Natale e Inverno con CAIL: Christmas Party, Winter & Ski Camps, Conversation & Aperitif, Gift Card e Corsi di Lingua!

Carissimi amici,

il tempo letteralmente vola e siamo già entrati nel pieno dell’ultimo mese di questo intensissimo 2023!

Dal canto nostro abbiamo già iniziato non solo i preparativi ma anche i festeggiamenti per la Stagione più amata e vi invitiamo ad unirvi a noi per tutte le prossime iniziative!

Prima di augurarvi Happy Holidays desideriamo illustrarvi gli eventi in lingua a tema Natale e Inverno di CAIL, per poterne assaporare l’atmosfera continuando ad immergerci nelle tradizioni e culture e per praticare l’inglese e le altre lingue in context.

Scopriamo insieme i prossimi imperdibili eventi per tutte le età ed i corsi in partenza tra Dicembre e Gennaio!

NATALE E INVERNO PER BAMBINI: CHRISTMAS PARTY & WINTER CAMP a Bologna

Per i BAMBINI nel nostro International Language Club a Bologna si svolgerà il magico Christmas Party questo sabato 16 dicembre dalle ore 10:00 alle ore 12:30. Sarà una mattinata ricca di divertimento, dove impareremo parole, frasi e canzoni, giocheremo, e realizzeremo dei piccoli meravigliosi Arts & Craft a tema natalizio.

Da mercoledì 27 a venerdì 29 dicembre e da martedì 2 gennaio a venerdì 5 gennaio abbiamo sempre presso il nostro Language Club di Bologna il Winter Lab: giornate a tema con giochi, lezioni dinamiche, canzoni, laboratori artistici e molto altro per continuare ad imparare e divertirci insieme sul tema dell’inverno! E’ possibile partecipare anche alle singole mattine e su richiesta sarà previsto un momento per lo svolgimento dei compiti di scuola.

VACANZA IN INGLESE SUGLI SCI PER RAGAZZI E ADULTI

Per i RAGAZZI e gli ADULTI è in programma il fantastico SLEEPOVER SULLA NEVE “SKI WINTER CAMP” in formula full week da lunedì 19 febbraio a domenica 25 febbraio 2024 oppure il weekend da venerdì 23 febbraio a domenica 25 febbraio in montagna nella nostra Lizzano e sulle piste del Corno alle Scale. Un modo divertente e amichevole per iniziare al meglio il nuovo anno, con lezioni di sci in lingua, corso di inglese dinamico e tanto divertimento! I gruppi di partecipanti saranno divisi per età e livelli.

Per i ragazzi la Vacanza sugli Sci è l’opportunità perfetta per conoscere e provare la formula dello SLEEPOVER CAMP, che organizziamo nelle settimane estive in Montagna e anche al Mare! Sempre a Lizzano inoltre svolgeremo un ENGLISH WEEKEND in primavera a fine aprile, per continuare a goderci il meglio della Natura in ogni stagione, all in English of course!

ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLASS & CHRISTMAS APERITIF

PER GLI ADULTI per concludere Dicembre in bellezza e scambiarci gli auguri in lingua le nostre English Conversation Classes del Venerdì ore 18-19 saranno a tema Natale e tradizioni festive e VENERDI 22 DICEMBRE dalle 19.30 ci sarà il CHRISTMAS APERITIF presso il locale Siepelunga Ventiquattro, poco lontano dal nostro International Language Club! Join us to practise your English in a fun and relaxed environment while enjoying the company of our native teachers!

CAIL GIFT CARD – A NATALE REGALA LE LINGUE!

Un Corso di Lingua è sempre il regalo perfetto per ogni occasione e Natale non fa eccezione! Con la nostra GIFT CARD decidi la quota da regalare e al resto pensiamo noi! Contattaci per comunicarci la tua preferenza e personalizzeremo la Card per la persona che riceverà il regalo.

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: CORSI DI LINGUA PER TUTTI

Scommettiamo che tanti di voi tra i propositi per l’Anno Nuovo hanno quello di iniziare e portare avanti con successo un Corso di Lingua. Le motivazioni possono essere tante, per esempio il desiderio di acquisire nuove e più solide competenze nella comunicazione, ottenere una certificazione di livello, superare un esame, migliorare i voti a scuola oppure prepararsi per un viaggio o una trasferta all’estero. Per tutti questi WISHES c’è il corso adatto che vi aspetta!

