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European Studies Junior Freshman Italian

INTRODUCTORY INFORMATION FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

Welcome to the Department of Italian!

The Italian Department's Senior Executive Officer, Mary Keating, is at Room 4087 in the Arts Building (Tel. 01-896 2062). Office hours are displayed on the office door. The Head of Department is Roberto Bertoni, Room 4040, Arts Building.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Head of Department is available at specific times which you will find on the door of Room 4087. The European Studies coordinator for Italian will also be contactable through the Department office.

Make sure that we can contact you quickly, by giving us your home address, Dublin address, email and mobile phone details. Inform the Italian Department, as well as the Centre for European Studies, promptly of any changes in your address, tutor or subject.

You will also need to inform the Department of any absence from class, and if such absences are for a week or more, you are required to submit a medical certificate. Timetables and other important announcements appear on the Italian Department notice board and/or on the European Studies notice board; be sure to check both regularly. Sometimes changes have to be announced at very short notice.

THE EUROPEAN STUDIES JUNIOR FRESHMAN COURSE

Through your course in Italian in the Junior Freshman year you should be able to express yourself orally and in writing, simply but accurately, and understand reading passages and audio recordings at an appropriate language level. Your Junior Freshman courses have two main aims: i. general language competence (aimed at acquiring language skills of a general nature); and ii. specific language competence (reading, writing, oral and listening aimed at acquiring language skills on topics related to fields of a social nature and close to the discipline interests of students of European Studies). The language courses are intensive and require a systematic daily work schedule to be successful. Do not miss class preparation, written work and revision. Remember to talk to your lecturers immediately if you have problems. A description of the Junior Freshman courses is given in the Italian Student Handbook, which can be downloaded from the Departmental home page (www.tcd.ie/italian).

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