On May 31st, the class 2nd B won the first place in the “Serendipity” competition open to all the High School students of the Province of Bolzano, promoted by professor Santuari. WE presented and elaborated a video about the book 1984 written by the famous author George Orwell. We were officially given the prize, of 150 € to spend on books at the Mardi Gras Library here in Bolzano, by professor Santuari, handed to us by the director Mrs. Biancofiore. The awarding ceremony was here at school with all the other participants and we had a little refreshment to follow.

Link to our winning video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb9DfAdX6OI

The article we wrote for the local newspaper: Alto Adige

Al liceo linguistico Marcelline Concorso “Serendipity” 2016 Premiati i vincitori

Dieci squadre di studenti degli istituti superiori della provincia di Bolzano si sono ritrovate nell’Aula Magna del Liceo “Marcelline” per la conclusione e premiazione del concorso indetto dall’Associazione Bibliotecari(AESSEBI) della provincia. Si tratta di una competizione che promuove, ormai da otto anni la lettura tra i giovani, associandola alla creazione di elaborati di varie tipologie nell’ottica di “Serendipity”. Questo termine, sconosciuto a molti, coniato nel XVIII secolo, rappresenta la scoperta di qualcosa di inaspettato mentre si è alla ricerca di qualcos’altro, ed è utilizzato in diversi ambiti. Caratterizzata dalla serendipità è anche la vittoria dell’edizione 2016 della classe seconda B del liceo linguistico Marcelline che, pensando solo di realizzare un lavoro concreto a fianco delle attività scolastiche curricolari, si è trovata inaspettatamente vincitrice della categoria “lavori di gruppo”. Per la categoria “lavoro individuale” invece, si è classificato primo Lorenzo Buonarota della classe prima backstage dell’ Istituto Einaudi. Al termine della premiazione un rinfresco con un brindisi e un arrivederci all’edizione 2017.

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2ndB wins the “Serendipity” Prize

I asked my students of the 2ndA to write an essay on our two years together. I am publishing here some of the most meaningful comments. 

Anny Ballardini

During these two years I’ve learned a lot.

During the first year I learned a lot of grammar. I already knew some of the grammar rules that we did but I didn’t know when we had to use a certain tense or quantifier.

By learning in a more specific way , I had the chance to talk better, without making, quite, any mistakes.

I learned some literature, too. When we had to go to Rome, we studied Caravaggio and that really helped me because I could recognize some paintings and I knew what they represented.

Reading “Frankenstein” and “The Hobbit” in English made me realize how beautiful reading a classic book in its original language is. Reading these books and learning about famous people, like Benjamin Franklin, during the English class, made me realize how beautiful it is to study a culture.

I already loved English but I didn’t know the value of knowing it.

When we went on our school trip in Bournemouth, I was so happy to speak with English people but not just because I love the language, but because they could understand me. I could talk to them without the need to stop  because I didn’t know how to use a tense.

Grammar can be boring but it helps you, it has helped me reach my goal.

In these two years I understood that it was really important to know the culture of a language, its history.

In the English class I realized, that if I study hard, I can get to my goal and set another one, just higher.

Since middle-school I have wanted to speak English fluently and thanks to all the grammar that we did in the English class, I did it. I will always be thankful for this.

© Mirna Vezzali

When I first arrived in Italy two years ago and started to attend this school, English was the language that I could best speak at. It has always been my favorite foreign language and fortunately the one that I have been studying in-depth in Albania. When I started to live here in Italy, I had to dedicate a lot of time to the Italian language as I couldn’t speak fluently and initially I had difficulties to understand properly or entirely the didactic Italian lessons. So, my deep dedication in the Italian, made me have fear that I wouldn’t have the same quantity of time to dedicate to my favorite language and use it also outside school as I used to do in Albania. Fortunately, even though I couldn’t speak in English for a lot of time out of school, my fear of my progress in English is these two years, has disappeared. The English school lesson in this two years period has helped me a lot to strengthen all the grammar rules, not only to learn and repeat theory, but also by putting into practice all these rules and by being continually corrected by the teacher in my spoken mistakes, besides the ones in writing.

