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Foreign Languages

The Scuola Normale provides foreign language courses recognized for the fulfilment of internal linguistic obligations.

The courses currently activated are:

  • Chinese (Levels 2, 3, 4 from starter to elementary)
  • French (levels I - basic, II - intermediate, III - advanced)
  • English (levels II - intermediate, III - advanced)
  • German (levels I - basic, II - intermediate, III - advanced)

The courses aim to provide overall linguistic skills, from reading and listening comprehension, to written and oral production. The courses of the last two levels also include reading a novel or short stories, work on grammatical structures and listening, as well as exercises.

The levels reached by students in the language courses are comparable, in principle, to levels B2 (Level II) and C1 (Level III) of the European Community framework. The levels are assessed through written and oral examinations, in line with the official tests recognized by the European authorities for the respective languages.

The internal language exams of the Scuola Normale Superiore are also valid for degree courses attended by our students at some of the faculties of the University of Pisa.

While the French, English and German courses take place at the Scuola Normale, the Chinese ones - in agreement with the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and organized by the Istituto Confucio - take place at the Scuola Sant'Anna.


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