Friday, November 21, at the Polytechnic University of Torino

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[fimg=left]http://www.democrazialinguistica.it/4/politecnico.JPG[/fimg]SAY NO TO THE DESTRUCTION OF THE ITALIAN

LANGUAGE!
SAY NO TO THE STATE THAT AIDS ENGLISH-SPEAKING COLONIZATION
[size=150]The Polytechnic University of Turin imposes taxes on those who wish to study in italian! Exemped only if you study in English!

[b]PROTEST AT TORINO IN FRON OF THE POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY IN CORSO DUCA DEGLI ABRUZZI,24
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For the second year in a row now, the Polytechnic University of Turin has adopted a linguistic policy at the expense of citizens that wish to study in the Italian language.

1. Italian students that choose to study a 3-year-Bachelor Degree partially or completely in English wont pay university taxes for the first year of university.

* For those who wish to study in their own native tongue in their own country are discriminated and unfairly taxed. The Polytechnic University of Turin has applied a policy based on disincentives to discourage people from learning in Italian at the expense of Italian citizens. The money paid by the Italian contributors are not spent in order to improve the quality of research or teaching, but are squandered in favour of the unreasonably privileged students who study in English, the same that are then able to afford expensive trips abroad. In times of economic crisis, linguistic discrimination of this kind is unacceptable.
*Citizens of the European Union that study in English are discriminated because they are exonerated from paying taxes that only the Italian students have to pay. It’s a form of national discrimination that goes against the Treaties signed by the European Union.

2. The Polytechnic University has surpressed entire study courses in Italian and replaced them with English courses, as was seen in Biella and Vercelli.

* This is about social injustice. Many Italian students are escluded from accessing scientific knowledge, forced to study in a language that is not their own for the duration of the Bachelor’s degree, deprived of the right to learn in their own language in their own country, and will soon be forced to relocate to another city in order to learn in their own language, on a heavier budget as they would have to pay for rent and expenses.
* For the majority, the English-speaking courses are taught by Italian professors speakin English, in front of a class where almost everyone is Italian-speaking! All this causes an empoverished communication that has a negative influence on learning. It contradicts the concept of learning and understand, expecting that your professor speaks your language (which is also his language!)
* There is no advantage concerning the work world. Knowing the specialized technical language in Italian is essential to work in Italy which is much more appreciated in Europe. Those who study their bachelor degree only in English, especially foreign students, will not acquire the necessary technical and specialized language abilities needed to work efficiently in the country’s economy. Not only that, not knowing scientific terminology in Italian gives yet another advantage to the English and the Irish, who will always be speak the language better than anyone.
* It appears that there is an anti-nationalist attitude in the Polytechnic University, which has acted in favour of the English-speaking language monopoly of international communication, damaging all the other cultures of the world.

For all the reasons above mentioned, we must react NOW, across 3 major channels:
1. Re-instate lessons in Italian and abolish the exemption of taxes on the English-speaking channel
2. Organize a collective movement demanding compensation from Turin’s Polytechnic.
3. Draw the attention of the European Justice Court against the discrimination damaging the rest of the community’s citizens.

DEFEND YOUR RIGHT TO AN EDUCATION, DEFEND YOUR RIGHT TO LEARN

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