      The lessons have been organized in a very interactive way. We have always developed new and very interesting activities in class like : discussions on different topics; presentations; the analysis of documentaries about historical figures or events, together with plenty of other topics. This has enriched a lot not only my English personal vocabulary, but also my personal cultural knowledge in different fields of life. These two years have helped me to develop my self-confidence when I speak in English, and consequently become much more fluent.

     So, in few words, these two years were a really beautiful experience for me , being always immersed in the English world during each English-class and I’m really glad that this experience was concluded in the best way with the beautiful trip to England which will be unforgettable for me.

( C ) RAFAELA ISUFI

These two years were really full of information (written without the “s”) because I learned a lot of things, between grammar rules and new topics… I have to say that my English level was low when I first came here, and now the quality of my spoken English is better. During the first year I studied more, and I was always concentrated on the school; these last months I left the school go where the wind blew, and as the register shows, I received a beautiful 4…

I can say “thank you” to the teacher, because she really helped me to increase my English, even if I have to work still a lot to become better. Apart form this I’m happy to have worked and learned a lot, and I’m sure that this test will be full of mistakes, because I’m like this, I always make errors… Thank you!

© Alex Aufderklamm

When I came to high school I was already able to read and speak in English, but my grammar knowledge was very limited. Since the beginning of past school year I have studied grammar and I realized how important it is, not only to correct writing and speaking, but also to understand the structure of the English language.

In these two years we have followed our grammar course book which particularly focuses on the employment of the time tenses. English grammar isn’t considered too difficult, but the right use of the tenses is fundamental. Thanks to the variety of them and the little differences in meaning we can explain exactly what we intend to say, what may be more difficult for those who learned English from watching films.

We didn’t do a lot of writing in class during our lessons. Instead we learned this out of the summaries we did of a book we read and our teacher corrected. We did many speaking and oral exercises all together in class which improved a lot our pronunciation. We learned to speak more fluently and to express ourselves correctly. This is fundamental in learning a language. Probably some us us might study English at university, but all of us will have to use their speaking skills later in life. Speaking is so important and everybody needs these skills; good writing and reading can be studied more detailed later by interested students. Trough the books we had to read and summarize we improved our reading skills and at the same time we have augmented our vocabulary, without too many efforts.

Now sometimes I read short articles or watch English documentaries and every time I’m impressed by how much I understand and how familiar this language has become to me.

© Jenny Kostner   II A

We have already spent two years together. I think I have learned a lot in this first two-year-period of high school. We have had a lot of discussion in class, read some books and did a lot of exercises. I think the fact of reading entire books has enriched me a lot . It was a completely new experience for me, but I enjoyed it very much, even if I usually don’t love reading. I gained a lot of new vocabulary and could analyze different kinds of writing. A part from this, it was also very helpful for my writing, indeed I could use the new words and memorize them better, by summarizing the chapters. By reading books, having discussions about common themes and doing exercises, I was able to learn without noticing. I think all this has improved me not only as a student, but also as a person. My “culture” has increased and I didn’t really do it on purpose. I didn’t really sit down to start learning. This was what I liked the most: I could learn every day in class. I obviously had some difficulties, because logically it is impossible to learn a language without efforts and all the grammar rules. Fortunately I have had good English teachers in middle-school, who gave me the basis for my English, that I managed to study better during this period. The grammar rules that we learned were much more specific and helped me a lot. It is a success for me, because now I’m able to speak and understand people without having too many problems. This two-year-period of high school has been a positive experience for me.

© Celine Lantschner

This first two-year-period of high school has brought many changes to my life. I think that in this short period of time I have grown up as a person, my mind has developed thanks to the help of my teachers and new experiences. I’ve learned much from every teacher and everyone has given me something that I’ll take with me in my life journey.

