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Koinè Center Lucca

Lucca, Italy
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Tuscany is the dream destination for many burgundians. The region has the finest wines and the tastiest cheeses. You will find the most idyllic villages in this region and each village has its own culinary specialty. One of those small villages is Lucca. In this little town you will find one language school: Koiné. Tucked in the center, between imposing Renaissance walls, cobbled streets, beautiful squares and shady promenades. The school is located exactly between the famous square piazza dell'Anfiteatro and the medieval city tower Torre Guinigi. There are seven classroom and all of them breathe history thanks to beautifully tiled floors and ornate ceilings. Because of this unique school building and the idyllic surroundings, you will immerse yourself completely in Italian life during a language course in Lucca. Many lessons deal substantively with Italian society and culture. Outside the lessons, additional activities are regularly organized, such as a guided tour through the historic center, day excursions, cooking classes and wine and cheese tastings. Koiné has several schools throughout Italy and the quality of education is good, all lessons are accredited. After a day of classes in Lucca, historic cafés and restaurants around the corner of the school invite you to relax with a glass of Lucchesi wine and some rustic dishes prepared with fresh products from nearby Garfagnana. A language course in Lucca certainly includes an exploration of the hills to the east of Lucca.
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What we like

  • check_circle   Historical building
  • check_circle   Many lessons about culture and society
  • check_circle   Idyllic Tuscan village

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Koinè Center Lucca offers several Italian language courses. You can choose from 20 lessons per week, 25 lessons including 5 private lessons per week of 30 lessons including 10 private lessons per week.

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Do you want to immerse yourself in the local culture? Then a host family is the perfect choice for you. You'll be staying at a local family. This option contributes the most to learning the language.

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Lucca

The small town of Lucca makes every visitor feels at home immediately. If you follow a language course here, you will find the ideal combination of true Tuscany, geniality and a dolce vita lifestyle. The city with its more than 80,000 inhabitants is hidden behind imposing Renaissance walls and its cobbled streets, beautiful squares and shady promenades are perfect to explore by foot. Many people do a day trip to Lucca from Florence, but the city itself is also a perfect travel destination where there is enough to do. At the end of the day, historic cafés and restaurants invite visitors to relax with a glass of Lucchesi wine accompanied by some rustic antipasti. Don’t forget to explore the hills on the eastside of Lucca on a day off. They form the home of historic villages with beautiful villas. Also the city of Montecatini Terme, whith its world-famous thermal baths, is an attractive destination for day trips from Lucca.

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Jan 2, 2018
5/ 5stars

I would recommend this school without any hesitation. I took there several courses and met so many interesting people from around the world.

I am absolutely convinced that everyone who want to study Italian regardless of age and also wish to get to know really more about Italian culture, art and cuisine will surely appreciate this school.

This school offers not only really a wide range of courses (also specialized education programs for teachers) but also interesting cultural activities, where you can not only improve your language skills, but you can really learn more about architecture, literature, film, music, cuisine etc. due to the high professional level of lectures and discussions. This is because the teachers of this school are also specialized in different topics. They have its own highly effective teaching methods and materials and especially regularly train its own teachers who, besides other things, constantly encourage students. And what more, it is situated in the historic city centre of the beautiful Lucca and has very nice and bright classrooms, and a cosy kitchen for great cooking lessons.

Don´t hesitate to see their website, send them an email or simply call them. You will most certainly be pleased with its professionalism, friendliness and flexibility, as I have always been.

