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The Institute of Italian Letters

Aware of wanting to strengthen its cultural roots, the SIRSSU Foundation has included the Italian Institute of Letters in its development programme since 1981.

In 1984, the didactic component of the first language course was organised with the help of Prof. Ottavio Lurati, a tenured professor of Italian Linguistics, Romance Language Seminars, University of Basel, reassessed in 1986 as a useful study on potentialities.

The ILI School

Since 1992, the first component of the project was organised, being the ILI School of Italian Language and Culture. Courses commenced in 1993 at the Civic Centre (now the location of the USI) thanks to the facilitation of the City of Lugano.

In accordance with an agreement with the then Ticino Department of Education and Culture (today, the DECS) of 19th December 1995, the SIRSSU Foundation developed a programme to promote the arrival of non-Italian students to the USI, subsequently extended to the SUPSI, with the aim of contributing to the international expansion and the contacts of the university structures of Italian Switzerland. For this purpose, the ILI/USI-SUPSI Fund was created 1996 to flank the ILI/USI-SUPSI Courses, being powered by the SIRSSU Foundation and which grants scholarships to these students attending ILI courses.

In 2002 came the second component of the project, the activation of the ILI Italian Studies Seminar with a symposium in collaboration with SUPSI and the Italian Dante Alighieri Society of Switzerland.

A third component occurred in 2002, with the ILI Workshops for continuing education for teachers, seeing the organisational structure of a Department of Language, Culture and Education, it being dependent on the ILI School, the ILI Workshops and the ILI Seminar. The Department holds the eduQua quality certification, awarded in 2003.

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Sarah, Germany

Die Lehrer waren sehr freundlich und konnten gut erklären Der Unterricht war gut organisiert, wir haben viel diskutiert und auch...

Sarah

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2017-10-20T16:49:50+00:00

Sarah

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Die Lehrer waren sehr freundlich und konnten gut erklären Der Unterricht war gut organisiert, wir haben viel diskutiert und auch einiges geschrieben. Die Lehrer war immer „present“ und haben alles sehr gut erklärt.
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Nicola, Scotland

I arrived here 4 months ago in the beautiful city of Lugano with very little Italian and a huge mission...

Nicola

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2017-10-20T16:48:23+00:00

Nicola

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I arrived here 4 months ago in the beautiful city of Lugano with very little Italian and a huge mission to learn as quickly as possible for work. With the commitment and enthusiasm of the wonderful teachers at the school, it has been possible to start work as a doctor, albeit very challenging, and the guys continue to laugh at my regular mistakes but inspire me to learn and communicate in a calm and encouraging environment! What a wonderful experience with very important friendships made.
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Anne, Olanda

Buoni gli insegnanti, lezioni facili da seguire, spiegazioni molto chiare e una buona quantità di tempo di conversazione.

Anne

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2017-10-20T16:50:42+00:00

Anne

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Buoni gli insegnanti, lezioni facili da seguire, spiegazioni molto chiare e una buona quantità di tempo di conversazione.
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Mirjam, Switzerland

Mein Name ist Mirjam. Ich komme von Winterthur, aus der Schweiz. Ich verbrachte zwei Wochen Ferien in Lugano, in der...

Mirjam

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2017-10-20T16:44:01+00:00

Mirjam

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Mein Name ist Mirjam. Ich komme von Winterthur, aus der Schweiz. Ich verbrachte zwei Wochen Ferien in Lugano, in der Ferienwohnung meiner Eltern. Mit der ILI Sprachschule (Intensivkurs am Morgen) habe ich eine gute Erfahrung gemacht. Ich denke, ich konnte mein Italienisch verbessern. Auch waren die beiden Lehrerinnen, die ich hatte sowie die Leute im Sekretariat sehr nett. Il mio nome è Mirjam. Vengo da Winterthur, in Svizzera. Sono stata a Lugano per due settimane di vacanza, nella casa di vacanza dei miei genitori. Con la scuola di lingua ILI (corsi intensivi della mattina), ho fatto una buona esperienza. Penso di aver potuto migliorare il mio italiano. Inoltre le due insegnanti che ho avuto e il personale della segreteria erano molto gentili.
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Alex, Russia

I liked that we also got to interact with oher classes because it allowed us to communicate more in italian...

Alex

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2017-10-20T16:49:32+00:00

Alex

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I liked that we also got to interact with oher classes because it allowed us to communicate more in italian as we would in the outside world. The teachers are also patient and attend to cure individual needs as students.
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David, Sweden

Enthusiastic teachers! I appreciated the level of passion that the teachers had of teaching. They made the course really fun....

David

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2017-10-20T16:49:16+00:00

David

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Enthusiastic teachers! I appreciated the level of passion that the teachers had of teaching. They made the course really fun. I liked the teachers and the rest of the staff in the School.
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Steve, Canada

L’ambiente familiare. Ho apprezzato i gruppi piccoli e la struttura delle lezioni. I professori sono molto bravi e dinamici. Le...

Steve

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2017-10-20T16:50:24+00:00

Steve

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L’ambiente familiare. Ho apprezzato i gruppi piccoli e la struttura delle lezioni. I professori sono molto bravi e dinamici. Le attività ottime per conoscere tutti!
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Paul, Sweden

I appreciated the teachers and their positive attidude. Keep doing what you are doing! I liked the atmosphere in the...

Paul

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2017-10-20T16:48:48+00:00

Paul

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I appreciated the teachers and their positive attidude. Keep doing what you are doing! I liked the atmosphere in the School, it is very cozy and welcomming.
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