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How to start a language school in Italy

edited August 2015 in - Italy
I'd like to move to Italy from Poland and I want doing my own business. I think of starting a school of English. Do you think it is a good idea? Do the Italians want to learn English? Are there many English schools in Italy already?


  • From your short post it is apparent you are not a native English speaker, which is usually what is expected when people pay money to learn English,
  • So, I'm not a native speaker, but I want to hire native speakers to learn English in school. I'm more interested if the Italians are keen to learn the language and whether the business has a chance to develop in Italy?
  • Following the recommendations issued at the European level, since 2006 it has been compulsory for all Italian students to learn two foreign languages beginning at the primary school level. English is mandatory as soon as students start primary school at the age of 6. In fact, Italy is among those countries (after Spain) in which students are taught English earliest during their education. It is common to find students studying English in nursery school but this is not compulsory.

    Italians can also study completly in English at university. There are many native English speakers teaching in Italian state schools, they earn more more money per month in a state school with all the benefits such as standard hours and paid holidays than in a private setting where classes can often be in the evening or at weekends.
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