In English I’ve learned many new things, not only about grammar, which I studied by heart, but also general information about history, literature and contemporary arts and technology. Thanks to our American English teacher I have enjoyed listening to the little speeches she did in class, and by listening I’ve learned a very good pronunciation. In these two years my vocabulary has been enriched with a lot of words and synonyms that are very helpful in writing a good essay. The lessons we had were sometimes funny and easy-going, because we talked a lot about interesting things and without making too much effort we learned and understood many different things. Personally I think that after these two years I have a good overview of the English-world.

English has been one of my favorite languages since I started studying it at the elementary school. It was never very difficult for me to study this foreign language, and when I had to do some efforts, I did them happily. After this two-years-period and the trip to Bournemouth I think that I understood the importance of this language, being it the language spoken in the entire world. All the efforts I put in the learning of this language have been paid back. The English language is a very valuable personal baggage that I’ll take with me forever. I hope my English studies will be helpful in my future life and that I’ll have the possibility to go on speaking English.

© Chiara Bernardi

 

End of the Academic year: 2ndA

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I asked my 1st class students to write a short essay on “What I have learned this academic year in English: comparing my expectations with my results.” I chose some of the most meaningful writings to share here with everybody. Congratulations to my 1st class students, it has been my pleasure to spend so much time with you!

© Anny Ballardini

This was the first year for me in this school. At the other schools I was, I didn’t have good English teachers, they were not mother tongue. Because of that, I didn’t learn English very well. But I want to have a good English because I know that this is an important language.

My expectations for this year, where very high. I hoped that I would have a good teacher, who could speak a good English. Now I’m happy; my teacher speaks always English with me and with my class. I have to thank her because I’ve learned a lot. At the beginning of this academic year, I was bad at this language, but I put a lot of commitment in studying and now I can see the results.

A few days ago, some American friends of a friend came to Italy and we had a nice time together, we spoke a lot and I noticed that it wasn’t so difficult for me. I could explain many things about the history of my town and about the flowers of the botanic garden.

I was very happy, they also asked me to go to Tennessee one day, where they live.

I was surprised of my English, once I couldn’t speak one entire minute in English, without stopping. Now I can and I am very happy and proud of this. I did a good progress.

I am also very happy because I know that this school will give me a good basis in languages., so I’ll be able to travel around the world. I would like to live in the United States, so I have to learn English very well. If I continue studying as I have done this year, I will have good results and I will be able to go living in the U.S.

I can see my progress in English because when I am watching English movies or videos, I can understand the biggest part of what the actors say. I often watch the videos of an American man, who teaches how to play ukulele. Thanks to my English I can understand what to do.

Once I couldn’t understand anything.

This makes me so happy.

 

© SARA FERIGO

I have studied English since the 3rd elementary class and I have always loved this language. Last year I already knew a good English, but I hoped that I would become better this year.

I learned a lot of new things, especially in grammar. After this year it seems to me I have more confidence with the English grammar rules. Another thing that makes me very proud, is that I have learned a lot of interesting topics and now I can also explain them to other people.

If I compare my expectations with my results now, I have to say that I never thought that I would learn so much in just one academic year at the Marcelline School.

As soon as I arrived at this school I thought that I would study only from the book, but it was not so: we did a lot of different things like projects, a movie and some essays.

Last year I never did an essay, so I was very surprised with my results. I can also say that it helped me very much to summarize a book after reading it.

Another thing that helped me to learn a better English, was doing research, like that one about my personal inspiration. With this I had the opportunity to learn a lot of new words. We learned also a lot of things about famous people, like Frida Kahlo and Alfred Hitchkock. These where the most interesting things lessons, because I love to learn new things about foreign or famous people.

Comparing all these things with those that I learned last year, I am very proud that I have studied so many new things that I will also need in the rest of my life. I am also very happy and proud of my results. In the past I never thought that I would speak in English so easily. I know that I have to learn and to study more English to become even better, but t the moment I am proud of my English-level.

I have learned a lot of new things, and I am very happy I have chosen this school; in another school, maybe I would not learn so much.

In conclusion I am happy with my marks and I am surprised that I have learned more than what I have expected.

