Laboling - The school of Italian in Sicily - was founded in 1994 and it is recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education. The school is open the whole year. The school is in Milazzo, Sicily, in the old town not far away from the port for the Aeolian Islands and from the Cathedral. Our classrooms are well-lit and equipped with air conditioning. Our students can use of the school internet point for free.
Milazzo is located at the beginning of a long peninsula stretching from the mainland towards the Aeolian Islands. The town is dominated by the ancient Castle and it is surrounded by the sea. The western beach is very long with a view of the islands of Alicudi, Filicudi, Salina, Lipari and Vulcano. The sunsets you can admire from here are simply unique and unforgettable.
Leaving the port with its hectic pace, there is the town hall built in neoclassical style, here the rhythm slows down on a human scale. The fish market, close to the old town centre, transports visitors to the old life-style of fishermen. From here you can walk to the shops, the beaches and the pubs, bars and discos. Milazzo has always been a favourite holiday place for Italians and you can experience the true Italian lifestyle.
TEACHER TRAINING - DITALS EXAMINATION
At Laboling, training courses for teachers of Italian as a foreign language are held. It is also possible to sit the DITALS (Certificazione di Competenza in Didattica dell'Italiano a Stranieri) examination thanks to an agreement with Università per Stranieri di Siena.
Intensive Courses Plus are recognized as Bildungsurlaub, after an agreement signed with the Ministry of Education of the following German Länder: Hamburg, Berlin, Brandenburg, Sachsen-Anhalt and Hessen.
ITALIAN COURSE ON THE AEOLIAN ISLANDS
It’s possible to attend individual lessons on Lipari at any
time during the year.
COURSE FOR SENIORS 50+
Intensive course + Activity program
Teaching methods are in line with the modern teaching techniques for learning and teaching Italian language and they are strictly in compliance with the indications of the Common European Reference Framework for Languages.
Teachers organise their lessons so as to make learning a pleasant and successful activity. The four main language skills are developed uniformly during the lessons: students work on the comprehension of the oral language (listening) and the written language (reading) as well as on oral language production (speaking) and written production.
Moreover, the limited number of students per classroom (on average 4-6 students) enables teachers to follow students more accurately and ensures constant interaction with them.
The times for individual lessons will be decided on with the students, however the final decision lies with the school. On the first day of the course all students, except beginners, will do an entrance test to verify their level of Italian.
At Laboling it is possible to sit the CILS (Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera) exam, due to an agreement with Università per Stranieri di Siena. Besides standard group classes you can attend specific preparation classes for the CILS exam.
CILS can be used when applying for a job, for teaching Italian, for entry into an Italian university or in any situation where it is necessary to give formal proof of competency levels in the Italian language. The Ministry of the Università e della Ricerca recognises the CILS as a certificate of admission for foreign students to Italian universities: having the CILS Due (B2) means that students both within and outside the European Community are exempt from taking other tests of linguistic ability which universities may ask for. Again, in accordance with the policies of a university, CILS is converted into points that can be utilised in university admission exams. Also, many Italian companies recognise the CILS.
- CILS A1 and CILS A2
- CILS-UNO (First level), which corresponds to the B1
- CILS-DUE (Second level) corresponds to B2
- CILS-TRE (Third level) is equal to C1
- CILS-QUATTRO (Fourth level) - C2 in the European Framework
ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE COURSE ON A
Sun, blue skies, crystal clear sea. Sailing on board comfortable and fast sailing boats you can immerse yourself into the magnificent scenery of the Eolian Islands while studying Italian language and culture.
The view will indeed leave you breathless: imposing volcanoes that rise above a blue sea; bays and caves unreachable but by boat; unforgettable sunsets; unique fishing villages; spotless beaches; a fascinating and untamed nature; the traditional hospitality of the Sicilian people.
A unique opportunity for nature lovers and for those who just cannot resist the ever so fascinating Eolian Islands, often chosen as a cinema set for their incomparable beauty (Antonioni, Rossellini, Moretti).
Minimum of 4 participants, maximum of 8, depending on the
size of the boat.
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