A Gap Year in Italy with Scuola Leonardo da Vinci

Academic School Year in Italy is a one-year study abroad program offered by Scuola Leonardo da Vinci, the Italian language school with years experience.

Online PR News – 15-November-2012 – Florence, Italy – Studying a foreign language is a total experience, especially if the goal is to reach that level of proficiency when even the nuances and variations are mastered.

Everyone knows that to go that far, the pure linguistic element is not enough, it is essential to add cultural studies, which enrich the content of such an experience.

All this is true especially for a language like Italian, suspended between past and present, where the difference between the official language (the one used in that nation's courts, parliament and administration) and local dialects has not disappeared even in highest levels of education and politics.

The LDV Academic year in Italy

The course Academic Year in Italy was designed by Scuola Leonardo da Vinci in order to guide students to such an ambitious goal, where the study of language goes hand by hand with the improvement of cultural knowledge and issues related to Italian culture such as Art History, Cinema, Theatre, Fashion, Food, Literature, Politics and Society.

Academic Year - First Semester

The academic school year in Italy schedules a course that is divided in three semesters so that allows a phased approach to the objective. The first one (12 weeks) focuses exclusively on the linguistic part. We equip the student, no matter of the initial level of Italian knowledge, with the language skills necessary to understand the cultural program that will start during the second semester. The verification of Italian linguistic knowledge has been entrusted to the examination AIL (intermediate level B1 or B2), scheduled at the end of the first session.

Academic Year - Second Semester

The second part (12 weeks) is where we continue the linguistic preparation and start upgrading the vocabulary with cultural knowledge. Cultural subjects such as Arts, Cinema, Fashion and Food, are inserted in order to expand the experience and to help the student to arrive at level of advanced knowledge of Italian. To control and prove the progress of Italian language skill there is a second exam AIL (advanced level C1 or C2).

Academic Year - Third Semester

The third session (8 weeks) is finally devoted exclusively to cultural aspects. Only at this point, we have the confidence to add subjects such as Literature, Theatre, Politics and Society, knowing it will be linguistic adventure for the student. Our students’ final challenge is an essay written in Italian to be discussed at the end of the program. While preparing the article in the last three weeks of the Academic year, the student is assisted to a tutor. This last task will reveal not only the language skills gained but will allow the students to express, develop and set their ideas and concepts.

Academic year in Italy - Outcomes

It 's easy to deduce from above that we are talking about an experience of high level, which can enrich the Curriculum Vitae even of a very sophisticated student or of those who are aiming at making a career or developing academic background in Italy.

Academic year in numbers

The course has fixed starting dates:

• From 7th January 2013 to 16th August 2013;
• From 6th May 2013 to 13th December 2013;
• From 16th September 2013 to 9th May 2014 (including 2 weeks Christmas holiday).

Duration: 32 weeks.
Total language lessons: 480.
Total lessons for preparation of exams: 80.
Total cultural lessons: 80.
Recommended level to enrol: from beginner (A1) until intermediate (B1).
Certificates: Florence AIL intermediate, Florence AIL advanced, Certificate “Academic year”.

Further information about one-year Italian language courses in Italy are available on the official website of the school.