My pick for best Italian School
It may surprise you that Italian is one of the top new languages being learned today. Why is this? The director of Dilit, Giorgio Piva says that more often than not a personal passion brings people from all over the world looking for the ‘Italian Experience’; something the school specialises in.
Dilit Italian School, part of the acclaimed International House group, opened in 1974 as one of the first trailblazers to teach Italian to foreign students. They can still be found in the same welcoming and spacious Liberty style building close to Termini station with the best travel connections in the city, yet on a quiet street away from the bustle. The school is tech-savvy, the staff is helpful, they hold frequent social events and even have a garden cafe for hanging out and practising with other students.
Giorgio has been hands on for over 40 years, and is a key part of the company’s excellent reputation but also a man with a view to keeping ‘fresh energy’ in the school, all pointing to the fact that the experience as a whole is key here; they are not just a money making machine.
With Dilit you can tailor your learning to fit you, with intensive and non-intensive group and individual courses available all year, ranging from a couple of weeks to a semester or full year programme. Some courses are like a ‘learning vacation’, where you can choose to study Italian through anything from architecture and film to cookery courses. Also on offer is a language internship in an Italian workplace, professional Business Italian and an intensive preparation course for exams such as CELI, CILS and I.T. Another popular choice is for the over 50, where students experience the culture of Rome through Italian with amazing day trips and excursions.
Dilit encourages you to think on your feet and work things out in an interactive way, while teachers are nurtured in their in-house teacher education programmes; a happy teacher is a happy learning environment. They also offer English and German lessons, ensuring a real hub of multicultural activity. Dilit is definitely more than just a school, but a chance to be part of a community and one I will definitely recommend to friends!
DI.L.IT. -Divulgazione Lingua Italiana
Via Marghera, 22 (Termini)