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Overview

1. Italian Language and Culture Courses 

Our courses are devoted to those who would like to learn to communicate and at the same time enjoying a wonderful holiday in Sardinia.

Our lessons will let you using Italian in real communicative situations thanks to the many outdoor and cultural activities such as:
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  • guided city tours of Cagliari and its historical and artistic heritage;
  • visits to the food market of San Benedetto;
  • cooking lessons;
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  • kayak excursions;
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  • half day guided archaeological excursions;
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  • trekking on the wonderful “Sella del Diavolo” hill in Cagliari.

Sardinia has got a Mediterranean climate, usually with mild and warm winters, autumns and springs and dry summers.
Winds from Northwest, such as Mistral, and from Africa, such as Sirocco, also influence Sardinian climate.

In every season you can enjoy warm, sunny days in which the temperature is around 26 degrees, ideal for outdoor activities.

Levels

Every student will be administered a placement test in order to start the right level course.
The courses are available for the following levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1.

The students will participate every day in classes and activities designed to develop all linguistic abilities, from the basic (listening, reading, writing, speaking) to the integrated (responding to questions, notetaking, transcodification).

A wide variety of teaching materials is used, to allow each student to best identify and develop his or her abilities. Students also interact with the city environment and help to create their own Italian language study materials. Once a week, students and teachers discuss the dynamics of language learning and the teaching methods used.

Tailored courses

If you have a particular training need (i.e., learning italian for business) that cannot be addressed with one of our group courses, please contact us at: info@sardiniaitalianstudies.it. We will be happy to offer a tailored and flexible schedule.

2. The Mediterranean sea: a cultural and geographical entity

The Mediterranean sea is a body of water that allows for fluidity and openness, connecting different worlds in a network that has shaped local social, commercial, political, and cultural networks. These encounters and contacts happened in the mode of conflict (military and/or confessional) or exchange (commercial, artistic, or scientific): in any case they helped diffuse and transmit ideas, commodities, technologies, and even systems of thought. The cross-cultural, cross-linguistic, and cross-confessional exchange that has occurred over an extremely long period of time makes the Mediterranean a region of global importance.

The Seminar aims to provide theoretical and empirical instruments to understand the concept of Mediterranean as defined above and use this concept and definition to explore contemporary phenomena such as migrations.

The seminar is organized in 5 sections and each of them gives a contribution engaging a different facet of the theme.

Course Planning

Italian Language and Culture Courses 

The courses will be held from Monday to Friday from 9.30 am to 1:30 pm or from 3 to 7 pm.

All programs include airport pickup, program orientation, a series of activities and excursions, family homestays and the opportunity to perform community service in a variety of areas. Groups can be from 3 to 10 students.

They can have a duration of:

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  • 20 hours (one week course);
  • 40 hours (two weeks course)
  • 80 hours (four weeks course)
  • 160 hours (eight weeks course)

Course: The Mediterranean sea, a cultural and geographical entity

Duration: 15 hours

5 seminars of 3 hours each.

The groups will be from 3 to 10 people.

Levels

Every student will be administered a placement test in order to start the right level course.
The courses are available for the following levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1.

The students will participate every day in classes and activities designed to develop all linguistic abilities, from the basic (listening, reading, writing, speaking) to the integrated (responding to questions, notetaking, transcodification).

A wide variety of teaching materials is used, to allow each student to best identify and develop his or her abilities. Students also interact with the city environment and help to create their own Italian language study materials. Once a week, students and teachers discuss the dynamics of language learning and the teaching methods used.

A Typical Course

After meeting the group on the arrival day at Cagliari Elmas International Airport, Sardinia Italian studies staff will accompany the group to Cagliari. Host families meet the students who have chosen this kind of accommodation. The others will be accompanied to their accommodation by the staff. For those who choose the long term program, orientation activities take place in the days that follow. During Orientation, students get to know the city of Cagliari, each other, staff and are introduced to various aspects of the coming semester. They will start exploring the various intriguing, though sometimes contradictory, characteristics of, Italy and Italians today.

The Orientation days also include a series of group activities, a welcome reception with host families, faculty and staff as well as a group historical tour of the ancient city. For those who choose the short programs, there will be a welcome “aperitivo”.

Then the Intensive Italian Language Course begins. These first three weeks of the semester are dedicated to learning Italian, exploring the territory, visiting service sites and getting to know the host families. Following the Intensive Italian Language Course, the group takes a break with a 3 days group excursion to a selected destination, such as west or middle of Sardinia.

Courses will start in 2015, 7th of March.