This seminar - offered entirely in Italian for teachers of Italian at all levels - is divided into two one-week modules.

Module 1: Teaching methodology in the classroom: 

Featuring the following topics:

  • The HeArt of teaching;
  • Inward and outward communication;
  • Teaching three-dimensionally;
  • Unlocking the potential of Italian culture instruction;
  • Writing: motion and emotion set to text;
  • Teaching songs: listening in-action and interactive exploration of culture;
  • Revisiting reading comprehension questions;
  • Film viewing comprehension.

Upon successful completion of this module, participants will receive 2.0 graduate credits from The American University of Rome, an American institution accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Module 2: ACTFL Italian OPI training:

Led by an ACTFL-certified trainer. ACTFL Tester Certification is a highly-valued professional credential, recognized nationally and internationally.
At the end of this module, participants will receive a certificate of attendance and are eligible to pursue tester certification through ACTFL.
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.

  • Offered entirely in Italian
  • Improve your Italian Language and Culture Teaching Methodology
  • Become eligible for ACTFL OPI Tester certification

The Methodology course and the OPI training are conducted by Professor Flavia Laviosa (Wellesley College), an expert in the field of second language education.

Note: Participants can choose to take only one module or both


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

Module 2 (OPI training): 1,350 euro
Included: welcome dinner, daily lunches on days of the training and materials.

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

Seminar Dates:

Module 1 (July 5-14):

Housing check-in: Friday, July 5
Orientation and welcome dinner: Saturday, July 6
Classes begin: Monday, July 8
Classes end: Friday, July 12
Housing check-out: Sunday, July 14

Module 2 (July 12-21):

Housing check-in: Friday, July 12
Orientation and welcome dinner: Saturday, July 13
Classes begin: Monday, July 15
Classes end: Thursday, July 18
Housing check-out: Sunday, July 21

Seminar Daily Schedule:

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

Application deadline: 

Application Form and Non-refundable Deposit of €250 due before March 15, 2019 
For more information and to apply, contact the Seminar Director, Prof. Catherine Ramsey-Portolano, at

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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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