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09/03/2014 - 12/20/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 05/01/2014
Credit:
15 - 18 semester / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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15 - 18 semester / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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01/14/2015 - 05/09/2015
Deadlines:
11/01/2014
Credit:
15 - 18 semester / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Deadlines:
11/01/2015
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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09/03/2014 - 05/09/2015
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Don’t know Italian yet? No problem! CIEE’s Language and Culture program for students with little or no Italian language background gives beginners and lower-intermediate level students a chance to fully immerse themselves in Italy by acquiring and developing targeted language skills. Ferrara will surprise you with its beauty, Old World charms, and places to explore – and you’ll get to see them all with CIEE, from a breathtaking castle to Italy’s most densely urbanized “art center.”

Study abroad in Ferrara and you’ll:

  • Immerse yourself in Italian through an intensive Italian language course, whether you are at a beginning or intermediate level
  • Take courses in English concerning contemporary and historic Italian issues
  • Visit art museums and cathedrals, and participate in group dinners and local festivals
  • Explore nearby cities such as Mantua, Bologna, Siena, Venice, and Ravenna
  • Learn how to make Italian food by taking a cooking class
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Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Choose the language level that’s right for your needs and abilities, from beginner to intermediate. You’ll also have access to a host of English-language electives on a variety of topics, from history and Renaissance art to Ferrara and the European Union ro gender, ethnicity, and Italian national identity.

Excursions

study abroad in Italy

Our one-day trips include visits to Ravenna (a Byzantine “capital” after Rome’s fall), Mantua (the seat of the Gonzaga family court during the Renaissance), Padua (home to Giotto’s celebrated “Arena Chapel frescos”), Vicenza (with Palladio’s Villa La Rotonda), and Verona (the enchanting city of Romeo and Juliet). During multi-day excursions, you’ll travel to Tuscany in the fall and Sicily in the spring. Cultural activities include tours of the medieval and Renaissance sections of Ferrara, visits to local library resources, concerts, operas, and meetings with local personalities of the art, food, and sports worlds.

Homestay

One of the best ways to immerse yourself in Italian culture: live with a local family! Through limited homestay options, CIEE offers you the opportunity to drastically improve your language skills, experience authentic Italian culture and customs, and form relationships that endure long after you complete the program.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

This program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Fall 2014 (15 wks)
Extended to: 05/01/2014
09/03/2014
12/20/2014

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Fall 2015
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$17,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,247
Housing ***
$3,190
Insurance
$113

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Includes two meals per day for homestay students. No meals are included in the residence option.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,250
International Airfare **
$1,550
Local Transportation
$175
Books & Supplies
$150
Potential travel to consulate for visa ***
$500
Personal expenses
$2,200

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students staying in the residence option; homestay students should budget $950 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

*** while there is not typically a fee for the visa application, students may need to travel to the consulate to apply

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Spring 2015 (16 wks)
11/01/2014
01/14/2015
05/09/2015
$17,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,247
Housing ***
$3,190
Insurance
$113

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Includes two meals per day for homestay students. No meals are included in the residence option.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,250
International Airfare **
$1,550
Local Transportation
$175
Books & Supplies
$150
Potential travel to consulate for visa ***
$500
Personal expenses
$2,200

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students staying in the residence option; homestay students should budget $950 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

*** while there is not typically a fee for the visa application, students may need to travel to the consulate to apply

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Spring 2016
11/01/2015
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2014-2015 (35 wks)
Extended to: 05/01/2014
09/03/2014
05/09/2015

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2015-2016
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$33,900

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$27,107
Housing ***
$6,380
Insurance
$113

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Includes two meals per day for homestay students. No meals are included in the residence option.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$4,500
International Airfare **
$1,550
Local Transportation
$350
Books & Supplies
$300
Potential travel to consulate for visa ***
$500
Personal expenses
$4,400

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students staying in the residence option; homestay students should budget $950 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

*** while there is not typically a fee for the visa application, students may need to travel to the consulate to apply

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • 0–3 semesters of college-level Italian or equivalent
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit for the semester is 15–18 semester/22.5–27 quarter hours and 30–36 semester/45–54 quarter hours for the academic year.

Course contact hours are 45 and credit for all courses is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

A full course load for the semester is five courses. All study abroad students enroll in a required intensive Italian language course at the start of each semester. Following the intensive language session, all students are required to continue their Italian language study at the appropriate level throughout the semester, and take the CIEE core course and two content courses in English.