CAIL organizza lezioni di lingua dinamiche, coinvolgenti, efficaci e grazie alla guida dei nostri Teachers esperti i risultati si vedono già in poco tempo! L’offerta è ampia, includendo corsi di piccolo gruppo, corsi tra amici, formule individuali (anche intensive)!

A questo link del sito CAIL (clicca qui) trovi il calendario aggiornato dei CORSI DI PICCOLO GRUPPO a Bologna e Provincia per l’Inglese e lo Spagnolo. La prima lezione è senza impegno!

Siamo sempre a disposizione per organizzare corsi su misura individuali e tra amici, a Bologna, a Domicilio e Online per tutte le lingue.

IL NOSTRO BLOG

Sul Blog del sito CAIL pubblichiamo periodicamente articoli di approfondimento linguistico e culturale. Questo mese vi invitiamo in vista delle Winter Holidays a praticare il vostro inglese con noi, scoprendo tante curiosità su come si celebra il Natale around the world: clicca sul link qui sotto, buona lettura!

It’s Time to Celebrate!

Vi auguriamo un magico Christmas Time da trascorrere coi vostri affetti più cari, tra leccornie tipiche del periodo e un riposo ristoratore, per ripartire nel Nuovo Anno con ritrovata energia e grande entusiasmo!

Saremo felici di sentirvi in questi prossimi giorni per la vostra partecipazione ai nostri Corsi ed Eventi e per farvi gli auguri di persona!

Per ogni info ed approfondimento e per prenotarvi per le nostre iniziative potete scriverci a info@cail.it, mandarci un whatsapp o chiamarci al 375 5750585 o contattarci tramite il form qui sotto. See you soon and Happy Holidays!

Christmas Time Around the World – Let’s Celebrate the Most Magical Season of the Year

As the air becomes crisp and the days grow shorter, the world comes alive with the enchanting spirit of Christmas. This is a season where the air is adorned with the warmth of festive lights, the streets echo with the melodies of timeless carols, and the spirit of kindness weaves its way into our lives. In actual fact, Christmas is more than a celebration, it is a magical journey that goes beyond borders, cultures, and generations, uniting us in a shared tapestry of traditions, love, and joy. Therefore, in this article we will delve into the complex threads that compose the rich tapestry of Christmas, from the sparkling lights that illuminate the darkest nights to the different ways in which people around the world come together to create a season filled with connection and joy. Beside this, we will also explore the traditions and the habits typical of this great celebration, and also some funny arts and crafts that can be recreated at home.

CHRISTMAS PREPARATIONS AND TRADITIONS

Christmas is a cultural festivity that entails a lot of preparations. It is a public holiday and so people get a Christmas break to celebrate it. Preparations for Christmas involve a lot of activities: people usually buy decorations, food, and gifts mostly for children in the family and friends. The common preparations include decorations of the place with Christmas trees, lighting, which brings the Christmas spirit in homes. 

The tradition of decorating a Christmas tree has a rich history. Originating in Germany, it has become a global symbol of the holiday season. Families gather to adorn their tree with twinkling lights, ornaments, and a shimmering star on top. The aroma of pine fills the air as everyone participates in creating a festive centerpiece. Decorating homes with lights and wreaths is a universal practice that adds a magical touch to the festive atmosphere. Streets come alive with colorful displays, creating a winter wonderland that captivates both young and old. The glow of fairy lights and the soft jingle of bells evoke a sense of wonder and nostalgia. Another beloved tradition is the preparation of a Christmas feast. Families gather around tables laden with delicious dishes. It’s a time when culinary traditions are passed down through generations, creating a tapestry of flavors that define the holiday season. 

CHRISTMAS GASTRONOMY

Christmas gastronomy is a delightful journey that varies widely reflecting the unique traditions and culinary preferences of different countries. Therefore, around the world festive meals become a focal point, bringing families and friends together to pamper themselves in a rich diversity of dishes. 

Besides this, Christmas gastronomy goes beyond the act of eating; it embodies cultural traditions and holds deep meanings. For instance, the shared experience of partaking in festive meals creates a sense of unity, not only connecting people with their traditions but also connecting each other. 

Moreover, the carefully cooked dishes, often passed down through generations, become a symbol of the link between the present and the past. As families gather around tables filled with delicious food, the flavors of Christmas remind us that this season is more than just about tasty treats. Christmas is meant to be a time in which people enjoy their cultural customs, find joy in sharing meals and in which we are pleased by the warmth of togetherness. 

