Italian / English Language Course and Socio-Cultural Preparation:
The language course was organized to take account of the weaknesses of the beneficiaries in order to prepare them before the commencement of the placement. We believe that interactive language courses are of great benefit to the candidates, because they received a total of fifteen hours per week (three a day) study in an environment, centered in the native language. The candidates were completely immersed in the language and culture of the host country and also enjoyed cultural visits. This method of learning encourages and provides external stimulation outside class time.
Besides the daily four hours within the class, the candidates extended through their own motivation and willingness to develop their linguistic skills in “real-life” situations. This facilitated and developed their confidence and linguistic ability prior to beginning their placeme