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"Perché YES ME RANGI... non basta", or "Why muddling through just doesn’t cut the mustard"

Our Educational Approach

What we do in the classroom is both innovative and effective – be it simulations and role plays for adults or stimulating and enjoyable ludic activities for young learners – English remains the vehicle for all communication.

We believe in practical approaches to the four skills with a particularly strong emphasis on the comprehension of spoken English and oral production. This approach mirrors, in many ways, the natural process of acquisition of our first language - listening then speaking and only later reading and writing.

Listening

Listening is a receptive skill and that which comes first in the process of language acquisition – it involves the engaged deciphering of incoming information in real time.

Speaking

Speaking, on the other hand, is a productive skill and involves the effective communication of information in real time requiring the ability to both construct utterances and pronounce them in a way that is intelligible.

Reading

The third skill is Reading. As with listening, it is also considered a receptive skill which requires the learner to process and comprehend an extensive variety of textual input. It often has the advantage that you can process it more slowly by re-reading and deploying a range of informed guessing strategies – a vital technique which is explicitly taught in all our courses.

Writinig

Writing is the fourth skill and the productive twin of speaking. It involves highly specialized rules of construction ranging from an SMS or an e-mail to a more extended piece of writing such as an academic essay. Modes of writing are often very culture specific – English and Italian writing are two very different animals, for example - and present severe challenges in the higher level Cambridge examinations – B2 and beyond. Effective writing requires highly skilled teaching.

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3 schools

that will help to achieve your objectives painlessly

Sondrio

The Mother of All English Schools first opened its doors in 1985. All five rooms are equipped with Bose audio systems and there is a large interactive white board in the biggest classroom. The atmosphere is welcoming in the Best of British style. The Sondrio school is also where we hold all our social events.

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Tirano

The school in Tirano opened in 2017 and is situated in Piazza Cavour in the very heart of the old town, with a car park right in front of it for added convenience. Tirano offers the same range of courses as Sondrio.

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Morbegno

The Morbegno school was opened at the end of 2017. It is centrally situated in the old town in Piazza dei Caduti per la Libertà. The school is more accessible for those living in the Morbegno area as well as the northern end of Lake Como for whom a long trip to Sondrio for the sake of a course was previously prohibitive.

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Meet our native-speaker teachers

Our dynamic and close-knit team of teachers is a group of highly qualified specialists as well as being Cambridge Speaking Examiners. Courses are taken by the same teacher throughout the year, though there are also brief periods when teachers swap group. This allows our students not only to hear different accents but also to experience the subtly different approaches to teaching.

Steve
Director
“Perchè Yes me rangi
non basta!”
Hannah
English Teacher
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become”
Simon
Assistant Director of Studies
"I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time… like tears in rain…"
Dawn
English Teacher
"Learning another language is a journey, half the fun is reaching your destination"
Ed
English Teacher
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it"
Paul
Director of Studies
"The universal aptitude for ineptitude makes any human accomplishment an incredible miracle"
Helen
English Teacher
" If it is important you will find a way, if not you’ll find an excuse!”
Victoria
English Teacher
“I dunno, I’m making this up as I go!"

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