Torre di Babele in Rome The Italian language school, "Torre di Babele", is officially authorized by the Italian Ministry of Education and has been in operation since 1984, offering Italian language courses in Italy for students from all over the world as well as training courses for teachers of Italian for foreigners in Rome. The school is also one of the founding members of the Association of Italian Language Schools in Italy, A.S.I.L.S. (Associazione delle Scuole di Italiano come Lingua Seconda).
The Italian Language School and Center of Italian Culture, "Torre di Babele", is located in an elegant, central Art Nouveau neighborhood of Rome, near "La Sapienza" University of Rome, historic "Villa Torlonia" park and the main railway station "Termini". This area of Rome has many tree-lined streets and parks (Villa Torlonia, Villa Massimo, Villa Ada, Villa Borghese) and is only a few minutes walk from the popular student quarter "San Lorenzo", whose pubs, cafes, restaurants, pizzerias and lively nightlife are well known throughout Italy.
The Italian language school occupies three large floors of an elegant Art Nouveau villa. The air-conditioned building is
surrounded by a spacious garden where classes may be held outdoors and students can spend their breaks and free time. Furthermore, the school building is equipped with a wireless Internet connection, which offers unlimited access to our students. Thanks to the numerous means of public transport serving the area, it is possible to reach the most famous monuments and important places of Rome in minutes. The Italian language school is easily reached from any part of town and is only two metro stops from the main railway station "Termini" and from "Tiburtina" Station (which also has direct service to Fiumicino Airport).
This very centrally-located yet elegant and tranquil location offers an ideal environment to study in and to enjoy the city of Rome, outside the limits of the usual tourist itineraries.
"Torre di Babele" is an Italian language school where quality teaching and a wide variety of Italian language courses come together in a pleasant, friendly atmosphere, where each student finds a personalized welcome and attention.
This warm reception from the teachers and staff helps our students feel at home right from the start and ensures that they receive the assistance needed to make their stay in Rome pleasant, safe and interesting.
The Italian language school has many sunny classrooms as well as a student lounge with a number of computers with free Internet access. Learn more..
Several types of Italian language courses are offered at our school in Rome, Italy.
Italian courses vary in the number of lessons per week and whether they are in group and/or individual lessons.
Our Italian courses begin every two weeks and have an average of 7 to 8 persons and a maximum of 12. Lessons are held mornings and afternoons from Monday through Friday. Each hour of a lesson lasts 45 minutes.
Our Italian courses are offered at all levels and participants come from different nationalities which enriches the learning experience by sharing original ideas from each student's background.
Certificates and Diplomas
Our Italian language school is an authorized examination centre for the CILS certificate (Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera), offered by the Università per Stranieri di Siena (University for Foreigners of Siena). The CILS certificate is a title of proficiency in the Italian language and is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Therefore, it is widely acknowledged in all fields yielding this certificate essential when seeking employment in Italy or the international labor market. Furthermore, the CILS certificate is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education and it is considered as a requirement for the admission of International students to the Italian higher education system. The successful accomplishment of the Livello CILS Due – B2 exam exempt international students from the Italian proficiency admissions test at the University.
The school's continuing research into improved methods has resulted in the development of textbooks and related cassettes. Various authentic materials have been carefully collected and are used throughout the courses: slides, video-cassettes, radio excerpts, newspaper and magazine articles, films, literary excerpts, texts, songs, etc. These materials also expose the student to Italian culture.
The teaching methods used at our Italian language school are based on communication. Students actively exercise the four fundamental functions of the language: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Particular attention, however, is given to conversation, to develop in the student an increasing capacity to express himself/herself and communicate in Italian from the very beginning of the course. Naturally this method includes the study of the rules of Italian syntax and grammar, which are essential to language learning, but which, alone, are not sufficient for gaining a real command of the Italian language.
Social and Cultural Activities
Living in Italy - even if it is only for a short time - is a unique experience, full of opportunities. Rome is a lively metropolis, with an exciting cultural scene.
The city offers a broad range of events throughout the year to satisfy the tastes of all age groups. It has the world's largest outdoor museum, hundreds of churches, countless monuments, museums, galleries, theaters and cinemas. There are frequent concerts of all types of music - opera, classical, jazz, rock, etc. The school's cultural program makes it possible for you to enjoy the city and its events while learning Italian.
The Italian language school,"Torre di Babele", offers participants a variety of housing options in Rome upon request for the duration of their course.
ROOMS IN AN APARTMENT WITH OTHER STUDENTS
The apartments generally have two or more bedrooms. The kitchen and bathroom are shared with others in the apartments.
Participants in the language course live in an apartment with other students from our Italian courses and/or Italian students.
ROOMS IN SHARED APARTMENT
Participants in the Italian language courses live with local residents (rarely families with children, more likely young couples or people living alone). The kitchen and bathroom are shared with the others in the apartment. Breakfast or half-board service is available upon request. We recommend reserving the rooms as far in advance as possible.
In both types of shared apartments, you can reserve a single or double room in two-week blocks, specifically from the Sunday before the course begins to the Saturday immediately following the end of the course.
The rent must be paid at the beginning of your stay. Rent includes gas, electricity and sheets. Towels are not provided. If a room is not available in one of the student apartments, the school will reserve a room in an apartment with locals, or vice versa. Rooms are not booked for participants in the non-intensive courses. In the private local apartments, it is possible to request breakfast or half-board service. Requests for housing other than the types offered here can be made through our reception office.
Excursions and Visits
Besides the Italian language courses the following activities are offered on a regular basis:
Introduction to Rome: the town, its services, and its cultural events.
Guided tours of Rome: Art history itinerary; Italian architecture itinerary.
Italian Cinema: Presentation and viewing of films of representative Italian directors
Italian Literature: The new Italian writers.
The Regions of Italy: history, culture, traditions, and life today.
Excursions during the week-end to Naples, Pompeii, Orvieto, Florence and to the seaside
Excursions and visits to the city's glorious parks (Villa Doria Pamphili, Parco della Caffarella, Appia Antica, etc.)
Sports: soccer and beach volleyball games