  • Global Sweet Delights

Sweet delights abound during the Christmas season, just think of gingerbread cookies that have become a cherished symbol in many countries, representing the coziness and the joy of the season. Another typical dessert is fruitcakes: these rich fruity cakes come in different forms and are enjoyed worldwide. In fact, some families exchange them as special gifts, while others savor them during festive gatherings. For these reasons, fruitcakes hold a special spot in global Christmas tradition. 

An additional dessert that cannot be missed in Christmas feasts is the Yule log. It consists of a log-shaped cake, made with sponge cake and creamy frosting and pays tribute to ancient traditions of burning Yule logs for warmth. Nowadays, it is a tasty symbol of Christmas holidays in Europe, and subsequently in North America. In France, it is called “bûche de Noël”, and in Italy “tronchetto di Natale”. 

Last but not least, the chocolate: from the advent calendars with daily chocolate surprises to the delicious wrapped truffles, chocolate plays a major role in holiday tables. 

CHRISTMAS EVENTS

Beyond these customs, Christmas markets are a delightful experience. Streets are transformed into bustling bazaars, offering an array of handcrafted ornaments, festive treats, and unique gifts. The markets create a sense of community spirit, as people come together to revel in the holiday spirit. Each Italian region has Christmas markets, but the most famous are in Bolzano and more in general in Trentino Alto-Adige, in Verona, and in the biggest Italian city reflecting the atmosphere of that place. 

In Europe the most famous are in Vienna, in Prague, in Berlin and in Strasbourg, which is called “Christkindelsmarik” in the Alsatian language. It is an amazing experience to be involved with the Christmas warmth.

CHRISTMAS HABITS

Furthermore, the Christmas season brings with it a charming number of traditions that are filled with joy and warmth. Thus, among these cherished Christmas habits, building a snowman stands out as a playful and creative pursuit. As the first snowflakes blanket the ground, families and friends come together to build a jolly snow companion, complete with a carrot nose and coal eyes. 

As well as building a snowman, making snow angels is a delightful habit, especially for kids. Children and adults alike joyfully spread their arms and legs, leaving behind angelic shapes.

In the heart of these festivities, Letters to Santa Claus from children add a touch of innocence and anticipation. The tradition of writing down dreams and wishes, addressed to the North Pole, captures the imaginations of the youngest celebrants. In places like Finland, where the town of Rovaniemi serves as Santa’s official hometown, the exchange goes beyond wishful thinking. Personalized responses from Santa himself bring enchantment and a sense of connection to the children, fostering the belief in the spirit of giving. 

Among these beautiful habits for kids, there are lots of activities for adults. For instance, several associations welcome different objects and gifts for people who cannot afford it, or voluntary activities that people can do in different areas: bringing a hot meal to the poorest in the city, and giving their time to help others. All these things remind us of the feeling of closeness not only to our loved ones whom we spend more time with, but also to people we do not know. 

Another lovely habit is watching Christmas movies with the family or friends. Waiting for the moment to watch our favorite movie, maybe with a good cup of hot chocolate in our hands on the sofa, increase the spirit of Christmas and sometimes makes us children again.

All this atmosphere is contoured by Christmas songs which make people more happy and fill our homes. Moreover, caroling, where groups of singers spread joy through melodic tunes, is another tradition that brings communities together. The sound of Christmas carols resonates in the air, creating a harmonious backdrop to the season’s festivities.

 

CHRISTMAS ARTS AND CRAFTS

As the holiday season unfolds, the Christmas spirit finds expression not only in festive decorations, but also in the creativity of arts and crafts. This joyful and personal approach to celebrating Christmas allows individuals to infuse their surroundings with a unique, handmade charm. 

  • DIY Christmas Decorations

Creating our own Christmas decorations adds a special touch to the festive atmosphere. Thus, families often come together for crafting sessions to make ornaments and wreaths. Paper snowflakes, hand-painted baubles and personalized stockings become cherished items that carry both artistic flair and sentimental value. 

  • Handmade Christmas Presents

The act of crafting extends to gift-giving, as people take pleasure in making handmade presents for their loved ones. Whether it’s a knitted scarf, a carefully crafted photo album, or homemade candles, these gifts carry a personal touch that reflects the thoughtfulness and creativity of the giver. 

  • Festive Table Centerpieces

Crafting also extends to the dining table, where festive centerpieces become a focal point. From handmade candles holders that cast a warm glow to thoughtfully arranged floral displays, each centerpiece becomes a unique expression of creativity. Besides this, crafters often incorporate festive elements like pinecones, holly, and seasonal foliage, creating a visually enchanting table. 

