On Saturday, October 26, at the AIS office, 1420 Walnut Street, Suite 310 Philadelphia

 “New Ideas for a New Italy”

ovvero, piccoli contributi  un po’ fuori dall’ordinario per insegnanti d’italiano K-12.


K-12 Teachers of Italian are invited to participate AND TO PRESENT short and a bit out of the ordinary activities that were successful with K-12 students.


Would you like to refresh some of your material for Italian language classes? You do have great material on Italian Culture, Traveling and Food. What about other subjects for your routine, such as History of Chocolate and passato prossimo? Nutella and AP exam?  And the Carbon Foot-Print in Italy?

If you are interested, please come to this workshop for teachers of Italian, for K-12 students (not for college students).

Teachers are also invited to present their new ideas (20-30 min. lesson-like presentation. We’ll be your students).

The New Ideas from a New Italy Workshop will take place Saturday, October 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the AIS office, 1420 Walnut Street, Suite 310, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Light lunch included.

If you wish to participate and/or to present  , please contact Franca Riccardi  info@aisphia.org (or call 215 735 3250) or Sharon Walker, from Central High School Philadelphia  srwalker@philasd.org. We’ll also have books from Editors in Italy for free.

You must be a teacher of Italian to participate. This event is sponsored entirely by the America-Italy Society of Philadelphia-Ente Gestore . 



Workshop on “Intercomprehension” and Multilingualism

Teaching Italian to Romance Language Speakers


John D. Calandra Italian American Institute

Queens College – CUNY 25 West 43rd Street

New York, NY 10036

Saturday, 14 September 2013 * 9 am – 6 pm

Introduction and objectives of the workshop

This workshop intends to introduce both the high-school and college teacher of Italian to new methodologies in teaching the target language to students who are native speakers or have an excellent knowledge of another Romance language such as Catalan, French/French Creole, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish. The basic goal is to demonstrate how the student’s knowledge of a Romance language can facilitate his/her learning of Italian. Through teaching strategies specific to this profile of a student, his/her knowledge of Italian can be more readily acquired as s/he moves forward in studying Italian.

The main objectives are to provide the teacher of Italian with those methodologies and strategies that will create the ideal classroom for this specific student profile. In so doing, we help create a body of students who will move forward in his/her study of Italian with greater facility and more quickly. As a result, both the teaching and the learning of the language should prove more efficient, and the potential for a greater number of students at the advanced levels increases.


* Clorinda Donato: “The Ties that Bind: Italian for Spanish Speakers in Intercomprehension”

* Elisabetta Bonvino & Diego Cortés Velasquez:  “Intercomprehension with EuRom5: ‘You already know Spanish? Good, now you can learn French, Italian, Catalan, and Portuguese!’”

* Irene Zanini-Cordi & Fabrizio Fornara: “The FSU Experience: From Spanish to Italian”

* Barbara Spinelli: Adopting a Multilingual Approach in a Web 2.0 Environment

* Markus Muller: “Intercommunication or the potential of a paradigmatic shift in foreign language teaching”

Space is limited to 50 participants, so register soon.

Registration until September 6th, 2013 at:

J. D. Calandra Italian American Institute.

25 West 43rd Street 17th Floor

New York, NY 10036

Email: calandra@qc.edu