Hello Adriana, yes we are taught English in grammar school, although by and large rather poorly I have to say. As for the frequency and overall hours, from what I can remember it might be around two hours a week probably? It was a long time ago, so I can't tell for sure, but I think those are the figures. So, basically a kid in Italy has two mandatory English classes per week covering the basics - as you would expect at that young age... Sadly, only in a small percentage of cases classes are taught by a native speaker and taken seriously (by students and teachers alike!)...that accounts for the difference between the notoriously good English spoken in the Netherlands and our...interpretation of it, I guess. There are exceptions to that though!