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Learning a second language is a highly valuable skill, providing opportunities for employment and collaboration that would not otherwise exist. Students of TIAC Academy are required to achieve a language competence level of B2 by the end of their 3 year studies. To this end, Italian language study is compulsory for all students not already at this level from the beginning of Semester 1.

By beginning to learn Italian during the early part of their study, foreign students coming to the academy will be able to benefit maximally from their time in Italy.

Also, Italian is an important language in many cultural domains. In literature, painting, music, architecture: the Italian identity plays a prominent role in many arenas. Great names such as Dante, Monteverdi, Michelangelo and Da Vinci have had a huge stamp on the cultural development of Western civilisation.

Course structure and content:

This course teaches the basics of Italian. Participants will acquire knowledge about vocabulary and grammar, as well as skills connected to oral and written comprehension, production and interaction. The course concentrates primarily on communicative activities such as self introduction, dealing with everyday situations,  discovering a city and its cultural heritage, asking directions and using local services.

Students will acquire language competences through individual and group tasks.

Learning objectives:

After the completion of the course, students will feel more confident in their Italian language skills. They will be able to interact fluently with native speakers and to address some specific, practical needs. Their improved competences will also provide them with new chances to discover Italian culture, artefacts and events.

In-class activities and homework assignments can be customised by participants to address their own specific needs.