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About the City

About The City

Surrounded by more than six miles of walls that have stood the test of time for centuries, Ferrara feels like a charming, small fortress. Wide streets, Renaissance palaces, moats, and bastions add to the mystique. The city developed as an intellectual and artistic center around a ford of the River Po, and is still all that – and more. Ferrara is close to Bologna, midway between Venice and Florence, yet relatively unknown to tourists. Ride a bicycle to class just like the locals, and visit Ferrara’s outstanding museums. The city is extremely safe, clean, and accessible with a small-town feel, yet boasts world-class art treasures and exhibits.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Riccardo Rossi

Riccardo Rossi is Ferrara born and has worked with CIEE since the inception of the program. Riccardo is responsible for all administrative aspects of the program. Riccardo also helps students experience Ferrara and assists in coordinating housing, excursions and cultural activities..

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Claudia Solacini

Academic Director

Claudia Solacini received her Ph.D. in the History of Art from University of Bologna. She earned a Master’s degree in Decorative Arts from Ca’ Foscari - University of Venice, and she completed her bachelor’s degree in the Classical Tradition in Western Art at University of Bologna. In 2010, a fellowship at Brown University (Providence, RI) allowed her to complete her Doctoral research abroad.

She worked as Teaching Assistant in Early Modern Art History, as well as Graduate Student Advisor at the Department of Visual Arts at University of Bologna. Through an interdisciplinary approach, her research interests include the development of mythological portraiture in early modern Europe, the Renaissance iconology, and the social meaning of political cartoons in eighteenth century revolutionary France and America.

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Patrizia Turchi

Interim Resident Director

Prior to joining CIEE, Patrizia lived in the United Kingdom for 10 years. She studied Play Therapy and worked with the Special Educational Needs Support Team in the city of Croydon, a home educational service for families and children with special needs. Upon returning to Ferrara, she continued working as a learning support teacher, until 2007, when she started working for CIEE. She is currently pursuing studies in education.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The University of Ferrara was founded in 1391. Faculties and departments include history, philosophy, languages and literatures, education, law, and natural sciences, among others. There are approximately 12,000 students enrolled, with a teaching staff of 600. CIEE students have access to the University’s libraries, computers, student canteen, sports facilities, playing fields, tennis courts, and gymnasium.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

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Housing, in apartments or homestays, is included in the study abroad program fee. Homestay, including two meals per day, are located in and outside the city center. Living in a homestay is a great opportunity to experience how Italians live firsthand, but requires a commitment on the part of the student. Families that welcome American students in their home may be interested in American culture and enjoy the opportunity to house foreign students and the possibility of cultural exchange that it offers. Students who choose a homestay must adapt to a different daily schedule and new ways of dealing with day-to-day issues. Homestay opportunities are limited and CIEE cannot guarantee a student’s first choice housing placement.

Students staying in the apartments share a double room and shared bathroom and kitchen facilities with another CIEE student.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Ferrara even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

Each semester begins with a mandatory three-day orientation session organized by CIEE resident staff. It includes an academic orientation, introduction to Italian customs and culture, information on personal safety, and cultural activities throughout Ferrara. During this time, you'll begin your intensive Italian language instruction. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Internet access is not guaranteed at homestays; however, you will be able to access the Internet at the university and CIEE Study Center. You will be given a University of Ferrara email address and be able to use the computers, free of charge, at the University of Ferrara‘s computer labs, but please note these labs have limited hours. Past students have purchased wireless keys, which have resolved the issue where Internet is not available.

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Academics

Academics

The CIEE Study Center in Ferrara opened in 2003. This study abroad program is designed for students with little or no Italian language background and a strong interest in learning the Italian language and culture through content courses taught in English and an intensive Italian language class. Eligible students may want to consider spending the spring semester in the Liberal Arts program in Ferrara.

Academic Culture

The courses are designed for U.S. undergraduates so the teaching and learning methods will be familiar to most students from the U.S. All classes are taught by local faculty and require students to work independently outside the classroom. Learning takes place through a coherent blend of lectures, group seminars, and practical work. Most U.S. students consider the courses to be rigorous in comparison to courses at their home universities. Classes take place Monday through Friday.

Nature of Classes

All CIEE classes are with CIEE students only.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

Students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Italian at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Italian language proficiency and understanding of Italian society.

Grading System

Assessment is based on the students’ overall performance. Each professor evaluates CIEE students based on class participation and academic work, including essays and examinations, throughout the semester. All courses have writing assignments. Students may have a written final examination and/or written paper. Assessment for course grades are explained on individual course syllabi. Language courses tend to have multiple written tests and numerous writing assignments.

Language of Instruction

English
Italian

Faculty

Faculty teaching CIEE courses are from local Italian universities.
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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Required Language Courses

ITAL 1501 FERR

Intensive Italian Language, Beginning I

ITAL 1502 FERR

Intensive Italian Language, Beginning II

ITAL 2501 FERR

Intensive Italian Language, Intermediate I

ITAL 2502 FERR

Intensive Italian Language, Intermediate II

These courses provide students with basic skills needed to communicate on a daily basis. They include grammar, conversation, listening, and reading comprehension. Students are placed according to language background.

