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French Language

 The first French classes of Volta were run thanks to the commitment of Giulia Bonarettti, a distinguished undergraduate and later a graduate member of Volta.

The growing interest of Volta undergraduates in Erasmus placements and notably at French Universities and Research Institutes has been the major drive toward formal, College-based French Courses. French is a  language widely spoken in France and a number of other countries in Africa, the Middle East and the Far East and it is the language in which outstanding contributions to European literature, phisophy and science were made.  

The College is specially pleased therefore to be able to offer one level of French (DELF level B2).  This will increase awareness of the weight of French language and culture in the edfice of the European and western world at large, will surely expand the contacts between French academic Institutions and Pavia and will enable more students from Volta to study at French Universities.

Details of the current arrangements toward French Courses can be found at this other web page.

Spanish

Volta plans to offer a Spanish Language Course at a single level: Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE) level B2 to College students (DELE tests can be taken at a number of Sopanish cultural Institutes (Instituti Cervantes) across the world. The closest to Collegio Volta is the Instituto Cervantes in Milan.  Following the pattern of College English, French adn German language Course, the Spanish Course under planning will involve 60 hours of teaching from mid November until late April arranged in 30 sessions of 2 hours each (two sessions per week). A poster of the Course can be downloaded here, a Course flyer can be downloaded here.

With the fall of the Spanish dictatorship in 1975 Spain has embarked in a successful journey of freedom and democracy in which Universities have played a major role. Spain hosts a number of fine Universities and Research Institutes and is a popular destination for Italian Erasmus students, not least because the Spanish life pattern is probably close enough to the Italian one.  College is detemined to implement a Spanish Course in order to ensure that Volta students moving to Spain make the best of their time of study there. 

The Course will be set at the standard required by the best Spanish Universities (the standard of language required differs at different Universities) and interested in the Course will be advised to take an online entrance test, such as the Spanish Placement Test offered by Oxford University that provides reliable and useful information about a student's entry level.

Every student at Volta is expected to study a language and currently has a choice of English (3 levels), French (1 level) and German (1 level).  Enrolment fee for all Language Courses at Volta for 2017/18 is expected to be € 100 per Course.

 

 

 

German

Volta offers a German Language Course at a single level: Deutsche Sprachprufung dur den Hocshshulzugang (DSH) level 1 to College students. The Course involves 60 hours of teaching from mid November until late April arranged in 30 sessions of 2 hours each (two sessions per week). A poster of the Course can be downloaded here, a Course flyer can be downloaded here.

Germany is the largest country in Europe. It has a superb University and Research infrastructure and is largely responsibile for the modern view that University should be engines of Research and Innovation, a concept that found implementation on a massive scale in the US. Volta wishes to encourage more students to apply for Erasmus placements and postgraduate studies and training and postdoctoral fellowships but fluency in the German language is essential for this and relatively few students of Volta currently have the level of German necessary.

College believes that the German language Course may change this. The Course is set at the standard requirement for admission of foreign students under the Erasmus scheme (DSH level 1).  Only two German Universities (Tübingen and Berlin) require DSH level 1 and College may arrange extra tuition for students who intend to apply to Tübingen and Berlin.  Students interested in the German Course are advised to take an online entrance test.  The one currently used by Volta is a brief and free German Placement Test test offered by Oxford University that provides reliable and useful information about a student's entry level.  Every student at Volta is expected to study a language and currently has a choice of English (3 levels), French (1 level) and German (1 level).


2017/18

Lecturer
Claudio Neidhöfer

Lectures
01. Lectures 01-10
02. Lectures 11-20
03. Lectures 21-30
04. Lectures 31-40
05. Attendance


 

French

Volta offers a French Language Course at a single level:  Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française (DELF) B2 level to College students. The Course involves 60 hours of teaching from mid November until late April arranged in 30 sessions of 2 hours each (two sessions per week). A poster of the Course can be downloaded here, a Course flyer can be downloaded here.

