This is a graduate-level, 4-credit, 60-hour seminar on use of technology, methodology and culture in Italian language teaching.

Preparing teachers for competing in today’s digital humanities age, this seminar helps language instructors improve their teaching strategies by illustrating the latest approaches to use of the internet and technology in second language acquisition and by introducing innovative methods of language and culture instruction.

Upon successful completion, participants will receive 4.0 graduate credits from The American University of Rome, an American institution that has been operating in Rome for more than 45 years and is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

The course is divided between lab practicum, theory and practical in-class activities and will be offered fully in Italian, making it of interest to teachers of Italian at all levels (university, high school and middle school) interested in updating their pedagogical methodology in the classroom.

  • Earn 4 graduate credits
  • Offered entirely in Italian
  • Improve your Italian Language and Culture Teaching Methodology
  • Learn how to use Technology in the Language Classroom
  • Qualified and experienced instructors  

Topics covered:

  • Teaching Methodology and Culture: The Heart of Teaching;
  • From Silent to Loud;
  • Teaching Songs and Culture;
  • The Use of Art in Language Teaching;
  • Creative Writing;
  • Interactive Reading of Italian Literature;
  • Film Viewing Comprehension and Cultural Analysis

Technology covered:

  • Blogging in Language Learning and Teaching;  
  • The Internet in cooperative instruction;  
  • Creating a didactic Blog;  
  • Game- based learning to motivate students;
  • Multimediality to implement your blog;
  • Interactive WebQuest;
  • The Web in experimental learning: developing reading and writing skills;
  • Making the Most of Video in Language Teaching;
  • Digital teaching;
  • E-Assessment

One of the most useful ways to spend 60 mind-expanding, intellectually stimulating and thoroughly fun hours that I have ever experienced

Qualified & Expert Instuctors

The course is conducted by Professor Flavia Laviosa (Wellesley College) and Professor Rosemonde Gurtner (The American University of Rome), expert instructors in the fields of second language acquisition and teaching with technology.


  • With accommodation: 2500 euro
  • Without accommodation: 2000 euro
    (costs inclusive of welcome and farewell dinners, 10 lunches, evening film viewing at cinema & all didactic material).

Seminar Dates:

  • Housing check-in: Friday, July 6
  • Orientation and welcome dinner: Saturday July 7
  • Classes begin: Monday, July 9
  • Classes end & Farewell dinner: Friday July 20
  • Housing check-out: Sunday, July 22

Seminar Daily Schedule:

  • 9:00 -12:30 Seminar
  • 12:30 -1:30 Lunch
  • 1:30 - 4:00 Seminar

Deadlines & Contacts

Application deadline: Application Form and Deposit of €250 due March 15, 2018

For more information contact the Seminar Director, Prof. Catherine Ramsey-Portolano, at