UMass Amherst Semester Abroad in Siena, Italy
as reported by Zoe Mervine, Umass Amherst student in the Siena Program. The Siena Program is a culture and language focused study abroad program run by UMass Amherst. There are ten students in the program this Spring. Follow my semester abroad: #Umass in Siena
For three months we are taking Italian language classes. During the first two hours we learn about grammar and vocabulary and during the second two hours we practice speaking and conversations. We have classes 5 days a week and an exam for each section every month.
In grammar class we were learning about quantities and the names of different packaging in Italian. Our teacher thought we might benefit from a more hands on lesson so she took us to the grocery store down the street. She also bought us some cookies!
The second picture is of my class in January with our Italian speaking teacher Andreina. Michele and I (in the back left) are the only Americans in our language level. The other students in our class come from all of the world: Saudi Arabia, Sweden, China, and Japan.
This month more people have joined our class including some from France, Spain, Germany, England, Turkey, and Korea! I love getting to know other people from around the world every day. Sometimes our only common language is Italian so it motivates us to get better.
Zoe Mervine ‘15