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Cristina Polesel
Phone: 831.479.6478
Office Hours: Spring 2020
Starting March 30th, my new office hours:
Tue 12:00-12:35pm and 3:00pm - 3:50 pm - In Zoom
Th 11:10-12:35pm
In Zoom
Location: 301
Alternate Location: 350F

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Cristina Polesel
Adjunct Italian Instructor

Cristina on Ponte Degli Scalzi in Venezia

Foreign Modern Languages and Literature
With Cabrillo College since 2018

I am Italian from Venice, Italy where I was born and raised. Italian is my native language. I have graduated in Foreign Modern Languages and Literature from Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy years ago. I learned French, Spanish and Latin before English, which is my second language.

Why is it so important to learn foreign languages? There is no doubt about the great advantages of speaking foreign languages and the significant role of language and culture in today's global society. Dealing with another culture enables people to gain a more profound understanding of their own culture. In a globalized world, those who can communicate effectively in more than one language and across cultures, have a great advantage. Graduates often cite foreign language courses as some of the most valuable courses in college because of the communication skills developed in the process. Also, creativity is increased with the study of foreign languages.

Foreign languages also provide a competitive edge in career choices: one is able to communicate in a second language. Foreign language proficiency is critical for business, trade, diplomacy, and can help to promote mutual understanding and respect. Foreign language skills are a plus in your resume to help you stay competitive in the job market. For students, learning more than one language can enrich their academic and life experiences and open doors to opportunities. We could go on and on to find great reasons...

If you love art history, photography, food and culinary arts, classic music, architecture, anthropology, ancient cultures and literature, to name just a few interests - you will enjoy the benefits of learning Italian, before you even travel there!

I look forward to helping you make your Italian learning experience fun, enjoyable and memorable in your academic experience. It will be a great asset in your global communication skills toolbox.

In the Spring semester I am teaching:

Elementary Italian 1 - 8:55am - 11:00am
Elementary Italian 2 - 12:45pm - 2:50pm

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