WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
This project will give you the opportunity to learn a new language while experiencing a different and exciting culture. Italian is the third most widely spoken first language in the European Union with 65 million native speakers and it is spoken as a second language by 14 million EU citizens. Including Italian speakers in non-EU European countries and on other continents, the total number of speakers is around 85 million. So if you are travelling around the world, it will be highly likely that you will have the chance to practice it! However, why going so far when Italy is so close? The best way to learn a language is to live in the country, having the chance to practice it every day with native speakers therefore if this is your goal, this project is the best choice for you.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
You will join classes from 9 am to 1 pm, with a mid-morning break during which you will bond with the other students while drinking tasty Italian coffee. This helps the school in creating a nice environment for everyone and it will give you the chance to speak Italian freely, which is a good way to consolidate what you have learnt during your classes. You’ll be given important information about contemporary social and cultural life in Italy, and at the same time, you will develop language and communication skills, without neglecting grammar, phonology, lexis.
It is important to remember that to be fully confident in a foreign language, you need to understand its background and culture therefore, during this project, you won’t be seating all day in a class but you will discover the city and the surroundings of the region. Cultural and social activities will be organized to guarantee you the best outcome from this experience: you won’t be a tourist as you will be living surrounded by people keen to share their lives and experiences and you will feel like home. Italian culture is known to be sociable and friendly so being home sick is well far away from what you will be experiencing. At the end of this project you would like to stay longer as Italy will leave a mark in your heart.
Daily trips can be organized, if requested, to give you the chance to explore the surroundings and to really discover what this region has to offer. Bologna is a well-known artistic and culture centre, it offers lots of opportunities for individuals of all ages. Feel free to do your own research in order not to miss amazing events in the area.