 

© ANNA COSTA

 

Now we are almost at the end of may, this means, that the school-year is almost over. I’m really glad to finish this, at the beginning, very hard year, and not only in English, I have reached very good results.

I must say, that at the beginning my expectations for this school and especially for the languages, that are learned here, were very high, because this is a very good school. I really like the teachers and I think that in English, compared with the beginning, my level has raised a lot.

I love the way we learn English here: from making a video of our town, to writing a text, to reading different books or doing exercises, we do really everything. I must say that it was never really hard for me to learn English or any other languages, but sometimes I asked myself :” how can I master this?” But only by learning hard, it has brought me good results. I think, that I did a big progress from the beginning of the year in English, especially in writing. Such a progress was really unexpected. This is a school with a quite high level, with very good teachers and very intelligent students. Because of this, before I joined this school, my expectations were even higher, perhaps too high. I never thought that I was going to have these good results, but I also never thought that my English level would improve that much. For example, reading a book in English, helped me a lot, also studying again the irregular verbs helped me.

I finish this year being happy, speaking better in English and having good expectations for the next year.

© Evamaria Mayr

End of the Academic Year: 1st Class

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The Wheat Field by Claude Monet

Nature is very important for man, because it is something amazing for the territory and also for people. Many trees, animals, rivers, mountains are always beautiful to see. When tourists go on holiday, the go to place where there is nature and peace. I think nature is relaxing, when you are angry or sad you can there your calmness and happiness. Nature is also various: flowers, plants and other. It isn’t boring, because if you look at trees, animals, you can always see something different. Animals are very important because without them, we do not have the food that we need and also because they are something essential. With plants, that produce oxygen, we can live. The colours of nature are incredible and different: red, orange, pink, yellow, blue, green. A rainbow of colours! Without animals and plants we can’t have the ecosystem and every place or city would be full of houses, industries and shops. But in the past twenty year, pollution has been increasing. We have many types of pollution: light pollution, industry pollution. Many industries are built near green-areas and they produce an enormous quantity of CO₂ and the air has become polluted. The animals and the people breathe it and it damages our organism. There is deforestation, which destroys natural habitats of animals, they can’t live and they must leave. So animals go to zoos and live in cages. There are acid rains which are caused by the production of the acidity emitted from the industries. Acid rains destroys the plants, the plants and flowers, but also the structures. The Global Warming is one of the most extreme examples of pollution in these years. Earth is getting hotter because the ozonosphere is getting smaller and it can’t stop the radiation of the Sun, so the Earth receives much warmth. How can we solve the enormous problems we have? At first we have to think about nature and animals. Which damage do they receive? Animals are endangered because they do not have their habitats. We can build green-areas where animals can live free and close the zoos, because they aren’t of any help. For the plants, that are subjected to pollution, we can reduce the quantity of industry or build them in areas not near nature. It is something difficult because politicians don’t think so much about nature, and without the help of politicians we can’t do anything. This is horrible, the politicians think about economy, money but when the problem is nature it is if it was something of no importance. So, before saying that we have to reduce pollution, we have to believe in it and want to save nature, because it is amazing and without it, we are nothing.

© PAOLA DONAGRANDI

 

Paola Donagrandi and Nature

This year, the second and the third classes of High School at the Marcelline Institute had the idea to go on their school trip to England. After months of work and time dedicated by our English teacher and the ones in England for its organization, we – students of the second A class – together with all the other students departed on April 24 and spent one week in the beautiful town of Bournemouth. The choice fell on this town, well -known for its schools and study trips, to give us the opportunity to practice the English language.

To further encourage the students to speak as much as possible in English, we were hosted by some local families. —They were all very welcoming and nice. Many of us had never been to England before, so it gave us the opportunity to learn a lot about the English culture and different family traditions. The houses we stayed in were traditional English houses and quite different from the tyrolean houses. —
The students attended language courses in the morning for five days. The established program included the development of some activities in the afternoon like the visit to the Jurassic Coast, the bowling game and the small trips to the cities of Portsmouth and Bath.

