The Via Lingua TEFL Training Center
Via Lingua is an integral part of the American Language Center, the largest American language center in Italy. The American Language Center of Florence was founded in 1959 by the United States Information Service and then privatized in the 1960's. It is now one of the leading American English schools in Italy, and has received approval from the Ministry of Public Education to teach American English and culture. It is accredited by the Region of Tuscany as well as having ISO 9000 Quality Certification Approval. It is an active member of international organizations such as TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) and NAFSA (National Association of Foreign Student Advisors), and it works closely with other American language schools throughout the world.
The Via Lingua TEFL Training Center is located in Piazza della Repubblica, just a short walk from the world-famous Duomo. Our facilities include several multi-purpose classrooms, offices, library, and a terrace overlooking the historical city center. Computers and an ESL Library are on the premises. All trainers and instructors at the Center are highly educated, professional EFL/ESL specialists, with university qualifications and specializations in Teaching English as a Second Language. They are selected on the basis of their professional commitment to and enthusiasm for the field of international education, as well as their own individual educational backgrounds. With many years of direct experience in global English education and environments, they are dedicated to the profession of guiding and training students.
As a dynamic global English language organization, the center also offers a communicative program with an emphasis on the conversational skills needed to function immediately with the new language. As such, our method is based on a direct approach to learning the language; it combines a balanced series of study designed to improve both fluency and accuracy. American and international texts and multi-media materials are also utilized in each course. Classroom instruction at the American Language Center is complimented by a full calendar of social and non-academic events designed to provide students with a complete language and cultural experience by means of encounters with contemporary America in Florence! Several joint activities are planned with the many American university and college students studying in Florence.
The American Language Center is an official representative of ELS Language Centers; USA. Working with this leader in Intensive English instruction, we advise students regarding the most appropriate program and destination for periods of a few weeks to a year or more. We also assist students in enrolling in American colleges and universities. Our Study Abroad Center allows students to learn firsthand about each individual location, study options and costs before making these decisions. College catalogues, brochures and videos are always available for interested students.
The Via Lingua International / American Language Center has hosted several academic and vacation-study programs in our classrooms in Florence. Many of these groups offer their own extension programs and utilize our classroom space and host family network, as well as orientation services. Some of these programs have included Italian Language and Culture, Art History, and Italian Literature and Music. Italian instruction is also available. One of the distinct advantages of the American Language Center is the opportunity for visiting American students to meet and interact on a daily basis with our Italian student population. Our Italian university students and young professional population offer a special advantage to international TEFL students wanting a genuine Italian experience. Please visit our website: www.istitutoamericano.it