Prepare for your transition to your new life as an English teacher in Italy with ITA's exclusive 10-Hour online Italian cultural orientation course for English teachers.
Designed especially for new English teachers by experts with years of experience in Italy education, this 10-hour online course provides a broad introduction to life and culture in Italy, will enhance your understanding and appreciation for your new home, and make adjusting to the basics of daily life much easier.
What will you get out of this course?
Created by a team of travel writers, anthropologists, and e-learning specialists, the Italian culture course content is constantly updated & reviewed to ensure accuracy.
Once you enroll in your Italian culture course, you have unlimited access and can refer back to the course content at any point. You can also use the Community platform to connect with other teachers and cultural enthusiasts abroad in Italy, ask questions, and join monthly meetups.
The Italian culture course comes with a completion certificate to recognize your achievement - a great addition to your resumé.
This Italian Culture Course includes 6 modules based on the following topics. It is self-paced so you are able to complete your coursework according to your own schedule & convenience.
Italy at a Glance
Learn some of the most common conceptions among people in Italy: their work and social life, values, and communication style. Module 1 also covers perspectives of locals and ex-pats on Italian politics and religion, plus some unique facts and no-nos about Italian culture.
Regions of Italy
Learn about Italy’s key cities and larger regions within the country, and you will come to appreciate Italy’s distinct regional identities. Finally, Module 2 will help you appreciate the differences between life in rural Italy and in metropolitan areas.
Italian Customs and Etiquette
This module is where you’ll get loads of practical advice on how to interact confidently and respectfully, without causing offense or making clumsy faux pas.
Adjusting to Life in Italy
Read about the different ways in which people adapt to a new cultural environment so that when you arrive in Italy you will be able to smoothly navigate your new start. This module is filled with helpful advice from expats on different possible scenarios during your process of adjustment, and how to thrive through all of them.
Becoming a Local
Get to know Italy and the people well enough to be considered a ‘local’. In this module, you’ll learn about nightlife, where to meet people and make friends, and common hobbies and interests.
Identities, Diversity & Inclusion in Italy
Learn about the history as well as the present experiences of local and expat women, LGBTQ+ people, and BIPOC to help you better understand the workings of Italian society, and make you aware of your own position.
With interactive learning materials, a friendly course guide, flexible learning options, and a module dedicated to diversity and inclusion, this course offers a learning experience that caters to individuals from diverse identities and learning styles.
Our exclusive Online Community enables you to stay engaged and get answers to your questions, even after you've completed your online culture course.
Travel Tips and Advice: The forums and groups on the platform are great sources of cultural tips and advice. Ask questions and get advice from experienced English teachers and travelers.
Messaging: Find people within your group to directly message or click on their profile icon to message them from the chat. The platform not only has safety features included, but also includes a “prompted-greeting” feature designed to help members kick off the conversation!
Access Anytime: Join groups on the platform that are focused on specific topics or destinations. This gives you the chance to connect with others who share the same interests and travel goals.
Community MeetUps: Participate in community online meet-ups and connect and talk through current and upcoming parts of your journey.
Experts at Your Fingertips: Gain access to the Community team and the Community ambassadors who are happy to share tips and their personal experiences related to intercultural communication, identity, transition, and facing other challenges of living abroad.
Access Your Online Course: Access your Italian culture course via the community platform. This means you can easily switch between your Community circles and your culture course lessons.
This 10-hour cultural orientation course is designed primarily for English teachers but is open to anybody planning to move to Italy to live, work or study. You are welcome to take it simply out of interest as well!
This orientation program is ideal for you if you are looking to:
BUNDLE A TEFL COURSE & SAVE
If you’re not yet TEFL certified, consider bundling this online Italian Culture Course with our 11-week part-time, 4-week full-time Online TEFL Certification Courses, or our 4-week TEFL Course in Chicago.
Standard Tuition for this course is $299 $249 if you bundle.
Benefits of bundling include:
Online TEFL Course, as Rated by Goabroad.com
Strong Alumni Network in 80+ Countries
Internationally Accredited TEFL Certificate
Job Search Guidance and Support from Your Personal Advisor
IMPORTANT: Before enrolling, we strongly recommend that you are concurrently enrolled in an accredited TEFL certification, are already certified, or have experience teaching ESL. Not yet TEFL certified? Get in touch with us. You can bundle our TEFL certification course with this specialty course and save an additional $70.
International TEFL Academy's Lifetime Job Guidance and support, access to our alumni community, and our high-quality accreditation are only available to students and alumni of our online and in-person standard TEFL certification courses.
BUNDLE & SAVE: Get $70 OFF your culture course if you bundle with a standard TEFL course
Even the most experienced teachers and travelers face challenges when moving to a new country, including culture shock and even loneliness. That's why ITA offers this exclusive 10-hour online cultural orientation course: to help you make the most of your teaching experience and to prepare you for a smooth transition to life in Italy.
Gaining a foundational understanding of Italian culture will help you avoid the culture shock many teachers experience when arriving in a new country.
For potential employers, this also demonstrates a commitment to ongoing professional development and a willingness to go above and beyond to provide the best education for your students.
With an entire module dedicated to what to expect when living in Italy, gain specialized insights and learn from fellow teachers about school etiquette, getting along with colleagues, and the work culture in Italy.
Getting tips from experienced locals will make your transition to daily life in Italy much smoother. Our team will provide guidance on how to handle those awkward or challenging situations that can arise when adjusting to a new culture.
Sarah Kalert, Head of Academics at International TEFL Academy.
Sarah has a Master's in English - TEFL/TESL and has taught English abroad in Chile.
YES. This 10-hour online course is open to those planning to teach English in Italy or those who just want to learn more about Italian culture and etiquette.
Yes! This course is self-paced so you can complete your coursework according to your own schedule and convenience.
Yes. The course is offered and operates throughout the year.
For this course, you need to enroll at least one week in advance in order to save your spot.