At the end of the second semester of Italian, students seem to have less oral proficiency than at the end of the first semester of the language. This has been verified by widespread anecdotal evidence reported by all instructors and exit interviews with students throughout the years.
Articoli e presentazioni / Papers and presentations
In this section you'll find papers written by scholars of free access and Power-Point presentations made at Conferences that might be useful for Italian Language Teachers and Scholars.
Inspired after my presentation at the 2013 Georgetown Italian Language and Culture Conference, I have created a new book of my art-based lessons – including a recipe by Lidia Bastianich, references to films by Nanni Moretti and Fred Kuwornu, an interview with Letizia Battaglia, a song by Gianmaria Testa, and paintings from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. These cultural experiences are all the subjects of my book’s language exercises: for example, there is a short essay assignment prompt with the sentence at the start of Nanni Moretti’s classic, Caro diario (“C
This presentation reflects on the outcomes of two projects carried out in the Italian Program at the University of Chicago with the objective to encourage intercultural reflection through written exchanges between American students and Italian high school students. These two intercultural projects used different platforms and modalities. The first one was carried out through an MIT exchange site called Cultura, and successfully encouraged intercultural reflection between first-year students of Italian and Sardinian students from Liceo Classico G.M. Dettori.