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International Language Corner is a language school with several schools both in Italy and abroad and it has many partner schools in destinations around the world.

Characterised by a young and dynamic environment and a modern structure,ILC has more than 2000 students a year. The ILC Staff is trained so that each student reaches his or her individual goals. Since the opening of its first school ILC has worked with students of all ages, ensuring that each student is taught by mother tongue experts qualified in teaching their language to foreigners and guaranteeing an efficient learning method to achieve different objectives. The teaching method of ILC allows students to develop the 4 language skills with focus on communicative skills developed through the simulation of real life situations. ILC’s flagship school is in the town of Varese, located 60 km north of Milan, 40 km from Lake Maggiore and 55 km from Lake Como. The school, in the centre of the town welcomes international students wishing to combine a cultural experience in the beautiful area in North Italy whilst studying Italian. Italian is a fast-growing language, every year more and more students travel to Italy to study the language for a period of one week to a year. There are many reason why our students choose to study Italian, be it for the musicality of the language or for the beauty of the country. Italy is renowned for its fascinating culture, its marvellous art and its delicious food and wine. If you wish to come to Italy for love, work or passion, combining an Italian course, be it long term or short term with different cultural activities could be just the break you need!

General Italian

Our general Italian course develops all 4 language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) either in small groups, average 4 participants (class course) or one-to-one lessons (individual course). ILC’s method focuses on improving speaking and listening skills so students get accustomed to everyday real life situations which may occur when travelling abroad or in the office.
Course Features
  • Certified mother tongue teachers.
  • Pupils can attend individual lessons or mini-group courses consisting of a maximum of 6 people per group (with the same level of Italian).
  • After the assessment test (written and oral), you will speak to the Director of Studies who, after ascertaining your language objectives, will tailor make a course specific to your goals.
  • Lessons are held every day, from Monday to Friday, from 9.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. or from 2.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. Upon request it is possible to attend the course also in the evenings.
 
Accomodation
  • Our host families are carefully selected and all are based near the school: 200€ per week with full-board;
  • Residence: quote upon request
 
Individual course - one-to-one lessons
 
Class course – General Italian
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Specialized Italian

The specialized Italian course has been studied for students who want to learn and perfect the use of Italian in specific business sectors. The duration of the course is a minimum of one week and consists of 15 hours (individual course) or 20 hours (group course.) Student can choose to focus on one of the following:
  • Business and management;
  • History of Art;
  • Tourism;
  • Food & Wine;
  • Italian Fashion;
  • Football
Course Features
  • Certified mother tongue teachers.
  • Pupils attend mini-group courses consisting of a maximum of 6 people per group (with the same leve of Italian) for 4 hours a day.
  • After the assessment test (written and oral), you will speak to the Director of Studies who, after ascertaining your language objectives, will tailor make a course specific to your goals.
  • Lessons are held every day, from Monday to Friday, from 9.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. or from 2.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. Upon request it is possible to attend the course also in the evenings.
 
Accomodation
  • Our host families are carefully selected and all are based near the school: 200€ per week with full-board;
 
Individual course – Specialized Italian
Group course – Specialized Italian
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Italian and art

Italian is one of the most musical languages worldwide. The Italian ‘città d’arte’ cities of art, are among the most fascinating and rich in culture worldwide; by combining these factors, ILC has developed the course ‘Italian and art’. A course which combines Italian language and culture whilst visiting the most beautiful cities of art in the world. It is in fact a known fact that 25% of the artistic masterpieces are found in different capitals of the world, while the remaining 75% of artistic masterpieces are found on Italian territory. Visiting Italy means coming in to contact with its magnificent history, its artistic heritage, but also getting to know the customs and traditions of one of the top 10 economic powers in the world.
Characteristcs
The course is a minimum of two weeks, the first week is dedicated to a course on ‘Italian language and culture’ standard (15 hours per week from 9 am to 1 pm, Monday to Friday with a 30 minute break) or Intensive (25 hours per week from 9 am to 12.30 pm and from 3 pm to 5 pm) and a minimum one week tour of the Italian cities of art with a local tour guide with a degree in the History of Art. Tours:
  • 1 week: Milan, Bergamo, Verona, Venice
  • 2 weeks: Milan, Verona, Venice, Florence, Rome
  • Lessons are given by qualified mother tongue language teachers in possession of the DITALS certificate, allowing them to teach Italian to foreigners. The guided tours are given by professionals with degrees in the History of Art.
Information
Accommodation:
  • Week 1: residence or host families carefully chosen by our staff and located close to the school: 200 euro per week - full board.
  • Week 2 (tour): quote upon request
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Italian Food & Wine