France is home to a wealth of Universities and 'Schools' (special Universties distinctive of the French educational system) and is a popular destination for Erasmus placements.  The level of the French Course at Volta, therefore, is set at the standard requirement set by French Universities for admission of foreign students under the Erasmus scheme or equivalent. Students interested in the French Course are advised to take an online entrance test.  The one currently used by Volta is a brief and free French Placement Test test offered by Oxford University that provides reliable and useful information about a student's entry level.

Every student at Volta is expected to study a language and currently has a choice of English (3 levels), French (1 level) and German (1 level).  Enrolment fee for all Language Courses at Volta for 2017/18 is expected to be € 100 per Course.


2017/18

Lecturer
Ingrid Ouandji


French Language 2017/18 (All Courses)

01. Lectures 01-05
02. Lectures 06-10
03. Lectures 11-15
04. Lectures 16-20
05. Attendance


 

English

Volta offers Courses in English Language at three levels.  Courses involve 60 hours of teaching from mid November until late April and are arranged in 30 sessions of 2 hours each with two sessions per week.The poster of English Courses can be downloaded here.  A flyer of the Course can be downloaded here.

The College has organised English language Courses independently in 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15 and jointly with EDiSU in 2015/16 and 2016/17.  Volta offers three levels of English Courses shaped on Cambridge English.  Volta students entering the English Courses take an online test, paid by College, through Oxford University in order to be assigned to the appropriate class.  This test is used at Volta both as a placement test as well as an exit test in order to neasure progress.

The syllabus employed at Volta is Cambridge English and the teaching is structured according to the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The aim of the English Courses at Volta is to take all Volta students to a C1 level, the one required for postgraduate studies in UK or US Universities and for employment. Students work toward the International English Language Test System (IELTS) examination.  This examination is expensive (the cost is in excess of € 200) and is accepted by Universities only if the test has been sat in the last 12 months. Thus College studens are encouraged to sit the IELTS examination only in their final year when they have reached C1 level and are in the process of applying for postgraduate training or employment.

Every student at Volta is expected to study a language and currently has a choice of English (3 levels), French (1 level) and German (1 level).  Enrolment fee for 2017/18 is expected to be € 100 per Course.

 

 

Coding

The College offers a basic Course on Computer Coding open to all students.  The Course will take place from October until mid December and will involve 16 hours of teaching arranged in eight sessions of two hours each (one session per week). The College requests that each student at Volta attends a computing Course and, under current arrangements, students can choose between this Course on Computer Coding, a Web Design Course and a LaTeX Course  There is no enrolment fee for any of the Course on computing. The poster of the Course can be downeloaded here and a Course flyer can be downloadd here.

With the breathtaking development of computing and their impact on everyday life and work, it is essential that as many people as possible master at least the basic principles and the 'alphabet' of computer coding.  The Course will offer an introduction to popular coding languages and tools (C, PHP, JavaScript, SQL), build practical examples throughout and ensure that students wishing to further their learning of computer programming will be offered the necessary tools for doing so. 


2017/18

Lecturer
Pavlo Burda 

Lectures
01. Code editor, CSS, Django administration and forms
02. Django installation, models, query sets and templates
03. Django urls, views, dynamic data in templates, extensions
04. Internet, installation, command line
05. Introduction to HTML and Phyton. Phyton installation and examples
06. Extending templates, what's next, first Django project
07. Attendance


 

LaTeX

The College offers a basic Course on Latrex open to all students.  The Course will take place from October until mid December and will involve 16 hours of teaching arranged in 8 sessions of two hours each (one session per week). The College requests that each student at Volta attends a computing Course and, under current arrangements, students can choose between this Latex Course, a Web Design Course and a Course on Computer Coding.  There is no enrolment fee for any of the Course on computing. The poster of the Course can be downeloaded here and a Course flyer can be downloadd here.

