Looking for a language learning experience that is unique and gives you the results you want? Giulia de Lorenzi, teaching director of Dante Language School in KZN, outlines what Dante is all about.
Q: Dante is relocating. Why the move?
A: The increase in our educational activities and in the number of students studying with us from all over South Africa and beyond, has meant we require bigger premises. Our language school teaches foreign languages – in person and online – to more than 6 000 students in KZN. In addition, we are currently preparing 51 students for IEB and Cambridge (both IGCSE and AS level) exams in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Mandarin and Arabic.
Q: On your website, dantedurban.com, prominence is given to collaborations with foreign institutional partners and scholarship offers. Tell us more?
A: We have several partnerships, including those with European diplomatic institutions such as the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Spanish and Portuguese governments. We also have a synergy with the Japanese Foundation, the main Japanese body for promoting their language around the world. Because of these collaborations, we can offer our students – who have passed their Cambridge or IEB exams – scholarships to cover the annual tuition fee of the fi rst year of enrolment in a foreign university of their choice.
Q: Does Dante teach at schools?
A: Yes, we are working with several educational institutions in KZN. Collaborations are not only limited to teaching the main foreign languages but also include exchange programmes of students and team members as well as a system of profit sharing with schools. We offer a package of free classes for one term taught by our native-speaking teachers.
Q: What do you attribute your remarkable growth to?
A: There are many factors. Multilingualism is becoming key to a much brighter future for the youth; our brilliant teachers are all native speakers; we design and tailor language courses according to the needs of our students, and our experience helps us identify how to best respond to those needs.
Q: How long does it take to learn a new language?
A: Perhaps you’re going on holiday and want to master a few phrases, or perhaps there’s an exam on the horizon that you need to study for. While it may take an average of 22 hours to learn the basics in any language, the truth is many factors determine exactly how long it takes to learn a new language. Knowing what these factors are, Dante can help you understand how long it should take to reach the level of fluency you’re after. After all, if you’re looking for ways to master a language in record time, trust Dante, it’s our mission!
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