Seven youngsters studying Italian and Latin at Luton Sixth Form College will be jetting off to Sorrento tomorrow (Saturday, February 9), returning home on Monday evening.
During their three-day trip they’ll be taking in some of the sights the southern region of Campania has to offer – including climbing up Mount Vesuvius and visiting Herculaneum, an ancient Roman town which, like Pompeii, was destroyed when the volcano erupted in 79AD.
Samantha Fabbro, course manager for modern foreign languages at the college, said: “The Italian students will be able to practice buying things and speaking to people in their native language.
“While the Latin students won’t get to speak Latin, they will be able to see some of the language used in its original setting in Herculaneum, and be able to see how the Romans lived.”
Ms Fabbro said these trips abroad were an important part of any language course – as it gave students a taste of ‘the real thing’, and to practice what they’ve learned in class.
“We do everything we can to make things as authentic as possible, but we are essentially make believe in our lessons,” she added.
This is not the only foreign excursion this month. Spanish students will be flying out to Seville for a four-day trip on February 28.