2014-15 Events

Teaching Italian Symposium/
Workshop VII:
"(Con)Testo: Perspectives on Literature in the FL Classroom."
November 14th, 2014

Keynote Address: Colleen Ryan
From Page to Stage: Performative Approaches to Literature in the Foreign Language Classroom
All’intersezione di lingua & letteratura: vecchi problemi e nuove prospettive

Partecipanti: Colleen Ryan, Elvira DiFabio, Nicoletta Marini-Maio, Mirtilli Morgani, Anna Rein
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On Friday, November 14th, the Department of Spanish and Italian and the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America hosted their seventh annual professional development program for teachers of Italian, entitled "Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop--(Con)Testo: Perspectives on Literature in the FL Classroom."  A link to a comprehensive article on this signature collaboration between the department and the institute which appeared in the Italian language vehicle, La VOCE di New York, is provided. http://www.lavocedinewyork.com/Con-il-Coccia-Institute-della-MSU-nel-New-Jersey-si-perfeziona-l-insegnamento-dell-italiano/d/8635/

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Congratulazioni Barbara Borghi

The Coccia-Inserra Award honors a teacher of Italian at the K-12 level, and is generously donated by Coccia Foundation in the name and memory of its founder, Cav. Joseph Coccia, Jr., and by Mr. Lawrence R. Inserra, Jr. Founded in 1994 by Joseph and Elda Coccia, and now under the leadership of President Elisa Coccia, Coccia Foundation aggressively pursues the preservation and promotion of Italian culture, in conjunction with its ‘academic arm,’ the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America at Montclair State University. Mr. Inserra also contributes significantly to the rich field of Italian American Studies, having instituted in 2011 the Theresa and Lawrence R. Inserra Endowed Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies, also housed at Montclair State University.

Italian Language and Culture Day
"Il 'Made in Italy"
March 25th, 2015

A full house of almost 400 students of Italian from New Jersey middle and high schools competed during Italian Language and Culture Day, the annual signature collaboration between the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America (the ‘academic arm’ of Coccia Foundation) and the Italian Teachers Association of New Jersey (ITANJ).  Held on March 25th in the Conference Center at Montclair State University, this year’s theme was “Il ‘Made in Italy.” Under the leadership of ITANJ President, Comm. Catherine Vignale, and supported by the ITANJ Organizing Committee chaired once again by Lisa Manfrè, Italian teacher at Grover Cleveland Middle School,  this program provided an exciting  and unique opportunity to showcase not only the Italian proficiency, but the creativity and artistic talents, of students at the middle and high school levels.

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Italian Scholarships and Awards Ceremony
April 1st, 2015

We welcome you to see what we have to offer and encourage you to contact us for additional information about future scholarships and awards!

The Coccia Institute warmly congratulates all our scholarship and awards recipients! A special thank you to our generous donors, our Italian faculty, and to all the families of our award recipients who joined in our joyous celebration on April 1st! And last, but certainly not least, grazie mille, student volunteers! Please enjoy this web album from Wednesday's Italian Scholarships and Awards Ceremony.