2015-16 Events

Teaching Italian Symposium/
Workshop VIII:
“‌Imparando Giocando”
October 23rd, 2015

Keynote Address: Julie Sykes
Games and Play in Language Learning: Past, Present, and Future
This talk will explore central themes in play and games research as it has been, and can be, applied to the world language classroom. Using examples from data-driven projects, we will explore the power of play in learning, as well as explore ways to use meaningful play to transform learning outcomes.


This is a signature event of the Italian section of the Department of Spanish and Italian and The Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America. Since 2008, a unique program for teachers of Italian is held annually to engage teachers in conversations and workshops on best practices, and provide a wealth of strategies and techniques that teachers can then personalize the materials to accommodate the levels and interests of their students.

More photos can be found here and here.
In case you missed it, here's our full program!

Congratulazioni Raffaella Spilotro

In 2010, the first Coccia-Inserra Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Italian (K-12), was conferred. The award, in the amount of $4,000 is divided equaly between the recipient (for professional development) and his/her school (to advance its curriculum and programming in Italian language and culture).

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Italian Language and Culture Day
"C'era una volta.../Once upon a time..."
March 16th, 2016

Italian Language and Culture Day 2016--"C'era una volta..../Once Upon a Time...." at Montclair State University, over 250 students and their teachers participated in this exuberant showcase-competition, an annual signature collaboration between ITANJ (The Italian Teachers Association of New Jersey) and the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America. Students at the middle school and high school levels performed their original skits--in Italian--for one another and delighted guests--complete with charming and elaborate costumes and scenery. Congratulations to our 250+ participating students and teachers—You were all phenomenal! Bravi! For the full article on Italian Language and Culture Day 2016--"C'era una volta..../Once Upon a Time...." please click here.
For a look at some more pictures, please click here!

In case you missed it, here's the full program!




Italian Scholarships and Awards Ceremony
April 6, 2016

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

Thanks to the members of our Scholarship Committee, Prof. Teresa Fiore (Chair), Prof. David DelPrincipe and Prof. Gina Miele.
The Coccia Institute warmly congratulates all our scholarship and awards recipients! Congratulazioni!
Congratulations to the recipients of our 2016 ‌scholarships and awards! 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 6th!

Comm. Catherine Giambanco Vignale was honored for her years of service as President of ITANJ (Italian Teachers Association of New Jersey) at our annual Italian Scholarships and Awards Ceremony. Coccia Foundation President Elisa Coccia (joined by her mother Elda and brother Joseph III) thanked Cathy, in particular, for our outstanding collaboration with ITANJ on "Italian Language and Culture Day" -- our signature showcase-competition among students of Italian at the middle and high school levels throughout New Jersey. Coccia Institute Director Mary Ann Re thanked Cathy for the wonderful work accomplished by ITANJ teachers in preparing students to pursue their Italian language and culture studies beyond the high school level. Grazie e congratulazioni, NJ Italian Heritage Commissioner Catherine Giambanco Vignale! Brava!

For more information about the event, please click here or to look at more photos from the event, click here.