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BLS Adult Spring Term Language Courses 2024: Accelerate your language learning

Beginner Level 1 Course (CEFR A1.1): [Tutor Maria] online course Hurry, only 4 places left!
Monday, 6.20-7.50pm, 8 x 90 min. lessons [on 22, 29 April & 13, 20 May & 03, 10, 17, 24 June 2024] £125 Course Programme

Beginner Level 2 Course (CEFR A1.2): [Tutor Maria] online course
Tuesday, 6.20-7.50pm, 10 x 90 min. lessons [on 23, 30 April & 07, 14, 21, 28 May & 04, 11, 18, 25 June 2024] £155 Course Programme

Beginner Level 3 Course (CEFR A1.2): [Tutor Maria] online course
Wednesday, 6.20-7.50pm, 10 x 90 min. lessons [on 24 April & 01, 08, 15, 22, 29 May & 05, 12, 19, 26 June 2024] £155 Course Programme


“Learning a new language is like growing a new head”, a European friend told me long ago. “You see with new eyes, hear with new ears, speak with a new tongue.” Neuroimaging has proved her right: the mental gymnastics of groping for even the simplest words in a different language ignites brand new clusters of neurons and synapses. And so I, lacking a single drop of Italian blood, can nonetheless claim something utterly, wholly, irrevocably Italian as my own: the language hot spots that have been growing steadily deep within my brain for more than a quarter century.

Italian as we know it was created, not born. With the same thunderbolt genius that would transform art in the Renaissance, writers of fourteenth century Florence-Dante first and foremost-crafted the effervescent Tuscan vernacular into a language rich and powerful enough to sweep down from heaven and up from hell. This priceless living legacy, no less than Petrarch’s poetry, Michelangelo’s sculptures, Verdi’s operas, Fellini’s movies, or Valentino’s dresses, is an artistic masterwork.
written by Dianne Hales, “La Bella Lingua”, Broadway Books, 2011

Additional information


Beginner Level 1 Online Course Apr-Jun 2024 (for 18+), Beginner Level 2 Online Course Apr-Jun 2024 (for 18+), Beginner Level 3 Online Course Apr-Jun 2024 (for 18+), In-Person Workshop for Complete Beginners Jun 2024 (for 18+)


  1. Michael Sproat (verified owner)

    Marika is a great teacher, really enthusiatic, helpful and someone who definitely goes the extra mile to keep you motivated… Grazie mille, Marika, ho imparato un sacco di cose! Ti ringrazio molto, buona vacanze, Michele

  2. mvn62 (verified owner)

    Marika is an excellent teacher who makes her lessons very varied and interesting. Marika uses games, videos and music. We also learn about Italian customs and different places. The lessons are fun too!

  3. Jbt (verified owner)

    Marika classes make learning fun aswell as informative. She is a great motivator and is very welcoming no matter what your level. I will definitely be doing more

  4. Ana Miguel Lazaro

    Marika is a great Italian teacher. She makes the lesson fun and interesting. She has created some materials that help you to consolidate the learning. She is also passionate for the Italian culture that is it really important when you are learning a language. I would recommend Marika’s lessons to be able to speak one of the most beautiful languages, Italian.

  5. Burcu (verified owner)

    I took the Italian BOOST online course in Sep with Marika to brush up my Italian. We were only three students. It has been very useful and fun. Marika is natural, relaxed, has a good sense of humour. She shares her powerpoint presentations so it’s easy to revise and exercise in between lessons. She understands the students’ needs and tailors the lessons accordingly. She corrected homework at her own time so she is very supportive. She gave a book recommendation to read at the end of the course so that we can continue learning even after the course. I would recommend studying with Marika.

  6. Ian Nelson (verified owner)

    I have now done 3 terms and one boost on line in 2021 with Maria who is a really great tutor. The lessons are always fun, interesting and structured. Maria sends us the pdf after each lesson with a bit of homework and she is excellent at moving at each students pace of learning. The lessons are based around the Nuovo Espresso course and Maria adds extra interesting cultural and social content. I would strongly recommend studying Italian with Maria

  7. Lorraine Coward (verified owner)

    Just signed up for my sixth term of learning Italian with Maria, my first attempt at learning another language for over 40 years! Maria is a fabulous tutor. The lessons are always fun and engaging and I am thrilled with the progress I am making. I still can’t quite believe that I have finally got around to doing something I’ve been talking about for so long and I am having a great time. Grazie Maria!

  8. camila.coelho (verified owner)

    Maria is an excellent teacher! Her classes are interactive, fun and engaging with many opportunities to practice speaking in Italian. I’ve just signed up for another year and very much looking forward to it! Grazie!

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