Italian teens visit American peers
March 29, 2013
VICENZA, Italy- A group of Italian middle school students taking English as part of their studies recently "tested" their language abilities with a visit to Vicenza Middle School.
Two dozen eighth-graders from the Middle School of San Martino di Lupari in Padua province, accompanied by math and science professor Lucia Frasson and arts and crafts professor Fabia Cigni, were impressed by how lucky the American students are to attend and enjoy such a modern school.
The students attended a morning session of lessons with Host Nation teacher Isabella Pani. The guests also participated in the school's monthly fire drill and were impressed with the efficiency and organization of the school fire prevention measures.
Upon returning from their trip to Villaggio, students mined their impressions of the visit for the theme of a short English composition.
"Our trip to the American VMS was a very exciting experience. We spoke English with American students," wrote Sara Zorzo. "It was interesting to attend classes in English and try to understand what the teacher said. This experience also helped me to understand the level of English I've reached."
Michael Bertolo wrote, "The VMS is fantastic and different than ours. It has very large classrooms and a very big gym. Each student has his own locker. Wow!"
Leonardo Verin summed up his thoughts this way: "I didn't understand everything they said. They spoke quickly, but the boys and girls were very nice. It was a fantastic experience and I'd like to do it again."
The San Martino di Lupari visit was one of nine school exchange activities at VMS this year.