Istituto Venezia - Day Class

Istituto Venezia - Day Class

Istituto Venezia - Day Class
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Italian Art and Cooking courses in Venice and Trieste 20 years of experience, all professional teachers, we offer all levels and several activities in order to make your experience unique. Free time activities are included in the price, housing service on request.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Dorsoduro / Accademia
Artsy is the defining mood of this neighbourhood with street artists, students, painters, sculptors, restorers, curators, historians, collectors, heirs and heiresses rubbing elbows. Peggy Guggenheim's collection, now a museum, lures chic locals for evening art aperitifs. Traditionalists and visionaries cocoon in bohemian luxury. La Salute basilica buttresses the neighbourhood to the east. Gondolas bob in the morning light. The Accademia Bridge crosses the Grand Canal. A back street doubles as basketball court. Palaces house residents, or like Ca' Foscari a university, or a museum like Ca’ Rezzonico that attracts Venetians for concerts. Dorsoduro reveals its industrial roots too, in buildings converted to house university departments or exhibitions. Campo Santa Margherita bursts with youthful energy from local students. Foot traffic bustles to and from Piazzale Roma and Santa Lucia train station. Evening commuters pause for an aperitivo. Neighbours exchange confidants in a campo (square) on their way to market.
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Perry B
Tengen, Germany55 contributions
Jun 2023
I myself am a retired teacher of English and French as a foreign language. I enrolled in the school for a two week course level C1. The teacher was excellent, but every student I met from the other courses had the same opinion. There was group work, partner work, listening comprehension and some grammar exercises as well. The school is in the Santa Margherita area where there are many cafés and inexpensive restaurants. The school will also find a private room for you or if possible, a room in a student dormitory in the Santa Marta area. After class the school offers free tours of the city´s quarters by guides who have studied art history. Every day there is a different fascinating tour. One night a week there is a cooking evening for a small surcharge to cover costs and each week the specialties of a certain town are cooked. Assuming your Italian is good enough the school offers a Historia dell´Arte course instead of going to a normal class in the morning. I participated in this the second week. We were just 4 students and the one teacher and every day we went to a different museum or church or place of interest. I began to truly understand Renaissance Italian art for the first time. I can only recommend this school to anyone considering studying Italian in Italy.
Written 3 July 2023
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April W
Bellevue, VA15 contributions
Jun 2016
Last month, my husband and I took a class at the Ist. Venezia. It was my third class there in the last several years and I highly recommend it as a casual, simple activity to pick up a local side of Venice. Every time, I've learned something of the season and of the people of Venice. Taking a class like this is also a great way to practice your Italian, if it's not your native tongue, and to meet other Italo-philes from around the world. A rich experience overall!
Written 4 July 2016
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Wiktoria
6 contributions
Oct 2015 • Solo
I stayed in Istituto Venezia for 5 weeks, before I was studying italian for 3 months in my country. In the beginning I have to say that there are some great teachers in Istituto (and if you're lucky to be in their class you will learn a lot), unfortunately not all of them. I am truly disappointed with the school and I feel obliged to let other people know about it because if I knew about some stuff I wouldn't have chosen this school. First of all I didn't have any placement test so they didn't really know my exact level and they put me in level 2 after 2 minutes talk (I've been to language schools abroad and the placement test were always very detailed). Second of all in 30 hours of studying Italian in Poland I've learned so much grammar (passato, imperfetto, trapassato, condizionale, futuro semplice, pronomi diretti, indiretti, combinati, gradi dell'aggettivo, imperativo, particelle ci, ne, congiuntivo presente, passato e trapassato) all I needed was practice and talking (cause I didn't talk well) and I was very excited about revision as well as getting to know new topics. Unfortunately having 100 hours in total in Istituto we barely began congiuntivo and I practically started from level 3 in istituto... Having 4 hours of Italian per day I really expected more and we were not even able to finish explaining one grammar topic a day. Okay, let's say that school is more oriented on conversation (even so it should be said from the beginning) but from my point of view, and honestly not only mine, I've heard so many opinions like this ,the conversation held by some teachers were mostly oriented on ONE, TWO or MAXIMUM THREE people in the classroom. What about the rest? Mostly they didn't care, if they started a conversation with one person they would keep on talking for the whole hour. I swear it was like this because I kept looking on the watch. And you could say - so why you were not trying to talk as much as the others? - well, because not everyone is so eager to talk in a foreign language after 3 months of studying while other have been studying for years and this is the teacher's job to encourage all the classroom to have a conversation. Not just 2 people. Long story short there are so many things I didn't like in the school, my vocabulary range didn't expand at all, they almost don't do the vocabulary classes (again depending on the teacher, unfortunately I had a good one just for last 2 weeks). Another thing is that the classes are mainly very numerous, people change every week, so you have to go through all getting to know new people and placing them in the classes every week which is also a huge waste of time. And the last thing is that classes are mix of very young and very old people which may be not very politicaly correct but let's face the truth, mostly (of course there are some exceptions) old people don't get everything as fast as the youngsters, they keep asking same questions all over again and as much as I don't want to be rude I had the impression that the class should be devided based on age as well...

