We believe in interaction

As a way to learn and grow as individuals

School

Academya Lingue is a language school and a cultural center based in Bologna with the purpose of promoting the Italian language and culture through language courses and extra-curricular activities (both recreational and cultural). The school –  recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research and by the Directorate General Emilia Romagna and also chosen by Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna (BBS) as School of Languages in its International GLOBAL MBA Program and International Master Program-  has a well established experience in the field of Italian language and culture teaching to foreign students of all ages and geographical origins.

We are open to each and every student, regardless of their gender, age, race, ethnicity, language, culture, religion, sexual orientation, political opinions, personal and social conditions. We openly support and promote a culture of mutual respect and appreciation of differences, as in the typical great Italian tradition of cultural and linguistic diversity.

 

The courses are entirely focused on the real needs of the students. The classes have a limited number of students, and the team of teachers – all native speakers – are continually trained and highly motivated, as to provide students with the best language learning experience in a typical Italian environment. Every week we organize interesting and engaging extracurricular activities so as to offer students a unique and memorable experience.

 

Our school has free wi–fi access, an internet point, free language resources, a kitchen and heating/air-conditioning in every classroom. We are located in the beautiful palace called Casa Berti, situated in the heart of the historic centre of Bologna, within the spectacular Piazza Santo Stefano also known as Piazza delle Sette Chiese – an elegant pedestrian area near the famous Two Towers, many museums, art galleries, shops, stores, coffee bars, restaurants and markets.

 

The size of Bologna makes it an ideal place to study and fully immerse yourself in the Italian culture. It is also one of the most beautiful cities in Emilia-Romagna and in the entire Italian peninsula. Known throughout Italy and in the world as the Dotta for housing the oldest university in the world, the Grassa for its amazing culinary tradition and the Rossa for the colors and the warm reflections of its palaces and towers, Bologna is a very livable city that is not too touristic. As such, it is proud and able to offer the famous and incomparable “Italian lifestyle”.

Teaching method

Our teaching method is based on the six levels of language knowledge recognized by the CEFR – Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

 

Important international research and studies have shown that learning a language as a child is different from learning a second language as an adult. For this reason, Academya Lingue has adopted an innovative and extremely successful teaching method, regularly monitored and constantly updated, based on the integration of two winning teaching methods: the cognitive-communicative method – where language and culture are closely linked and lead the student to the formal correctness deeply rooted in the social and cultural reality – and the humanistic-affective method – where both the personality of each student and his/her own relationship with the language find a privileged space and are stimulated in a typically Italian pleasant and relaxing atmosphere.

 

This combined approach focuses on the interaction as a means and ultimate goal of learning a language and the acquisition of the four language skills: listening comprehension (understanding a spoken language), speaking (verbal communication skills), reading comprehension (understanding a written text) and writing (written communication skills).

For this reason we never ask our teachers to use only one grammar book, although the Founder and Director of Studies, Andrea Bernardoni, has written one himself.

 

With this in mind, the student is placed in the centre of the language acquisition process and is never left alone or behind. Moreover, the student is constantly supported, stimulated and encouraged in a relaxing environment of harmony and cordiality. If it is true that the pursuit of communicative competence is the goal of this combined approach, it is equally true that such pursuit has to be the result of an extremely pleasant and joyful experience.

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