachers are all mother tongue, experts and qualified in teaching Italian as L2. Angelo, Daniela and Eva, the three managers of the school, are also teachers, and so have a vested interest in making sure students have a good overall experience. We know that happy students equal a successful school and are constantly concerned about their progress. We have the flexibility to change things to improve your learning experience. Also, the school is constantly looking for opportunities to improve the students’ overall experience.
We offer also cultural activities, designed to teach students more about the area and to develop their language skills. They are an important part of one’s learning program. The cultural activities range from cooking lessons, trips to places of interest outside of Lucca, film and music evenings, and unusual tours of Lucca. The activities provide a lot of insight into the local culture with loads of interesting stories and information you’ll not find in a guidebook.
Why learn Italian in Lucca, Tucany? Tuscany is the region of Italy where Dante Alighieri was born, the great medieval poet known as Father of the Italian language. In fact Dante’s Tuscan language was the basis on which Italian has become the language of our nation, consequently the Italian you learn at school is the same language you can hear people speak outside the classroom. Tuscany is the only Italian region where this normally happens, not because Tuscans speak better than the other Italians, but since the Italian language, for cultural and historic reasons, is based on Tuscan.
Then which part of Italy can be better than Tuscany to study Italian? And besides, the beauty and variety of the natural landscape (the hills with cypress-trees, sunflower fields, the sea and the mountains) together with the richness in art and history of its cities, like Lucca or Pisa, make Tuscany a unique destination to learn Italian and for a journey which will remain impressed in one’s memory.
And how about the people? In Tuscany we are friendly, ironic, likeable and “alla mano”, and we can introduce you in the most genuine way to our passions: cooking, wines, music, nature…
In conclusion, learning Italian in Tuscany is an experience combining all the good qualities of a vacation in this splendid and lucky region: and especially in Lucca, a special town for countless reasons.
In short, studying Italian in Lucca will be a rewarding choice! Join us with Melissa in June of 2014 for a unforgettable experience of language learning and cultural immersion! For more information about the Studentessa Matta Language Immersion trip follow this link!