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Enrolling english speaking children in Italian schools

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Enrolling english speaking children in Italian schools

Post Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 4:42 am

One other thing... Our children have a place held for them at an international school, but part of me wants to submerge them in Italian early. Comments or advice ?


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Re: Enrolling english speaking children in Italian schools

Post Posted: Sun Mar 26, 2006 2:56 am

Hi
We moved to Italy 18 months ago and we put our children into Italian schools. They have had more homewoork than the Italian kids and of course there have been hard times but on the whole I would recomend it as the fastest way of integrating and making friends.
We have a local student come to the house twice a week and give them extra help which I think is very important and certainly with us has made all the difference.

Where in Italy are you living?


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Re: Enrolling english speaking children in Italian schools

Post Posted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 9:49 am

Thanks for the input. We are moving to Genova. My husband was there just Thursday and met with contacts from the International School. He is torn. Did your children speak any Italian at all? Mine are around it all of the time, but they speak very little. Also, what are their ages. Thank you so much. You are the only response I have received.

Stomry


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Re: Enrolling english speaking children in Italian schools

Post Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2006 6:35 pm

Hi
My kids are aged 7, 10, 13 and 16 and were respectively 5,8,11 and14 when we arrived.
They had absolutely no Italian, but leading up to us coming over here I did try to show them lots of books and pictures of italy and talk about the country and the language.

I can understand your interest in putting them in International schools and most of all understand your fear. It really does depend on your children and the type of people they are as to whether it could be good or bad for them but i do feel that had we not integrated our own children into Italian life the way we have, then they wouldn't have got so much out of being here.
One of my children hass dislexia and I was most worried about him, but although he still finds reading in English a huge problem he can now read very well in Italian! Its because it is pronounced how it is written and reletively quite an easy language to learn.
My eldest now has the extra task of learniong Latin which threw a cat among the pidgeons but infact he has coped with that too and apparently his English should benefit from the Latin in the long run.

Its a shame you are so far from us - we are in Marche - because I would suggest meeting up, but regardless of the distance please don't hesitate to contact me about any thing you like.

We moved here after living in Ireland for fifteen years so it was quite a difference for us too, but we have found Italian life has lots of positive qualities. At the moment my big concern is finding work, because we havn't yet sold our house in Ireland, and I am considering doing a course in "teaching English as a foriegn language" although i think it may require a long stay in the UK which I don't fancy.

Look forward to hearing about your deliberations, keep in touch


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Re: Enrolling english speaking children in Italian schools

Post Posted: Sun May 14, 2006 4:15 pm

We arrived in Italy with sons 5, 10 and 12. We put them in Italian public schools. None of us spoke Italian at that time. It didn't work out in our small northern town. They lost almost 1 years worth of schooling. We put them in International school. Our schools teaches in Italian (with support for foreigners) and English. Our sons are now fluent in Italian and of course English. If we hadn't done this our son who was 5 wouldn't have learned how to read and write in English. Unless you are willing to home school for English this can be a problem.
good luck,
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I live in near Venice Italy with husband and 3 sons. We have been here 2 1/2 years.Boys are 8,13, 15. They attend bi-lingual school. I teach in a bi-lingual school and have continued my dance career over here.
We are originaly from NY.

 

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Re: Enrolling english speaking children in Italian schools

Post Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2006 11:33 am

I am moving from Sydney, Australia with my 15 year old, who speaks no italian at this stage.
I do not want to halt her education and so was hoping to put her into an International School .... until I noticed a few comments about bi-lingual schools.
How do I find the location of these in roma?

Any help is appreciated as I am stressing about her education.
We are not moving until next year (when she will be 15) so I have time to plan ... phew!

 

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Re: Enrolling english speaking children in Italian schools

Post Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:54 am

I am an Irish mum with 3 children aged 4 7 and 10. Mu husband is Italian but my children do not speak the language at all. We will be moving to Turin in July and I would LOVE to hear from anyone who would be in a similar situation. I am mostly worried about the kids and how they are going to adapt to school. I would appreciate any feedback whatsoever

 

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