[lg policy] Italy: Language policy at the University of Pavia

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 22 15:37:55 UTC 2013

Language policy at the University of Pavia

At the University of Pavia *Italian is to be nurtured as the primary
language at the University*, at the same time as linguistic diversity is
encouraged, with *English as the main foreign language*.


*Italian is the official language of the University of Pavia. It is used in
all the official communications *and as* working language.

Italian should be the main language of teaching in first-cycle
courses*(bachelor level) and should be used unless it is necessary to
use another
language, such as in foreign language courses.

Studies at first-cycle level should teach students to express themselves
about their studies in clear, intelligible Italian in connection with
response to subject matter, students should also receive feedback
concerning their language usage by giving a stronger position to modules
which should improve students’ oral and written proficiency both in Italian
and English.

UNIPV should be an attractive university for international researchers,
teachers and students also outside Italy. *

*Teaching in English *(and possibly other languages) is a prerequisite for
this. The number of courses in which English is used as the language of
teaching and the number of registered students should, therefore, increase
to encourage mobility and heighten the quality of research and education
according to the objectives of the Bologna Process.

In order to facilitate the use of English on higher levels of study, course
literature and teaching should, to a certain extent, be in English at
first-cycle level, so that comprehension is increased and improved.

At the *master’s and doctoral levels*, English should be used to a greater
extent than at first cycle level in order:

   - *to encourage and stimulate mobility* and *attract incoming exchange
   - to improve *Italian students’ international communication skills*
   - to increase their possibilities of *becoming known internationally *
   - to improve Italian students’ chances of becoming accepted for *doctoral
   studies abroad *
   - to attract *highly qualified international researchers and
teachers*at the advanced level

*All teaching staff* should be prepared to teach in English or at least
teach bilingually with visual support in English.

*All the university’s researchers* and scientists should strive to
contribute to an international research environment by publishing in
English and other relevant languages and by attending international

Other Languages

Since 2010 the Department of modern languages has been hosting foreign
trainees holding an Erasmus work placement grant with the task of teaching
foreign languages courses to Pavia students who are going abroad within a
mobility programme. This way every Spring three months courses of *Spanish,
Polish, German, French and Portuguese* are offered in order to prepare
participants for mobility.

In addition to this courses students are allowed to use the self-study
facilities (media library and language lab) available in the language

Italian for foreigners and CILS certificate

The University of Pavia organizes *Italian courses for foreigners *three
times a year. The I session course is intensive, the II and III session
courses are extensive.

Italian courses are mainly addressed to Erasmus students, exchange
scholarship students and students enrolled at Pavia University, but also to
anyone who is interested in learning Italian.

In addition to this course all foreign students studying at Pavia
University are allowed to use the self-study facilities (media library and
language lab) available in the language centre. *Also the language centre
is an authorized centre for the CILS the Certificate of Italian as a
Foreign Language*.


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