Nov.14, 2014: "Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop: (Con) Testo--Perspectives on Literature in the FL Classroom" at Montclair State University
The seventh in a series of annual professional development programs for teachers of Italian at all levels, "Teaching Italian: A Symposium/Workshop for Instructional Materials" was held on November 14th in Montclair State's beautiful Conference Center. A signature collaboration between the Italian department and the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America, this year's theme--" (Con) Testo: Perspectives on Literature"--followed six earlier, well-received symposia on: Speaking, Writing, Technology, The New AP Exam, Culture at the Core of Unit Planning, and Current Approaches to Film in the Classroom. The format of the all-day program included a keynote address (Prof. Colleen Ryan, Indiana University), a panel of distinguished specialists (moderated by Prof. Antenos, Montclair State University), and two sets of two-hour, intensive workshops presented by Prof. Elvira Di Fabio (Harvard University); Prof. Nicoletta Marini-Maio (Dickinson College); Mirtilli Morgana (Studio Arcobaleno); Prof. Anna Rein (Bowdoin College); and Prof. Colleen Ryan. A special feature of each symposium is the announcement of the recipient of the Coccia-Inserra Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Italian (K-12), generously provided by Coccia Foundation and Lawrence R. Inserra, Jr. Congratulazioni, Barbara Borghi, outstanding teacher of Italian at Pascack Valley High School!