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This subject provides students with a three-week intensive language and culture experience in Prato, Tuscany. The focus of the subject will be an exploration of aspects of conteporary Italy including language, culture, society, politics and the Arts. Students will be involved in a range of collaborative activities with Italians. The subject will integrate information technology to establish ongoing relationships.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to interpret and analyse a variety of texts and genres, both written and spoken, of a moderate level of complexity;
- be able to interact through written and spoken language in a range of authentic contexts using appropriate language while in-country;
- be able to explore elements of contemporary Italian culture and Italian linguistics through direct contact while in-country;
- be able to apply research methods appropriately to task;
- be able to critically reflect on contemporary Italian language and culture based on direct experience while in-country;
- be able to actively compare and contrast linguistic and cultural similarities and differences between assumptions of Italian language and culture and real life exposure while in-country;
- be able to through a range of tasks and class experiences, apply a variety of learning techniques to further consolidate knowledge, understanding and ability in relation to Italian language and culture;
- be able to communicate effectively with a range of interlocuters while in-country.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed an ability to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically both in writing and orally through assessment (including technology-mediated activities), tutorial and online discussion and class presentations;
- have developed confidence in self-expression through participation in the subject at different levels and assessable presentations;
- have developed a range of IT literacy skills through online activities;
- have developed a team spirit and collaborative approach to learning through group work;
- have demonstrated time management and planning skills through completion of assessment and other required in-class activities;
- have honed interactional and intercultural communication skills;
- have extended research skills and the use of a variety of reference materials;
- have developed global citizenship through in-country experience.
Last updated: 21 January 2020