Teaching Italian: A Symposium for Instructional Materials


Teaching Italian

A Symposium / Workshop for Instructional Materials

Meeting V: Culture at the Core of

Unit Planning


Friday, October 12, 2012

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Montclair State University

University Hall

7th Floor Conference Center & Lecture Halls



Instructors (or teachers) participating in this annual symposium will be engaged in both methodological discussions and hands-on design to create pedagogically sound instructional materials that have culture at the core of the units, lessons, activities, for use in curricula.


  • Explore the 3Ps (products, practices, perspectives) within a proficiency-based framework
  • Examine and critique various design models
  • Discuss techniques to develop students’ language proficiency
  • Create your own series of materials for immediate classroom use


Specialists in Instructional Methodology in Foreign Language include:

*Enza Antenos-Conforti Montclair State University

*Anna De Fina Georgetown University

*Luciana Fellin Duke University

*Flavia Laviosa Wellesley College

*Jutta Schmiers-Heller Columbia University


Seven (7) Professional Development Credit Hours will be awarded


Registration fee:                                     

(includes Breakfast,               $50  All certified teachers of Italian

Luncheon, and Parking)         $25  Students of Italian Education


To Register:                       Please visit tinyurl.com/TeachingItalian5             

Questions:              Please contact Dr. Mary Ann Re at 973.655.4038 or rem@mail.montclair.edu

Meet the Presenters:

Enza Antenos-Conforti is Professor of Italian with the Department of Spanish and Italian at Montclair State University, NJ. She is the Teacher Education Coordinator for the Italian Program and Chair of the Academic Computing Committee. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto and teaches various language and culture courses. Her recent research interests explore emerging technologies (social networking, mobile computing) and their role in foreign language teaching and learning. Recently, she presented on "Student Crossing: Students, Literature & Technology" at the Congreso Primaveril of the NJ Chapter of the American Association for Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. She has worked at numerous American and Canadian post secondary institutions. During a brief hiatus from academia, Enza also worked with IBM Canada and Parmalat Canada.


Anna De Fina is Associate Professor of Italian Language and Linguistics atGeorgetown University, where she is the Coordinator of the Italian Language Program. She is a consultant with the College Board for the AP Italian Exam and has taught Italian language and pedagogy both in the United States and in Mexico. Her research and publications focus on language and discourse among Italian immigrant communities, identity, and narrative. Her books include Analyzing Narrative (2011, Cambridge University Press, with Alexandra Georgakopoulu), Identity in Narrative: A Study of Immigrant Discourse (2003, John Benjamins), and the edited volumes Dislocations, Relocations, Narratives of Migration (2005, St. Jerome Publishing, with Mike Baynham), Discourse and Identity (2006, Cambridge University Press, with Deborah Schiffrin and Michael Bamberg), and Italiano e italiani fuori d’Italia (2003, Guerra, with Franca Bizzoni). She is the autor of the texbook L’italiano così com’è (1993, Universidad Autónoma de México).


Luciana Fellin is Associate Professor of the Practice in Italian Studies and Linguistics at Duke University. She obtained a PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching from the University of Arizona where she specialized in sociolinguistics with a dissertation on language socialization practices and dialect revival in Italy. She is Director of the Italian Language Program at Duke University where she plans the language curriculum and teaches courses in Italian language and culture, sociolinguistics, and on the Italian American Experience. Her research interests focus on the study of language ideologies as linked to language obsolescence, maintenance and revival; interactional sociolinguistics, language and identity; language and power. Presently, she is working on an ethnographic project investigating languages migrations and cultures with a focus on language and identity in Italian American communities. Her most recent publications include: "Come insegnare italiano agli oriundi italiani? Il caso degli italo-americani.”." Ed. Pierangela Diadori. DITALS, Universita' per Stranieri di Siena, 2010. L. Fellin, A. Defina. (2010) "“Italian in the U.S.”." Immigrant Language Patterns in the U.S. Ed. Potowski, K. (Ed.). Cambridge University Press, 2010. L. Fellin. (2007) "Lost tongues and reinvented repertoires: ideologies of language and creative communicative practices among third generation Italian-Americans." Studi Italiani di Linguistica Teorica ed Applicata.


Flavia Laviosa is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Italian Studies at Wellesley College. She holds a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education and a M.A.. in European Film Studies and Criticism at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Her research interests are in Italian language methodology, Italian women directors, Southern Italy, and Euro-Mediterranean studies. The inspiration for her language teaching methodology ranges from Humanistic and Cognitive theories, to Communicative principles of foreign language pedagogy, and is also strongly influenced by the Multiple Intelligences theory. Laviosa is the editor of the volume Visions of Struggle in Women’s Filmmaking in the Mediterranean (Palgrave MacMillan, 2010).


Jutta Schmiers-Heller is a Senior Lecturer in German at the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Columbia University in the City of New York. She holds a Masters Degree in Foreign Language Pedagogy (University of Münster, Germany, 1996) and a Masters Degree in Applied Linguistics (Montclair State University, 2009). She came to the United States on a Fulbright Scholarship in 1996 and taught German at Oberlin Collge as well as serving as Director of Max Kade German House (1996-1998). While while pursuing her graduate degree in Applied Linguistics at Montclair State, she also taught ESL, French, and German. In 2002 she joined the Department of Germanic Lanugages and Literatures at Columbia University where she teaches German language and her interests are in the areas of second language acquisition, foreign language methodology, computer assisted language learning and materials development.