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Italy: IALC schools to offer distance learning

BABILONIA language school in the heart of Taormina, Sicily is one of IALC's Italian school members. Photo: IALC

The Italian government’s restrictions will remain in place until April 3

The Italian government’s restrictions on travel and public gatherings that were initially imposed on the northern regions of Italy have now been extended to cover the entire country as of March 10 and will remain in place until April 3.

“All IALC language schools in Italy have followed the rulings of the Italian government”

“This current situation inevitably affects all IALC-accredited language schools in Italy that focus on the value of in-classroom teaching as well as placing great emphasis on the importance of treating the classroom as a place for cultural and social exchange,” a statement from IALC read.

“All IALC language schools in Italy have followed the rulings of the Italian government authorities precisely during this initial period.”

IALC explained that all of its Italian members agree that this is a challenging, complicated and worrying time, but being part of the association gives them “the energy, support and service that is unique within the study travel industry”.

“Furthermore, once the outbreak of COVID-19 has been contained, IALC will play an invaluable role in aiding member schools to return to normality.”

The coronavirus outbreak has impacted language schools in Italy greatly in terms of decreasing enrolments, cancellations and course postponements.

“This is undeniably a difficult moment for all IALC members from Italy, China and the wider association, but our schools recognise that sharing experiences, best practices, knowledge and ideas in these times is the best way to prepare for a bright future once this period has passed,” the statement concluded.

IALC president, Giorgia Biccelli, added that quality is the central ethos of all IALC schools worldwide.

“This special quality shows in difficult moments as all schools in Italy, China and across the world are facing right now and is reflected positively in all relationships with students and partners worldwide, even in these challenging times.”

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