On Saturday, 26th December 2016, 14 students studying Italian at the Victorian School of Languages (both Distance Education and Centre students) and their VSL Italian teachers, left Australia for a three week study tour to Salerno, Italy.
This is the first time that such a tour has been organized by the Victorian School of Languages.
Students attended Italian classes at the ‘Accademia Italiana’ in the mornings and were divided into two groups (beginner and intermediate). The Accademia teachers were highly professional and specialized in teaching Italian as a second language. After lunch, students attended site seeing trips or seminars, all arranged by the Accademia.
Some of these excursions included Amalfi, Paestum, Pompeii, Naples, and a weekend in Rome.
Our students ranged from Years 9 to 11 and they all feel that their Italian speaking, writing and listening skills, as well as their understanding of the cultural and historic aspects of this important region in Italy has greatly improved after the three weeks.
Being billeted to host families for the three weeks also helped to improve their speaking and comprehension skills as none of the host families could speak English.
Salerno is a pretty and very safe medium sized town of about 150,000 people near the Amalfi Coast, about 50 km south of Naples in Southern Italy, an ideal town for such a tour, due its mild winters and location.
Because this study tour was so successful and both student and parent feedback was very positive, we hope to be able to offer a similar tour in the future.
The VSL would like to sincerely thank our sponsor ‘DIVELLA’, the major brand distributed by BONFOOD, for contributing generously towards the study tour. DIVELLA covered the costs of our weekend in Rome and provided each student with a study tour windcheater.
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