These crafted centerpieces extend beyond decorations, they bring a sense of warmth and a touch of color to the table, they symbolize joy, creativity, and of course, the spirit of Christmas. 

HOW PEOPLE WISH HAPPY HOLIDAYS 

People from every part of the world wish Happy Holidays in different ways, such as “Buon Natale” in Italy, “Merry Christmas” in the United Kingdom, “Feliz Navidad” in Spain, “Joyeux Noël” in France, “Frohe Weihnachten” in Germany, “Boas Festas” in Portugal, “Glaedelig Jul” in Denmark, “Chúc M?ng Giáng Sinh” in Vietnam, “Meri Kirihimete” in New Zealand, “Meri Kurisumasu” in Japan, and so on. Anyway, not everyone believes in Christmas, so it is important to respect others and their culture. For this reason, if we do not know how and if others celebrate Christmas, the best thing is to wish “Happy holidays” in order to respect everyone!

HOW DIFFERENT COUNTRIES CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS

In addition to all the previous traditions, each country celebrates Christmas with other specific costumes linked to the culture of that place. Let’s see some examples.

  • Christmas in the United Kingdom UK

In the United Kingdom families often celebrate Christmas together. Most families have a Christmas tree in their house for Christmas. The decorating of the tree is usually a family occasion, with everyone helping. 

Furthermore, Ivy, Holly and Mistletoe are sometimes used to decorate homes or other buildings. In addition, most villages, towns and cities are decorated with Christmas lights, the most famous are in Oxford Street in London. Every year thousands of people go to watch the big ‘switch on’ around the beginning of November. 

Besides this, in the UK, the main Christmas Meal is normally roast turkey, roast vegetables and “all the trimmings” which means vegetables such as carrots and peas, stuffing and sometimes bacon and sausages. It is often served with cranberry sauce and bread sauce. 

A typical dessert is Christmas Pudding, which is made with dried fruit, suet, breadcrumbs, flour, eggs, and spice, along with liquid such as milk or fortified wine.

The dinner table is also decorated with a Christmas Cracker for each person. It had to do with short cardboard tubes wrapped in colorful paper. When the crackers are pulled – with a bang! – a colorful party hat, a toy or a gift and a festive joke falls out! 

  • Christmas in France

In France, Christmas is a magical time filled with unique traditions that blend festive cheer with a touch of elegance. Let’s discover some Christmas traditions in France.

Le Réveillon: Christmas Eve, known as “Réveillon,” is a major celebration in France. Families come together for a late-night feast (after midnight) that often includes delicacies such as oysters, foie gras, smoked salmon, and a variety of festive desserts. The meal can extend well into the early hours of Christmas morning.

Le Père Noël: Children eagerly anticipate his arrival on Christmas Eve, and it’s a tradition for Père Noël to leave gifts in children’s shoes. In some regions, especially in the east of France, there is a character called “Père Fouettard,” who is said to accompany Père Noël, punishing naughty children.

Le Bûche de Noël and other desserts: the “Bûche de Noël,” or Yule log, is a classic Christmas dessert shaped like a log, symbolizing the ancient tradition of burning a Yule log for good luck. It’s made of sponge cake and buttercream, often decorated to resemble a tree log. Yule logs made out of Cherry Wood are often burned in French homes. In fact, an old tradition is that the log was carried into the home on Christmas Eve and sprinkled with red wine to make the log smell nice when it was burning. There is another custom, which is leaving the log and candles outside burning all night with some food and drinks. 

Another tradition, in some parts of France, is eating thirteen different desserts! All the desserts are made from different types of fruit, nuts and pastries.

Les Marchés de Noël: throughout December, Christmas markets, or “Marchés de Noël,” pop up in towns and cities across France. These markets feature festive stalls selling crafts, decorations, and seasonal treats. Mulled wine, gingerbread, and roasted chestnuts are among the delights that add to the festive atmosphere.

  • Christmas in Italy

One of the most important ways of celebrating Christmas in Italy is the Nativity crib scene, which in Naples has become a cultural rather than a religious thing. In fact, in Naples there is a street called “Via San Gregorio Armeno” where you can find and buy handmade Nativity scene decorations, but also “everyday” figures made by Neapolitan craftsmen, such as famous people (singers, actors), politicians, important people and some professions all surrounded by lights, songs and a special Christmas warmth. 

