Language and culture

50+ Program

(20 Italian group lessons + 3 cultural activities per week)

Course structure:
We understand that adult students have different needs, interests and rhythms compared to those younger than them.
To respond to their different needs, the 50+ program combines studying the Italian language in groups of a maximum of 8 students with some cultural activities which are dedicated to them.
The course takes place in class in the morning to study the language and three afternoons per week are reserved for museum visits, walks or tastings.

About the course:
Just like the other language courses, the morning is entirely dedicated to studying the Italian language. From 9:00 to 10:30 we study grammar. The linguistic structures are learned through texts and many practical examples in order so that the students can learn and understand their uses well. Having a maximum number of students per class (8) means that the teacher can attentively follow the progress of individuals and be accommodating to the pace of everyone.
After a short break, conversation class starts (from 10:45 to 12:15) when it is possible to communicate and put the linguistic structures learned into practice. The direct teaching method used by the ABC school encourages speakers of any language and age, even beginners, to speak Italian from the very first lesson.

Students are encouraged to communicate and express themselves using the linguistic knowledge learned and with each day they can notice real progress.

After morning lessons, students are free for lunch: very close to the school there are many small restaurants, trattorias, pizzerias and places where you can go for a quick pasta dish. Cheap but tasty.

Three times a week the students on the 50+ course will find a teacher waiting for them at the school for an afternoon activity exclusively for them. There is also an excursion to another Tuscan city on Saturday.

The program is organised by the school and can vary but it can include for example:
A tour of Florence to discover the most famous monuments in the city
A walk to the Piazzale Michelangelo and a visit of the San Miniato al Monte church
Visit to the Uffizi Gallery or the Accademia Gallery of Florence.
A walk of the Oltrarno district
A visit of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral
A visit to the new Museo dell'Opera del Duomo (museum of the works of the Cathedral)
A visit to an artisan workshop
A walk in the historic centre discovering secrets and legends of Florence
An Italian history or culture seminar (music, cinema, art, traditions and much more)
Afternoon or evening with a cooking lesson and dinner together
Excursions to Siena, Pisa, Lucca, Arezzo or other Tuscan cities (with all the other students).

The museum visits and art history themed walks are taken by teachers who are also licensed tour guides and/or have a degree in art history.

Lesson times:
9:00 – 10:30 grammar lesson, every day from Monday to Friday
10:45 – 12:15 conversation lesson, every day from Monday to Friday

Afternoon: 3 activities per week
Saturday: 1 excursion outside of Florence

Changes to the timetable are possible during certain times of the year and/or for other reasons from the school but will be promptly communicated with the students.

Students on the 50+ course have the possibility to also participate in the socio-cultural activities organised by the school in the afternoon.

Course duration
The 50+ course lasts for a minimum of one week.

Start dates
The 50+ course starts every second Monday on specific dates.
2017: 2 January, 16 January, 30 January, 13 February, 27 February, 13 March, 27 March, 10 April, 24 April, 8 May, 22 May, 5 June, 19 June, 3 July, 17 July, 31 July, 14 August, 28 August, 11 September, 25 September, 9 October, 23 October, 6 November, 20 November, 4 December.

2018: 2 January, 15 January, 29 January, 12 February, 26 February, 12 March, 26 March, 9 April, 23 April, 7 May, 21 May, 4 June, 18 June, 2 July, 16 July, 30 July, 13 August, 27 August, 10 September, 24 September, 8 October, 22 October, 5 November, 19 November, 3 December.

School holidays in 2017
Lessons take place from Monday to Friday. On Saturday the school organises activities that the students can take part in if they would like to: visits to museums or monuments and excursions in cities close to Florence.
The school follows national and local holidays and will be closed on the following days:
1 January, 6 January, Easter Monday (17 April), 25 April, 1 May, 2 June, 24 June, 15 August, 1 November, 8 December.
The school will be closed for Christmas holidays from 18 December 2017 to 1 January 2018.

School holidays in 2018

Lessons take place from Monday to Friday. On Saturday the school organises activities that the students can take part in if they would like to: visits to museums or monuments and excursions in cities close to Florence.

The school follows national and local holidays and will be closed on the following days: 1 January, 6 January (Saturday), Easter Monday (2 April), 25 April, 1 May, 2 June (Saturday), 24 June (Saturday), 15 August, 1 November, 8 December (Saturday). The school will be closed for Christmas holidays from 24 December 2018 to 6 January 2019.

Prices
50+ course: 20 lessons per week + a special program of museums visits, artistic places, walks and cooking lessons.
1 week euro 400,00
2 weeks euro 700,00
3 weeks euro 1.050,00
4 weeks euro 1.400,00
5 weeks euro 1.750,00
6 weeks euro 2.100,00
One cooking lesson is included in the price. The entrance fees to museums and monuments as well as bus/train tickets for excursions outside of Florence are not included.

