Direct Method Italian Program

Learn the language to live your “la dolce vita”

The direct method emerged in the 1890’s and is also known as the “natural method”. It focuses on teaching language learners to genuinely communicate in their second language. We use very little translation and prefer to explain and communicate directly in Italian explaining vocabulary through visual aids and miming.

Our Partner, Direct Language Lab provide the resources we need to successfully deliver this program. They use the foundational direct method teaching methodology combined with their more up to date, modern content to deliver a range of books, apps and online programs to enable effective and efficient second language acquisition.

How is DIRECT Method for Italian different from other direct methods?

Coursebooks produced by Direct Language Lab are modern – containing only up-to-date vocabulary and grammar adapted to present examination standards.

Italiano designed with Direct Method coursebooks include questions relating to current topics which are of interest to students.

Italiano designed with Direct Method coursebooks are updated on a regular basis. When working on subsequent editions, we pay utmost attention to verification of coursebooks both in terms of language and context validity.

Coursebooks produced by Direct Language Lab have been created by a team of teachers with several years of experience in teaching by means of direct methods and they reflect long-term considerations concerning the range of material and the method of its implementation.

All the levels of Italiano designed with Direct Method coursebooks contain a wide range of questions ascribed to a group of words. This facilitates better acquisition of meanings of words and consolidation of their use in various contexts.

Italiano designed with Direct Method coursebooks reflect a practical approach to Italian grammar. The coursebooks contain clear grammatical explanations – short, practical and easy to understand.

Italiano designed with Direct Method coursebooks enrich the direct method with additional elements such as:

  • additional grammar lessons facilitating better understanding and consolidation of grammar material, which is first introduced in an oral form,
  • exercises and communication sections thanks to which students learn how to ask questions and practise vocabulary and structures which are useful in terms of communication.

The direct method helps learners to study and develop two most important language skills: speaking and listening comprehension.

These new Direct Method course books are a completely new series which contain a lot of new material as well as modern vocabulary and grammar exercises.

Libro 1, 2, 3 and 4 are now available and more books to be published soon.

Key features of the coursebooks:

    • Practical, modern vocabulary – over 2,500 words carefully selected in terms of usefulness,
    • interesting questions in natural, contemporary Italian,
    • coursebooks produced by Direct Language Lab making use of a vast number of questions enabling Students to easily remember new vocabulary more efficiently and use it in numerous contexts (various applications, grammar structures, collocations),
    • user-friendly graphics and page-layout facilitating work with the coursebook,
    • numerous grammar exercises,
    • communication exercises.

A complete system for teaching and learning Italian:

    • Student’s Book: 1-4,
    • MP3 files for each Student’s Book,
    • exercise sections at the end of each module,
    • Teacher’s Book: 1-4,
    • a set of exams at the end of each stage of learning,
    • placement test.
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