Tradition, quality, creativity, great taste and sophistication: what do these ingredients have on common? Easy, Italian cuisine! Famous throughout the world, Italian cuisine is a success story, it is full of allure, tasty and worth getting to know better. ILC has developed a course for lovers of the Italian cuisine and wine which combines studying Italian and the art of Italian wine and food. Learn Italian whilst immersing yourself into the history and the recipes of Italy, taste great dishes, refine techniques, all whilst learning and… eating and drinking!
Characteristics
Programme:
  • The Italian course: 15 hours of Italian lessons per week, with a focus on wine and food, is held in the mornings.
  • Afternoons: One workshop Italian cooking (2 Hours) and one.workshop Italian wine tasting (2 hours) per week
  • Lessons are given by qualified mother tongue language teachers in possession of the DITALS certificate, allowing them to teach Italian to foreigners. The workshops are held by professional cooks and sommeliers.
Extra activities and themed evenings:
During the week there is the possibility to visit Milan, Turin, Genoa, Venice, Florence or Rome - all with a focus on wine and food. Every evening students may choose from the following:
  • Monday: Milanese dinner in a traditional restaurant in the Capital of Lombardy.
  • Tuesday: Typical Lombard dinner in Varese.
  • Wednesday: Pizza evening, in Legnano (MI) - the best pizza in Lombardy according to the Michelin Guide.
  • Thursday: Pasta evening in Varese - in a traditional restaurant.
  • Friday: From the aperitivo to the ‘amaro’, a traditional Italian dinner.
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15.00-17.30 Workshop: Italian cooking Workshop: Italian cooking Visit to Italian food business Workshop: Italian cooking Workshop: Italian cooking
20.00 Dinner Lombard dinner - Varese The art of pizza Rediscovering pasta From the aperitivo to the ‘amaro’
 
Information
Accommodation: Carefully chosen host families, situated close to the school. 200 € per week - full board.
Italian food and wine - language course and afternoon workshops
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Italian and fashion

LC has structured a course ranging from 1 to 4 weeks, combining passion for Italy and passion for fashion and design. The renowned quadrilatero della moda, literally ‘fashion square’, is home to many jewellers, design boutiques, fashion designer and houses, given its name because four roads, Via Monte Napoleone, Via Alessandro Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia surround this area. The quadrilatero della moda is the district where the best stylists’ creations are at your fingertips. ILC has structured a course, from 1 to 4 weeks, the course includes 10 hours of Italian lessons per week and a full-immersion in the Italian fashion world (10 hours per week.) This package is ideal for people passionate about fashion, university students wishing to attend a fashion or design related course in the future or do a Masters in fashion design in Milan, as well as those working in the fashion industry who wish to attend an Italian course with a focus on their sector. You will learn specific vocabulary used in the fashion and design sector, as well as learning about the latest fashions and the history of Made in Italy. On top of this you will analyse the most famous Italian brands and fashion houses gaining exclusive in depth knowledge on the topic.
Characteristics
The course is a minimum of 1 week and a maximum of 4 weeks, from Monday to Friday for a total of 20 hours per week.
  • 9.00-11.00 Italian language and culture
  • 11.30-13.30 Fashion design and Milanese fashion (in English or Italian)
Lessons are given by qualified mother tongue language teachers in possession of the DITALS certificate, allowing them to teach Italian to foreigners. Activities and excursions: Shopaholics come from all over the world to shop in the showrooms, boutiques and the Quadrilatero della moda. Even just window shopping is an amazing experience, the window displays in themselves are artistic creations. Walking around the Quadrilatero della moda is an amazing opportunity for tourists to breathe in the magic atmosphere of Milan, with its lit up shops, its elegant boutiques and colourful window displays. The best brands are always at your fingertips, from Armani, Versace, Alberta Ferretti, Dolce e Gabbana, Prada, Fendi, to Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Bulgari, Cartier, Valentino andGianfranco Ferrè. Via Monte Napoleone is at the heart of the district, considered to be one of the most elegant and prestigious roads in the world, on a par with Fifth Avenue, New York and the Avenue des Champs Elysees, Paris. Just a stones throw from the Quadrilatero della moda, there is Corso Vittorio Emanuele, a wide road connecting the Milan Cathedral with San Babila. With its porticos full of both clothing and accessory shops this is another street considered to be at the centre of Milan’s shopping scene. ILC offers different afternoon guided tours of the Quadrilatero della moda, depending on the time of year of your trip and the events and shows which are on, ILC offers specific activities, including visits to show rooms, boutiques and fashion shows.
Information
Accommodation: Carefully selected host families, located close to the school. 200 € per week.
Italian and fashion - language course and afternoon workshops
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ILC headquarters, situated in the centre of Varese, opposite to the town hall of the ‘Garden City’.

A new and exclusive location, which welcomes International students wishing to combine a cultural experience in North Italy and studying Italian. At ILC, our expert staff meet with individual students to study together the best course for the students personal objectives. For students from 13 to 17 years old, there are activities and classes throughout the day. Older students can choose their preferred time and course. We offer personalized courses especially for university students or graduates, who wish to experience Italy whilst learning the language. Learning weeks are organized throughout the year with a minimum stay of 1 week.
Course
  • Qualified mother tongue teachers
  • 20 hours per week of group lessons with a maximum of 10 participants
  • The creation of a project which linking language with local culture
  • Active learning with a communicative approach
  • Attendance certificate
  • Possibility of creating an ad-hoc course aimed at obtaining an international certificate
Accomodations
  • Carefully selected host families situated close to the school
  • Residence
Activities and excursions
  • Guided tour of Milan: The Duomo, La Scala Theatre, Sforzesco Castle, Sempione park, the ‘Fashion Square’, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
  • Visit to the San Siro stadium
  • Trip to Como, the city facing the famous lake which attracts tourists from all over the world.
  • Trip to Stresa; an exclusive location on lake Mggiore, situated in front of the three Borromean islands: Isola Madre, a precious jewel famous world over for its botanic gardens, Isola Bella with the Borromean Palace and enchanting garden and the Isola dei pescatori with its fishing village and characteristic streets and charming square
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Informations
For those wishing to stay in host families or residences there is the possibility of full board. The price includes: 20 hours of Italian lessons per week, full board in a host family, transfer to and from the airport, course attendance certificate, a day trip and two half-day trips.