The teaching method of the Istituto Il David enables students to obtain a good knowledge of the Italian language in a short time by developing the four basic skills: understanding, speaking, reading and writing. Our method places emphasis on grammar, listening comprehension and oral expression. Grammar is essential for students to build correct sentences, while the development of both listening comprehension and oral expression enables students to understand and to speak properly and fluently.
Classes are held in Italian in order to allow the students to be constantly in touch with the reality of the language. Alongside the schoolbook, teachers use extra, up-to-date materials. In drafting lesson plans, they also pay particular attention to each student's characteristics and needs.
All our teachers are Italian mother-tongue speakers and graduated. They are qualified with an experience in teaching Italian as a Second Language and are constantly kept updated. They are always at the students' disposal and help them individually. Their classes are lively, interesting and entertaining at the same time, also thanks to various teaching materials.
The classes and the students
The classes have a maximum of 12 and a minimum of 4 students, the average number of learners per class is 7/8. All the classes are made of students with compatible levels of competence. Students come from all over the world, creating an international environment that allows an intercultural exchange of opinion and ideas.
Levels and Certificates
Our courses are divided into six levels of language competence: beginners, elementary, lower intermediate, upper intermediate, advanced, post-advanced. At the end of the course students receive a certificate of attendance which specifies the level achieved and hours completed. Students who wish to take a final examination &can do so once the advanced or the post-advanced level has been reached. Those who pass it are awarded the David Certificate of Knowledge of the Italian Language.
Beginning of the group courses
All absolute beginners should preferably start their classes on the first day of the course, according to the school calendar. Students with a knowledge of Italian may start courses on any Monday. The shortest attendance time possible is one week. On the first day of each course, students take an entry test in order to assess their level of knowledge. This does not apply to total beginners, who start their classes straight away as soon as they arrive. After the test, time is dedicated to new students meeting one another and a presentation of the school and of Florence is given, focusing on practical aspects of the city.