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