The need to prepare and submit documents, from letter of job applications to complex documents such as dissertations, reports, book chapters, etc is an essential feature of life at University and the majority of graduate careers.  LaTeX is the quintessential 'what you see is what you mean' application. It is a high-quality typesetting system, ideal for the production of technical and scientific documents but much valued by scholars and professionals outside science and engineering across the worldwide. The Course will offer students hands-on examples on how to structure documents useing LaTeX with a particular focus on dissertation and reports. The Course is open to all College students, Handaouts of the 2017/18 course are listed below.


2017/18 

Lecturer
Pavlo Burda

Lectures
01-02. Introduzione, composizione e matematica
03-04. Documenti strutturati & more
05-06. Documenti Strutturati, Figure, Tabelle e Bibliografia 04. Attendance


 

Web Design

The College offers a short, introductory Course on Web Design open to all students.  The Course will take place from October until mid December and will involve 16 hours of teaching arranged in 8 sessions of two hours each (one session per week). The College requests that each student at Volta attends a computing Course and, under current arrangements, students can choose between this Course on Web Design, a Latex Course and a Course on Computer Coding.  There is no enrolment fee for any of the Course on computing. The poster of the Course can be downeloaded here and a Course flyer can be downloadd here. The impact of the web on daily life and work cannot be underestimated and College feels a dury to provide all its students with the ability to create basic web pages and web journals (so-called blogs). The Course will provide an introduction to HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, Python, MySQ, will offer practical demonstration on how to create web pages useing WordPress and will offer the advice and tools that interested students require in order to take their learning to a higher level.


2017/18

Lecturer
Antonio Contino

Lectures
01. Introduzione HTML
02. Esercitazione HTML/CSS
03. Introduzione CSS
04. Forms, tabelle, tag avazanti (HTML5) & CSS
05. Javascript
06. CMS e WordPress
07. Attendance


Graduate Careers

The College offers a short Course on Graduate Careers to final year students both undergraduates and postgraduates.  The Course will take place in the second or third week of October, will last 6 hours arranged in three sessions of two hours each and attendance is compulsory for final year students. There is no enrolment fee for this Course. The poster of the Course can be downeloaded here and a Course flyer can be downloadd here.

The impact of the latest financial crisis on graduate careers has been noticeable across the whole Europe but has been dramatic in countries sich as Greece, Spain and Italy.  The College has a duty to support its newly graduate in their first steps toward employement and the Graduate Careers is key to this effort. The Course will offer: (i) advice on preparation of their cv, (ii) examples and advice on the writing of motivation letters and,  (iii) practice and advice on interview techniques.  Students who had worked on and possess a personal development plan will be given extra coaching on hte best way to capitalise on this work at the job interview. 

Volta has successfully supported a number of  applications for postrgraduate training and/or employment outside Italy for several graduates in Medicine and Engineering.  The Course on Graduate Careers is the first and valuable step in this process. 

Dissertation Writing

The College offers a short Course on how to plan, execute and complete on time a Dissertation.  The Course will take place in the second or third week of October, will last 6 hours and attendance is compulsory for final year students. The main focus of the Course will be on dissertation for undergraduate students but final year MSc students may find the Course valuable and are encouraged to attend. The dissertation constitutes the first piece of extended writing that Volta undergraduates face, as essay writing is seldom used as an assessment tool at the University of Pavia (or other Italian Universities). It is also a common and lamentable fact that dissertations often have to be produced in a short period of time and this is not always conducive to the production of a dissertation of the highest quality,  The Course offered by the College aims to fills this gap and give students a clear understanding of how a dissertation should be thoroughly planned before any writing commences, how the writing of diffierent parts (Introduction, Materials & Methods, Results and Discussion) should be executed in order to meet the desired objectives in the time available and which software is most apprpriate for best results (text editors, graphics packages, bibliograhy tools, etc). This is a truly valuable Course and an essential took in the hands of all College students.


 

2017/18

Lecturer
Matteo Turchetti

Lectures
01. Prima di iniziare
02. La stesura passo per passo
03. Discussione e bibliografia
04. Attendance.


 

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