Articoli Sezione: Cinema in the Classroom

07 May

How to Teach What We Can’t Teach of the Italian Language and Culture: Totò and Zuccotti Park, di Patrizia Comello Perry

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The role of culture in developing intercultural awareness in the classroom
Expanding intercultural communication in all foreign language classes is one of the primary goals of the European Community (Common European Framework for Languages: Learning, Teaching and Assessment 2001). This goal is one that can be easily adapted in the United States and foster the best environment for an increasingly multifaceted learning community. Many students already use English as a “lingua franca” (Piasecka 2011), but their culture is hidden behind the words. Today, as World Wide Web expands into our classes and becomes a valuable resource of authentic material, we have an opportunity to make students aware of the pragmatic, sociolinguistic and multiplicity of identities that exist within every ...continua a leggere

 

07 May

Teaching Italian through films: the use of Benvenuti al sud and Benvenuti al nord to explore products, practices and perspectives of Italian culture(s), di Sara Mattavelli

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Although the 5Cs of the ACTFL Standards underline the importance of gaining “knowledge and understanding of other cultures” and the 2007 MLA Report advocates for “translingual and transcultural competence” (3), in lower division language classes, culture is often limited to blurbs in the textbook and it is likely to be the first element omitted due to time constraints. The Standards and the MLA Report do not specifically suggest how to implement these learning goals nor how to help learners attain cultural understanding; it is necessary, therefore, for language instructors, to find productive and meaningful ways to incorporate culture in the curriculum from the very beginning of language learning. In this essay, after ...continua a leggere