In the 90s this was one of our most succesful course – Italian language for tourism. We had classes with 10/12 students from Austria, Switzerland and Germany; the young Austrian students usually were working in the family hotels, the Swiss came from Hoteliere Schools and the German students mostly from 4 or 5 stars chain-hotels.
Now there is a (small) comeback, and after years without any student interested in learning Italian for tourism purposes, now we have classes with 3 or 4 students.
At Scuola Toscana we offer three levels(we also have three corresponding booklets), from beginners (reception, reservation, cancellation, etc.) to intermediate (problem solving, business mail, etc.) to advanced (marketing, art of hospitality etc.) – gastronomy is also part of the programs.
We work with teachers specialised in the field, and the roleplaying is the basis of the work in class.
We do also the preparation for the DILC exam of Accademia Italiana di Lingua, an exam in Italian for Commerce which has to do also with the Tourism sector.
With the tourism business thriving in most of the world, will Scuola Toscana be able to get bigger classes of Italian for Tourism again ? Hope so !
Some of you asked me about this exercise… it is one of the nicest in this nice book, I like it because you do not need to do copies, and you can do it also by yourself (in these old books there are many exercises you can do without the teacher, probably they were meant also for self-teaching).
Here you have a small story, and then the story is repeated with some blanks in place of some words, then is repeated again with more words “erased” and so on, until in the end there are more blanks than written words. The idea is every time to cover the previous text and try to figure out the missing words, and again and again until you are almost able to remember the whole text. It is very good to learn words, lexical chunks, and grammatical modules. It is not so different with the things you used to do in the language laboratories…
You can do it very easy in class, or even alone, with some text you like, erasing the words every time.
OLDIES BUT GOLDIES 2
… and there was also an advanced version of the same book, which we still use… at scuola toscana