MONDAY: Jurassic Coast

It is a 95 miles (153 km) long beach in the south of England. We spent an hour and a half on the coach from Bournemouth and, as we arrived, we had a little walk. There were stairs from the path to the gravel beach. The water was fabulous! We also took some pictures and watched the geologists at work. This coast, in fact, is one of the most popular for its Jurassic fossils. —Luckily we had good weather! As we all know the British weather is not very good because it changes very quickly during the day. It still was quite cold and windy but when the sun shone it was warm. —
We restarted to walk towards a little fishermen’s village, where we had a short stop. We got on the coach and returned back home.

TUESDAY: Bowling + Movie

The bowling alley was in the northern part of Bournemouth and we went there by a line bus. Due to the changing weather, the alley is a meeting point for the British population; that’s why in the alley there were also a little restaurant and a lot of games for children and adults.

We spent there about 2 hours and then went back to school, where we watched the film: “The Martian”. It was a really good movie and we found it an alternative way to spend our time together.

WEDNESDAY: Portsmouth

Portsmouth is a town in Hampshire and it was and still is one of the most important ports for the Royal Navy. Most of the city is located on an island. We visited the HMS Victory, a vessel built in 1760 and rebuilt in 1803, used in the fleet by Lord Nelson during the battle of Trafalgar. At the end Nelson was killed and the Victory had the task to bring his body back to England. The HMS Victory was also used in the Baltic Sea to stop the Russian fleet and to maintain the Swedish supplies. After this it became a depot ship and was anchored in Portsmouth.

In this city we also visited the municipality museum that depicted the history of the town. It was interesting since Arthur Conan Doyle lived here and many were the objects that portrayed his stay. The life of the ‘50s was depicted, as well as other interesting things. The last important monument that we saw was the Spinnaker Tower, owned now by the Arab Emirates.

We had also a little time for shopping then we went back to Bournemouth.

THURSDAY: Russell Cotes Museum and Hengsbury Head

In the morning we visited the Russell Cotes Museum, that is hosted in a villa on a cliff in Bournemouth. This museum is an art gallery, but was also a home. In this building we have found a lot of beautiful paintings and the rooms were perfectly preserved. We stayed also in the curate and green garden.

During the afternoon we took the service bus and went to the beginning of the path that leads to Hengistbury Head; it is a sandstone headland in the countryside in Dorset. In 1990 it was recognized as a Local Natural Reserve.

The nearest settlement is Christchurch, we reached it by ferry. There we had some free time and finally headed back to Bournemouth.

FRIDAY: Shopping

During the last day we had all the afternoon free and did a lot of shopping with our friends. We spent a great time in the many shops in the centre!

SATURDAY: Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge and Bath

The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary is an Anglican cathedral in Salisbury. It’s one of the most important examples of Early English architecture. The church was built in only thirty-eight years, from 1220 to 1258. That is why it has a single consistent architectural style, the Early English Gothic. The main tower reaches 404 feet and dominated the skyline in the early thirteen hundreds. There was only one big change in the construction of the cathedral made in 1790 by the architect James Wyatt. He replaced the original rood screen and demolished the bell tower which stood one hundred meters north-west of the main building. The enormous bell strikes the time every fifteen minutes.

According to the legend the Bishop of Old Sarum shot an arrow in the direction he would build the cathedral but the arrow hit a white deer that ran farther and died in the place where Salisbury Cathedral is to be found now. Before the years 1220 the city of Salisbury was situated a few miles away from the actual city on a small hill.

One of the main parts of the building is the central spire. It is the tallest in England, it is 404 feet high and weighs 6,400 tons. People can visit the tower, but only with a guided tour. They have to climb up 332 steps and from the top you have a beautiful view on the whole city and the surrounding countryside. Outside the cathedral there are a lot statues dedicated to different Saints. The entire inside is built in the Early English Gothic style of the 13th century. There we can also find Europe’s oldest clock brought there in 1368. Originally it was situated in the bell tower, now people can look at it in the northern part of the church. In the middle of the corridor there is a new designed baptismal built in 2008 and it is made of hand-wrought iron. The water in it is running all time and it reflects the whole inside building of the cathedral. In Salisbury Cathedral we can find the largest and oldest set of choir of the country built under King Henry III. It is all original except for the front rows which were replaced in the 17th century. Behind the choir at the east end of the cathedral there is the Trinity Chapel which was built in 1225. The chapter house, built in 1263-84, is a beautiful example of the Geometrical Decorated style. Along the wall there are more than sixty reliefs of scenes of the Bible. In the east wing we have the English Gothic cloister which is the largest in England. It was used as a prison during the 17th century. In the library, many are the precious manuscripts, including the Gallican Psalter of the 10th century.

