Italian Teacher Refresher Course, Lucca

Lucca is a beautiful town in Tuscany which still has its original medieval walls circling the town, creating a picturesque ring of green around the centre. Famous for its specialist food shops, family run cafes and restaurants and Puccini festival, Lucca is a safe and friendly place to meet local people and practice your Italian.

Our Italian teacher refresher courses run all year round with Italian language lessons complemented by methodology and teaching practice sessions. See below for full details.

  • Duration:  2 weeks
  • Start dates:  Available from 10 March – 22 October 2018
  • Cost:  £615

“The school [in Lucca] uses an interesting teaching method which I hadn’t encountered before and suited me well. It was pretty exhausting and challenging but worthwhile. The lessons were well-organised and engaging and my tutors were excellent. Patient, responsive and talented at explaining culture and language”.

SM, October 2015

Course duration: 2 weeks
Consists of: 20 Italian group lessons + 10 Methodology lessons (mostly one-to-one) per week
+ 22 class observation sessions + cultural activitites
Class timetable: 09:00 – 13:00 (Mon-Fri, Italian)
14:00-16:00 (Mon-Fri, Methodology)
plus additional afternoon sessions (Class observation)
Lesson duration: 55 minutes
Maximum class size: 14-16 students
Minimum language level: Advanced

Our Italian teacher refresher courses are suitable for people planning to teach Italian or for current teachers of Italian who would like to develop and update their knowledge and skills. The programme has a very practical approach and includes Italian language and methodology lessons as well as teaching practice sessions through Italian class observation. Additionally there will be lectures, excursions and guided visits in the afternoon (2-3 days per week) which will improve general knowledge of Italian culture.

2018 start dates:

Available from 12 March – 22 October 2018. Ask us for your preferred date and we will check availability. Please note that the following are public holidays and there will be no classes:
April 2, 25 – May 1 – August 15 –  November 1 2018

2018 prices:

£615 for two weeks

What is included

  • 20 Italian group lessons, 10 methodology lessons (mostly one-to-one) per week
  • 22 class observation sessions
  • Cultural programme (2-3 days per week)
  • Course materials

Not included:

  • International travel
  • Travel/health insurance
  • Transport and admission fees on excursions
  • Accommodation (we can arrange this on request. Click on our ‘Accommodation’ tab for details)

Accommodation is available in homestays or shared apartments, all year round. Accommodation is from Sunday night until Saturday morning, and extra nights are available on request. (1 week = 6 nights, 2 weeks = 13 nights)

This type of accommodation is perfect for those who wish to be fully immersed in everyday Italian life, and also gives plenty of opportunity to practise your Italian. You will have your own room and you will most likely have to share the bathroom. There may be other students/guests in the homestay. Breakfast will be a continental breakfast and evening meals tend to be quite light.

Single room,
bed & breakfast
Single room,
half board
2 weeks £445 £625

Shared Apartment

This type of accommodation is ideal for those who wish to have more independence. Share an apartment with other students from the school or with an Italian host, with your own room and shared bathroom and kitchen facilities.

Single room,
2 weeks £395

What is the process for Erasmus funded courses?

  1. Choose which course, start date and type of accommodation you would like to book and contact us
  2. We temporarily reserve a place for you on that course whilst you apply for funding through the Erasmus + programme.
  3. When you find out the results of your funding application, you pay a deposit of £150 to secure your place on the course. You do not have to pay anything until you have found out if you were successful or not.
  4. The full balance is then due 8 weeks prior to departure
  5. The application for funding is managed through Erasmus +, and as your language course provider, we provide you with the supporting documents (confirmation letter and invoice) for your application


Please see the following pages for more information about Erasmus +:
For school staff mobility funding:

Please note! Deadlines for applications for funding are often up to a year in advance – ask us for more details