Learn Italian - and why not?
If you plan to spend a couple of weeks in Italy consider taking an Italian language course in Siena.
Four hours a day, five days a week and you'll come away from your vacation not only with a profound sense of intellectual achievement, but with a much better grasp ofthe Italian people and their culture. And you'll find yourself more confident in communicating with Italians everywhere. You'll get the added bonus of meeting people from all over the world.
Remember that while most schools offer similar language programs, teaching styles and objectives can differ so do your homework thoroughly.
- What books does the school use?
- Can you buy used copies at home before you go?
- If you're planning on staying with a host family do they speak your language?
- What extracurricular activities does the school offer?
For general information on studying Italian in Italy (where else after all?) you can download a copy of an article Susan and I wrote for Transitions Abroad magazine, Long Term Language Study Overseas (45K PDF).
While we do not endorse any one particular language school or program in Tuscany, we attended the Dante Alighieri school in Siena in June of 1999 and again in February-April of 2005 and had an incredibly rewarding experience both times.