To sum up I am truly disappointed, I expected so much more after 5 weeks of very intensive course. The only good thing is that my comperhension of Italian improved, also I was not that shy to talk as in the beginning, but still not what I expected. I didn't get to know any of the new grammar topic. And also there should be so much more grammar excercises during classes or at least a homework every time. Honestly if you pay for studying you actually expect to work hard not to have a holiday with a bit of Italian in the background.

In the end I want to underline that THERE ARE GOOD TEACHERS in the school, you just have to be lucky enough to meet them.

And just one thing to be fair - maybe my big dissatisfaction comes from the fact that I came to Venice to study as an erasmus so I really needed to get to know Italian very fast and I really wanted. If you're just going for a holiday and you want to revise a bit your language skills the school might actually be a good choice. They also organise very nice and interesting activities in Italian for students what is a huge advantage. The location is perfect, the teachers are always on time and the atmosphere is pleasant.

I am sorry if I hurt somebodie's feelings, it wasn't my intention. I just feel so dissatisfied about the school, if you improved some things it would be so much better.
Written 17 November 2015
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ara Wiktoria, ci dispiace che tu non sia stata completamente soddisfatta del corso che hai seguito presso la nostra scuola. Abbiamo moltissimi studenti che ogni anno tornano a seguire in nostri corsi a Venezia e a Trieste e che ci dimostrano il loro gradimento. In Polonia avevi studiato molta grammatica e, come tu stessa osservi, era necessario lavorare di più sulle abilità comunicative. Questo è quello che cerchiamo di fare in classe seguendo l' approccio comunicativo (ovviamente si procede anche con la grammatica , ma in maniera graduale e in contesto). Fortunatamente anche tu dici che nella comprensione e nel parlato ti sei resa conto di essere un po' migliorata. Sei stata da noi in un periodo (settembre) in cui ogni anno gruppi già costituiti di studenti provenienti dalla Germania e dall'Austria frequentano i nostri corsi. La cosa ovviamente ci fa molto piacere però non possiamo non considerare che l'età media in quel periodo si alza e la prevalenza di germanofoni a scuola si fa notare. I quel periodo dobbiamo attivare anche corsi in più ed è quindi possibile che gli studenti che restano un periodo lungo cambino insegnanti o compagni di gruppo. Maddalena Angelino Direzione didattica Mi dispiace però che tu non ce ne abbia parlato direttamente appena i primi problemi per te si sono presentati. In sede, oltre agli insegnanti, è sempre presente il personale di segreteria e i dirigenti della scuola, in particolare la direttrice didattica. Per noi è molto importante il contatto con i singoli studenti per cercare di risolvere subito ogni problema o difficoltà. Nel tuo caso probabilmente la direttrice didattica ti avrebbe consigliato i nostri corsi intensivi del pomeriggio dove abbiamo gruppi più piccoli e spesso anche altri studenti erasmus come te. Grazie a questi fattori si lavora molto più intensamente e si procede più velocemente con il programma. Ogni quattro settimane inizia una sessione e il quel caso il test è costituito da una prova scritta e da una prova orale. Gli altri tre lunedì della sessione gli studenti vengono inseriti nei gruppi solo tramite la prova orale (per esigenze organizzative e per non fare perdere ore di lezione). Bisogna tenere presente che la prova d'ingresso non è un esame di certificazione delle competenze linguistiche ma è un colloquio approfondito per capire quale dei nostri cinque livelli sempre attivi (A1-A2-B1-B2-C1) sia il più adatto per il percorso di studio di ogni studente. Una volta inserito nel livello lo studente ha sempre la possibilità di confrontarsi e chiedere consigli agli insegnanti e alla direttrice didattica.
Written 25 November 2015
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boysontherun
boys on the run12 contributions
Sept 2014 • Solo
I think the school has very good teachers. In my experience, conscientious, motivated and interested in the students and their learning. They work hard and put a lot into the process.