Another tradition is to decorate the Christmas tree on 8th December and the tree then stays up until the Epiphany on 6th January. 

Moreover, during the Evening of Christmas Eve, the 1983 comedy film “Trading Places” is always shown on Italian TV, but after it people can also watch “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, or “Home Alone” and other masterpieces of Christmas cinema!

In Italy, there is a wide culinary tradition which differs according to the region. Generally, on Christmas Eve Italians eat seafood meals, and the types of fish include Baccala, Clams, Calamari, Sardines, and so on, but there are lots of Christmas dishes all around Italy. Typical Italian dessert is the “Pandoro” (“Pane + D’oro”, which literally means Golden Bread), a traditional Veronese sweet bread shaped like a frustum with an eight-pointed star section, and often served dusted with vanilla-scented icing sugar.

But people also eat the “Panettone”, which is similar but contains candied orange, citron, and lemon zest, as well as raisins, which are added dry and not soaked. Many other variations are available such as plain or with chocolate. 

  • Christmas in Spain

Christmas Eve is known as Nochebuena, and in the days before it, children might take part in “Piden el aguinaldo” (ask for Christmas bonus/money) where they go and sing carols around their neighbors hoping to get some money. 

The traditional Spanish Christmas dinner was “Pavo Trufado de Navidad ” which is a turkey stuffed with truffles (mushrooms) or “Pularda asada” (a roasted young hen), although they are not commonly eaten now. Nowadays, the first course typically involves a stew or soup/broth. Andalusian stew, Catalan escudella (a traditional meat stew with sausage), garlic soup (for example in Castle-La Mancha), cream of almonds in the Balearic Islands or even trout soup (typically in Castile and Leon) are the most popular. Rotisserie meat (especially lamb, suckling pig or Ternasco lamb, if possible, cooked in a woodfire oven) and oven-baked fish, such as bream or sea bass, are among the most typical main courses. 

In Galicia (in the north-west of Spain) the popular meal for Christmas Eve and for Christmas Day is seafood. Popular desserts and sweets include mazapán (made of almonds, sugar and eggs), turrón (made of honey and toasted almonds) and polvorones (made of flour, butter and sugar). 

One old tradition was for people to walk through the streets carrying torches, playing guitars and beating on tambourines and drums, saying “Esta noche es Noche-Buena, Y no Es noche de dormir” which literally means “Tonight is the good night, and it is not meant for sleeping”.

In the Catalonia region of Spain there is a Christmas character called “Tió de Nadal” (the Christmas log), which is propped up on two legs with a smiling face painted on one end. Catalan families “take care” of it by giving some food and a blanket, and On Christmas Day or Christmas Eve, the log “gives out” small gifts! 

  • Christmas in Latin America

In some Latin American countries Christmas comes during the summer, but there are lots of Christmas traditions. Among the countries there are Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panamá, Paraguay, Uruguay. So, let’s see some of their traditions!

Christmas in Argentina is not only free of snow, but also of the European Christmas symbol: the fir tree! In fact, in that country it does not grow. For this reason, at Christmas, Argentine families decorate palm trees or resort to artificial Christmas trees. As in other Hispanic countries, the tradition wanted gifts to be exchanged on January 6th. The children left their shoes outside the door with a basin full of water and a bit of fodder for the horses. Then, when they woke up, they would find gifts. But now, even in Argentina, gifts are exchanged on Christmas Day.

Brazil is a crossroads of cultures and cultural influences from the world, first the African culture. The most folkloric Christmas is organized in Gramado (in the Serra Gaúcha) which takes the name of Natal Luz and lasts from December 18th to January 11th. The lively Brazilian spirit fills the streets of the town built at the time of the German colonial period and is intertwined with the typical Christmas traditions, but under the summer sun! Although, at the entrance to the city, is placed a big and illuminated Christmas tree.  

In Mexico, Christmas is celebrated from December 12th to January 6th. A game that children often play is Piñata, which is a jar decorated with clay or papier-mâché, full of sweets and hanging from the ceiling or branch of a tree. To play, the children are blindfolded and, in turn, hit the piñata with a stick until it cracks and the sweets come out. Then the children hurry to collect as many sweets as possible! 

