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Learn to speak better and more natural Italian with Italian short stories AT ANY LEVEL

Speak better Italian with the Italian short stories (the course)

Who is your instructor? 

Valeria will be the lead-teacher of this learning program.

Valeria is a multilingual certified Italian language teacher and passionate about teaching through the use of story-telling.

She holds a BA and MA in Linguistics from the University of Bologna, where she currently lives. She is now learning Chinese, and believe me, if she knows what a student of a difficult language being is like. 

HOW DOES THIS PROGRAM WORK?

  • We are enthusiastic supporters of proactive learning

    1. You will be assigned a short story according to your level and interest (passive learning) 
    2. Every week you will be assigned one or two chapters to read (chapters are very, very short!) ACTIVE LEARNING
    3. Every week you will receive a short assignment based on the story, depending on your level, summarizing, translating from English to Italian, learning some flashcards, etc.) ACTIVE LEARNING
    4. Every week you will meet your teacher to bring life to your Italian. You talk about the story with the help of your teacher’s prompts. You will also get to express your opinions or expand on other topics that can be connected to the story. PROACTIVE LEARNING
  • Open your Italian through the power of short stories. 

    This program is a blended flow of reading, writing, and speaking activities through Italian short stories tailored to your level. We use short stories in our school because:

    • we believe that words can’t be learned in isolation (but in context)
    • we believe that reading is the key way to learn vocabulary and strengthen Italian grammar effortlessly, at any level.
    • we believe that writing is the best way to cement the verbs, adjectives, and prepositions in your memory, long term.

    If you don’t know what a short story is, let me tell you. A short story is a short book in simplified Italian. Usually, a short story does not exceed 20-30 pages and is written to help you internalize the Italian grammar and vocabulary consciously and naturally. 

    We have started using short stories in our classes a couple of years ago, and ever since, our students have begun making steady and fast progress, enhancing their fluency effortlessly. 

  • This program has been designed for false beginners, lower and upper intermediate Italian smart learners who need guidance, structure, and proved to oil their Italian.  

    Serena and Valeria will cherry-pick the short stories according to your level and your interests. Typically, we will choose something which is not too easy neither too difficult: just the right level for you is, challenging. Like that, you will o learn and internalize “new Italian” in a conscious a natural way.

  • This course is mainly vocabulary and conversationbased. If we realize you need to refresh old grammar topics or learn new ones, we will facilitate worksheets and grammar exercises on your level and on the topic you need to refresh re-learn.

  • How does the lesson happen?

    For your convenience, I always conduct the lessons online via Zoom. All you need is a reliable connection and a laptop. The best way to meet everywhere, anytime, no matter you are sitting in your office or kitchen on the other side of the world.

    Who is going to be the instructor?

    Valeria or Serena 

    How to get access to the short stories?

    All the short stories will be in a digital version for your convenience, either for free or very cheap. Of course, all books have a hard copy version too, that you can buy online. 

    Most books come with audio-books and grammar/vocabulary worksheets. 

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PRICING 

standard course 
  • Personalized learning flow according to your learning style AT ANY LEVEL.
  • Meet your teacher once a week for 40 minutes to discuss your progress and talk about the short story 
  • Get a self-study guide with dedicated flashcards, translation exercises (ENG to ITA), and full personalized feedback and corrections.
  • Expert mentoring throughout the process 
  • E-mail support during working hours
  • Personalized Google folder with tailored material 
  • Accountability plan 
  • Learn a new natural way to learn Italian 

4-week flow (one short story book): 220 euros 

8-week flow (three short story books): 440 euros (discounted price)

Min groups are possible. In this case, we will adjust the price and the duration of meetings accordingly.

 

immersive course 
  • Personalized learning flow according to your learning style (AT ANY LEVEL, learn vocabulary and conversation through short stories and grammar in a contextual way)
  • Meet your teacher(s) twice a week for 30 minutes to discuss your progress and talk about the short story 
  • Get a self-study guide with dedicated flashcards, translation exercises (ENG to ITA), and full personalized feedback and corrections.
  • Expert mentoring throughout the process
  • Personalized Google folder with tailored material 
  • E-mail support during working hours
  • Accountability plan 

4-week flow (one/two short story book): 320 euros 

12-week flow (three/four short storybooks): 920 euros (discounted price, two installments possible)

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