ITAL 1002 FERR

Semester Italian Language, Beginning II

ITAL 2001 FERR

Semester Italian Language, Intermediate I

ITAL 2002 FERR

Semester Italian Language, Intermediate II

ITAL 3001 FERR

Semester Italian Language, Advanced I

In these courses, after being placed in the appropriate class, students continue their language study during the semester.

Required CIEE Core Course

HIST 3002 FERR

Contemporary Italian History: From Unification to the Present
This course provides an overview of Italian history from the revolutionary and nation-building movement of the Risorgimento up to Berlusconi’s second government in 2001. Students analyze the impact of the First and Second World Wars on Italian society and identity, the diversity of the Italian regions, and the differences between north and south. Important events in Italy since 1945, such as reconstruction and the ‘economic miracle,' the cultural revolution of the 1970s, and contemporary Italian politics are examined, and special attention is paid to long-term social issues (migration, the Mafia, etc). The course also focuses on historical developments up to the present day, including the challenge of terrorism, the ‘clean hands’ revolution, and new political parties.

CIEE Elective Courses

AHIS 3002 FERR

Italian Renaissance Art
The course introduces students to the world of art through art historians’ methods. It particularly provides skills and techniques needed to read a Renaissance work of art, as well as appreciate it aesthetically. As a work of art is a complex phenomenon, all of its aspects must be analyzed to be understood. Which colors, shapes, and lines are used? What is the meaning? But also, who is the artist? What is his cultural background? What materials and techniques are used? What was its original setting? And finally, for whom was it done? All these questions need to be answered in order to have a deep and critical awareness of an artwork. The course acquaints the students with major protagonists of Italian Renaissance Art. It examines the evolution and development of Western Art, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, focusing on a selection of centers, great artists, and their masterpieces. Moreover, Ferrara with its outstanding monuments is our case study, giving students a great opportunity to examine artworks within their original settings.

HIST 3001 FERR

Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy
1182 saw the birth of the great preacher and founder of the Franciscan Order, Francis of Assisi. After initial suspicion of Francis’s essentially plebeian religious movement, Pope Innocent III offered the monk and his followers safe harbor in the Catholic Church. Almost four centuries later, another evangelical Catholic, religious innovator, and humanist, PietroCarnesecchi, was brutally put to death by a newly invigorated Catholicism. This course charts the 400-year journey of the states, republics, and principalities which today constitute the nation of Italy. It starts with a look at the social and political make-up of Medieval Italy within a European context and then focuses on particular groups, movements, institutions, events, and ideas including the Mendicant orders like the Franciscans and the Dominicans, popular and heretical religious beliefs and sects such as Dualism and Cathars (prevalent in Northern Italy), the European-wide phenomenon of witchcraft, the temporal and spiritual institution of the Papacy, the last Crusade and the Inquisition, Martin Luther, John Calvin, the theological Concept of justification by faith and Protestantism, and, finally, the Catholic Church’s answer to the ‘new faith’—the Counter Reformation whose conclusions ultimately sealed the terrible fate of PietroCarnesecchi.

INRE 3002 FERR

Italy and the European Union
This is an introductory course on the European Union and the shifting European context in the framework of post 1945 historical development. The process of European Integration is posing new challenges to nation states, both at the level of their functioning and role and at the level of national identities. This course explores the evolution of the project of European integration from the small European Economic Community of 1957 to the continent-wide European Union of today. Alongside it will explore the critical areas of EU policy from migration policy to the democratic and public opinion deficit and economic convergence of the European area. The weight of geographical difference and of local identities, etc. will be examined. The necessary theoretical background will be provided, supported, and discussed through empirical examples.

ITST 3004 FERR/SOCI 3001 FERR

Creating Italy: Gender, Ethnicity, and Italian National Identity
This course will explore issues of ethnicity and race in Italy over the last hundred years and more, investigating how these have interacted with concepts of Italian national identity. We shall range from Fascist ideas of womanhood to Pasolini's ideas on homosexuality and from Italy's fraught relationship with Ethiopia to the contemporary reporting of migration. The most celebrated of phrases on Italian national identity is perhaps that attributed to d’Azeglio, ‘We have created Italy. Now we have to create Italians.’ The ultimate aim of this course is to explore the implications of this quote over the last hundred years.

ITST 3003 FERR

Culture, Translation, and Language
This course, taught in English with Italian texts, aims to take an in-depth look at contemporary Italy through modern and contemporary texts and artifacts. The opportunity for profound appropriation of texts offered by the experience of translation serves as a tool for greater appreciation of Italian society and, at the same time, offers a chance for students to develop a practical life skill and deepen their linguistic awareness and abilities. Students are expected to take an active role in their personal linguistic and cultural explorations and to present their discoveries and findings to the class.

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