Italian language and culture in SicilyITALIAN COURSES by the SEA

“ANOTHER LANGUAGE IS ANOTHER VISION OF LIFE” – Federico Fellini

Since 2006, Scuola Virgilio has been the first and only Italian language school for foreigners in Trapani, the main urban center west of Palermo but also an authentic city on a human scale and central point for holidays in western Sicily.

Throughout the year, it offers private lessons of general or specific Italian (also as a homestay course); intensive weeks for closed groups and schools; remote Italian lessons; preparation for CELI Italian language exams (including B1 for citizenship) of which Scuola Virgilio is the only exam center in the province of Trapani.

During the long Sicilian summer from April to October, Scuola Virgilio’s intensive Italian language and culture classes by the sea are the core of a language vacation in Southern Italy, an immersive experience for young people, adults and seniors alike. It includes daily intensive study of the Italian language and other activities such as Italian and Sicilian cooking courses, visits and excursions.

In combination with group and individual Italian courses or even separately, special Italian programs are available to combine the study of the Italian language with other active tourism activities.

THE TEACHERS
A team of friendly, experienced qualified teachers who are passionate about their work
THE METHOD
Communicative approach to learn Italian as it is actually spoken in everyday life
THE CERTIFICATION
Official CELI exam centre for the Perugia Foreigners' University: all levels from A1 to C2

COME TO STUDY ITALIAN IN SICILY!

Scuola Virgilio is proud to have a multifaceted and cosmopolitan identity, having welcomed several hundreds of students of all ages from over 50 countries across the 5 continents since 2006.

To attend the Italian courses in Sicily at Scuola Virgilio (and / or take any exams) you must register by filling out the registration form and paying a 50€ registration fee.

Enrollment at Scuola Virgilio is valid for two years and includes:

  • placement test, attendance certificate;
  • personal assistance in finding accommodation;
  • welcome pack with useful information and tourist brochures;
  • discounts and benefits in affiliated businesses;
  • membership at our online conversation exchange group;
  • access to the multimedia library.
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OUR COURSES IN THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
Intensive Italian group courses

Since 2006 Scuola Virgilio has been organising intensive Italian courses in Sicily, offering its students:

• professional teaching in a familiar and welcoming atmosphere;
• best value-for-money accommodation near the beach of Trapani;
• cultural and leisure activities;
• all the information to make the most of your stay.
Scuola Virgilio’s intensive general Italian classes take place from April to October.

The Standard course of 15 hours per week (1 hour = 60 minutes), has 3 hours of lessons every morning from Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 13:00.

The Standard plus course includes the entire Standard course and has an additional 5 hours of lessons per week in the afternoon.
Each class is made up of a maximum of 9 students.

In each lesson, various aspects of the Italian language and culture are studied in a convivial and relaxed atmosphere. The first part of the lesson focuses on grammar with written and oral exercises, the second part is dedicated to conversation, group games, songs, etc. The courses are on various levels according to the CEFR rules. The teaching material is provided by the school. All teachers are native Italian speakers, graduates in foreign languages ​​and with specific training in Italian L2 teaching.

Prices include:

– teaching material;
– two activities: a guided walk in the city centre of Trapani (only on the first week of classes); aperitivo with guided Italian conversation in a lounge bar (every week).

In addition, all year round Scuola Virgilio can organise upon request intensive Italian courses in Italy for closed groups (schools, universities, companies) of up to 35 participants in its premises. There is no limit of participants for courses at other locations (hotels, conference centers, etc.).

Private Italian lessons

Scuola Virgilio offers tailor-made courses for individuals, couples or mini groups all year round. They can be purchased alone (minimum package: 10 hours) or as a complement to an intensive group course.
The mother tongue teachers with specific training in teaching Italian adapt the content of the lessons to the level of the students and are available to accept suggestions on the topics to be addressed.
You can choose the type of lesson (conversation, grammar, sectoral language) and the place: at school, at home but also on the terrace, in the garden, on the beach and as traveling lessons in the city – at the market, at the bar, etc.

Prices of private lessons per hour (60 minutes):

For individuals
individual lessons: 39 €
couple lessons: 45 €

For institutions, companies and professionals *
individual lessons: 45 €
couple lessons: 55 €
* Including L2 / LS Italian teachers (working in public or private schools).

