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IALC Schools in Italy affected by COVID-19 offer distance learning to their students

Published Bernice on Wednesday, March 11, 2020

IALC Schools in Italy affected by COVID-19 offer distance learning to their students

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 10 March 2020 and will remain in place until 3 April 2020.

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.

All IALC language schools in Italy have followed the rulings of the Italian government authorities precisely during this initial period. However, following this new legal enforcement that restricts travel and public gatherings across Italy, all IALC schools in Italy have suspended in-classroom educational and teaching activities and have adopted distance learning classes for their students.

All Italian IALC members agree that this is a challenging, complicated and worrying time, but being part of IALC 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 has impacted IALC members 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.

Giorgia Biccelli, IALC President, said: “Quality is the central ethos of all IALC schools worldwide, and it is the central ethos, which differentiates IALC schools from competitors and elevates IALC as an Association. 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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