عنوان مقاله [English]
Abstract: International Student exchange programs and short time language courses are usually offered by foreign universities in all around the word, and they are often seen as useful opportunities for the development of learners' linguistic and socio-cultural skills. In this essay, we focus on the teaching program of one of these short time language courses which is held annually and every summer at one of the Italian universities. Usually in the old language and culture courses subjects such as the history of Italian cinema were taught with the aim of presenting some perspective of Italian culture and society, but problem was in nature of approach adopted towards the culture that had to be transmitted through that multimedia corpus. In current language courses, language teaching adopts an intercultural approach to be able to transmit at least some small cultural mosaics of the target society to language learners. In this essay, the case to be examined is language course at the university of Siena (Tuscany-Italy). By analyzing the data collected by interviewing two Iranian students who took part in these courses, and with reference to the long studies done so far on the topic of intercultural skills in language learning process, we tried to verify how useful really these courses have been in helping student to acquire intercultural communication skills.