Private Italian lessons are also available all year round as remote Italian lessons (> 1.7): some of the professors at Scuola Virgilio are specialized in teaching Italian via the web via Skype or other video calling software.

Intensive weeks for groups

In addition to the intensive seasonal Italian courses, on request the Scuola Virgilio all year round allows organized groups to study Italian by the sea as part of a study holiday in western Sicily: a language learning experience that combines tourism cultural and discovery of an uncontaminated natural context.

The language stay in the basic formula includes an intensive course of Italian in Italy of 15 hours per week (3 hours per day, for 5 days) which can be extended up to 30 hours per week (morning and afternoon). Lessons take place at the Virgilio School or another location in Trapani or in the area (Erice, Marsala, San Vito Lo Capo…). The package can include accommodation, excursions, cooking classes and other activities and can be adapted to students of all ages: young people, adults and seniors.

Package example for 8+ people:

● 7 nights in a double room with breakfast;
● 15 hours of Italian course;
● 5 activities: guided tour, bike ride, tasting, film club, conversation evening.

Price: 440 € per person.

Italian lessons at home with the teacher

If attending an Italian school in Italy is the best way to learn the language, studying Italian at home with a teacher is certainly an even more effective and convivial way to do it! This formula allows for total immersion in the Italian language and culture with a personal language “coach”.

These immersive Italian courses in Italy are possible for one or two people staying at home with their teacher. The basic formula includes 15 hours of lessons which can be extended up to 30 hours per week (morning and afternoon). Italian lessons can be held at the teacher’s home or at Scuola Virgilio or even on the beach or outdoors – in the form of excursions to sites of cultural interest.

The basic package includes:

● 7 nights half board at the teacher’s home
● enrollment in the Scuola Virgilio
● 15 hours of lessons (including teaching material) plus conversation during meals

Price: 890 € for one person. Upon request, it is possible to choose full board, increase the number of hours of lessons, add another person (who follows lessons or not).

Italian lessons over 50

Every year the Scuola Virgilio Italian language courses on the sea are attended by students of many different nationalities, the vast majority of them adults and mainly over 50s.

Since many senior students are looking for an Italian school in Italy to attend people of the same age, Scuola Virgilio offers ideal conditions by offering Italian lessons in Sicily and activities suitable for mature students: visits, excursions, cooking classes, seminars, etc. The 50+ Italian language lessons are therefore available within intensive group courses (internal link), as private Italian lessons (internal link) and of course also for closed groups (internal link).

Due to the climatic conditions, the ideal period for an Italian over 50 course in Sicily is spring, from April to June, and autumn, from September to November.

Remote Italian classes

In addition to Italian language courses on the sea in Sicily, Scuola Virgilio di Trapani also offers distance lessons with online Italian courses. If you are very busy, travel often or where you live you do not have many opportunities to attend an Italian course, you can follow Italian lessons via video call from the comfort of your home or office.

Scuola Virgilio’s online Italian lessons are “tailor-made” for each student, and are especially suitable for those who already have knowledge of the Italian language and want to improve themselves.

Scuola Virgilio’s online Italian language courses are available for a minimum of 10 lessons, with the following rates:

10 hours 290 €
15 hours 390 €
20 hours 490 €
(1 hour = 60 minutes)

If you are interested in online Italian lessons, first contact Scuola Virgilio and arrange the first free trial lesson (20 minutes). To start following the lessons it is necessary to pay the enrollment fee and the chosen package of hours. At each lesson the credit is deducted by the corresponding amount. It is possible to cancel the lesson with at least 24 hours notice, otherwise the amount of the lesson will still be charged.

Bildungsurlaub and Italian for business

Most of Scuola Virgilio’s students study Italian for leisure, but the school also caters for professionals looking to learn Italian for work, possibly with industry-specific language. This is generally done via private lessons or a combination of private lessons and group classes.

In particular, Scuola Virgilio offers Italian classes that are recognised as Bildungsurlaub for employees of companies or entities based in Germany. These are intensive or super-intensive courses that contain (depending on the German federate State) an overall 30 to 40 hours of 45 minutes. For more information please check out the specific page on Scuola Virgilio’s Bildungsurlaub-recognised Italian courses.

