Size of the school, total number of students (capacity)?
-The school is not a big school: 5 classrooms, medium number
of students in each class 5/6; in summer 8/9.
Our students come from:
North America 40 %
Japan 2 %
Latin America 10 %
Other 8 %
Situation of the school in the city? Distance from the centre?
- The school is in the centre town, at 50 mt from the sea.
Type of building? (Old, modern, large, small, etc?)
-It is located in the centre in a new building, an apartment
with 4 classrooms, a bathroom, a library, a terrace for summer lessons
and a kitchen for cooking lessons.
Number of class rooms?
- Other facilities at the school? (Cafeteria, study room, library,
-there is a Internet connection and didactic softwares, videos, stereo
and a library.
Access for the students to E-mail/Internet at the school? (Is the access
free? If not what is the approx. cost?)
medium cost is 4 Euro/hour
of courses offered?
- standard courses (20 lessons/week)
intensive course I (25 lessons/week)
intensive course II (30 lessons/week)
standard 2 (11 lessons/week)
courses: the business Italian, the Italian of art and archeology,
the Italian literature
courses: the Italian culture through cinéma, cooking, fashion, songs
for Italian teachers
courses for CILS diploma
Starting dates of the courses 2010: Every two weeks. Contact
the school for differents dates.
Pour dates différentes en Janviér
|| 1 - 15
Pour dates différentes en Février
|| 1 - 15 - 29
Pour dates différentes en Mars
|| 6 - 12 - 19
Pour dates différentes en Avril
|| 3 - 10 - 17 - 31
|| 7 - 14 - 28
Pour dates différentes en Juin
|| 5 - 12 - 26
Pour dates différentes en Juillet
|| 2 - 16 - 23
Pour dates différentes en Août
|| 6 - 13 - 20
Pour dates différentes en Septembre
|| 4 - 18
Pour dates différentes en Octobre
|| 2 - 15
Pour dates différentes en Novembre
|| dates à la demande
Are books and copies included in the course fees? If not, what is the
-Books and copies are included in the course fee. In the course
fee is also included:
- guided visit to the town of Otranto: free
- guided visit to the ipogeo (underground Byzantine church):
-Italian cinéma: a film will be pojected: free
-Italian song: listening to Italian songs: free
-Course of home-made pasta: 20 €
Can I study Italian with an Italian student?
school promotes linguistic exchanges with Italian speaking people in
an informal context: you will speak Italian during meetings which can
take place at the beach, at a restaurant or at a bar. Our students
find this method very useful to improve their speaking skills.
a language in tandem means that two people speaking different languages
( i.e: an Italian and a foreigner) can work together to help to improve
their knowledge of the foreign language while discovering some aspects
of the partner's culture.
Class schedule? Morning and/or afternoons?
- Usually classes start at 9 in the morning but classes can
be held also in the afternoon.
Length of a lesson?
- 1 lesson=50 minutes.
Number of levels?
- 4 levels:
1. Elementary level: acquisition of the ability to communicate
in Italian and to elaborate simple information; acquisition of the general
dictionary and the use of basic grammatical constructions.
2. Intermediate level: acquisition of the ability to face daily
situations and to express opinions through the consolidation of grammar
and the dictionary.
3. Advanced level (level of specialization): acquisition of
the three fundamental abilities of language: listening, oral production
and writing to express fluently own opinions about complex subjects.
4. Excellent (level of specialization): analysis and study
of the different forms of the written and oral language; lessons focusing
on the most important aspects of literature, culture and Italian civilization.
Types of accommodation offered?
- Apartment shared for students;
- Indipendent mini-apartment for 1, 2 persons;
- Farmhouses at 2 km from Otranto;
- Family (little availability).
the accommodation invoiced together with the course fee, or is it payed
for on the spot?
- Accomodation is paid on the spot
distance from the school?
-All the apartments are max. 5/10 minutes walk from the school.
Means of communication to the school?
- There is no need of means of transport because Otranto is
a small touristical town.
number of people sharing the accommodation?
- max 4/5 students for apartment.
Example of activities/excursions offered by the school?
