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Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshops

Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshops is an annual regional professional development program for teachers of Italian at all levels. This all day fall event features a keynote address, panel discussion and multiple intensive hands-on workshops developed and conducted by renowned specialists in language learning pedagogy from across the country and internationally. Symposium Chair, Prof. Enza Antenos and Symposium Organizer, Dr. Mary Ann Re, recently celebrated the tenth anniversary of “Teaching Italian,” which had been developed around the theme: “Made in Italy as a Tool for Language Learning.”

Originally developed in response to research conducted by the New Jersey Italian Heritage Commission on the most critical unmet need to support teachers of Italian across the state–the availability of high quality and affordable instructional materials– the symposium now attracts teachers from across the region.
The Coccia-Inserra Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Italian (K-12) is presented on this occasion.


Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop X: “Made in Italy as a Tool for Language Learning”

October 20th, 2017

Workshop Presenters for the 10th Anniversary of Teaching Italian
Workshop Presenters for the 10th Anniversary of Teaching Italian

Keynote address: Riccardo Giumelli, Universita` di Verona

The theme for our tenth anniversary “Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshops” was “Made in Italy as a Tool for Language Learning.”  In addition to the intensive hands-on workshops on innovative techniques for incorporating the “Made in Italy” concept into teachers’ classrooms, the all-day event featured an excellent keynote address by Prof. Riccardo Giumelli (Universita di Verona) and a very special presentation by Maurizio Forte, Director of the Italian Trade Agency of the Consulate General of Italy in New York.  Kicking off the day was an admittedly sentimental slideshow of presenters from Teaching Italian I through Teaching Italian IX (2008-2016) offering their reflections and congratulations on our having reached this significant milestone, il decimo anniversario!

Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop X Photo Gallery 1 and Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop X Photo Gallery 2

In case you missed it, here’s the full program for the Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop 2017 (PDF).‌‌‌


Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop IX: “EduMusica: Songs and Music in the Italian Curriculum”

November 4th, 2016

Lively workshop underway in President's Dining Room
Lively workshop underway in President’s Dining Room

‌‌Keynote address: Giuseppe (Beppe) Cavatorta, University of Arizona

“…perché se questa storia fosse una canzone…”
          La canzone italiana e l’America:
          tra miracoli (didattici) & abusi (culturali)

On Friday, November 4th, the Department of Spanish and Italian and the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America hosted their ninth annual professional development program for teachers of Italian, entitled “Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop–EduMusica: Songs and Music in the Italian Curriculum.” 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/en/2016/11/28/theyre-not-just-songs-teaching-italian-symposiums-anthem/

We were delighted that you joined us for “Teaching Italian IX: EduMusica” on Friday, November 4th. We hope you found the day both productive and enjoyable! Please note that the materials from the “EduMusica” workshops have already been posted online can downloaded from the site:

http://www.montclair.edu/chss/modern-languages-literatures/italian/teaching-italian-symposium/t9edumusica/

Link for Italian Voice Coverage found here.

More photos of Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop IX can be found here.

In case you missed it, here’s the full program (PDF) for Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop IX.‌‌‌


Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop VIII: “‌Imparando Giocando”

October 23rd, 2015

Coccia Family along with other participants enjoying lunch
Coccia Family along with other participants enjoying lunch

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.

Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop VIII Photo Gallery 1, Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop VIII Photo Gallery 2

In case you missed it, here’s the Teaching Italian VIII Full Program!


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

For a full description of the speakers’ bios and the Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop VII event, please click here.

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/


Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop VI: “CineLezione: Current Approaches to Film in the Classroom”

October 18th, 2013

Keynote Address: Piero Garofalo
The Case for Language Learning through Film

Partecipanti: Piero Garofalo, Tania Convertini, Elisa Dossena Marcon, Teresa Lobalsamo

On Friday, October 18th, the Department of Spanish and Italian and the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America hosted their sixth annual professional development program for teachers of Italian, entitled “Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop for instructional materials: Current Approaches to Film in the Classroom.”

Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop VI Photo Gallery 1, Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop VI Photo Gallery 2

In case you missed it, here’s the Teaching Italian VI Program (PDF)!‌


Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop V: “Culture at the Core of Unit Planning”

October 12th, 2012

Amici Club members and dignitaries

Keynote Address: Flavia Laviosa
Unlocking the Potential of Italian Culture Instruction
Partecipanti: Flavia Laviosa, Anna DeFina, Luciana Fellin, Enza Antenos

On Friday, October 12th, the Department of Spanish and Italian and the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America hosted their sixth annual professional development program for teachers of Italian, entitled “Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop: Culture at the Core of Unit Planning.”

For more pictures of Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop V, please click here.

In case you missed it, here’s the 2013 Teaching Italian Program (PDF)!‌


Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop IV:  “The New AP Exam: Formazione di docenti e discenti”

October 21st, 2011

Victoria Butcher and Mary Ann Re in front of posters

‌Speaker Presentations:
Frank Nuessel
Italian Language and Culture Exam:
Theory, Themes, Content, Practice, Scoring Guidelines, and Materials Preparation

Elissa Tognozzi
Experiencing Language and Culture almost as if they were there

On Friday, October 21th, the Department of Spanish and Italian and the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America hosted their sixth annual professional development program for teachers of Italian, entitled “Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop: The New AP Exam: Formazione di docenti e discenti”

For more pictures of Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop IV, please click here.

In case you missed it, here’s our 2011 Teaching Italian Program (PDF)!‌


Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop III:  “Technology: Getting with the Program”

October 15th, 2010

Italian faculty in front of posters

‌Speaker Presentations:

Julia Cozzarelli
The Democratization of Technology: Student Affect and the Shaping of Curricula Using Video, Music, and Film to Enhance the Italian Language Learning Experience

Chiara Dal Martello
Developing Multiple Literacies with the Use of Technology

Michael Heller
Social Networking Tools in the Italian Curriculum: What are they? Why use them?

On Friday, October 15th, the Department of Spanish and Italian and the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America hosted their third annual professional development program for teachers of Italian, entitled “Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop: Technology: Getting with the Program”

For more pictures of Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop III, please click here.
In case you missed it, here’s our full Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop III program!‌


Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop II:  “Writing”

October 2nd, 2009

attendees with event posters

Speaker Presentations:

Irene Marchigiani
Un passo dopo l’altro: The Process Approach to Develop Writing Skills

Flavia Laviosa
Hyper-Writing: Motion an Emotion Set to Text

Dott.ssa Antonella Olson
Cultural and Personal Spheres Combined as Sources of Inspiration for Writing in Foreign Language Courses

Elissa Tognozzi
Weaving culture into Writing Assignments at All Levels

On Friday, October 2nd, the Department of Spanish and Italian and the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America hosted their second annual professional development program for teachers of Italian, entitled “Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop: Writing”

For more pictures of Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop II, please click here.

In case you missed it, here’s our 2009 Teaching Italian Program (PDF)


Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop I: “Speaking”

September 26th, 2008

conference attendees

‌Speaker Presentations:

Janice Aski
Alternatives to Mechanical Drills for the Early Stages of Language Practice in Foreign Language Textbooks

Irene Marchigiani
To Speak or Not to Speak? Designing Speaking Activities

Elissa Tognozzi
Teaching Pronunciation with Video

Enza Antenos-Conforti
Revisiting the In-class Presentation: Making the Most of the Presentational Mode of Communication

Gabriella Colussi Arthur
The Integration of Experiential Learning for Developing Speaking Skills in Italian

On Friday, September 26th, the Department of Spanish and Italian and the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America hosted their first annual professional development program for teachers of Italian, entitled “Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop: Speaking”

For more pictures of Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop I, please click here.

In case you missed it, here’s our 2008 Teaching Italian Program (PDF)!‌‌