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Jul 15, 2017
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I recommend this school, where I have been to spend time learning Italian for the past 3 years, as a highly professional yet informal place to go. Whilst I cannot refute the knowledge of Joseph, I can say that the style of learning worked for me.
I was put into a middle level group the first year, then subsequent higher levels the following years, so can only give my opinion of these levels.
You have opportunity to do listening activities - designed to stretch and improve the ability to pick out the meaning of normal conversations; discussions around text where you work in groups to work out the meaning of unfamiliar words based on the context; general discussions of points studennts want to raise, and many more...All this is done under the direction of the teacher, who (whilst not correcting every mistake a student makes) rephrases answers or clarifies points and generally steers the conversations.
The afternoon sessions are tours (both free and paid) which give further opportunity to train the ear to the normal conversations, and whilst these are for everyone regardless of level, they are useful and well attended by all levels.
Only Italian is spoken and this, along with a stay with a fabulous local couple, meant my Italian made rapid improvements every time. I don't know the 'science' behind why it works - there is no formal grammar teaching (although the 1:1 sessions available are tailored to whatever you want) - but work it does for me and many others.
The whole "full immersion" experience works together - the best experience coming from morning sessions, 1:1 sessions, afternoon activities and staying with locals all done together in the stay (though I appreciate the cost is more, and I only did private lessons once to give me a boost in certain areas) Outside of the school I spent time to look over what we had cone that day and understand new words or grammar so that if I had any uncertainties I could return the next day with questions. These were always welcome as everyone can benefit - either from learning themselves too, or from explaining a point - which is not easy in a second language!! To an extent you get out what you put in, and homework above any given, can only help your learning.
As for the lady on the desk....fabulous Angela. She was so helpful in booking tickets for anything that I wasn't sure how to go about doing. She will find information for you on various events, make calls, print stuff - I don't want to set a precedence that this is always done as Anglea's job is vast and involves much more than just us students...we are many and obviously can't always expect this. But I can say that she will go out of her way to help if at all possible...and it's usually possible for this very accommodating lady.
I have had such great times at Koinè Lucca that I really wanted to try to put another side to Joseph's. I am just sorry that his experience was not as good as mine! All I can advise is try it and see and I am sure you will find what I did!

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Nov 22, 2017
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I‘ve studied Italian in Hildesheim, Germany, for some years. I went to Lucca in October 2017 to take a course in Italian at the Koinè Center. It was my first Italian course in Italy. We were some ten students from Hildesheim. We all loved the course. It was a great and fascinating experience. We learned so much in only a week‘s time.
The staff at Koinè are excellent. They are very friendly and enthusiastic teachers. The lessons are well prepared and interesting, because of a variety of methods and topics.
In addition to the morning lessons our teachers offered us an excellent touristic programme: excursions to the surroundings (thermae of Roman times, Villa Reale and its beautiful park), degustations, music etc. Fantastic events!
I chose a private accommodation instead of an hotel. A very friendly couple prepared delicious meals in the evenings, and we had long and interesting conversations with our meals in Italian language.
It was a marvellous time and definitely not my last course at Koinè.

Petra Lieb-Mohn, Hildesheim, Germany

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Sep 5, 2017
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A fantastic experience! I learned so much in a week and met so many nice people. Can hardly wait to og back for a new weeek in the Koiné school in Lucca.

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Aug 22, 2017
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I spent four weeks studying at Koine Center in Lucca earlier this summer, and overall it was a great experience. I had a homestay with an extremely sweet local woman, and my Italian indeed improved dramatically over the course of the month (definitely assisted by the face that I studied a lot outside of class every day).

The location of the school and my homestay were very convenient in the center of the city. There were three levels of students while I was there - absolute beginners, intermediate (where I was- for students with some knowledge but a limited vocab and difficulty speaking with ease), and an advanced class.

In four weeks, I had three different teachers (each for at least a whole week). Two were excellent. My final week, the teacher was much less skilled and we really got the feeling he was just going through the motions. There was a lot of dead time in class, and he often seemed unprepared for our activities. However, I believe he may have just been a sub and did not seem like a regular teacher at the school. That week was a bummer, but based on my experience and what i heard from other students, the other teachers besides this man were excellent.

Something that contributed a lot to my experience at Koine were the excellent afternoon activities, like tours of Lucca with different topics, or day trips to nearby cities. These were free of cost (unless you needed a train or bus ticket), and fabulous without exception.

One final thing that would have improved my experience would have been an additional class for the skill level between intermediate and advanced. There was a very large range in the skill levels of students in the intermediate class, which is still effective for learning, but can be frustrating when one person is comfortable in a wide range of tenses while the other is still learning very basic ones, or when there's a wide difference in the amount of vocab you each know. I think more frequent testing to regulate which students are in each class, or another level in the middle, could remedy this. However, teaching and learning from each other is a part of the language class experience, and overall the classroom content was effective, fun and interesting.

