English has become a compulsory language in schools in Italy.
Children beginning from age of 5 and 6 start their education in Scuola Elementaria. Italians realize how important English has become - and you will often hear it being expressed as a passport to the world. But for today there exists a substancioal educational difference between studying in Scuola Media and Superiore. Most of the Medie are situated in small towns or villages on top of the hills, and the areas all speak their own particular type of dialect.
Children are in great lack of discipline, but at the same time they are willing to study as foreign language. There are some teachers in the Scuole Medie who are very well spoken and trained to a high level to teach English and then there is the other side of the coin-teachers who don't even understand simple conversation because they haven't learned English very well themselves. This inconsistency is getting over big and remains in Scuola Superiore.
Pupils are now more aware of foreign languages due to satellite TV programs, the Internet, and magazines, and it is more and more difficult to satisfy their needs and interests and find out something really new and exciting: a song or a game they haven’t already experienced in the international fun club of their hotel during the last summer holidays, a cartoon or film hero they haven’t already met on TV or in his official site. Nowadays English is considered by some parents as a compulsory thing and children have good chanced to get the command of a foreign language.
The best way to get work fast is contact schools directly either by door stepping or faxing them. June - September and January are the best months to find work in Italy. There are teachers from EU countries and North America working all over Italy, Schools can sponsor teachers from outside the EU. When applying just ask them if they offer this service at their school.
You almost certainly won’t be paying tax in Italy, but have a look at your contract. Most schools call their teachers "collaborators" which means they're not obliged to pay tax for them. This is a shame as you get far more contributions in Italy than you do in the UK. If you've been paying tax they will have asked you to get a "libretto di lavoro".
A lot of schools claim that only Italians need them, but this is nonsense: if you're working under an Italian contract then you have to have one, but they won't give teachers genuine contracts because it's a fairly short-term job and and a lot of schools are a bit, shall we say, disreputable.