Christmas Eve is known as “Noche Buena” and is a day dedicated to the family. Typical dishes for the main Christmas meal include pozole (a thick soup made from hominy, chicken or pork and peppers topped with vegetables), roast turkey, roast pork, tamales, bacalao (cod), romeritos (a green vegetable cooked in mole sauce with potatoes and shrimp) and normally there are salads served as a side dish like Ensalada Nochebuena (Christmas Eve salad). Bunuelos, fried pastries sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon or a hot sugar syrup, are very popular desserts. To drink there may be the Ponche (a hot Christmas fruit punch) and the Rompope (a drink similar to eggnog to which rum is often added). In some states of Mexico, children wait for Santa Claus to arrive on December 24th. In southern Mexico children wait for gifts on January 6th during the Epiphany , known as “el Dia de los Reyes”.

  • Christmas in other hot countries

Also other countries celebrate Christmas during the summer, which is a little bit strange for European people, but it is definitely an experience to do at least once in your life. Let’s see some traditions that probably not everyone knows. 

For example, in Australia Santa Claus wears the typical Australian hat, called akubra, and reindeer are replaced by white kangaroos called boomers. Moreover, Australians make barbecues based on fish and shellfish, and prepare cold dishes with large salads of fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, accompanied by fresh drinks. 

In New Zealand, although the weather dictates a summer outfit, Santa Claus surfs wearing the traditional Lappish costume. People eat Pavlova, a delicious fresh cake made from meringue, cream and fruit; and celebrate Christmas twice a year! In fact, an interesting thing is that emigrants from the Western Hemisphere do not give up celebrating it even in July, when the country’s winter is late and the atmosphere is reminiscent of the Christmas of their country of origin. 

But traveling to other hot countries like the Seychelles, the Maldives, the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic, Thailand, The Bahamas, Mauritius, Brasil, you will find many other traditions! For this reason, it is important to respect all different cultures. 

‘TIS THE SEASON!

To sum up, Christmas is not a simple celebration, it is a special season in which people feel empathy, closeness, and kindness. The beauty and the warmth of lights, decorations and Christmas songs in every place make a magical moment for adults and children. It is an opportunity to be “re-born” and to give our time to others, because the greatest gifts are not expensive, but come from the heart. In fact, all these different traditions around the world show us that Christmas is a special moment for sharing this sense of union with our loved ones and with those who need them most. 

Whether you are in the snow, by the sea, or at home it does not matter because there are lots of Christmas traditions that you can live and experience in most countries of the world. Christmas Eve is also an opportunity to share food and moments with the people we love: cooking together, eating and laughing at the table remind us how lucky we are to have people who love us. Christmas, therefore, is also an occasion of gratitude, to remind us to give value to all we have, including relationships. In conclusion, the aim of this article was to give only “a little taste” of the cultures and the Christmas traditions all around the world, to explain how important and warm Christmas is. It is meant to be a time in which people enjoy their cultural customs, find joy in sharing meals and in which we are pleased by the warmth of togetherness. For this reason, we wish you to experience all these things in order to understand the power of sharing with others. And, to respect all, we wish you Happy holidays!

JOIN CAIL in celebrating the magic of Christmas!

Languages are learned best through enjoyable and meaningful experiences. For children, holidays provide a precious opportunity to further increase their motivation to learn, thanks to the joyful atmosphere and the wealth of linguistic and cultural stimulation.

We are thrilled to offer a whole morning of workshops in Bologna to learn thematic vocabulary, sing together, have fun with creative activities, and exchange wishes for the most enchanting season of the year. All in English, of course!

Don’t miss our CHRISTMAS PARTY!

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, FROM 10:00 AM TO 12:30 PM at the INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE CLUB (Via Gaudenzi 6F, Bologna).

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Enjoy English a Natale con Christmas Carols e Arts & Crafts

Il Natale è alle porte… perché non attenderlo continuando ad imparare l’inglese nella maniera più dolce e naturale, realizzando dei piccoli e graziosi regali per i nonni o delle simpatiche decorazioni natalizie insieme ai propri bambini e cantando i più bei Christmas Carols della stagione?

Metodi CAIL: lingue, cultura e creatività!

La nostra Associazione promuove l’apprendimento interattivo coniugando diverse discipline, per permettere agli studenti di tutte le età di praticare le lingue in contesti reali e significativi. L’arte e la musica sono due degli ambiti più proficui tramite cui attuare il principio del Learning by Doing!

Per realizzare i lavoretti manuali si utilizzano 1) vocabolario inerente al tema del craft 2) termini relativi agli strumenti e materiali necessari 3) istruzioni, quindi verbi, per i vari passaggi da attuare per arrivare al risultato! It’s amazing quanto si possa imparare in maniera efficace grazie al significato che la combinazione di questi aspetti assume nel processo di apprendimento!

