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Our Italian Group
Our Italian Group

Smile, drink coffee, and speak in Italian!

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Maureen Sillence
Experienced Tutor

I have been teaching Italian for approximately 25 years.  I am still as passionate about the language and country as when I started.  If you are interested in learning Italian I will do my utmost to help you attain your goal.  Whether you wish to be able to order a meal in a restaurant, or converse about current affairs issues - for me they are both as important as each other.



Study trips to Varenna and Siena are usually in the pipeline for August and September.  Students who have been with me for just over a year often choose to travel to Varenna on Lake Como to try out what they have learned, and to study there for a week.  Others come to Siena for either one or two weeks to attend a language school, and some have choose to stay with host families to make the most of their chance to improve their language skills.

It is uncertain yet what trips might be possible for 2021.  If this cannot be organised safely then June 2022 is looking like a good option!


Classes in Tillicoultry

The Annex building next to the Tillicoultry Baptist Church is the venue for most classes.  The building is adjacent to the bus stop on the corner of the High Street and Moss Road.




Level B2   12pm to 1.30pm

Level A2   3pm to 5pm



Level A2   1030am to 12.30pm


Level A1  1030am to 12.30pm

Level A2   1.30pm to 3.30pm (Baptist Church)


Level B1   10am to 12am  (The Hive, Dollar)

Level A1   1.30pm to 3.30pm


Level A2    1pm to 3pm

All classes are currently being carried out using Zoom.  Any newcomers are most welcome.  Just send a message.

In The News
Learning a foreign language can increase the size of your brain. This is what Swedish scientists discovered when they used brain scans to monitor what happens when someone learns a second language.
Guardian Sept 2014
Italian Café

For an informal chat, and an opportunity to meet other people who are studying Italian, why not come to Café Des Fleurs in Dollar on a Monday morning at 11am.


There is no charge, but please do support the café by tasting their delicious coffee and cakes.



Everyone welcome. 

This is currently done on zoom, please ask for link.

Prices for Courses
How to Enrol

Enrol during first session of class in at Tillicoultry Annexe, or The Hive , Dollar


10 week course

2 hour lesson each week

maximum of 12 students in the class

Cost:  £85.00 per person plus cost of text book.


Classes will be able to run at this price only if there is a minimum of 8 people.


Private Tuition available at a cost of £35 per hour.

This price is calculated per hour, so if there were two people, that would mean £17.50 per person.

Italian film director Federico Fellini once said, “A different language is a different vision of life.” Speaking the language will give you a greater understanding of the country and its culture.
Italy Magazine
June 2014

  Knowledgeable tutor, relaxed sociable setting, diverse range of formal and fun activities, builds confidence in spoken and written Italian.

       La consiglierei!

JD, Coupar Angus March 2015



     The classes are fun and stimulating thanks to Maureen’s guidance and hard work.

Maureen is very encouraging and provides a very positive atmosphere – everyone looks forward to the class.



— Lynnette, Perth

    The lessons are well planned and cover all types of learners.

— Kay Thomson, Blairgowrie



I love the class because Maureen is an excellent teacher and communicator



— Deirdre, Auchterarder

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