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Politecnico di Milano

Benvenuti in Italia! Orientarsi con l'italiano

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Italian as a second language with e-LOCAL (Electronically Learning Other Cultures and Languages)

Course description

This course, stemming from the European project e-LOCAL (Electronically Learning Other Cultures And Languages), will guide you into the discovery of Italian language and culture. The main characters of the course are Anna and Alex. They are two Erasmus students who arrive in Bologna. Anna and Alex are welcomed in their university town by Lorenzo and Lucia and are helped in their learning process by Elena and Giovanni. You will follow Anna and Alex in their adventures and discover the Italian language and culture with them.

The course is organised in 8 main units, plus an introductory unit and a final assessment unit. In units 1-8 you will find a story with seven situations and a comprehension quiz at the end; grammar explanations along with related exercises; cultural pills with short tests and everyday information; language exercises to fix grammar, lexicon and communicative aspects. You will also find a unit 0 with preliminary grammar information, and a unit 9 with the assessment of the course.

In each part of the course, where necessary, you will find a specific glossary, but please remember that you will always have the Overall Glossary at your disposal. This contains all the vocabulary used in the course. You will also be able to download the Overall Grammar, which includes all the grammar explanations of the course. You can find both the Overall Glossary and the Overall Grammar in the Additional Materials.



Course staff

This MOOC is the result of a successful collaboration between Politecnico di Milano and the University of Bologna.

It is based on the Italian course developed within E-LOCAL, a European project coordinated by the University of Bologna. Professor Andrea Ceccherelli is the scientific coordinator of the E-LOCAL project and courses. The E-LOCAL course of Italian language and culture was created by:

  • Silvia Baroni, ICTS Rosa Luxemburg, Italy (e-Story; e-Life texts units 1, 3, 6, 7)
  • Andrea Ceccherelli, University of Bologna, Italy (e-Story; e-Culture texts unit 2)
  • Cristina Donà, ICTS Rosa Luxemburg, Italy (e-Story)
  • Elisa Magnani, University of Bologna, Italy (e-Culture texts and exercises units 1, 7, 8; e-Life texts units 2, 8)
  • Elisabetta Magni, University of Bologna, Italy (e-Grammar notes; e-culture texts unit 4; e-Life texts unit 4)
  • Annalisa Planera, Tóth Árpád Gimnázium, Hungary (e-culture texts units 3, 5, 6; e-Life texts unit 5)
  • Katalin Puskas, Tóth Árpád Gimnázium, Hungary (e-culture texts units 3, 5, 6; e-Life texts unit 5)
  • Antonella Valva, University of Bologna, Italy (e-Grammar exercises; e-Culture exercises units 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; e-Life exercises; e-Language exercises; supervision)

The production and implementation of this MOOC was curated by Politecnico di Milano – METID, consistently with the competences in pedagogical design of the team and in collaboration with Antonella Valva from the University of Bologna.

Antonella Valva has collaborated with the University of Bologna since 2008 dealing with internationalisation and European projects. She was project manager of the E-LOCAL and the elocALL projects, she is at present project manager of the ILOCALAPP project. She was also tutor of Italian language at the University Language Centre and she is currently attending a PhD in digital humanities.

This MOOC could not exist without the precious support of Andrea Ceccherelli, Paola Salomoni and Alessandra Scagliarini (University of Bologna).


How much does the course cost?

Nothing! You can access the course absolutely free of charge and completely online 24/7.

Will I receive a Certificate of Accomplishment at the end of the course?

Yes, at the end of the course you will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment to show that you successfully completed the course (by answering correctly to at least 60% of the questions).

The Certificate is not valid for university credits, nor it represents a statement to prove the passing of the university admission test at Politecnico di Milano or at any other university.

What should I do in order to receive the Certificate?

The Certificate of Accomplishment will be released to anyone who successfully completed the course (by answering correctly to at least 60% of the questions). You will be able to download the Certificate of Accomplishment directly on the website. Pay attention: the certificate will be generated only after the closing of the edition. In order to view and download it you will have to wait a few days after the completion of the course.

I wasn’t able to view all course materials and to complete the quizzes before the end of the edition; what should I do?

The course materials will still be available to all registered users for a long time, even after the closing of the edition. In order to obtain a Certificate of Accomplishment, instead, you will have to register to an active edition of the course and answer correctly to the quizzes.

  1. Course Number

  2. Classes Start

    May 22, 2017
  3. Classes End

    Sep 18, 2017
  4. Estimated Effort

    8-10 hours/week
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  6. From Bachelor's to Master's