Students judge their teachers

Students judge their teachers

Our first-term formal courses have been very successful. We had 86 enrolments (the highest number since 2010) at four levels ranging from Beginners 1 to Advanced.

The most satisfactory feature of our Term 1, however, is the achievement of the highest retention rates ever recorded: 82% and 85% in the two B1 classes; 100% in B2; 88% in B3/4; and 100% in Advanced. The lowest retention rate is usually recorded for Beginners 1 – in the past, this has typically been around two-thirds.

I have read all end-of-course evaluation forms and find that student feedback has been extremely positive. Students volunteered comments such as: “Alessia [B1] has been an excellent teacher. Her enthusiasm for the language has made learning Italian enjoyable and easy”; “As a beginners course, it was excellently paced. I’ve undertaken a number of language courses and Stefania [B1] is one of the best teachers I’ve had”; “I really enjoyed Lucrezia’s [B2] teaching style. She is engaging and very informative”; “Pauline [B3/4] was able to make every lesson interesting and informative and cater to the needs of the entire group”; “A well-presented course with an enthusiastic teacher [Francesca – Advanced]”.

And so, on we go! Our enrolments in second term have been the highest in five years and we are running six classes at five different levels. All students can be assured of our constant commitment to quality and to make their experience of learning the beautiful Italian language an enjoyable and rewarding one.

Did you know that…?

The following appeared in The Australian on 12 June 2014. The writer was Becky Arthur: “Learning a new language is a great way to explore a foreign country and its culture, and it may help you feel young too.

Research conducted at the University of Edinburgh over a 50-year period suggests that people who speak two or more languages have significantly better cognitive function than their counterparts who only speak a native language. It’s never too late to start either, with the study showing the same positive effects occur regardless of when the subjects learn their second language.

Bilingual participants benefited the most from increased general intelligence and reading abilities”.

Feeling good about yourselves now? You should! Learning Italian is great for your intellect!

Yvette Devlin