In my beginner and intermediate level Italian courses at Dickinson College, I regularly use music and interviews as ways to connect with students and teach them Italian culture in a fun and captivating way. Most undergraduates love music and, of course, so do students of Italian. My students come to class, walk on campus and exercise while listening to music. They even study with music in the background! Since music accompanies young people throughout their day, I have strived to make music an essential part of my classes.
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.
Fashion, Made in Italy, and Italian Style are vital parts of Italian identity - in Italy and abroad - and for this reason can be of great interest for teachers who work in a content-based instruction framework (Brinton, Snow, and Wesche 1989; Marsh and Maljers 1994).
Although the 5 Cs of the ACTFL Standards underline the importance of gaining “knowledge and understanding of other cultures” and the MLA report advocates for transcultural and translingual competence, in lower division language classes, culture is often limited to blurbs in the textbook and it is likely to be the first element omitted due to time constraints.This paper presents an effective way of integrating the use of authentic materials, specifically the 2010 film Benvenuti al sud, in the curriculum of a second semester Italian class.
This presentation originates from the idea that discussing social issues in the language classroom encourages intercultural reflection and provides a more complete image of Italian culture than the one based primarily on commonly regarded attractive and often stereotypical aspects of society.The presentation focuses on methodologies and best practices that enable students to discuss social issues in the target language. By doing so, it reflects on how educators can enhance instruction when fostering discussion on social issues in Italy that have global and personal implications.