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Enrolling english speaking children in Italian schools

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Re: Enrolling english speaking children in Italian schools

Post Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:18 am

Thank you for the information so far! My chn will be 9 and 14 when we decide to move to Italy from Australia. We are hoping to move to Chieti in Abruzzo but we also have family in Le Marche. Our chn know very little Italian and to be honest our whole point for the move is to have them learn Italian. My first option was an International school but I was worried about the limited Italian - on the other hand having them attend a state school, I was concerned it would be too much for them and particularly for my 14 yr old - a little frustrating. We are torn because we would like them to interact with Italian chn??? Very confused!! We are hoping that in the meantime we could possibly enrol them in Italian school here in an afte school Italian program once a week! ???? Pls keep on with the experiences they really do help!!! Bi-lingual school ??? Is that the same as an International school?????
In addition to this I would like to get some advice as to the best way to get a job teaching English - I am qualified to teach early childhood & primary chn and have completed a TESOL course a number of years ago. is it best to go with an agency, over the net or privately ???


Re: Enrolling english speaking children in Italian schools

Post Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 6:24 pm

I am planning on moving to Italy from South Africa in the next six months, my daughter is 10 years old, I would like enrol her to a public school, are there any biligual school near Milan. I am worried if she will cope with changing languages and is she will adapt very easily.

Any advise?


Re: Enrolling english speaking children in Italian schools

Post Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 3:33 pm

My wife and I moved from London to Italy last year along with our 4 year old child. Since I had lived here 15 years before and new most everyone in a quiet little town on the Swiss border, we decided to live there while I would commute to Milan for my project. We also thought it best to immerse her in the culture as early as possible so she could catch up quickly which she has done wonderfully. Her first weeks of school were not fun for her as she had no idea what anyone was saying but with a little help from her teacher who spoke very basic English and from myself who would visit her school and translate when I could .... you should hear her now !!!!. After only 7 months, she is the star of her school and speaks Italian like a pro. Kids are wonderful sponges but I am sure that you have heard that before.


Re: Enrolling english speaking children in Italian schools

Post Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:52 pm

Well thank you, I really needed some reassurance , when they are younger I know they can adapt very well. My main fear is that my daughter is 10 and in grade 4 at the moment. However she is still a child she should still make it wonderfully.

Thanks again...


Re: Enrolling english speaking children in Italian schools

Post Posted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 3:49 am

I am totally new to this forum and happy to find there are others in my situation.

Although, My husband and I are still in the " thinking about it" stages of moving to Italy.

OUr major concern are our children and where to send them to school.

First of all, we dont know where we are going to go, and the reason for going is for the experience of living in another part of the world and something different. Neither of us have any Italian heritage. I have Cypriot heritage and am learning Italian.

I have had a look at international schools....are they all so expensive$$$?

Our children are 2 boys age 7 and 9. I believe that they would do just fine going to an Italian school (are these classed as public schools?). But my husband is worried that because we are only going for a year (to start with) that the kids wont be at the same level as the kids in Brisbane when we get back.

You will think we are crazy, we have little savings and are hoping to get interviews for jobs next year in August/September for esl or hospitality. We want jobs to cover the cost of living, rent, food, schooling etc... Are we kidding ourselves????

What do you think?

Any advise is good and greatly appreciated.


Re: Enrolling english speaking children in Italian schools

Post Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:07 am

My name is John and I have been living in Savona, about 40kims from Genoa, for the last 3 years. I am currently back in the US. Geno9a is a marvelous city and very beautiful. It is the most English of cities in Italy. Peoploe are a little reserved at first but they very quickly open up and become the friendliest people one can find. There is a good deal of Englisg spoken in Genoa so the lack of Italian at first should not be too much of a problem. If you decide to use a personal tutor for your kids you should expect to pay at leasy 30 euros an hour. However, you should also be able to negotiate a discount if you agree to a package og hours, e.g. 30 hours.
Please fell free to contact me at my private email and I will give you all the help and advice that I can.
Good luck.


Re: Enrolling english speaking children in Italian schools

Post Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:03 pm

Hi there
Have just discovered this website and was really interested in your posting below, though know it was some time ago now.

My husband and I are moving to Italy this summer with our two children aged 11 and 14. Our oldest also has dyslexia. We had decided to send them to international school, but are absolutely torn, as we love Le Marche, but there are no international schools there!! We all have practically no Italian, but are looking for lessons in the UK before we come over - I am really interested to learn more about how you integrated your older children in the Italian school system??

Catie Smile

- smith6rus

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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