Now, I have no knowledge on this but, I think it depends on how well you already know the language. I think before going to Italy, you should have a general knowledge of Italian, then take the course to perfect it. As I said, this is just my opinion. I could be wrong, and if I am, I hope someone corrects me.
Dear Jwazevedo I attended the University of Perugia for one year many years ago in a course designed for foreigners. The University of Firenze may also have a similar program. You need not know the language and the secret to learning well, at least in my time, was to memorize grammar and then use it daily, read the newspaper which at first is gibberish but as you pick out words they become familar and little by little you begin to understand what is being discussed. Needless to say a female companion always helps.....
Thanks for the language learning tips. I've been working with Pimsleur and with grammar. (I'll keep in mind your tip about the companion, Peter.) My question was specifically about the school, but it was a long shot to think that someone on the forum had experience with that particular school.
You know all these methods of teaching you still require memorization even though you are told all you have to do is listen and repeat what you have learned... but how do you do that without memorizing??????
By memorizing grammar and learning the rules of grammar all you have to do is create. AT WILL, what you want to say in the tense you want to say it. You need then to just increase your vocabulary. Remember in Italy phrases and ways of saying things change but you always will be understood (and appreciated for your effort to speak good Italian much like when someone speaks good english.
I mean people speak bad english and they are born here!! "They would have went" instead they would have gone. It denotes your background and level of education. =Peter=