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Student’s Comments

Cari amici!!!
Era un bellissimo tempo.Mille grazie
La scuola Italia è veramente perfetta
Mi mancano le parole non posso dire che mi è piaciuta.
Sicuramente ritornerò.
Un saluto speciale a persone speciali.
Katja Palle – Austria 09/07/1999

Cari!!!!
Corinna, Tiziana, Barbara, Roberto
Grazie soprattutto di un benvenuto molto cordiale.
Queste due settimane sono insieme molto ricchi, a livello di lingua che a livello umano!Mi sono sentita molto bene qui.
Mi piace il vostro entusiasmo e la voglia di costruire qualcosa di bello.
Ci vediamo-sono sicura!
Tanti saluti
Bernardette Conrad- 18/06/1999

Cari tutti.
Mi sono divertita molto.penso che questa scuola sia molto brava.
Specialmente anche le insegnanti e Roberto.
Sempre farò pubblicità per voi in Olanda e vi auguro buona fortuna!!!!
Vi ringrazio per tutto,
Chantal Visch-Olanda Urbania ,07/07/2000

Vorrei ringraziarvi del bel tempo qui ad Urbania. E’ stato un soggiorno molto piacevole. Alla vostra scuola si riceve una buona accoglienza e l’energia e l’entusiasmo delle insegnanti sono stupendi e impressionanti. Se ho la possibilità ritornerò con piacere l’anno prossimo.
Tanti saluti e auguri per il futuro.
Lone Smith-Danimarca-28/07/2000

A Urbania la vita è veramente bella. Posso dire che tutto mi è piaciuto:l’appartamento, la città e la sua gente,ma soprattutto la scuola e gli insegnanti!
Garzie per tutto – Corinna,barbara,Alessandra,Roberto!!
Spero che possa ritornare il prossimo anno per migliorare il mio italiano-soprattutto la grammatica.
Siete tutti così gentili e sono veramente triste perché devo ritornare in Austria.
Arrivederci-ci vediamo il prossimo anno
Tamara Dekum- Austria 18 agosto 2000

Solo una parola: RITORNERO’
Nicole Andra- Austria18/08/2000

Ma che posso dire!!!!prima di partire per l’Italia ho avuto una brutta esperienza. Pensavo di aver perso la voglia di studiare la lingua italiana. Mi ero stancata con tutto quello che era collegato all’Italia. Ma si dice:Dopo la pioggia ,c’è il sole!!!Allora il mio sole siete voi.
Tutti gli insegnanti( Barbara,Corinna,Roberto,Alessandra,Daniela,Tiziana),insieme con i miei che ho conosciuto qui, in vera Italia, eravamo come una famiglia, una famiglia piccola ma vera!!!
Siete allegri, divertenti, aperti, la gente che tutti dovrebbero conoscere. Ho avuto con tutti voi una vacanza bellissima e indimenticabile. Non vi dimenticherò mai e sono sicura che ci vedremo ancora.
Con tutto il mio cuore,la vostra croata
Mariana Petrovic 18 agosto 2000

Grazie tanto per una permanenza meravigliosa. Spero di imparato molto. Grazie agli insegnanti che hanno una maniera esaltante con non ho conosciuto mai. Anche grazie a Roberto che sempre si tiene a disposizione. E’ stata un’esperienza magnifica che mi ha dato una buona base per gli studi italiani in Danimarca.
Grazie a tutti
Thomas Kilsmark-Danimarca

Mi dispiace molto di partire di nuovo in Belgio. Con un grande piacere ho frequentato Scuola Italia. Mille grazie a Corinna e a Barbara.Roberto l’allegrissimo.Mi mancheranno molte cose,le serate divertenti durante il corso di cucina.
Dominique Verbruggen-Belgio 30 marzo 2001

Ciao a tutti!!
Sono Marin un ragazzo Croato,sono stato ad Urbania a studiare la lingua italian a scuola italia per 5 mesi.Voglio dire solo una cosa: 5 mesi che non dimenticherò mai per tutta la mia vita!!!
Marin Becc-Croazia - 20 aprile 2001

Martina Grams-Germania
Il tempo che ho trascorso nella vostra Scuola Italia mi è piaciuto moltissimo!Vi ringrazio per la vostra pazienza e disponibilità. Siete molto gentili. In poche parole siete veramente grandi!!!!
Tanti saluti
Martina

Sono moltissimo contenta di aver scelto scuola italia.Grazie a tutti, professoresse e Roberto!!
Tutti sono molto efficienti e hanno molta pazienza.
Grazie ancora
Helena Pregarz da Singapore - Agosto 2004

Comments on the Opera Programme

The coupling of expert instruction in the Italian language and guidance from masters in the field of music and stagecraft make this program the best of its kind. The town of Urbania is the perfect place to grown of Urbania a musician and as a speaker of the bella Lingua Italiana. I hold this program in the highest regard, and I would recommend it to anyone. No matter how advanced a singer one is, he or she can certainly take something meaningful away from this program.
James Ivey - June 2006

The “Cantant Liric” course offers an ideal combination consisting of the study of the Italian language and the Italian Operatic Repertoire. Both are accomplished by excellent teachers and Professors. To add to this, the little city of Urbania encourages excellent concentration to work and study, and because of the wonderful atmosphere and surroundings, offers relaxation and wellness the same time.
I can recommend this course to anyone who wishes to learn the “sounds” of the Italian language in “word” and “music”.
Barbara Schachtner - June 2006

