Plurilingualism in another way: Italy

We have travelled to Italy to know how the language learning is developed in the country of the pizza 🙂

In our last “Plurilingualism in another way”, we discovered the Hungarian Language System with our colleague Réka Marincsak. This week, we have interviewed two Italian girls, Chiara and Giulia, who are spending one semester at the University of Almería as Erasmus students.

They have explained to us the Language System in Italy as well as their relationship with foreign languages at their home Universities.

Foreign language learning is compulsory in Italy from the first year of Primary School. “But as far as I know, they want to introduce language teaching earlier, in the kindergarten”- says Giulia.

Both girls are studying Languages and Literature at the University of Modena, so for them it is essential to learn the subjects in other languages. “We study Linguistic, Translation, Literature and Culture of the foreign language we are specialized in (English and Spanish). And of course, we study them in these languages, not in Italian language. However, in other faculties, only English is compulsory” explains Chiara.

In order to get their degree, they need a Language Certificate. “Our degree has a length of 5 years. During the first 3 years, we have to achieve C1 level of our specific language and C2 level during the following 2 years. So, at the end of our Languages and Literature degree, we should be almost bilingual”

“In the future, I would like to learn German and French”- says Giulia. However, at the moment, both girls want to concentrate on learning English and Spanish and enjoy their Erasmus Semester.

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Language learning means fun!

Sometimes, we can have the feeling that language learning is so boring. However, that is not only about the grammar rules, tests, boring textbooks and exercises. There are a lot of  more entertaining ways to learn!!

The longer you spend with a language, the faster you will learn it. But the most important thing is that you spend your time enjoyably 🙂

And how is it possible? How language learning can be entertaining?

Ideas 🙂

  • Listening to music: Reading the lyrics of songs and listening to them  at the same time will make easier to memorize words and expressions.
  • Watching movies in their original language. If you use subtitles, it can facilitate the understanding and it will help learn new words.
  • Watching news channels like CNN or BBC. On news channels, the announcers speak very understandably and clearly. It will also help you improve your professional vocabulary. Moreover, you will be up to date  😉
  • If you are keen on books, you can try to read your favourite ones in a foreign language. Normally, writers use “correct” expressions with  good grammatical structures. So, you can learn the right grammatical rules and tons of new words.

Do you have any other tips to learn languages? Let us know!!

Speak Languages! Join a Language Tandem!

Do you know what a Language Exchange is? Have you ever participated in any of them? A language exchange consists of an informal practice where two or more people who speak different languages meet to learn their languages.

The International Students Association at the University of Almería organizes Language Tandems, where you can sign up to practice your language skills with native people and at the same time help the other person with the language you are fluent in.

The arrival of hundreds of International students to our University makes possible this activity. So now, you don’t need to make any effort to find a German guy or a French girl to practice these languages! Just sign up and meet!! The time and place are up to you. It might be in a cafe, at the University or at home.

You can sign up following this link:
http://www.erasmusalmeria.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=106&Itemid=89

Subscribe and share  your experience with us!! We are looking forward to hearing about it!

Plurilingualism in another way: Hungary

We already know how language learning is in Spain and specially, at the University of Almería…But would you like to find out how it is in other countries? Come and Discover it with us!

This week Hungary, by Réka Marincsak, Team member of the Plurilingualism Promotion Plan.

“Foreign language learning in Hungary is compulsorily from the fourth grade (of the primary education) and it lasts till the end of compulsory education.

The aim of this measure is to develop future European citizens who are able to speak several foreign languages.

Within the University of Miskolc, there is an independent teaching centre called Foreign Language Teaching Centre. It is open not only for University members, but for everyone interested in language learning. People can choose among English, German, Russian, French, Spanish, Italian, Latin and Hungarian courses.

At my home University, in every faculty, the students have the possibility of studying subjects in English or German as in Almería. I have studied in the Faculty of Economics and I have chosen several subjects in English, such as European Culture and Civilization, EU Programmes and Projects, EU policies, Regional Economic Geography of the EU and Human Resource Management.

In Hungary, in order to achieve a degree, every student has to acquire at least one Language Certificate. However, in some faculties as my one, students are required to own 2 foreign Business Language Certificates. That is the reason why studying subjects in English was essential.

Some other opportunities are provided by my University like Movilitiy Programs.  I studied one semester in Santander, Spain as an ERASMUS student, and nowadays I am doing an internship in Almería thanks to the Leonardo da Vinci Project.”

Learn foreign languages in the Language Centre at the University of Almería!

Are you looking for private language classes? At the University of Almería, everyone, both Students and Professors, have the possibility to learn a foreign language.

On the official homepage of El Centro de Lenguas (The Language Centre), all the necessary information can be found about the language courses,  different activities which they carry out: cultural and linguistic services, translation and interpretation, academic preparation and processing fees for official language certificates and accreditations.

The Language Centre at the University of Almería offers the chance to learn a language and prepare for official examinations of different institutions to prove your language skills. The official examinations: Cambridge, Institut Goethe Società Dante Alighieri (PLIDA) and the Instituto Cervantes official examination of Spanish as a Foreign Language.

They offer intensive courses, and one term or full academic year courses. You can choose among English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic, Russian, Chinese or more than one language! They prepare for many different levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 y C2.

For teachers who would like to participate in the Plurilingualism Promotion Plan, it is essential to improve their language knowledge. So, where else could it be easier than at their home university?

The opportunities are here, you only have to take advantage of them!

International experiences, What is your one?

A new semester at the university always means new subjects, new lecturers, new friends and new experiences. Moreover, since no long ago, it also means new faces from all over the world, our International students.

Studying abroad is a huge opportunity for students to learn a new language, know other cultures, make hundreds of new friends… And of course, it will be always an advantage in the labour market.

Nowadays, in the multilingual European job market, students have to compete not only with the graduates from their native country, but also with highly qualified graduates from other countries. So, living, studying or working in a foreign country for months or years, will help enhance your CV to be outstanding from the rest.

In the personal area, living in a foreign country means facing new and unexpected situations. Learning how to deal with these situations will develop life skills. This experience helps improve selfconfidence as well as  personal values and understanding of people from different cultural and etnic background.

But… what if you are a student at the University of Almería? What if you are not an International student? How can you take advantage of all these benefits?

The easiest way to practice your language knowledge in a multicultural environment at the University of  Almería is to get in touch with students from other countries. We have hundreds of international students from everywhere: Europe, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Turkey, China, USA, Canada, Mexico and South America.

So, what are you waiting for? Take advantage of this great opportunity and move in a multicultural environment within our University!! There are tons of activities for them, language exchanges, trips and many others!

 

Welcome to the Plurilingualism World

A different language is a different vision of life.  ~Federico Fellini
Are you interested in learning foreign languages but you don´t have time for private lessons? What if we propose you to study your subject in a different language?
Speaking different languages means that  you can be able to communicate with more people, you will have more opportunities to work and study abroad, and you will open your mind to this new and globalized world. However, sometimes it is difficult to combine your studies and your language learning.
That is one of the reasons why Plurilingualism Promotion Plan was created! So, welcome to a world full of possibilities at the University of Almería!