Un estratto dal saggio ‘Investigate which contributing factors influence students’ behaviours during excursions abroad’ – Santina Micalizzi per Plymouth University, 2016
A constructivist approach was taken regarding the Italian lessons for foreigners that the group attended while we were in Sicily. Lessons were held every morning from 9am to 1pm with a break at 11am. Students of Classics were attending Italian lessons for beginners, which they found interesting and stimulating. My class, students of Italian, were attending classes tailored for their level and with topics related to their IB Italian ab Initio syllabus. We aimed to help them prepare for their Interactive oral exams, an exam taken internally and moderated externally. Classes were taught in Italian with relevant up-to-date material. Petty (2016, online) states that ‘Tasks should be authentic, set in a meaningful context, and related to the real world’. The Center for Italian language and culture ‘Babilonia’ promotes active learning strategies. The learner is at the centre of the learning experience and all the activities are related to the real world. This is an important aspect of learning a foreign language: to have the opportunity to experience the language and culture in the real world with authentic materials e.g. books, local newspaper, films, trips to local markets, etc. In my opinion, giving the students this opportunity, and valuing their learning experience by giving them the best we could for them to enjoy and feel that they were doing something useful, had a positive impact on their behaviour. When learners can clearly see the meaning of a task, and relate it with their course of studies, it has a positive impact on their behaviour. This is further reinforced in the responses to question number three: To what degree was your behaviour influenced by the cultural expectations of the country you were visiting? By living with local families, attending the school lessons and experiencing enjoyable lunches in the school’s cantina, our learners have had the opportunity to understand the culture of the country they were visiting and they tried to adapt their behaviour to the cultural expectations of the local population.
Dear Francesca Castro,
first of all we would like to congratulate you for having studied Italian and for registering to take the 2016 AP Italian exam.
We are pleased to inform you that the School Office of the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC, drew your name as winner of the scholarship.
The full list of winners of the scholarships is available on the website of the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC.
You have therefore been granted a full scholarship offered by Babilonia- Centro Studi Italiano based in Taormina
We would also thank the Italian Embassy in Washington, the Italian Consulate in Chicago and Eduitalia for promoting this fantastic opportunity for students of the AP Italian Exam.
We look forward to welcoming you for an unforgettable learning, cultural and human experience with us in Taormina!
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