From the Directors
“Creating and expanding Lyceum has been my very enjoyable full time project since 1991. It has been a time of imaginative, highly satisfying work for me. My background has been my inspiration for this school. I am born of an Italian family, and as a teenager I lived and studied in our home town in Italy. Back in Australia I continued my studies majoring in Italian and English at university and followed with further studies in Anthropology and Sociology. Having very much appreciated the enrichment of growing up in two worlds, linguistically and culturally, I am very enthusiastic about introducing other languages and cultures to our students.
We have a delightful group of teachers and administrative assistants; we have hard working, fun loving, open minded students and therefore a very positive atmosphere in the school. I’m very proud of Lyceum. With us, our students and staff feel at home and well cared for. Welcome!”
“Our success is due to a small but important number of factors: the personalised tuition in the small group setting, the communicative method, the excellent teaching and administrative staff and the very close care and involvement of the two directors”.
The reasons people give for their interest in the study of foreign languages are varied, many are preparing for travel, a number feel the need to enhance their language skills for business, family or professional purposes and yet others are looking for an intellectual challenge in a friendly, informal setting. With their many years of teaching experience, our teachers bring warmth and genuine interest in the progress of each individual. Combined with the enthusiasm of the students this creates an enjoyable and supportive learning experience.
Our students report very high levels of satisfaction with their courses at Lyceum and many refer us to their friends. Most of our new bookings are due to “word of mouth”.
Lyceum Language Centre History
Lyceum Language Centre began in 1991 when Rosalba, who had been teaching Italian since 1979, gathered together a number of small groups of enthusiastic students, and successfully helped them pursue their goals in learning the Italian language.
Rosalba's first Italian Class - July, 1991
Classes were so successful that within a year, with the assistance of her husband Andrew (also a qualified language teacher), the school had grown to include courses in French, Spanish, German, Japanese and Chinese.
All courses were run with the same key principles in mind:
- all teachers were native speakers,
- all groups were small and
- keen attention was given to the delivery of a quality service.
Since then, along with their staff of approximately 50 teachers and 6 administrative assistants, Rosalba and Andrew, the Directors, have been actively and personally running Lyceum, building up to a total of 4 centres in the inner city of Melbourne, and catering for 1000 or more language students per term.
Lyceum Education Centre Pty Ltd operates two divisions:
- Lyceum Language Centre, teaching LOTE at Queen Street in Melbourne CBD, North Fitzroy, Kew and Malvern
- Lyceum English Language Australia, teaching English as a Second Language at Queen Street, Melbourne CBD
The Original Lyceum
Lyceum is the name of a garden in Athens where Aristotle taught. Aristotle’s Lyceum, founded in 335BC, was an important early milestone in the development of Western education. The class arrangements were based on small group tuition and, like so many things from the golden age of Athens, it was an innovative approach to teaching and learning.
We intend that our Lyceum re-captures that philosophy.