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Reviews of Centro Koinè, Lucca, Italy

Total number of reviews: 44
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Centro Koinè, Lucca, Italy
4.5/5.0 
(44 reviews)
City 4.9/5.0 
Organisation 4.6/5.0 
Facilities 4.0/5.0 
Social activities 4.2/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language 4.5/5.0 
Value for money 4.5/5.0 
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Shared Flat 4.3/5.0 
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Individual Reviews
5. Dec. 2016
1. (63 years)  -  United Kingdom
1. Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

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11. Nov. 2016
2. Diego  -  Spain
2. Italian Language and Culture - 4 weeks

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Lucca is an amazing city. Don't miss any of the guided tours included in the price of the regular group course.
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The teaching method in group lessons was too relaxed for me. It's not suitable for students who are motivated to learn the language formally and pass official exams. There is no written placement test, no exit test, and practically no grammar; just a continuous diversity of fun exercises focused on speaking (mostly among groups of two/three students with little supervision from the teacher). Most other students were old tourists and retirees looking for a fun side activity to their short visit to Lucca, they joined and left continuously according to their holidays, so there is no chance of following a formal syllabus. The exercises were pleasant, entertaining and sometimes fun. My fluency and vocabulary improved. By the time I left, most of my grammar-based persistent errors, which could have been tackled in time, had been solidified by fluency. The professional boundaries between staff and students were crossed regularly and I was subjected to witness this (rather hear it) at the apartment provided to me by the school. It got to a point when I had to confront them and they agreed to stop it for my last week there.
24. Oct. 2016
3. (61 years)  -  Finland
3. Combined Intensive Course (20 Group +10 Individual) - 2 weeks

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The lessons kept me active all the time even with the group of 11 students.
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Good atmosphere.
18. Jul. 2016
4. Heidi (33 years)  -  Norway
4. Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

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22. Jun. 2016
5. (42 years)  - 
5. Intensive Individual Course (20) - 1 week

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The organization is very good, I had a problem at the beginning, but it was dealt with immediately and was resolved the next day! They are very flexible
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Men should visit the BiB (about 2 minutes walk from the school), in the morning or after classes you should go running or biking on the city wall!
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The only criticism I have is the interior design - I need a desk to study. Except for the kitchen, there are only chairs with folding tables - I need room to expand ...
20. Jun. 2016
6. (36 years)  - 
6. Intensive Business (Part 2) - 5 weeks

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The atmosphere, the sympathy of teachers and the quality of education
14. Jun. 2016
7. (63 years)  - 
7. Italian Language and Culture - 3 weeks

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1) the method of teaching. 2) the location of the school 3) friendliness, openness and responsiveness of the teachers 4) extra-curricular program
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take a course for at least 3 weeks
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Good schools, good staff
22. Mar. 2016
8. (64 years)  - 
8. Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

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Friendly, helpful, uncomplicated
14. Oct. 2015
9. (72 years)  - 
9. Intensive Business (Part 2) - 2 weeks

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28. Sep. 2015
10. (64 years)  - 
10. Bread, Wine and Language - 2 weeks

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Albergo Puccini - 3-star Hotel
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Personal atmosphere, professional teachers, good accommodation at Hotel Piccolo Puccini.
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Bread, Wine and Culture. Cooking with Isabella was fantastic, the wine tastings with Stephano were exceptional. A truly unique experience.
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The school is highly recommendable.
14. Sep. 2015
11. (72 years)  - 
11. Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

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27. Jul. 2015
12. (63 years)  - 
12. Intensive Individual Course (10) - 1 week

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8. Jun. 2015
13. (27 years)  -  Sweden
13. Travel & Learn: Seaside and City - 2 weeks

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25. May. 2015
14. (52 years)  - 
14. Privatunterricht (3 Wo.) + Tutor Course (2 Wo.) - 5 weeks

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Competent teachers (private lessons and the teacher's home), which take care of individual needs. Unfortunately, due to an accident I wasn't able to enjoy the recreational activities as well as the school itself.
11. Nov. 2014
15. (35 years)  - 
15. Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

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My Teacher Robert
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It is better to come for a month
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The school was wonderful, there was nice and warm atmosphere. When the teacher Elena took us on a city tour, she invited us to the bar where everyone was offered a coffee, which was very nice and unexpected. It is better if the teachers give us some homework otherwise we get too relaxed...
6. Nov. 2014
16. (54 years)  - 
16. Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

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It was interesting to talk to people from different countries who also studied Italian
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Just come to Lucca to learn Italina. I am sure you enjoy it.
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Interesting and useful lessons, great and patient teacher Robert, interesting excursions with Ellen. I liked everything!
3. Nov. 2014
17. (28 years)  - 
17. Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

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It is better to attend a course for at least a month
30. Oct. 2014
18. (68 years)  -  Australia
18. Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

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Relaxed, approachable staff, kept to timetable and to rules of Italian-only in classes. Excursions were good value.
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Don't be afraid to take up issues with staff, they seemed accommodating.
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Facilities were not as advertised in original contact site - no library, caf. drinks machine...
9. Sep. 2014
19. (48 years)  -  United Kingdom
19. Combined Intensive Course (20 Group +10 Individual) - 1 week

