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Italian Language Courses

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Italian Language Profile
  • Over 70 million people speak Italian.

Italian is also spoken in:
  • Croatia
  • Libya
  • Monaco
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovenia
  • Somalia
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican City

Many professionals in companies across the UK, as well as private individuals, have benefited from an Italian Language Course with SIMON & SIMON. We have a terrific team of qualified native-speaker Italian teachers, and with an average of 15 years' experience they will ensure you benefit from a course designed specifically around your needs, whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced learner with more specialised requirements.

We consistently receive excellent feedback on our Italian tutors from our clients, and we send our students a profile on their Italian tutor prior to their Italian lessons commencing, with information on the tutor's background and experience.

If you have only studied languages before at school you will find that teaching approaches to modern language training have changed enormously in recent years - it's now a lot more fun and a far more rewarding experience!

Your teacher will conduct your Italian lesson almost entirely in Italian - a method known as the Communicative Approach - and you will find yourself making progress from the very first lesson and soon growing in the confidence to communicate in Italian in a variety of social and business situations.

Our Italian language courses are available on both a 1:1 and group basis, but the majority of our clients offer 1:1 Italian training to their employees. However, with careful planning, group training can offer great value for money, provided there is a real commitment from the participants to get together at the same time every week. We strongly recommend you keep group numbers to 6 or less for these types of courses to be successful.

Those learning Italian on a 1:1 basis will naturally make much faster progress, as the course will be designed around their individual needs and focus on their particular strengths and weaknesses.

Course Management

Every SIMON & SIMON language course is overseen by one of our highly experienced Account Managers, all of whom are multi-lingual.

At the start of your Italian language course we will send you a profile on your trainer, followed by a Course Plan and relevant course materials, and then a Progress Report after every 40 hours of training. You will also receive a copy of our quarterly newsletter, Breaking the Language Barrier, featuring a superb prize draw and invaluable weblinks to language learning sources.

SIMON & SIMON has arranged Italian language courses for clients in numerous locations, and with our global network of language trainers we can organise an Italian language course for you wherever you are - in almost any major city in the UK, Europe and beyond.

The vast majority of our Italian lessons take place at our clients' offices, removing the need for you to travel, but Italian lessons can take place in your home if that is more convenient.

We can also arrange full-time residential Italian language courses for you - just contact our office for information on available destinations.

Italian Course Schedules

Our Italian language courses run throughout the year. The majority of our students attend at least one 90-minute session per week and many students will try to do more than one session depending on work commitments.

Our Italian teachers are available Monday - Friday from 8am - 8pm, and Weekend Courses can also be arranged on request.

Our intensive Italian language courses run for 30 hours per week, (6 hours per day Monday - Friday), and take place on our clients' premises or at a residential centre here in the UK or abroad.

The content of your Italian language course will reflect your level and your particular objectives. We will assess your Italian language level before your course, and discuss with you in detail the subject areas you wish to focus on.

You may be a complete beginner looking for day-to-day Italian survival language skills, or a more proficient Italian speaker needing to improve your fluency when discussing areas such as law, banking, finance, insurance, sales, travel, marketing, and administration.

You may want to focus on improving your Italian for meetings, discussions and negotiations, or to concentrate on improving your listening comprehension, pronunciation and telephone skills.

Whatever your needs, working with one of our highly experienced Italian language trainers you can be confident that the content of your Italian language course will be tailored just for you and that you will soon be meeting your objectives.

Italian Language Examination Courses

We can also help prepare you for Italian examinations of a business or general nature. We are proud to say our students have a 95% pass rate in language examinations, and their success further underlines the value we place on working with Italian teachers with above average experience.

As part of our service, SIMON & SIMON will also organise the registration and administration of Italian examinations and the issuing of result certificates.

The table below is based on recognised language levels used by various academic institutions accross the European Union. A highly motivated student attending weekly sessions with their language trainer can expect to move from one level to another after 50 hours providing they also commit to a similar number of hours of self-study.

Of course, some people find learning languages easier than others, and some students will have more opportunities to practise the language in the course of their work and leisure, so these factors also need to be considered when trying to assess how long it will take to move from one level to another.

Level People At This Level Can:
Complete Beginner No previous knowledge of the target language
Preliminary
  • Make contacts and exchange basic information (personal, work and social)
  • Handle basic business telephone language
  • Work with numbers (e.g. dates and figures)
  • Understand simple requests and instructions
  • Make basic travel arrangements and appointments
  • Handle basic forms and documents
Level 1
Low Intermediate
  • Describe the company and its products
  • Confirm and alter meeting arrangements
  • Give simple instructions and explanations
  • Develop contacts and exchange more specific / detailed information
  • Understand and write simple business correspondence and notes
  • Contribute to discussions (e.g. express opinions, agree and disagree) and make simple formulaic presentations on familiar topics
Level 2
Intermediate
  • Understand and interpret key, work-related information, e.g. handling customer enquiries
  • Understand and write standard business correspondence and reports
  • Give more complex instructions and explanations and explain ideas
  • Participate in routine interviews
  • Participate more fully in business meetings and discussions
  • Make more complex formulaic presentations on familiar topics
Level 3
Upper Intermediate
  • Understand and write complex business correspondence and reports within own field
  • Understand and discuss complex concepts of a general and work-related nature
  • Handle formal and informal meetings and negotiations with, for example, customer or suppliers
  • Relocate to a country where the language is spoken and function fully in all routine areas and aspects of work
Level 4
Advanced
  • Use appropriate language to deal with an extensive range of oral and written tasks
  • Respond to a wide variety of situations with fluency and spontaneity
  • Read, interpret and produce highly specialised texts / reports and present, discuss complex arguments
  • Make presentations and contribute fully at seminars and conferences

Company Funded Training

If your company is thinking of investing in language training our free consultation and demo lesson is a real opportunity to see if SIMON & SIMON is right for you ñ hundreds of other companies have chosen SIMON & SIMON, so we hope you will join them.

To take up this special offer, please call Lisa, on 020 7931 9026 - quoting "Demo Lesson" - our no-obligation consultation and demo lesson is free of charge.

Self-Funded Training

If you are interested in taking one of our courses as a private individual, then our free demo lessons are a perfect opportunity for you to meet one of our language trainers, experience the teaching methodology firsthand, and for us to assess your level and course needs - all with no obligation.

Demo lessons typically last 1 hour, and take place at our offices in central London, close to Victoria Station.

To take up this special offer, please call Lisa, on 020 7931 9026 - quoting "Demo Lesson" - our no-obligation consultation and demo lesson is free of charge.


For additional information on our Italian language courses, visit the following pages if you are an HR professional, an employee or an individual. For information on fees and to receive a proposal specifically tailored to your language needs, please complete our short enquiry form and we will respond promptly, or call us on 020 7821 0999.


Our Italian language courses include:

  • flexible range of language training options
  • 'in-company', 'at home' or 'residential' courses
  • 1 - 30 hours per week of language training
  • courses in English and more than 20 foreign languages
  • 1:1 or group sessions
  • courses in the UK and Worldwide
  • qualified native speakers with an average of 15 years' teaching experience

Our services also include:

  • the support of our multi-lingual team of account managers
  • pre-course language assessments and course needs analysis
  • trainer profiles, course plans, progress reports and course evaluations
  • purchase and delivery of course materials
  • registration and preparation for language examinations
  • comprehensive reports on student attendance and progress
  • regular account reviews with HR/learning & development personnel
  • password access to 'monitor' - our industry leading online reporting system
  • translation & interpreting service
  • our newsletter - breaking the language barrier
 
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