College of Arts & Sciences

Modern and Classical Languages

Professional Development Courses

Italian Culture and Language From Beginning to End: Towards Curricular Revision

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2015 Professional Development Course Program

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Saint Joseph's University, The Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia, and the America-Italy Society of Philadelphia are pleased to offer a free professional development course for teachers of Italian: "Italian Language and Culture from Beginning to End: Towards Curricular Revision." 

In addition to presentations by SJU professors, faculty from the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University and The Philadelphia Museum of Art will offer intensive instruction to area high school and middle school teachers. 

The course is sponsored by the Consulate General of Italy, Saint Joseph's University and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  All expenses, including refreshments (breakfast and lunch) are covered by Italian government and SJU grants. The America-Italy Society of Philadelphia Ente Gestore will offer to all participating teachers a free set of books.
WHO: The seminar is meant for middle school or high school teachers of Italian, especially those interested in teaching AP courses, university instructor interested in professional development, and college student interested in teaching Italian.  All expenses, including refreshments (breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks) are covered by generous grants from the Italian government and Saint Joseph's University.

HOW: Attendees will be required to register for the meeting(s) they will attend. Click the Registration link.

WHAT: This year’s course aims to foster projects that contribute to the success of AP courses in Italian and/or to the revision of the Italian curriculum in high school and college.

The day long intensive workshop will consist of presentations on teaching all levels of Italian, highlighting methods for creating cultural units from the elementary level on up, as well as units on how to incorporate grammar exercises in advanced, content-based courses.

It offers:

  • Pedagogical tools for the organization and updating of Italian Language syllabi in Middle-High School and College
  • Pedagogical perspectives on the ways to interconnect high school and college language curricula
  • Examples of Curriculum Design and Students’ work

Each session will be subdivided into two modules: Lecture, that is, an overview of the chosen topic; and Workshop, that is, a practicum including activities, exercises, study plans etc.