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I am an Italian native speaker and have an equivalent to a Master of Arts in Foreign Languages and Literatures - German and English - from the University of l'Aquila and specializations in Didactic of Foreign Languages and in Teaching Italian as Second Language. I hold a teaching license in German Language and Literature for middle and high school levels from the Italian Ministry of Education and I also earned an ESL Teaching Certificate from Duke University. In the last two years I took two additional specializations course in 'Contemporary Italian Language' and 'Teaching Methodology Course for Italian Teachers Abroad' at the University for Foreigners in Perugia.
Teaching has been the main focus of my study and work experience. I have a long work history of teaching German and Italian to different grades and adult learners in Italy, in Germany - where I lived for six years, and in the United States. Since 2004 I am an Italian Lecturer at North Carolina State University and I teach all levels of Italian from elementary to advanced. Furthermore I created a new course that has been approved by CHASS Curriculum as part of the Italian Minor at NCSU: FLI 318 – Italian Society Through its Cinema.
When I began to work for North Carolina State University, I realized that a program of Italian language and culture in Italy, organized by the Foreign Languages Department and the Italian Language Department, did not exist. I knew that it was essential for a Minor in Italian to set up a program with the main goal of improving the students fluency in the Italian language while living in Italy and attending courses at an Italian university.
- My Program
- Advice for Students
- Advice for Faculty Directors
Where do you lead a program?
I lead the program at the University for Foreigners in Perugia – Italy - which specializes in teaching Italian as a second language. The University for Foreigners in Perugia offers a wide selection of programs and courses for Italian language, culture, and civilization. The program is supported by one five day excursion in Rome, two weekend excursions in Venice and Island, and Napoli with Pompei and Capri.
How long have you run your study abroad program?
In 2006 the Summer Study Program in Perugia was offered for the first time and every year more and more students show their interest in this program.
What makes your study abroad program unique?
My program is for students who are attending or will attend courses in Italian at every level. Through my program students can acquire a genuine experience of Italian life, culture and history.
What stands out as your favorite memory from the study abroad programs that you have directed?
My favourite memory from the study abroad program I direct is when students show me their enthusiasm and love of the Italian language and culture after this amazing experience, and that they warmly suggest their classmates to experience the program.
If you could give prospective students one piece of advice about
study abroad, what would it be?
Students who apply for a study abroad program should be open to experience a different culture and be tolerant if things are not as they are used to. They should interact with natives in daily life situations and immerse themselves in the country language and culture. They should respect the local rules.
What are you looking for from the students who apply to your program?
As I stated above, Students who apply for a study abroad program should be open to experience a different culture and be tolerant if things are not as they are used to. They should interact with natives in daily life situations and immerse themselves in the country language and culture. They should respect the local rules.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a Faculty Director?
Students develop an interest not only in the Italian language but also an understanding of Italian culture, which is, in my opinion, a fundamental part of the language. In addition students enrich not only their knowledge but also develop their thinking process and capacity to solve problems.
If you could give new Faculty Directors of study abroad programs one piece of advice about leading a program, what would it be?
The safety of the students should be their main concern when they are organizing a program abroad.
What marketing tips would you suggest to your fellow Faculty Directors to encourage more NC State students to study abroad?
Directors should attend the Study Abroad Fair, they could advertise their programs in their own home page, have several information sessions before the deadline, present their programs in different classes.