Massachusetts Foreign Language Association 2015 Fall Conference, October 29-31, Sturbridge, MA.

Sign up or log in to bookmark your favorites and sync them to your phone or calendar.

Italian [clear filter]
Friday, October 30

8:00am EDT

Contemporary Italy: What To Learn, How To Teach It
In this workshop, we will explore the new social, cultural, and artistic aspects of Contemporary Italy and develop teaching strategies to expose students to global understanding of cultural differences and stereotypes. Authentic resources and ready-to-use activities based on these resources will guide participants to raise students’ intercultural awareness and to reflect on the factors that shape their individual views. Activities for students will be develop in groups and shared among participants.


Friday October 30, 2015 8:00am - 11:00am EDT

1:00pm EDT

La scrittura e gli errori: come e quanto correggere la produzione scritta degli studenti
Should teachers correct errors in L2 student writing? When should teachers respond to students' grammatical errors and how should they provide feedback?
These are important questions that teachers face when correcting students' writings. In this session the presenter will explore methods to improve students' writing skills by analyzing direct versus indirect corrective feedback and comprehensive versus selective feedback. In Italian.

Friday October 30, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm EDT

2:30pm EDT

Creating Materials for AP Italian Language and Culture
This session will present strategies that teachers of AP Italian can use to create instructional and assessment materials based on authentic resources that draw from the six course themes and their recommended contexts, and that will help students to address essential questions. Participants will learn how to identify and find suitable resources, how to contextualize them, and how to use them to create opportunities for students to engage in the three modes of communication. In Italian.

Friday October 30, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm EDT
Saturday, October 31

8:30am EDT

Using Songs to Develop Cultural Awareness and Oral Proficiency
Music and rhythm are an important part of language learning. They encourage memorization, imitation and more advanced language production, depending on the songs' topics and linguistic objectives. This interactive session introduces creative ways of using Italian and Spanish songs in the classroom. Participants will discuss techniques to engage students in activities that promote speaking and listening skills through developing cultural awareness and creative writing. Participants will receive materials with suggested songs and activities.

Saturday October 31, 2015 8:30am - 9:45am EDT

10:00am EDT

Misconceptions about the Importance of the Italian Language
Altough Italian is not spoken in as many countries as some other Romance Languages, it has a special place in the world regarding many aspects of our lives, history, work, and language. As teachers of Italian, we know the importance of Italian and the connections it has with work, careers, travel, language learning. It is more than a language spoken only in a few countries. In our world, students need to know what learning Italian will do for them in terms of jobs, economy, interests, etc. In this workshop, we will discuss and learn how to educate students, parents and other teachers about the importance of Italian and its connection to many areas of study, work and personal satisfaction.

Saturday October 31, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EDT
Heritage Tavern

11:30am EDT

MITA Annual Meeting
MITA invites all Italian teachers to its annual meeting. Anna Tirone and Gina Maiellaro will facilitate this meeting and update teachers on MITA and AATI and how these two organizations are working together. Dr. Domenico Teker, the Director of Education Office of the Italian Consulate will be a guest speaker and will inform us on upcoming events and programs.


Saturday October 31, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm EDT