FICCSFlow Informatics and Computational Cytometry Society
FICCSFirst in Command and Control System
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NOLC instruction is a technique entirely unique to the FICCS approach and is employed in the instruction of the content courses at Siena Italian Studies.
Even if this subject is presented using input that is above their language level (the concept of i + 1 theorized by Krashen [1985], can be applied to the instruction of content in specific FICCS courses), the difficulty of language should no longer be a barrier and instead should become the path to learn new terms and structures associated with new (or partially new) cultural content.
The last and perhaps most important element of the FICCS acronym is Service.
At Siena Italian Studies students are enrolled either in the standard academic semester, which obviously employs the FICCS approach but in which the service element usually varies from 2-5 hours per week, or they are enrolled in the SIS-hosted service-learning program through the International Partnership for Service-Learning & Leadership, in which the service component is greater (usually from 15-20 hours per week).
FICCS is born from this concept, but the results of FICCS are due primarily to the element of service-learning and reflective education.
This profound growth is the reason that service is a crucial part of the FICCS full-immersion experience.
Reflecting on the concept of acquisition that starts from experience, and from the noted Kolb cycle, also known as the "experiential learning" cycle (articulated in four phases: concrete experiencing, reflective observation, abstract conceptualizing and active experimentation) (1984), we can deduce that the FICCS approach contains an appropriate combination of the newest concepts in the field of glottodidactics.
In either program track, the students follow a course which has become a cornerstone of the FICCS approach: Reflective Writing.