All courses have an additional registration fee of 70 euro which is valid for a total of 12 months for both Florence and Sestri Levante.

Locations
The 50+ course is available in both Florence and in Sestri Levante.
It is also possible to attend the course in both locations, therefore being able to discover both Tuscany and Liguria.

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Italian Language and History of Art

Course structure:
The Italian language and history of art course is a great opportunity to be able to study Italian and be able to get to know the beautiful art of Florence in depth by visiting monumental museums and churches in the city.

It is possible to choose between two different programs:
a) The discovery of Florentine churches and museums
Every week you will have 10 group grammar lessons + 10 individual history of art lessons visiting museums and monuments.
Group lessons take place with a maximum of 8 students.
b) Immerse yourself in Florentine history of art
Every week you will have 10 group grammar lessons + 10 individual history of art lessons in class.
Group lessons take place with a maximum of 8 students.

About the courses:

For both the Italian and history of art courses, the first half of the morning is dedicated to studying Italian grammar in classes of maximum 8 students.

The second half of the morning will revolve around history of art.
The teachers who teach the course are history of art graduates and/or are licensed tour guides with great knowledge of the subject.
The history of art lessons are individual and it is possible to choose which historic period or which artist you would like to focus as well as leaving it up to the teacher to decide.
From medieval to Renaissance times, from Giotto to Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli or Michelangelo, Florence offers the possibility to get to know one of the most important historical and artistic heritages of the world.
Those who choose a) The discovery of Florentine churches and museums, will visit a different monument every day.
Those who prefer to b) Immerse themselves in Florentine history of art, will have more specific lessons on art history in class with the help of images and can visit the museums that they find the most interesting if they would like to.

All of the art history lessons are in Italian which is why we would recommend that the student has reached at least A2 level.
It it also possible to ask for history of art lessons in English.

Lesson times:
9:00 – 10:30 group grammar lessons (for all courses), every day from Monday to Friday. 10:50 – 12:40 individual history of art lessons, every day from Monday to Friday.
Group lessons last 45 minutes.
Individual lessons last 55 minutes.

Changes to the timetable are possible during certain times of the year and/or for other reasons from the school but will be promptly communicated with the students.

In the afternoon students can participate in the activities organised by the school.

Course duration
The Italian language and history of art course lasts for a minimum of one and a maximum of two weeks.

Start dates in 2017

Elementary, intermediate and advanced students can start the course every Monday. Complete beginners can start the course every second Monday, on these specific dates: 2 January, 16 January, 30 January, 13 February, 27 February, 13 March, 27 March, 10 April, 24 April, 8 May, 22 May, 5 June, 19 June, 3 July, 17 July, 31 July, 14 August, 28 August, 11 September, 25 September, 9 October, 23 October, 6 November, 20 November, 4 December.

Holidays in 2017

Lessons take place from Monday to Friday. On Saturday the school organises activities that the students can take part in if they would like to: visits to museums or monuments and excursions in cities close to Florence.

The school follows national and local holidays and will be closed on the following days: 1 January, 6 January, Easter Monday (17 April), 25 April, 1 May, 2 June, 24 June, 15 August, 1 November, 8 December.

The school will be closed for Christmas holidays from 18 December 2017 to 1 January 2018.

Start dates in 2018

Elementary, intermediate and advanced students can start the course every Monday. Complete beginners can start the course every second Monday, on these specific dates: 2 January, 15 January, 29 January, 12 February, 26 February, 12 March, 26 March, 9 April, 23 April, 7 May, 21 May, 4 June, 18 June, 2 July, 16 July, 30 July, 13 August, 27 August, 10 September, 24 September, 8 October, 22 October, 5 November, 19 November, 3 December.

Holidays in 2018

Lessons take place from Monday to Friday. On Saturday the school organises activities that the students can take part in if they would like to: visits to museums or monuments and excursions in cities close to Florence.

The school follows national and local holidays and will be closed on the following days: 1 January, 6 January (Saturday), Easter Monday (2 April), 25 April, 1 May, 2 June (Saturday), 24 June (Saturday), 15 August, 1 November, 8 December (Saturday).

The school will be closed for Christmas holidays from 24 December 2018 to 6 January 2019.

Prices

A) The discovery of Florentine churches & museums b) Immerse yourself in Florentine history of art
1 week - 10 group grammar lessons + 10 individual history of art lessons: 480 euro
2 weeks – 20 group grammar lessons + 20 individual history of art lessons: 920 euro

Educational materials are included in the price.
Museum tickets, churches or other monuments are not included in the price.

All courses have an additional registration fee of 70 euro which is valid for a total of 12 months for both Florence and Sestri Levante.

Locations
The Italian plus history of art courses are only available in Florence.

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