Over the summer, two students from Italy spent the summer in Liverpool as part of the Erasmus+ Traineeship scheme. In this short blog post, they tell us about their experience in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.
Buongiorno a tutti!
We are Annalisa Porcelluzzi and Annamaria Trimigliozzi. We are currently studying for an MA in Specialized Translation at the University of Bari, in Italy.
Over the summer, we had the chance to participate in the Erasmus+ Traineeship scheme that led us to Liverpool to join the Department of Modern Languages & Cultures. We spent three months as honorary fellows in Italian and too the opportunity to learn more about how to prepare exercises for examinations and search for appropriate materials for teaching Italian as a foreign language. We were also able to assist Dr Rosalba Biasini during Italian exams, which was indeed a very interesting experience since they were different from the exams we are used to in Italy. Furthermore, we collected useful information about Italian universities and about opportunities for students who would like to study in Italy during their Erasmus placements. In turn, we provided plenty of information about the University of Bari, as we also took our undergraduate degrees there, in Linguistics and Intercultural Communication.
Thanks to this amazing opportunity, we developed a deep knowledge of how a British university works and it certainly was a valuable experience in a field we are really interested in, and which we hope to pursue in the future. Moreover, the experience allowed us to explore different parts of the United Kingdom and to learn more about this wonderful country, full of culture, traditions, breathtaking landscapes, and beautiful but challenging accents!
The experience would not have been the same without the precious help and support that we received from our colleagues in Italian, whose professionalism was complemented by their capacity to help us feel welcome and at ease during our stay. We hope that we will have the possibility to join them once again in the future.