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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)


Living to Learn in Italy is a personal account of the time I spent in Florence and Torino, Italy, and the challenges I faced in adapting to a new environment, as well as the personal issues that surfaced as I moved through major life transitions.

I have organized this paper chronologically in three sections, orientation, adaptation, and elaboration.

The first section, orientation, recounts experiences from my first months in Florence. This was the initial, exploratory phase of my 1ife in a foreign culture, and during which I was not as involved with the people, language and way of life as later.

Adaptation, the second section, refers to the time after I left Florence and moved to Torino, which marked the beginning of my real adjustment to the Italian culture and daily life.

The final section, elaboration, examines an issue which became of more critical import to me the longer I lived in Torino, that of social relationships and friendships.


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