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The excellent tutors who quickly understood the level of tuition required.
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It was a very good experience. I found the staff extremely courteous and accommodating to my language learning needs. Highly recommend.
29. Jul. 2014
20. Daria (28 years)  - 
20. Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

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23. Jun. 2014
21. (55 years)  - 
21. Intensive 2-to-1 Course (20) - 1 week

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23. Jun. 2014
22. (62 years)  - 
22. Intensive 2-to-1 Course (20) - 1 week

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19. Mar. 2014
23. (63 years)  - 
23. Intensive Individual Course (20) - 1 week

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The competence of the teacher who perfectly tailored the course according to my level and my specific needs. (Individual Intensive Course)
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Lucca is an intramural city full of charm to be discovered in each little street. But do not miss the top of the Guinigi Tower, the beauty of Tuscany is at your feet!
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A particularly friendly place where one immediately feels part of the "family". There is nothing like this to make rapid progress ...
18. Sep. 2013
24. (53 years)  - 
24. Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

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The very effective teaching method focused on conversations.
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The sights around Lucca, comfortable and cheap to achieve by train.
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Accommodation was not provided by the school. The evaluation referrs only to the school.
6. Aug. 2012
25. (67 years)  - 
25. Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

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Vivid teaching
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Open-air cinema
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Friendly welcome and helpfulness
19. Jun. 2012
26. (58 years)  -  Finland
26. Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

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The approach in teaching was very practical and effective.
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Be open-minded and flexible, the student group will change. Join all events and use the language also around town.
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The staff is very friendly and helps in everything. The afternoon program is interesting and varied.
3. May. 2012
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27. Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

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kindness and professionalism
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guided city tour ending at a wine bar and visit of the factoria
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very very positive
20. Jul. 2011
28. (64 years)  - 
28. Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

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People were very helpful and friendly
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Everything occured just perfectly, no trouble with registration and the same for the school.
22. Jun. 2011
29. (66 years)  -  Australia
29. Italian Language and Culture - 5 weeks

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The quality of the teachers and the cultural programme outside of teaching hours.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Attend all cultural activities
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The course material content was too complex on the listening exercises, particularly poor audio which made clear comprehension near impossible.
22. Jun. 2011
30. (64 years)  -  Australia
30. Italian Language and Culture - 5 weeks

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The teachers and the mix of student's nationalities.
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Make sure you select the level of learning that is appropriate for your language skills.
12. Apr. 2011
31. (66 years)  -  United States
31. Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

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The relaxing but imaginative classroom activities.
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Had to ask for lodging information, ten days before class started but only a few days before my departure. Maybe this could be available sooner.
8. Nov. 2010
32. (40 years)  -  United States
32. Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

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The host family was wonderful! The staff in Lucca is comprised of really nice people, and the instructors are very good. The private lessons were the best part of the educational experience.
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I would recommend staying with a host family that speaks Italian so that you can capitalize on every learning opportunity. Try to stay away from people that want to revert back to their native languages so that you are forced to live and think in Italian.
11. Oct. 2010
33. (31 years)  - 
33. Italian Language and Culture - 4 weeks

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Friendly staff and excellent teachers means that there is a great atmosphere and of course Lucca is a wonderful city.
29. Sep. 2010
34. Maïdo (69 years)  - 
34. Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

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Albergo Puccini - 3-star Hotel
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Participate as much as possible to the proposed activities.
18. Sep. 2010
35. Nicolas (49 years)  - 
35. Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

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Albergo Puccini - 3-star Hotel
17. May. 2010
36. (66 years)  -  United States
36. Italian Language and Culture - 3 weeks

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Our teacher, Elisa, was exceptional. The level in which I was placed was perfect. Enjoyed the other students.
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Get a good map as the streets inside the wall can be a bit confusing.
26. Apr. 2010
37. Stefan (45 years)  - 
37. Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

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It's great to live within the city walls.
5. Apr. 2010
38. (68 years)  -  United Kingdom
38. Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

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Excellent Teaching and materials
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Excellent and committed staff
29. Nov. 2009
39. (29 years)  -  United Kingdom
39. Italian Language and Culture - 9 weeks

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Only the first 2 weeks
28. Aug. 2009
40. (40 years)  - 
40. Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

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Its small and they are friendly
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I find it a nice way to go on vacation alone. You meet a lot of people and you learn some italian.rn
6. Jun. 2009
41. (49 years)  -  United Kingdom
41. Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

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The teachers are outstanding, the organisation exceptional and the additional cultural activities excellent
22. Apr. 2009
42. (40 years)  - 
42. Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

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It's little and cosy
8. Apr. 2009
43. (49 years)  -  United Kingdom
43. Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

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good teachers
6. Jun. 2008
44. (48 years)  -  United Kingdom
44. Combined Intensive Course - 1 week

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The staff - friendly, professional and first rate teachers
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The methods used ensure that students make a lot of progress, build their confidence and also learn about Italian life and culture. I can't praise the staf highly enough - they are outstanding.

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