“From Best Practices to Best Lessons"

The Department of French and Italian's

Italian Language Teachers' Workshop at the University of Southern California

“From Best Practices to Best Lessons"

in Los Angeles, CA

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Planning, identifying learning goals and objectives, time constraints, sequencing, differentiating instruction based on student needs, assessment, creativity, gathering and creating materials, keeping up with departmental syllabi, sizing up the audience, working with large or small numbers of students, working with all types of students, improvisation and energy...

Basic language instructors often talk about best practices. But what really goes into what we consider to be our very best lessons as elementary and intermediate teachers of Italian?  Each presenter at this year's workshop will begin by engaging the audience in a ten-minute activity from one of his or her best lessons.  A twenty-minute question and answer will follow, allowing the participant and audience to share ideas, best practices and strategies for what goes into the very best lessons.

This one-day workshop at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles is an occasion for Italian language instructors from Southern California and beyond to come together to discuss teaching Italian at the novice and/or intermediate levels.  We designed this conference with the intention that participants will exchange actual lesson plans, activities, short video-clips of themselves interacting with their students, language acquisition technologies, materials, best practices, and strategies that they incorporate in their classrooms.  Our hope is that all participants in this one-day workshop will walk away with ideas and materials that they can immediately implement in their courses and will have the opportunity to make real connections with other Italian basic language professionals in their field.

The Keynote Speaker of the 2017 Italian Language Teacher's Workshop will be Elissa Tognozzi, Senior Lecturer SOE of Italian and Director of the Language Program at the University of California, Los Angeles.  

For the workshop schedule, more information and to register please see the ILT workshop website at https://dornsife.usc.edu/italian-language-teachers-workshop-ilt/

Workshop Registration deadline: Midnight, October 17, 2017. 

Please send questions to Alessio Filippi and James M. Fortney at afilippi@usc.edu and fortney@usc.edu.