I had one of the best experiences of my life at Scuola Italia. The language courses were extremely helpful and the singing program was excellent. The town of Urbania was very welcoming and charming.
I’ve learned more from the professors at this program than anywhere else.
Ashmani Jha – mezzo soprano - June 2006

The Scuola Italia program for singers was a wonderful learning experience.
The music faculty is very knowledgeable and their enthusiasm for music and opera is inspirational. I learned a great deal from preparing scenes with the programs excellent teachers, coaches, conductor and stage director. I also enjoyed the frequent voice lessons and the opportunity to work with all of the voice teachers and coaches. Every member of this faculty is approachable and cares about each students progress. This course has been among the best of my summer program experiences, and I would definitely recommend it!
Wendy Jones - soprano June 2006

The Scuola Italia offers an excellent combination of grammar, conversation and information about Italian life and culture. The teachers are very helpful and very patient. There is a good mix of teaching, conversation and excursions. The additional teachers who offer conversation and excursions are friendly and knowledgeable.

There is a wide choice of accommodation, at a very good price. The town of Urbania itself is an excellent introduction to living in Italy outside large cities. It is large enough to have interesting bars and restaurants, and all the shops one needs, but it is small, so one can get to know the town and its services quickly.

The town is very welcoming and the people are very friendly, as the Scuola says in its web site. I believe one thing which is very important is that all those who work with Scuola Italia live locally, in Urbania. They are involved in the life of the town, and they know what is happening in Urbania, and can involve students as well. For example, the walk to Monte Picchio with the walking group, including the polenta lunch; or the rehearsal of the play and the choir; the opportunity to visit a local primary school and talk to the children about Australia. Activities like these can make students at the Scuola Italia feel as though they are part of the community.

Scuola Italia is very flexible, and will try to respond to the wishes of its students where they have particular interests.
Elizabeth - Australia 2007

Comments to the student’s of the Fitzroy High School (Melbourne) – September 2007

“Home stay was a great experience and my family was lovely. Sea and I found it difficult at timer to communicate clearly to our family who spoke very little English but we always found a way to understand each other”

“I loved the teachers at Scuola Italia. They tried everything to get us to learn to speak some Italian during the week”
Zsa Zsa

“I was very happy with my family in Urbania. They were kind, caring and always willing to cook. I was always full. The cuisine was of top quality. In fact, I felt quite sad to leave them.”

“I really enjoyed taking classes at Scuola Italia. They were lots of fun and helped me in understanding some of the basics in the Italian language, particularly when structuring sentences.”
Julian

“School was fine and I felt I learnt a lot during the week”
Felix

“Staying in a family and learning their way of living and having to do what they would do, that would seem normal to them but a bit strange to us.”

“If I was going to be an Italian school teacher I would like to be like the teachers at Scuola Italia. They were great.”
Stella

“Our home stay family was very good, I liked them a lot and they lived near the town so it was easier to get around. The school was good; we picked up some new skills”
Max

“I really liked my stay in Urbania. I found it difficult in the home stay as my Italian is very poor but it was enjoyable staying with a family different to ours. I did feel that when we arrived in Urbania the transition from the bus to the families was very rushed. I felt a bit uneasy at first but the people were great.”
John

“The stay in Urbania was a great success. It was better than the other trip I had in Orvieto last year. I would recommend Urbania again to the school community; however, I think that the stay should be reduced to only 6 days: Sunday to Friday. The students were very happy with the classes at the School.”
Olivetta, the teacher

“As an observer I thought the trip was a great success. Urbania was a pleasant surprise. To enjoy the life in Italy in a small town was very positive for all the students. No negative feedback from the students about their home stay and about their classes at the Scuola Italia.”
Pauline, the Director of the school

Vi ringrazio tantissimo per tutte le attenzioni che avete avuto con me, in questo piccolo periodo di vacanze-studio. Purtroppo non ho potuto dirvi addio, ma voglio farvi sapere che questa settimana è stata bellissima. Ho portato a casa nuove idee, conoscenze, amici ed esperienze indimenticabili. Veramente, voglio tornare a Scuola Italia per più tempo…
Susana Alvarez Castello – 2007

Urbania, Immagina una valle, erbosa, vivida, verde, vivace.
Il colore degli smeraldi.
I fianchi delle colline sono punteggiati di papaveri rossi e fieni verdi.
Immagina una città medievale, tranquilla, dove ogni ora le campane della chiesa si ricordano di ridere. Dove una semplice pera sa di miele, la gente della città viva con soddisfazione nel momento allegro di ogni giorno.
Questo è Urbania.
Sharon Wagner – 2008

I am very happy to recommend the “Scuola Italia”. It is a fantastic language school that takes a real interest in its students and works very hard to ensure that they have a wonderful experience in Italy.

Last year I took a group of 30 secondary school students, ranging in ages from 13 – 16 years old, to the Scuola Italia for a one week study visit and it was a truly memorable week. The 30 students were divided in to small class groups according to their level of Italian and had language lessons every day with the brilliant Scuola Italia teachers, Corinna, Barbara and Sara. The teachers took the time to really get to know the students and I noticed a dramatic improvement in their skills and confidence by the end of the week. They also arranged some exciting activities for us outside the school including a hugely popular cookery class, guided tours of the neighbouring cities and a ceramics class. Our students were housed with friendly local families who made them really welcome – a real home from home! Roberto at the Scuola Italia was always available to sort out any requests, nothing was too much trouble, he even accompanied us to the hospital with a sick student!
The Scuola Italia exceeded all of my expectations and gave us a fabulous week that my students will never forget. We are booking another trip again for this year and I am sure that we will return for many years to come.
Grazie infinite!
Joy Wells – Teacher – ottobre 2009