A professional development course for teachers of Italian

Instructor: Flavia Laviosa (Wellesley College)

This seminar, offered entirely in Italian for teachers of Italian at all levels, is divided into two one-week modules. The OPI training and the Methodology courses are conducted by Professor Flavia Laviosa (Wellesley College), an expert in the field of second language education.

Participants can choose to take only one module or both.

Module 1: ACTFL Italian OPI training

Led by an ACTFL-certified trainer and conducted in Italian.

ACTFL Tester Certification is a highly-valued professional credential, recognized nationally and internationally.

This four-day workshop introduces the ACTFL rating scale, the structure of the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and techniques of administering and rating the OPI, including its applications in the language classroom. Participants observe and conduct live practice interviews across all proficiency levels (Novice through Superior). At the end of this training, participants will receive a certificate of attendance and are eligible to pursue tester certification through ACTFL.

  • Conducted entirely in Italian
  • Learn techniques for administering and rating the OPI and how to use it in the classroom
  • Become eligible for ACTFL OPI Tester certification

Dates: July 6 - July 10, 2020

See syllabus here.


Module 2: Teaching methodology in the classroom

Featuring the following topics: Proficiency and communication; Exploring songs; Film viewing comprehension; Unlocking the potential of Italian culture instruction; Intercultural awareness and competence.
Upon successful completion of this module, participants will receive 2.0 graduate credits from The American University of Rome, an American institution accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
AUR has been operating in Rome for 50 years.

The course is divided between theory and practical activities and open to teachers of Italian at all levels (university, high school, and middle school) as well as graduate students.

  • Conducted entirely in Italian
  • Improve your Italian Language and Culture Teaching Methodology
  • Earn 2 graduate credits

Dates: July 13 - 17, 2020

See syllabus here.



Module 1 (OPI training): 1,350 euro
Includes welcome dinner, daily lunches on days of the training and course materials.

Module 2 (Language and Culture Methodology): 1,000 euro
Includes welcome dinner, daily lunches on days of the course, evening film viewing at the cinema and teaching materials.

Modules 1 & 2 combined: 2,250 euro
One week (300 euro) or two weeks (500 euro)
 Participants are placed in single rooms in 3-bedroom/2-bath apartments with kitchen facilities. All apartments are within walking distance of the AUR campus.

Seminar Dates:

Module 1 (July 6 - July 10, 2020)

Housing check-in: Monday, July 6
Classes begin: Tuesday, July 7
Classes end: Friday, July 10
Farewell Dinner: Friday, July 10
Housing check-out: Sunday, July 12

Module 2 (July 13 - July 17, 2020):

Housing check-in: Friday, July 10
Classes begin: Monday, July 13
Classes end: Friday, July 17
Farewell Dinner: Friday, July 17
Housing check-out: Sunday, July 19

Seminar Daily Schedule:

Module 1 Monday-Thursday
9:00 -12:30 - Seminar
12:30 -1:30 - Lunch
1:30 - 5:30 - Seminar
Module 2 Monday-Friday
9:00 -12:30 - Seminar
12:30 -1:30 - Lunch
1:30 – 4:00 - Seminar

Application deadline: 

Application Form and Non-refundable Deposit of €250 due March 15, 2020 
For more information and to apply, contact the Seminar Director, Prof. Catherine Ramsey-Portolano, at c.ramsey@aur.edu

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Please use the form below to register your interest in attending this program.

Principles and practice of teaching Italian language and culture

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