A new service comes out today and I am super excited!
Some of you may remember the Italian writing challenge, back in February. It was a challenge I created to encourage students to practice their writing skills in Italian by doing some daily tasks.
The challenge was incredibly successful and lots of people found it a nice way to work on their Italian on a daily basis. When it was over, many students told me it had been really useful for them and they were sure they would miss it in the future.
Some students told me they were missing a daily prompt to help them use the Italian they had been studying so hard because they somehow couldn’t find the inspiration to do something on their own. It was as if they needed someone to gently remind them to work on the language and improve their skills.
This feedback made me wonder how I could create something that would help students work consistently on their language needs, not for just a month as in the writing challenge but for a longer time. I wanted a program that would encourage students to practice their Italian, something that would challenge them but also inspire them – and let them have fun, which is something I always consider very important.
After thinking about it for weeks, I came up with the idea of Giorno dopo giorno, an (almost) daily Italian practice that focuses on improving all four language abilities: reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Giorno dopo giorno wants to be exactly what students asked me: a constant yet gentle reminder that they need to practice the language repeatedly if they want to improve and see good results, a way to be inspired but also not to forget that learning languages is like practicing sports: you need to exercise steadily if you want to get better.
I have been working hard to create a good combination of activities so that students can practice all their abilities, so that every aspect of language learning is taken into consideration, since it is always quite difficult to practice them all, especially if you study on your own and do not live in Italy.
But let me tell you more specifically what Giorno dopo giorno is.
As I told you, it is an (almost) daily Italian practice. If you decide to purchase the service, you will get an email with a prompt to work on your Italian every other day, for one year. Why every other day and not daily? Because I do not want to make you feel stressed or frustrated because you can’t do what you are supposed to do and are anxious at the thought of getting a new email the following day.
Receiving an email every two days will give you the time to work on the assignment without too much hassle – we are learning languages for our own pleasure, feeling stressed is not part of the fun! Assignments are very simple and easy – some of them are just inspiration – because this is not a race, it is a gentle way to practice Italian.
Why does Giorno dopo giorno lasts for a year? Because I wanted a service that would accompany students for longer than just a few months, something that would give them the time to work on all aspects of language learning constantly, incorporating them in their daily lives. This is not an intensive run, it is a gentle walk.
Moreover, since this is a self-study program, you will get a lot of material that will be yours forever and to which you may refer in the future, in case you need to practice a certain topic again. The program consists of 180 emails, which means 180 tasks consisting of reading, writing, audio, and video material that you will be able to use whenever you want.
You may object that you need some feedback to know how you are doing.
Well, all activities have been designed for self-study and to give you a satisfying learning experience even if you are doing everything on your own. However, if you want some feedback from me, I have thought about this option too: if you want, you can select the Giorno dopo giorno (insieme) option and you can get my feedback (via email) for the entire length of the program (one year).
You will find more information about the program and all details on the page called Giorno dopo giorno. If you have questions or doubts, send me an email or just leave a comment here.