The University is considering adding Italian as a foreign language elective in several colleges, the Department of Modern Languages Chair said in a forum on Thursday, Nov. 16.
In an initial meeting with the Philippine-Italian Association (PIA) representatives at the St. Raymund de Peñafort Building, Department of Modern Languages Chair Royce Lim said that teaching Italian language will be proposed to two colleges in the University.
Among the colleges eyed for the integration of the Italian language in their curriculum are the College of Information and Computing Sciences (CICS) and the College of Tourism and Hospitality (CTHM).
“The initial plan for the two colleges is to add the language as a part of their Foreign Language elective as it changes yearly,” Lim proposed to PIA’s General Manager Guinell Flores.
CICS currently has Mandarin and Spanish for their foreign language electives. Granted upon request, the college chose French as their next language elective for the second term of the next academic year, according to Lim.
For students of CTHM, they are currently studying Korean for their language elective course, with previous languages being Japanese, French, and German.
Flores said in the forum that the PIA aims to expand the introduction of the Italian language beyond the dominance of Spanish at the University with its lead for foreign language study.
According to the PIA’s general manager, this was not the first time that the PIA and UST had worked together. Recently, they had worked on pronunciation of Italian songs with some members of the UST Conservatory of Music.
They even collaborated with other universities, such as the De La Salle University and the Lyceum of the Philippines University to incorporate Italian language classes into their curriculum.
Faculty of Arts and Letters Secretary John Manuel Kliatchko, and International Relations Coordinator Michelle Desierto, who was also present in the meeting, agreed with the possible ‘presence of the Italian language’ in the University.
Lim emphasized that the proposal is yet to be finalized since the Department of Modern Languages will meet with the CTHM and CICS colleges, and more meetings with the PIA will be held to ensure full implementation.