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"The Art of Teaching Italian Through Italian Art in Rome, Italy"
A National Summer Institute 2009 - Rome, Italy
Made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
The Italian Cultural Society of Washington DC., Inc.


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We are delighted to inform you that the National Endowment for the
Humanities (NEH), Division of Education Programs, has funded the 2009
Summer Institute for School Teachers "The Art of Teaching Italian
Through Italian Art, in Rome, Italy."

This program in Rome is offered in Italian and it is directed to
teachers of Italian in elementary and secondary schools, both public and
private.  Primarily held in Rome, Italy, over a four-week period: June
21st to July 17, 2009, the program will include also a five-day academic
excursion to Florence, Siena, and other sites in Tuscany.

To help cover travel and living expenses for four weeks all participants
will receive a taxable $3,200 stipend.

The primary purpose of the Institute is to provide K-12 teachers of
Italian with innovative tools and techniques on how to teach Italian
language and culture through a content-based approach.  Specifically,
the content chosen for this Institute is Italian art and the principal
Italian artists whose outstanding works can be found in the museums and
monuments of Rome and Tuscany.  In addition, the Institute will offer
participating teachers the opportunity to interact with, and learn from,
Italian art historians specializing in various aspects of Italian art,
as well as with Italian artists and artisans who will discuss and
demonstrate their skills.

Expert linguists from Italian universities specializing in the teaching
of Italian as a foreign language will show how to use works of art --
including those available in your own communities -- in the teaching of
Italian as a second language, and will discuss new teaching
methodologies and changes in contemporary written and spoken Italian
language.  In particular, we shall share and explore with all of you
relevant and up-to-date classroom resources, handouts, and manuals on
the history of Italian art and on the teaching of a foreign language
through a specific subject.  We will meet five days per week, using a
classroom setting for lectures, discussions, activities, and
conferences, complemented by frequent on-site guided visits to pertinent
monuments and museums both in Rome and in Tuscany.

All scholars will lecture in Italian. We will provide participants with
the necessary art and linguistic vocabulary, as well as with the latest
information on contemporary Italian language and cultural usages.
Tutoring sessions will be available at specific assigned times for those
needing or requesting special attention to refine their Italian language
skills and time will be set aside for individual study, brainstorming,
and sharing results.

To encourage discussion, analysis, and synthesis, participants will be
asked to write brief journal entries to be shared with the group. With
the assistance and guidance of the Institute's scholars, the final
products of the Institute will be appropriate syllabi and samples of
lesson plans integrating art in the teaching of Italian, appropriate for
the level each participant teaches.

The following week-by-week outline will give a general overview of how
the academic aspects of the Institute will be structured. A day-by-day
tentative schedule of all classes and activities planned for the
four-week Institute is also attached.

In general morning time will be dedicated to classroom lectures,
discussions, and related activities, while afternoons will be spent
visiting historical sites, monuments, and museums under the guidance of
expert art historians.  Most weekends will be yours to spend as you
please, while for one or two a special activity may be planned.

During the Institute you will have free time to enjoy on your own
Italy's many beautiful artistic treasures, to visit special museums of
your choice, or to go to the National Library or the university of Rome
library to do some research for your specific projects. However, we
expect that your four weeks will be dedicated to an intensive study of
Italian art, to learning about content-based instruction, and to
immersing yourselves fully in the Italian language and culture.  During
three evenings of each week, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, time will be set
aside for interested participants to meet with a tutor for an Italian
language review.
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