Standard Course: 20 weekly lessons in classes of 5 to 8 students.
This course is designed for those who wish to learn or to improve their knowledge of Italian language.
The lessons comprise language-grammar sessions and periods of conversation practice.
Classes are divided into five levels, depending on the results of the students entry test: Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, Advanced.
Trio Course: 20 weekly lessons in classes of 3 to 4 students.
This course has been organized to satisfy those who wish to gain a quicker more personalized understanding of Italian language.
The course begins automatically if the minimum number of 5 students - necessary for the Standard Course - is not reached.
Duo Course: 20 weekly lessons in classes of 2 students.
This course has been planned for those who desire a more efficient and highly personalized instruction.
Intensive Course: 20 weekly group lessons in the classroom + 5 individual weekly lessons of 60 minutes each.
This course is aimed at satisfying those who wish to learn and perfect their knowledge of Italian, linking the benefit derived from the group lessons to the deepening of their knowledge through the individual lessons.
One-to-One Course: 10/20 individual weekly lessons of 50 minutes each.
It allows a very efficient interaction between the teacher and the student and can be tailored to suit the student's specific requirements.
Latin Course: 20 weekly group lessons in the classroom.
The method used is first of all the reading and comprehension of sentences and short passages in latin, in order to arrive at the learning and formulation of the underlying grammatical rules, gaining in this way the fundamental elements of latin culture and literature.» more information
Course on Lyrical Opera: 20 weekly group lessons in the classroom.
The Course comprises the study of the libretti of the various operas, including reference to their lexical and grammatical content. Students will listen to some of the more outstanding arias.
This Course has been prepared for those students who already have a good knowledge of the Italian language and who wish to deepen and perfect their understanding through the study of lyrical opera. » more information
Cookery Course: 2 weekly lessons each of three hours, including dinner.
The Course consists in the study of recipes, the preparation of ingredients and the creation of Italian dishes, including those typical of Casentino - under the guidance of an expert chef.
Every meeting will be followed by a dinner during which the students will taste the meal prepared by themselves.» more information
Painting Course: 2 weekly lessons each of two hours.
The engaging teaching method which CCIC has developed for its painting classes is based on students’ creative participation in the learning process.
Indeed, students will engage in the realization of an actual work of art under their Maestro’s direction. Such work will gradually take shape, from the drawing of the subject to the finishing stroke.» more information
Course in Stone Workmanship: 4 lessons each of three hours over a period of two weeks.
The Course consists in the theory and practice of manual work techniques in stone.
The lessons are particularly for those who wish to learn and improve their knowledge in this very important expressive form of traditional Casentino culture. » more information
Lessons are held in the classrooms of the school building from Monday to Friday.
The 4 daily lessons, each lasting 50 minutes, begin at 9.00 a.m. with an interval of 30 minutes after the first 2 lessons.
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During their stay at Poppi the students enjoy lunch and dinner together with their teachers in typical Casentino restaurants. These convivial moments give the students an opportunity to savour the gastronomic specialities of Casentino, to practise their conversation and to deepen their knowledge of spoken Italian.
In the afternoons it is possible to take part in excursions together with our teachers so that students can appreciate the very significant local history and culture.
These outings include a visit to Poppi and other medieval villages with their parish churches and castles. The monasteries of Camaldoli and La Verna are of particular importance where one can feel immersed in the spirituality they offer. Also included is a visit to Arezzo to see the frescoes of Piero della Francesca.
With the help of a local expert cook and in a family atmosphere, the students take part in the preparation of typical Tuscan specialities.
The resulting dishes are subsequently savoured by the students, accompanied by their teachers and friends.
During the afternoons when no school activity is scheduled, students can deepen their knowledge of Casentino by visiting local architectural and historic masterpieces and also museums in Florence (40 kilometres away).
It is also possible to enjoy trips through the National Park of the Casentino Forests whose centuries-old woodlands offer the opportunity to admire and enjoy the splendid colours of a still-intact nature.
During your stay in Poppi the school offers various types of accommodation. You can choose one of the local hotels, an agritourism structure in the surrounding countryside or share with other students a 2 or 3-bedroomed flat in the historical centre of Poppi, or nearby.
The school will, on request, provide information and a list of the agritourism structures, hotels and rooms in which it is possible to lodge; also accepting the responsibility of eventual booking.
It is also possible - for a limited number of students - to be accommodated with an Italian family.
An alternative arrangement is to occupy a flat in the historical centre of Poppi - or neighbourhood - either alone or with friends and family. In such cases the school will provide, on request, a list of the available flats with respective prices.