Frequently Asked Questions

How long has School AMICI been teaching Italian language in Cincinnati?
We have been teaching Italian since 1985.

How long is each course?
All our courses run for ten weeks.

When are the classes offered?
Classes are scheduled on Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

How long will it take me to learn Italian?
Comprehension and speaking skills don't develop at the same speed for each student; they depend on your inclination and dedication to the language. We can estimate that you would feel confident to express simple thoughts in Italian after consistently attending two or three courses.

Is there a test to take at the end of the course?
There are no tests, quizzes or final exam for any of our courses.

Is there homework to complete?
Yes, the teacher will assign homework based on what is covered in class each week. Homework will not take too much of your time and its purpose is to reinforce what you learn at school.

Are the teachers Italian?
Yes, all our teachers are native Italians, holding Italian college degree. Their mother tongue is Italian and they are fluent in English too.

Where do I purchase my books?
The easiest and least expensive way to get the book is to order through our online bookstore.  Our bookstore section will connect you directly to the page where you can order the books. We suggest buying new books or a used copies in good conditions.

Do you offer discounts or pro-rated charges?
No, we don’t. We keep our tuition very competitive and cannot discount or pro-rate.

Do I get credit hours from your courses?
No, we don't offer academic credit for our courses. However, we can issue a Certificate of Attendance if you need for work or study related purposes.

I studied some Italian before. For which course should I sign up?
If you are not sure, we can help you to determine which class fits you better. We can only estimate where to place you. However, you have the opportunity to change course during the first week of the session, if you realize that a class is not suited to you. We recommend to check description and syllabus of the courses online to know what is covered in each class.

Do I have to start from the Beginning course?
No, you can enroll in any course whenever you want, based on your knowledge of Italian if you studied this language in the past. Beginning classes are for those who never studied Italian before.

May I re-enroll in the same course?
Yes, you can take a course as many times you wish.

Who is teaching my course in this session?
Our instructors don’t always teach the same course, so we cannot determine in advance who is teaching a course in a specific session.

Is there a registration deadline?
Yes. Registration usually closes one week before the course begins.

I missed the registration deadline. May I still join the course?
It depends on the availability of seats. If we have space in a course, you can still join it. If the course is full, we will put your name on a waiting list.

How many students are in each class?
Generally we have from 10 to 16 students in a class. Basic Beginning courses are usually more crowded than others, therefore it is important to register early. Since seating is limited, enrollment is on a first come-first served basis.

Is there parking space at the school?
Yes, there is plenty of on-site free parking.

Do you use CDs or interactive material in class?
Courses are mostly based on Italian spoken in class. Use of dedicated CDs in combination with the program is strongly recommended for those who want to acquire a faster and better comprehension of the language, practicing at their leisure at home. We also provide a free online access link where you can do exercise and practice the language at home.

How old are the students in your courses?
We have students of all ages, from 16 years old up.

Do you offer classes for children?
At the present moment, we offer a class for children, age 4 to 8, who have at least an Italian parent. Please contact us for details if interested.

I will be unable to attend all lessons. May I still sign up?
Absolutely. If you miss a lesson, you will be able to catch up with the class studying the section indicated on the syllabus for that night. You can also ask your teacher if you have questions or need further help.

Do you offer classes on other weekdays or weekends?
We offer all courses on Wednesday evening only.

Do you offer classes in the summer?
No, we have no classes in June, July and August.

Do you offer private lessons?
Yes, we can arrange one to one private tutoring with one of our teachers. These lessons can be given at the student's or teacher's home or at another location. We can also arrange conversation via Skype. Please email italian@schoolamici.com if you are interested in such lessons to discuss programs and rates.

How can I know more about your school, courses and services?
You can e-mail your questions to
italian@schoolamici.com and we will be glad to assist you. You can also "like" our Facebook page School Amici. We post classes, events, social activities, news, pictures and more.

I am interested in taking classes in the future.  How do I get on your mailing list?
You can visit
www.schoolamici.com and directly place your e-mail address on our list La Piazza. This way we will be able to inform you periodically about our classes, events, offers, specific schedules and deadlines. You can also email italian@schoolamici.com and request to be placed on our list.

We respect your privacy: the e-mail address that you provide is only used to inform you about our classes and events. It will not be shared with other companies or passed to other students or third parties.