Anyone learning a foreign language knows what it feels like to be suddenly faced with real live native speakers in a real-life situation: gasping for breath like the proverbial fish out of water! The best way to learn a language, though, is to live in the country for as long as you can, because language arises out of the need to communicate and when we communicate, the non-rational part of us plays a fundamental role. You have only to think of the way in which we learn our mother-tongue as children. For this reason, Arca has adopted a communicative and inductive approach in its teaching of Italian.
Our method , which is regularly updated, is based on "doing" and "saying", or "communicative acts". Important international research has in fact shown that much more is learnt by doing than by simply studying. So the emphasis always needs to be on activity rather than on passive receptivity, and our students take an active part in lessons, speaking individually, in pairs or in small groups, acting out roleplay to simulate real life situations.
In class we use not only books but a wide range of up-to-date, authentic materials taken from newspapers, TV, radio, the Internet and other media. This means giving the student important information about contemporary social and cultural life in Italy, and at the same time developing his or her language- and communication skills, without neglecting grammar, phonology, lexis and all the other aspects of the language which will be analyzed subsequently in their proper context.
The teacher is responsible for guiding each student along the path of active learning of our language and culture. This is why there are also cultural and social activities enabling students to experience Italian society directly as a part of it, rather than simply as a tourist and observer.