I canti natalizi in lingua ci raccontano tanto rispetto alla cultura e alle tradizioni della festività di cui narrano, la melodia rende più facile l’assorbimento della pronuncia corretta e la memorizzazione delle lyrics, infine l’attivazione corporea necessaria all’azione del canto aiuta a vivere un’esperienza di Total Body Response, soprattutto se alle parole si combinano gestures che rafforzano il significato linguistico di idioms e frasi.

Per un approfondimento ulteriore sui Metodi CAIL, ti invitiamo a consultare la pagina dedicata del sito: https://www.cail.it/chi-siamo/metodi-interattivi/

Dopo la teoria, nella migliore tradizione CAIL passiamo subito alla pratica!

Continua a leggere per una Full Immersion nello spirito natalizio anglosassone e per divertirti con noi!

Arts & Crafts: Paper Plate Santa

Per la sezione artistica del nostro laboratorio di inglese vi proponiamo un divertentissimo “arts&crafts” natalizio! Anche dei semplici piatti di carta, opportunamente ritagliati e colorati, possono regalare grandi soddisfazioni!

Il lavoretto si chiama Paper Plate Santa!
Questo Babbo Natale è davvero facile da realizzare: colorate di rosa con le tempere metà piatto e di rosso l’altra metà, creando una curva su un lato per dare forma al cappello. Disegnate occhi e naso e attaccate con la colla vinilica i batuffoli di cotone per formare la barba, il bordo del cappello e il pon pon! Ed ecco a voi il vostro super cute Paper Plate Santa!

Sfoglia la Gallery qui di seguito per le istruzioni in inglese!


Sing Along: English Christmas Carols

CAIL vi presenta alcuni dei più celebri Christmas Carols per addentrarci a pieno nello spirito dei festeggiamenti in stile anglosassone… e per continuare ad unire l’utile – l’apprendimento dell’inglese – al dilettevole!

Uno dei modi più divertenti ed efficaci per imparare le lingue è infatti proprio attraverso i testi delle canzoni e la musica è sempre parte integrante dei Labs in English di CAIL!

Ma cosa sono i Christmas Carols?

Quali conosci? Quali sono i tuoi preferiti?

Sai già a memoria tutti i testi e come pronunciare le parole a ritmo?

Sfoglia la Gallery qui di seguito per saperne di più e cimentarti nel canto in English di alcuni dei Carols più celebri!


Christmas Party & Winter Lab per bambini a Bologna

Le giornate a tema Natale e Inverno in lingua di CAIL includono la realizzazione di lavoretti e l’apprendimento di canzoni grazie a cui i bimbi possono imparare l’inglese e al tempo stesso esprimere la loro creatività divertendosi!
Ricordiamo le date dei prossimi eventi a Bologna, presso l’International Language Club di via Gaudenzi:

  • Christmas Party sabato 17 dicembre: giochi, musica e attività di gruppo a tema Natale… all in English!
  • Winter Labda martedì 27 a venerdì 30 dicembre: quattro mattinate dedicate ognuna ad un attività principale: giochi, canzoni, letture animate, arts & crafts… per imparare l’inglese attraverso un mezzo diverso ogni giorno!

Per avere tutti i dettagli e prenotare la tua partecipazione, scrivici via email a info@cail.it o contattaci al 375 5750585 (anche whatsapp) e 051 0973175, oppure compila il form qui sotto:

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…Have Fun and Happy Holidays!

With Love,

CAIL

Christmas is coming! Impariamo le Lingue durante le Vacanze con Feste, Eventi e Ski Camp

Carissimi amici di CAIL,

Christmas is just around the corner e con questa festa stanno per arrivare tutte le sorprese e i regali del periodo più magico dell’anno. 

Prima di farvi i nostri Best Wishes per le attesissime Winter Holidays, vogliamo raccontarvi gli eventi in lingua a tema Natale e Inverno di CAIL, perché come sempre ci piace vivere le feste immergendoci nelle tradizioni e nelle culture, per imparare l’inglese in context!

Vediamo insieme i prossimi imperdibili appuntamenti!

🙂 A Bologna per i bambini a Dicembre abbiamo il Christmas Party sabato 17 mattina e il Winter Lab da martedì 27 a venerdì 30: 4 giornate a tema con giochi, canzoni, attività creative, lesson time e sorprese per scoprire tante nuove parole e divertirci insieme!

