This is a graduate-level, 4-credit, 60-hour seminar on use of technology, methodology and culture in Italian language teaching.  

Preparing teachers for competing in today’s digital humanities age, this seminar helps language instructors improve their teaching strategies by illustrating the latest approaches to use of the internet and technology in second language acquisition and by introducing innovative methods of language and culture instruction.  

Upon successful completion, participants will receive 4.0 graduate credits from The American University of Rome, an American institution that has been operating in Rome for more than 40 years and is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

One of the most useful ways to spend 60 mind-expanding, intellectually stimulating and thoroughly fun hours that I have ever experienced

The course is divided between lab practicum, theory and practical in-class activities and will be offered fully in Italian, making it of interest to teachers of Italian at all levels (university, high school and middle school) interested in updating their pedagogical methodology in the classroom. 

Topics covered:

  • Teaching Methodology:
    The Art of Teaching; From Silent to Loud;
    Teaching Songs;
    Motion and Emotion Set to Text;
    Creative Writing;
    Grammar in Action;
    Participatory Reading
  • Italian Culture:
    60 years of Italian cinema through the David of Donatello awards;  
    Film Viewing Comprehension;  
    Films for Teachers
  • Technology:
    Blogging in Language Learning and Teaching;  
    The Internet in cooperative instruction;  
    Creating a didactic Blog;  
    Game- based learning to motivate students;
    Multimediality to implement your blog;
    Interactive WebQuest;
    The Web in experimental learning: developing reading and writing skills;
    Making the Most of Video in Language Teaching;
    Digital teaching;

Qualified and expert instruction

The course is conducted by Professor Flavia Laviosa (Wellesley College) and Professor Rosemonde Gurtner (The American University of Rome), expert instructors in the fields of second language acquisition and teaching with technology.


With accommodation: 2500 euro
Without accommodation: 2000 euro

Seminar Dates:

Friday, July 7: Arrival
Saturday, July 8: Orientation and welcome dinner
Monday, July 10: Classes begin
Friday, July 21: Classes end
Friday July 21: Farewell dinner

Seminar participants have the possibility to stay in AUR housing until Sunday July 23

Seminar Daily Schedule:
9:00 -12:30: Seminar
12:30 -1:30: Lunch
1:30 - 4:00: Seminar

Application for New Technologies and Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives in Italian Language Teaching

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