07.21.2008 - 08.01.2008
Studio Italia is located only about a 15 minute walk from where I am staying in San Paulo.
One the first day, Emiliano was my "tour director" for the day and gave me a little bit of information about Studio Italia before going to great depth about my grant.
Basically, Studio Italia is dedicated to giving non-Native Italian speakers an opportunity to immerse themselves in the Italian language and to learn through being immersed in the Italian culture. They also offer opportunities to learn other languages but most of their students are there to learn Italian.
What I thought was really interesting about the staff that works there, and what I sensed immediately, is that the staff really loves to make learning fun. Mostly because I think they love to learn and they love to have fun while they are learning. Thus, there extreme passion for learning/teaching in a way that is fun.
The offices are simple. They are adorned with Italian movie posters and information about major and minor attractions in Rome. As well as pictures of other students and group trips. It reminds you more of a community center than a school or office.