🙂 Per i ragazzi, dal 3 al 7 gennaio si svolge lo SKI WINTER CAMP in montagna. Una splendida avventura per iniziare alla grande il 2023, con tanto sport e nuovi amici – all in English of course!

Vai alla pagina dedicata del sito CAIL per una panoramica dell’iniziativa: VACANZE STUDIO IN INGLESE INVERNO 2023 (clicca qui)


🙂 Per gli adulti, le Conversation Classes di venerdì 16 dicembre a Bologna e mercoledì 21 dicembre online saranno dedicate al tema Christmas & Winter Holidays!


🙂 Per tutte le età e livelli, anche durante le vacanze è possibile svolgere lezioni, aiuto compiti, corsi intensivi: fateci conoscere le vostre preferenze ed organizzeremo gli incontri in base alle vostre disponibilità!


Se non l’avete già fatto, vi invitiamo a chiederci tutte le info per le iniziative di vostro interesse e per PRENOTARE la vostra partecipazione!

Potete scriverci via email a info@cail.it o contattarci al 375 5750585 (anche whatsapp) e 051 097 3175. Potete in alternativa compilare il modulo qui sotto:

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VIVI CON CAIL LA MAGIA DELLE FESTE!

La nostra Associazione promuove l’apprendimento interattivo con il metodo Learning by Doing: le nostre key words principali sono coinvolgimento, partecipazione attiva e divertimento! Lo scopo oltre a far migliorare le competenze linguistiche in tutti gli aspetti di comprensione e produzione scritta e orale è quello di vivere un’esperienza positiva e motivante, piena di significato, ad ogni età e per ogni livello – sia se si muovono i primi passi con la lingua sia se già si sia intermediate o advanced.

Ogni momento dell’anno è ottimale per iniziare o continuare ad imparare e le feste non fanno eccezione, anzi, è una delle occasioni dove più possiamo collegare le lingue alle realtà di ogni cultura e Paese, potendo così percepirle come strumenti di comunicazione vivi ed efficaci!

Con CAIL puoi partecipare non solo a corsi di lingua ma anche ad eventi, progetti ed iniziative di vario genere, coinvolgendo cultura, arte, sport, musica e tante altre discipline creative, per un apprendimento a 360 gradi!

A questo proposito vi invitiamo a leggere il nostro articolo SUPER FRESH su due piacevolissime attività da svolgere durante la Holiday Season con i bambini dai 3 ai 99 anni 🙂

https://www.cail.it/enjoy-english-a-natale-con-christmas-carols-e-arts-crafts/

Il nostro più grande AUGURIO è che in questa stagione invernale che è già alle porte possiate scoprire o ritrovare l’entusiasmo di imparare e dedicarvi a ciò che più vi piace e ad intraprendere nuovi progetti e sfide, non solo a Natale ma tutto l’anno! E per le New Year Resolutions, perché non includere nei buoni propositi per il 2023 un upgrade alla tua lingua preferita o approcciarne una nuova, che ti apra un nuovo orizzonte sul mondo?

A Bologna, in Provincia, a domicilio e online ci sono tante proposte Made in CAIL che possono fare al caso tuo! Facci sapere le tue preferenze e ti consiglieremo il percorso più adatto.

I corsi durante l’anno scolastico e per tutte le età possono essere di piccolo gruppo, di minigruppo con amici o individuali e le iniziative come i Camps, i Labs, le Conversation Classes sono attive a più riprese in tutte le stagioni!

Vi ricordiamo tutte le lingue disponibili presso la nostra Scuola: Inglese Francese Tedesco Spagnolo Italiano Cinese Russo Arabo.


A NATALE REGALA LE LINGUE!

Se ancora non avete deciso quale dono fare ai vostri cari quest’anno, vi consigliamo caldamente di regalare loro un’esperienza ricca e proficua per la loro crescita e formazione: un corso o camp di lingua! La GIFT CARD di CAIL è perfetta per tutte le occasioni e Natale non fa eccezione! Puoi scegliere la tipologia di corso da regalare e tutti i dettagli insieme a noi! Contattaci al più presto!


HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

A nome di tutto lo staff CAIL e dei nostri insegnanti vi mandiamo i nostri migliori auguri per una bellissima stagione di festa, da trascorrere con le vostre famiglie e i vostri cari con uno spirito gioioso e di entusiasmo da continuare a coltivare e far crescere nell’Anno Nuovo. A presto con le iniziative di CAIL! Warm Winter Wishes to all!