Magna Carta (Latin for “Great Charter”) is one of the most celebrated documents in English history. At the time it was the solution to a political crisis in Medieval England but its importance has endured as it has become recognised as a cornerstone of liberty influencing much of the civilized world.

Only four copies of Magna Carta dating from 1215 have survived the ravages of time and Salisbury Cathedral is proud to be home to the best preserved original manuscript. Elias of Dereham, priest and steward of the archbishop of Canterbury is thought to have brought Salisbury’s copy of to Old Sarum in the days following the events at Runnymede and it has remained in the Cathedral’s care ever since.

On our way to Bath, we saw also Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument built with rocks. We didn’t see it properly, but we were anyway happy to get a glimpse of it, and to take pictures.

We arrived in Bath at lunch time. Our guide, took us to different parts of the city, and told us the story of it. He told us that the city, was founded by the Romans, who built a temple and the baths. Bath was a SPA that became popular during the 17th century, because people thought that its springs were curative.

We saw the Bath Abbey, because it was near the baths. It was founded in the 7th century and it became a religious centre. Then it was re-built in the 16th and 12th centuries.

Most of the buildings in Bath are made of the Bath Stone and the dominant style is the Georgian.

After seeing the baths, our guide showed us the Victoria Park. Once, it was closed, but now it is open to the public. This park leads to The Royal Crescent. Here, the third class had the honor to introduce the building.

The Royal Crescent was built between 1767 and 1774 and designed by the younger John Wood.

He designed the great curved façade, with 30 houses. A lot of people lived or stayed in the Royal Cresent since it was first built, over 230 years ago. Some people, that stayed in the terrace, are commemorated on special plaques attached to the relevant buildings. The street near the building is today called “The Royal Crescent” but its original name was “ The Crescent”. People added the adjective “Royal” after Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, had stayed there, at the end of the 18th century.

After the presentation we went to see The Circus.

The Circus, originally called King’s Circus, was designed by the architect John Wood, the Elder, even though he died before finishing the building. His son, John Wood, the Younger, completed the building.

John Wood the Elder wanted to recreate a classical Palladian architectural landscape for the city. On the facades three styles are used: Doric, Roman and Corinthian.

In 1800 the Circus residents used the central part of the open space as a garden. Now, the central area is home to a group of old plane trees.

During the Bath Blitz of 25/26 April 1942 a bomb fell into the Circus, destroying several houses. These have been reconstructed in the original style.

After this, we could go and eat something, because it was well past lunch time and then we had our free time until 5pm. At 5pm we had the meeting in the main square and went back to Bounemouth.

SATURDAY – SUNDAY: Our trip home

We spent our Saturday evening at the school because we had to wait for the bus that then took us to Stansted Airport, in London. It was a long night but we had a lot of fun. The school offered us a pizza, we played darts, billiard, table football and a few of us rested. The bus came to pick us up at 11:00 pm. We all tried to sleep during the 4 hour journey. Once we got to London we waited for the check-in to open (4 am). The teachers gave us our boarding passes and after having checked- in our bags we passed the controls. We got on the plane around 6.15 am. The flight was on time and there was a very smooth landing once we got to Verona. In Verona, a coach picked us up and drove us back to Bolzano. It was very nice to meet our families again and share our experience with them.