The students are from many countries and atmosphere in general good with the opportunity to mix and meet many people.

The most disappointing part was what the school describes as "Tandem" - supposedly a chance to exchange languages with a local Italian speaking student. There is a board where you can see adverts placed from Italian students. However, my experience was the same as many other students - hardly anybody responds and those that do are not reliable. Having learnt a language previously I realise that the key is speaking. The classes provide the basics but speaking to locals, very tough in Venice, is what will make the difference.

School seemed largely disinterested to do anything about it - although a lot of effort does go into promoting cooking classes. Were quite good but rather overpriced.
Written 27 April 2015
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Livia M
Budapest, Hungary3 contributions
Apr 2014 • Solo
I had the chance to participate some week courses a couple of times to improve my broken Italian. Each time I was put exactly to the right class, perfectly matching my then level, which I could significantly improve, thanks to the teachers' proficiency, the methodology and the assistance I received. The free afternoon events were a nice addition to the easy going atmosphere of the school, getting useful and interesting information on Venice from locals, making me feel as if I were a local as well. Great feeling being a Venetian even for a short while. Classes were diversified on many topics, all giving useful knowledge on Venice, Italian life and culture while improving our Italian in no time. In the meantime students of various nationality could get together, having funny moments speaking Italian among themselves even beyond classes. Accomodation offered by the school was perfect, good value and within walking distance. The school is highly recommended for each age group, everyone will find his/her most suitable level, while may enjoy the cordiality and friendly approach of the school staff.
Written 8 October 2014
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38th_Signal
Genève18 contributions
Dec 2013 • Solo
I've been four times already, and will go back again. The atmosphere is great, the teachers awesome, and the setting excellent.

OK, OK, this is Venice which may well be my favorite place, so anything there is by definition great, but even then, the Istituto is special.

If you want to learn Italian, I can heartily recommend it! Everybody's nice and attentive and they adapt to you, not the opposite. Plus it draws students from all over so you get to meet interesting people and interact with them during the afternoon extra-curriculars.

Oh, and - if you're travelling single, the accommodation at the Redentore is hard to beat, convenience- or price-wise.
Written 2 March 2014
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Wolfadler
Oslo, Norway15 contributions
Aug 2013 • Solo
The Istituto is very flexible; you can start with practically no knowledge - or speaking it fairly well - they will find the right level for you! Students from different countries, age varies! I felt very well taken care of, and the Institute arranged cooking course, walkabouts in Venezia Minore, etc. It is beatifully located at Cpo. Santa Margherita! They arranged accomodation and are helpful in various ways! I strongly recommend the Institute; whether you want to stay for a week - or for several months!
Written 15 February 2014
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Gabriela C
Bonn, Germany17 contributions
Jan 2014 • Solo
I went to study Italian for one week, I have to say that the ambient, teachers and the palace made my stay a very nice experience.
I'm thinking to go back and have another intensive course!
Written 4 February 2014
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Darya N.
Berlin, Germany11 contributions
Aug 2013 • Solo
Learning Italian at "Istituto Venezia" is the best combination of learning Italian and discovering Venice. Every day I found out something new about this magnificent city and about the Italian language and culture. Especially interesting were the cultural activities organised by the school: these are mainly thematic walks through the "sestieri" of Venice with professors of art history. During these activities I really learned very interesting and truly authentic things about Venice that you will never find in guidebooks!
Written 4 February 2014
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