Overall Koine in Lucca was a great experience, and I'd potentially come back, though I want to try other schools as well.

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This general course Italian is focussed on and consists of 20 lessons a week of 55 minutes. Lessons are taught in classes in an interactive way and are given in the language you are learning. This course is available for all levels. If you are a total beginner, different start dates apply.

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This general + private course Italian is focussed on and consists of 25 lessons a week of 55 minutes. Lessons are taught in classes in an interactive way and are given in the language you are learning. During the extra private lessons you can decide for yourself where you want to pay more attention to. This course is available for all levels. If you are a total beginner, different start dates apply.

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Italian course 30 lessons a week + 10 private lessons

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This general + private course Italian is focussed on and consists of 30 lessons a week of 55 minutes. Lessons are taught in classes in an interactive way and are given in the language you are learning. During the extra private lessons you can decide for yourself where you want to pay more attention to. This course is available for all levels. If you are a total beginner, different start dates apply.

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Host family, individual room, without meals

Do you want to immerse yourself in the local culture and improve your language skills even more? Then a host family is the perfect choice for you. This type of host family comes without meals, so you can fully enjoy the city’s finest foods. Moreover, WiFi is included in the accommodation, as well as many other facilities.

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The schools works with several addresses. Depending on your age and gender, the best address will be selected for you. You’ll be informed with the exact address and arrival information the week before your course starts.

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Check-in: sunday before the first day of course.

Check-out: saturday after the last day of course.

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Host family, individual room, breakfast - all days

Do you want to immerse yourself in the local culture and improve your language skills even more? Then a host family is the perfect choice for you. This type of host family comes with breakfast, so you can enjoy easy mornings during the week. Breakfast is served from monday to friday. Moreover, WiFi is included in the accommodation, as well as many other facilities.

Location

The schools works with several addresses. Depending on your age and gender, the best address will be selected for you. You’ll be informed with the exact address and arrival information the week before your course starts.

directions_walk Average time to school: 15 minutes
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Check-in & check-out

Check-in: sunday before the first day of course.

Check-out: saturday after the last day of course.

Facilities

  • weekend Shared living room
  • radio_button_checked Shared bathroom
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  • kitchen Shared kitchen
  • panorama_vertical Wardrobe
  • view_day Towels
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  • weekend Sofa
  • check_box_outline_blank Dining table
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  • kitchen Fridge
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Host family, individual room, half board - all days

Do you want to immerse yourself in the local culture and improve your language skills even more? Then a host family is the perfect choice for you. This type of host family comes with breakfast and diner, so most of your meals are taken care of. Breakfast and dinner are available to you from Monday to Friday. Moreover, WiFi is included in the accommodation, as well as many other facilities.

Location

The schools works with several addresses. Depending on your age and gender, the best address will be selected for you. You’ll be informed with the exact address and arrival information the week before your course starts.

directions_walk Average time to school: 15 minutes
directions_bus Max time to school: 20 minutes

Check-in & check-out

Check-in: sunday before the first day of course.

Check-out: saturday after the last day of course.

Facilities

  • weekend Shared living room
  • radio_button_checked Shared bathroom
  • wc Shared toilet
  • kitchen Shared kitchen
  • panorama_vertical Wardrobe
  • view_day Towels
  • hotel Bed linen / sheets
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  • kitchen Fridge
  • chrome_reader_mode Microwave
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hearing You understand... • Some words and basic-sentences • Common words and sentences
supervisor_account You can... • Briefly introduce yourself
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• Introduce yourself (shortly)
• Give answers to some simple questions
mode_edit You can... • Fill in simple forms • Make short notes
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You understand... • The thread of a story • Different opinions • Usually the whole story
supervisor_account You can... • Join a conversations about everyday subjects
• Briefly give and substantiate your opinion
• Talk fairly well with locals
• Clearly explain and substantiate your opinion
mode_edit You can... • Write down experiences and impressions in a general way • Write down experiences and impressions in a detailed way
 

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hearing You understand... • Complex stories and opinions • Literary and academic texts
supervisor_account You can... • Effortlessly take part in a variety of conversation • Effortlessly have complex conversations and discussions
mode_edit You can... • Write down comprehensive text
• Write down detailed situations on paper
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• Use complex words in your descriptions

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