The advanced conversation course is an opportunity for advanced-level students to practise and develop their conversation skills while discussing current issues.
Listed below are some of the discussion topics to be developed during the course, in conjunction with readings from selected texts and publications.
Populism: the new nationalisms, populist movements, the crisis of governing élites, "hyperglobalization", migration and the agony of the European ideal
THE NEW AGE OF UNCERTAINTY
Why does everything seem to be in such a mess and where are the leaders?
PASSING THE BATON
The unfolding of "The Chinese Century" and the new protectionism
"THE B WORD"
Improvization, posturing, not losing face, the countdown and the search for a solution
THE NEW GENERATION GAP
Millennials, baby-boomers, longevity, the new Two Nations
The course is for advanced-level adult students (C1 minimum). The course teacher is Jeremy Barnard, who has been based mainly in Bologna since 1982. He has taught English at all levels with adults, teenagers and children but he is a specialist in advanced levels, literature- and history-based courses, language-improvement training projects for Italian teachers of English and other "Special" courses.