Erasmus students on Intensive Language Course learn to speak Maltese
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Student life can present many motivating challenges, opening doors to many interesting opportunities. One can particularly see this in respect of students who have decided to embark on a first-time experience of a study period abroad, where culture, customs and language are unlike the norm, and far from the comforts of home.
One of the aims of the Erasmus Intensive Language Courses (EILCs) offered by various Universities across Europe is to give ERASMUS students visiting European countries for studies and/or placements abroad, an opportunity to study the native language of the host country.
The organisation of such courses is also seen as a way of enhancing and facilitating the integration process. Learning a less widely used and less taught language across Europe is yet another objective of the Erasmus Intensive Language Courses (EILC).
The International & EU Office at the University of Malta has also taken in hand the organisation of an EILC in the Maltese language, presenting eighteen Erasmus students with an opportunity of attaining a general grasp of the Maltese language whilst acquiring an understanding of the language’s uniqueness and its origins.
Participants were divided into two groups, with each course running in parallel, comprising of 60 hours of lectures followed by an assessment, which led to certification. The course was also accompanied by a series of visits to historical sites like the free standing temples of Hagar Qim, Mosta, Rabat, Mdina and the capital city of Valletta, a UNESCO world heritage site and European Capital for Culture 2018.
Participants had also the opportunity of visiting Dingli Cliffs, Marsaxlokk, Wied iz-Zurrieq, Argotti Gardens as well as Nature Trust.
The students were awarded a certificate of merit which was presented to them at a ceremony celebrating Maltese Cuisine. The Director of the International & EU Office, Ms. Stefania Fabri awarded the certificates to the course participants in the presence of the International & EU Office staff and the students’ respective teachers.
The project was funded through support received from the Commission of the European Communities within the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme, (ERASMUS).