Italian language certifications

Those who study Italian in Trapani can obtain the CELI certification (Certificate of knowledge of the Italian language) at the Scuola Virgilio which is an examination center authorized by the University for Foreigners of Perugia.

Divided into 5 levels (from A2 to C2) according to the CEFR, the CELI exams attest to skills and ability to use the Italian language and are useful both for work and for study.

In addition to the general CELI exams, it is possible to take specific exams such as the CELI 2i – level B1 exam for citizenship.

To take the CELI exams it is necessary to register at least 5 weeks before the exam, according to the calendar prepared by the University for Foreigners of Perugia.

Anyone can take a CELI exam, but it is advisable to take a preparation course that Scuola Virgilio can organize on request for one or more students.

Study Italian and work as an equal in Sicily

Those who study Italian in Trapani can obtain the CELI certification (Certificate of knowledge of the Italian language) at the Scuola Virgilio which is an examination center authorized by the University for Foreigners of Perugia.

Divided into 5 levels (from A2 to C2) according to the CEFR, the CELI exams attest to skills and ability to use the Italian language and are useful both for work and for study.

In addition to the general CELI exams, it is possible to take specific exams such as the CELI 2i – level B1 exam for citizenship.

To take the CELI exams it is necessary to register at least 5 weeks before the exam, according to the calendar prepared by the University for Foreigners of Perugia.

Anyone can take a CELI exam, but it is advisable to take a preparation course that Scuola Virgilio can organize on request for one or more students.

Accommodations in Trapani

The Scuola Virgilio offers its students various types of accommodation in Trapani for all needs and budgets through trusted partners:

● accommodation in shared apartments
● homestay accommodation
● rooms and mini-apartments in the residence

Important: Scuola Virgilio is neither the owner of the accommodation offered nor a commercial intermediary, but provides its students with a free booking service. The commercial relationship exists directly between the tenant and the owner / manager of the accommodation.

Shared apartments

These are apartments with 3 or more independent bedrooms, shared kitchen and private or shared bathrooms. Some apartments have a washing machine. Breakfast is not provided. Housekeeping is not included but can be requested at an additional cost.

Rates for single / double room with shared bathrooms

● 2 weeks (minimum stay): 300 € / 450 €
● 3 weeks: 400 € / 600 €
● 4 weeks: 500 € / 750 €
● extra week: 100 € / 150 €

High season supplement from mid-July to the end of August: € 25 per week (per person).

Homestay accommodation

Homestay accommodation can be in an apartment with one person, a couple or a family of several people, and includes:
● accommodation in an independent room
● breakfast (not served at the table)
● use of the kitchen to prepare meals, washing machine, etc.
● use of the bathroom

Base prices from May to October (shared bathroom):

● 1 week: 225 €
● 2 weeks: 450 €
● 3 weeks: 600/700 €
● 4+ weeks: on request

Supplements:

● half board / full board:
● private bathroom

Airport transfer

For students traveling from abroad to attend its Italian courses in Italy, Scuola Virgilio offers a free private transfer booking service from the two airports in western Sicily:

– Vincenzo Florio airport of Trapani Birgi: 30 €
– Falcone and Borsellino airport of Palermo Punta Raisi: 90 €

Price per single route, from 1 to 3 people traveling together.

For both airports there is also a direct public shuttle bus service:

– Trapani airport: AST company
– Palermo airport: Segesta company.

During the high summer season, a shared transfer service is also available from Palermo airport for about € 25 per person. It is the intermediate solution between the previous two and is very useful especially when a flight lands in Palermo after 19:00, since the last bus from Punta Raisi usually leaves for Trapani at 20:00.

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    Un grazie di cuore a tutta la Scuola Virgilio per due settimane fantastiche. È stata una esperienza bellissima che consiglierei a tutti. Purtroppo il tempo è passato velocemente, come sempre quando ti divertiti, ma non è stato un addio, è stato solo un arrivederci, perché nella vita ci si vede sempre due volte.

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    MARKUS
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    The schools really gives you a family feeling, which makes the Italian lessons much easier and enjoyable! I learned a lot and I did also meet a lot of new friends, fantastic experience and I will repeat it if I have the chance!!

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    Spagna

    Classes are small and personal attention is the key. A mixture of grammar, oral reading and small group conversation, coupled with enthusiastic instructors make for an ideal learning environment… and if you are lucky, your classroom will have a sea view!

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