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Parliamo! A crash course in living in Prato

What is Parliamo?

  • short non-credit program
  • Italian language and culture basics to help you get around Prato
  • fun small group sessions
  • up-to-date content and multimedia tools
  • interactive activities and practical exercises
  • experienced local teachers and guides

Who can Parliamo?

  • students doing courses at the Monash University Prato Centre for at least 3 weeks
  • academic and administrative staff accompanying students

Why Parliamo?

  • learn some basic Italian communication skills to help you get around Prato
  • understand the history and contemporary reality of Prato
  • deepen your inter-cultural learning during and beyond your stay
  • meet locals for language and cultural exchange
  • get a certificate of attendance upon completion of the program

How long is Parliamo?

  • 4 one-hour classes and 1 cooking class (around 2 hours) 

When is Parliamo?

  • year-round (except January and July when you can take a for-credit Italian Language Course)
NB: We need a minimum of 5 participants to run the program so tell your friends!

Where is Parliamo?

  • Monash University Prato Centre
  • sites in historic city centre

What will I learn and do in Parliamo?

Session 1 – Treasure hunt (after orientation)

  • treasure hunt

Session 2 -  Workshop: Survival Italian 

  • greetings
  • personal introductions
  • basic grammar and pronunciation tips

Session 3 -  Workshop: Survival Italian (II)

  • common Italian verbs
  • role-play of one or more everyday situations

Session 4 - Workshop: Italian Communications

  • tailored topics and activities
  • intercultural discussion/experiences

Session 5 -  Cooking class

  • visit to a restaurant
  • the restaurant’s cook leads the class

NB: the program content is often tailored to your study discipline and experience, and as such it may vary from group to group.


More Parliamo!

For an additional fee, you can take an optional in-depth guided site visit in Prato.
Choose from: 
  • Textile Museum
  • Cathedral of Saint Stephen (Duomo)
  • Cathedral Museum
  • Palazzo Datini
  • Palazzo Pretorio Museum
  • Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art
  • Museum of Wall Painting
  • Metastasio Theatre
  • Fresco studio in Vainella
  • a textile factory

What is the fee for Parliamo?

$110 AUD (excluding optional site visit). The fee includes the cooking class and meal to follow; course booklet and materials.

Enrol in Parliamo!

Complete the online enrolment form and pay the fee. Upon submission of the enrolment form you will be re-directed to the payment page.
NB: You must enrol and pay online at least 2 weeks prior to the start date of your main course. We will refund your payment if we do not reach the minimum needed of 5 participants.

Find out more about Parliamo!