Are they included in the course fee? If not what is the approximate
PROGRAM OF THE FREE-TIME ACTIVITIES?
LA GRECÌA SALENTINA (The Greek part of Salento)
Guided tour of some of the 9 villages where old Greek is still spoken:
- Visit of the most beautiful greek-byzantine churches (S. Stefano,
- Visit of the historical centres: analysis of the creek conception
of the town and life in this zone;
- Visit of Soleto, the town of the witches; Corigliano with its beautiful
castle; Sternatia, the town build on underground oliveoil-mills of the
XVI century: analysis of the oliveoil production in one of this underground
oliveoil-mill; Martano, the town of the menhir (prehistoric monument).
GUIDED TOUR OF THE SOUTH COAST
- The remains of the Monastery of S. Nicola di Casole: the 2ns
bigger library in the Mediterranean area, the first students’
house in Europe, very important centre for the Greek and Byzantine culture;
of the fortified farms: ex. of how the buildings got the form of fortified
castles to defend against Turkish invasion in 1480;
to admire the landscape: the cliffs are often lofty and inaccessible,
yet they teem with caves and gorges that form a jagged coastline;
Visit to S. Cesarea Terme: Arab style town, Castro and grout Zinzulusa
GUIDED TOUR OF THE NORTH COAST
The beautiful beaches of the South Coast,
Alimini Lakes, S.Andrea and its beautiful landscape: little bays of
white sand and cliffs, S. Foca and the archeological site.
coastline is dented with narrow strips of sandy shore, once bordered
with sand hillocks covered by a glory of psammophyious (sand vegetation)
plants. Lying at the feet of precipitous cliffs are enchanting little
beaches that change shape according to the irregular and impulsive rhythm
of the waves beaten back by the cliffs.
GUIDED VISIT OF THE TOWN OF LECCE called
the Florence of South Italy, known for the barocquek style.
The wine and olive oil road; visit of the places where typical
regional products are produced: free tasting; visit of handicrafts laboratories.
GUIDED EXURSIONS: 35 €
The following activities can be proposed in the afternoon:
Guided visit to the town of Otranto: free
- Guided visit to the ipogeo (underground byzantine church):
- Italian cinéma: a film will be pojected: free
- Italian song: listening to Italian songs: free
- Course of home-made pasta: 20 €
Where the school is located?
- Otranto is a beautiful town on the seaside at 40 km from
the main city Lecce the socalled Florence of South of Italy for its
artistical beauties. A bus and train service links Otranto to Lecce.
Otranto is also placed at a short distance from the other touristical
seaside resorts on the beautiful coast.
famous touristical place Otranto offers several hotels, restaurants,
shops, supermarkets, banks. The town overlooks the beautiful beaches
with white and fine sand and the clear water. Otranto offers the possibility
to enjoy and to relax with its several pubs, open-air performances,
Otranto is on the seaside, it is a touristical place, one of the greatest
tourist-cultural seaside resorts of Southern Italy where study and leisure
activities complement one another perfectly.
Approximate number of habitants?
- In summer 25.000; in winter 7.000.
Type/character of the city? (coastal-, university-, etc.)
The historical centre is beautiful with
its castle, byzantine churches, the cathedral and the little street
that remind the Arabic countries; you can breath a Mediterranean athmosphere;
the surroundings also are rich in history and traditions.
What is the nearest airport?
- Brindisi at 110 km
What are the different means of transportation from the airport to the
- There is an efficient bus service; but if you prefer you
can take the train.
Dates for bank holidays when the school remains closed? Is there
a Christmas holiday, dates?
January 1st-6th, Easter and Easter Monday (April
11th and 12th in 2004), April 25th,
May 1st, June 2th, August 15th, November
1st, December 8th-23th-24th-25th-26th-31st.
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Scuola Porta D'Oriente
Via Antonio Primaldo, 70
- 73028 Otranto (LECCE) Italy
Sites Internet: www.porta-doriente.com
www.italian-language-school.com - www.ecole-cours-italien.com
Téléphone: 0039 338 4562722 - Téléphone/Fax:
0039 0836 804431