This was my second visit to the school as an intermediate learner. The teachers are very patient (which is important for a slow learner) and professional and helpful, and the range of skills amongst pupils is managed well and in a flexible way to offer the best support and guidance.
８月から１２月までの４ヶ月、ホームステイをしながらこちらの学校でイタリア語を学びました。 語学面でのサポートはもちろん、生活面においても大満足の４ヶ月でした。 授業は、イタリア語の習得レベルに合わせたクラスに分けられ、少人数で行われます。そのため先生は生徒のことをひとりひとりしっかりと見てくれます。週に何度か行われる午後のプログラムでは、伝統工芸の工房を見学したり、トスカーナ料理を学んだり、ワインの試飲会を行ったりと、現地の文化を肌で感じる機会が沢山あります。 ほかの生徒さんは２週間や１ヶ月の滞在が...
I have just completed my second 2-week course of instruction at Il Sasso. The first was in May 2011. Learning a new language is never easy, but the instructors and staff at Il Sasso make it pleasant and almost fun. During my 2 visits I have had a total of 4 instructors. All were highly skilled at helping me learn in a relatively stress-free environment. And they were genuinely nice people. Through the school, I rented an apartment that was quite comfortable. The administrative staff at the school was thoroughly helpful in all matters. Il Sasso is centrally located in Montepulciano, my favorite hilltop town in Tuscany. I plan on returning next year for (at least) another 2 weeks.
My cousin and I have travelled to Italy 3 times to study italian. We found Il Sasso to be fantastic! The school itself is lovely and bright and open. The administration are friendly, helpful and caring people. Our two teachers, young and vibrant, Sara & Cinzia were amazing teachers and we grew close to them in just a week's time. The classes are small, so you learn and are able to have time to learn. The setting of Montepulciano is dream-like, truly a gem of a Tuscan town, with good food, lovely shops and the most breath-taking sunsets! We stayed at a nearby villa apartment that was fantastic, that the school put us in touch with. I will return to this school one day and highly recommend this experience for anyone wanting to learn to speak italian and also have a local Tuscan experience, with the wine, food, cheese-making, and music festivals. There is an international music school in the town, so there are many young people there, but when we went in September it was off-season and not crowded at all. We loved every minute of it, and wish we had stayed for a longer time.
Il Sasso embraces the concept of learning by immersion from day one. The environment itself is very laid-back. The place is run very hands-on and the course instructors are very dedicated and in-tune with the needs of the participants. It really is a fun way to learn, and the area is replete with plenty of other activities to keep you engaged or if you feel like kicking back, there is no better place than the tiny hilltop hamlet of Montepulciano to just relax and take it all in.The course is extremely high-quality and the teachers clearly know what they are doing. I would suggest no less than a two-week course for first-timers. I have been told that the one-on-one lectures are highly-recommended, but only after taking the classroom lessons first to have a base to start from. Montepulciano is a very quiet and intimate setting and the setting could not be more perfect for a vacation/language course. I will be back for a month the on my next visit!
I've spent two great weeks in Montepulciano and at Il Sasso and I tried very hard to find something I didn't like - the only thing that came to my mind was, that I would stay longer the next time because there is still so much, I would have liked to do! The classes are small and very sensible put together - I liked most of all that there are plenty of opportunities to conduct a conservation, even to debate in italian. That really helped me to practise the grammar I had learned in two courses in Austria, because I think there's a big difference between doing a written grammar exercise and talking fluently using the correct grammar. And the activities in the afternoons are interesting and also nonstandard, like a grape harvest or a visit at a cheese dairy in the countryside.
Bracha & Eli (Israele)
We stayed for two weeks in Montepulciano , the place is great. The school is excellent. We are looking forwards to going to Il Sasso again.
Ich habe fünf wunderbare Wochen in Montepulciano verbracht und dabei auch dank der Italienischsprachschule Il Sasso vieles über Sprache, Kultur und Geschichte der Toscana gelernt. Ich kann die Schule wärmstens empfehlen, Staff und Lehrer sind super und das kulturelle Angebot seitens der Schule ist abwechslungsreich und interessant. Ich freue mich schon darauf, nächstes Jahr auf ein Neues die Hügel der Toscana und Montepulciano zu besuchen...
Il Sasso is everything a language school should be, and more. It´s well managed, with staff who are incredibly accessible, helpful, committed and enthusiastic about teaching Italian to foreigners. Group size tends to be on the small side (max. 8) which is ideal for fast and effective language learning. Teachers rotate, meaning that students get used to different accents and different teaching methods. The school´s accommodation options are excellent, too. And most importantly - everyone always has a smile on their face which, in combination with the beautiful location of Montepulciano, makes for a fun and relaxing learning experience.
I spent one week with the school and will return. The teaching staff are very competent, helpful, creative and encouraging. It was an intensive course, with a small class, suited to both challenge and develop my skill level. The wide range of students from around the world was both stimulating and interesting. The school is located in the centre of the town, is very accessible and close to historic towns and wonderful countryside. To be recommended.