This was a beautiful trip that all the students really enjoyed. The group was always on time and participated actively to all the excursions and the activities organised. This school trip has allowed us to have a full immersion in the English world, to practise our knowledge at school, during the activities… and in many other situations. Schools organise school trips in order to complete and verify the language level of students, to feed our minds, to unify the class group, to socialize with new people and bond with new people by creating friendships that could last forever. We think that the real goal of field trips is this. This trip was very well organised, therefore we would like to come back and maybe stay there more time instead of just one week!

(c) 2ndA and 2ndB

 

 

 

 

 

Our journey to BOURNEMOUTH -2ndA and 2ndB

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Dear Mr. Roland Sharp
Director
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T +44 (0) 1202 774104
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http://www.eurotrainingcentres.com

 

We are so grateful to have been given the opportunity to live this fantastic experience in Bournemouth.

Our leader, Mrs. Ballardini, told us a lot about you and the school you built up during the last few years. The first day we came to school we did not know what to expect because we have never been through a similar experience. Suzannah, divided us into three different groups, according to our levels in English. All the three classes got mixed up. It was very helpful because we got to know the other students of whom we did not know much about before.
Taryn, Suzannah and Domi are very good teachers and with them we did not just learn a lot about the English language, but also about the English culture. We really enjoyed the afternoon activities: Durdle Door, Lolworth Cove, Portsmouth, bowling, the Russel Cottes Museum, Bath and Hengistbury Head.

The trip we enjoyed most was Bath: it reminded us of Italy’s cities because the Romans constructed so many buildings like the Roman Baths, Paultney Bridge, the Royal Crescent and the Circus. It is both an old and modern city that keeps developing year by year. During the tour, we stopped in front of the Royal Crescent to admire its beautiful architecture. After the tour we had some free time so that we could visit what everybody thought they wanted to see better on their own. Some students visited the art gallery, some went to the Cathedral, some to Waterstones -the big book chain in England with their superb cafeteria, some went to the shopping centre, some just wandered around the old town to discover the beauty of the less known streets and corners. Chiara, Beatrice, Martina and Letizia preferred to go on a culinary adventure since they had had enough of Burger King and sandwiches. They ended up in a typical English pub, where they enjoyed a delicious lunch.
We learned so many interesting things. All the guides were very nice, and they were very clear in explaining the history of the different places we visited.
Our families were very helpful, caring and welcoming: they wanted to know a lot about Italy, as they had never been there. The food was very good and the rooms were clean and spacious.

We are so grateful that we could share this experience with you. We admire the work you do and what you have created in these years. You give so many young people the opportunity to study a beautiful language that is spoken by so many people all over the world. Thank you Mr. Sharp!

We wish you all the best!

Class 2nd B, Marcelline High School

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Letter to Roland Sharp – School Trip to England – 2B

Our students did work. They have discovered our town together and participated in the Speaker of the Year Competition. Here is their video:

and their introduction to what they shot to introduce it to the students from all over the world:

Come on! Come with us to visit Bolzano. It is the main bilingual (German-Italian) town in South Tyrol, and it is the most beautiful city in the world.

Our video starts with the Victory Monument erected by Mussolini after the annexation of South Tyrol to Italy at the end of WW1. It is close to the Talvera river that crosses Bolzano right in the center. We filmed the many wishful padlocks locked on the Talvera bridge, a tradition initially used by soldiers, now by lovers. From here we want to show you the Gothic Cathedral. It was started in 1184 and finished in the 16th century.

Now, let’s go shopping! From the most beautiful and traditional shops under the Porticos, we run all the way down to Piazza Erbe with its colorful stands and surrounding buildings in the typical German architecture.

To catch a sight of the breath-taking sunset, we walked along one of the many promenades that lead up to the mountains.

We end our video downtown, on the meadows of the Talvera river where all the people – young and old – gather, to greet you personally.

The 1st class of the Linguistic Lyceum, Istituto delle Marcelline, Bolzano

P.s.: We will be waiting for you to share Knödel, Kaiserschmarren, Sauerkraut, Speck, Schüttelbrot, Kamin Wurz, Moas, Apfelkuchen, Krapfen, and much more!

(c) 1st Class

The Beauty of our Territory: 1st Class