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New Approaches to Teaching Italian Language and Culture

Case Studies from an International Perspective

Editor(s): Emanuele Occhipinti
Contributors: Emanuele Occhipinti, Janice Aski, Daniela Bartalesi Graf, Camilla Bettoni, Silvia Boero, Clelia Boscolo,

Book Description

New Approaches to Teaching Italian Language and Culture fills a major gap in existing scholarship and textbooks devoted to the teaching of Italian language and culture. A much-needed project in Italianistica, this collection of essays offers case studies that provide a coherent and organized overview of contemporary Italian pedagogy, incorporating the expertise of scholars in the field of language methodology and language acquisition from Italy and four major countries where the study of Italian has a long tradition: Australia, Canada, Great Britain and the United States.

The twenty four essays, divided into six main parts, offer a tremendous variety of up-to-date approaches to the teaching of Italian as a foreign language and L2, ranging from theoretical to more practical, hands-on strategies with essays on curricular innovations, technology, study abroad programs, culture, film and song use as effective pedagogical tools. Each case study introduces a systematic approach with an overview of theory, activities and assessment suggestions, collection of research data and syllabi. The book addresses the needs of instructors and teacher trainers, putting in perspective different examples that can be used for more effective teaching techniques according to the ACTFL guidelines and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


ISBN-13: 978-1-8471-8638-6
ISBN-10: 1-84718-638-6
Date of Publication: 01/08/2008
Pages / Size: 595 / A5
Price: £44.99


EMANUELE OCCHIPINTI is Assistant Professor and Director of the Italian Program at Drew University. He holds a Laurea in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Florence and received his PhD in Italian Literature from Rutgers University. He has published on Italo Svevo and Igino Ugo Tarchetti and contributed to the History of Feminist Thought, forthcoming from Greenwood Press. His area of specialization covers eighteenth to twentieth century Italian Literature, with a focus on travel literature, the Italian American experience, psychoanalysis, film, cultural and comparative studies, and language pedagogy.