Deborah Zaccai

Portrait Deborah Zaccai
It is an international programme and class so the students are mostly international.
Deborah Zaccai
Language Variation and Multilingualism
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English and Italian language and literature, University of Rijeka

Deborah Zaccai is a student of Language Variation and Multilingualism.

What do you like about the programme and why?

After getting my BA degree, I decided to continue my studies in the Netherlands because it has one of the best educational systems. I was very interested in Radboud University because it is in the top 50 universities in the world when it comes to linguistics. The programme that interested me the most was called Language and Communication Coaching (now with a changed name Language Variation and Multilingualism). The programme itself looked amazing and it turned out to be exactly as you would expect. The classes are all theory mixed with practice which is something I've never had before.

What do you think about the atmosphere in class?    

The professors are so lovely and understanding and down to earth. You can always ask anything, anytime and most of the time in class is spent discussing a specific topic. The students really do feel equal to the professors. The programme and the professors are really trying to set you up with the knowledge you will be using in the future. It is an international programme and class so the students are mostly international which is very fun because you get to meet a lot of different people from different cultures.

Have you encountered any obstacles?

There is a lot of research and essay writing. It is very different from my Croatian university. I don't know if I would call that an obstacle, but it is definitely something it takes getting used to.

Are you currently doing an internship or writing you thesis?

Yes, I am doing both at the same time. I have a lot to do but hopefully, I'll be able to finish everything in time. My internship topic is prejudice control when it comes to foreign accents. My master thesis topic is vocabulary size for English reading exams in the Netherlands high school.

Why do you think it is important that there are people out there with this degree?

Knowing different languages always comes in handy, but being able to teach somebody a different language, or help design a programme for a specific language is very rewarding. You are able to share your knowledge and experience to help anyone who wants to learn or is struggling with a new language. I would really like to stay in the Netherlands. I would like to work in designing programmes, exams, and curriculums but also wouldn't mind teaching and sharing what I've learned.