Middlebury Language Schools. 100 years of Language.

Gaia Capecchi

Italian School Faculty


Laureata con lode in Lettere moderne presso la facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia di Firenze, con una tesi su Giacomo Leopardi(premio di laurea “Aldo Palazzeschi”, 1998).

Insegna dal 2000 Italiano, storia e geografia nella scuola pubblica italiana, dove è docente di ruolo dal 2005.

Presso il “Middlebury College school” a Firenze ha insegnato Letteratura italiana, rinascimentale e contemporanea, e Teoria e pratica della scrittura.

Nel 1998 ha pubblicato (presso Genoma edizioni, Città di Castello) Su il sipario, monografia sulla storia del teatro e sulle tecniche teatrali.

Nel 2002 è uscita l’antologia di letteratura italiana di R. Bruscagli - G. Tellini, Itinerari dell’invenzione (Firenze, Sansoni) in cui si è occupata di Ottocento e Novecento (Giacomo Leopardi, poesia dell’Ottocento, melodramma, Eugenio Montale).

E’ uscito nel 2003, presso la casa editrice Edisco di Torino, un volume sulla teoria e sulla tecnica della scrittura, Il quaderno di scrittura. Per la stessa casa editrice sono usciti nel 2009 un manuale di grammatica in quattro volumi per le scuole medie inferiori, Le parole giuste, enel 2012 un testo per le scuole medie superiori, Regole e scrittura. Grammatica operativa della lingua italiana. 

Dal 2013 è Vicepreside della scuola secondaria di primo grado "Zanotti" di Bologna, nella quale insegna Lettere dal 2008.




Course List: 

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ITAL 3253 - Intro to Contemporary Italy      

This course is intended for students at the intermediate level as it will afford the opportunity to expand conversation, writing, and reading skills while consolidating knowledge of the more difficult points of grammar. The contextual focus of the course is modern Italian culture including history, current events, and literature among other things. Two Italian films, short stories and essays, will enhance and complete the learning experience. Since the Italian School will propose the viewing of the operatic work La Ciociara at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, some fragments from the book La Ciociara (by Alberto Moravia) will be read and discussed during the course. Experts from the faculty and guest artists, such as the journalist and writer Giuseppe Catozzella, will be invited in class to discuss some of the special topics that we will study. Students are also required to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation course and to enroll in the afternoon conversation course.

*Required Texts
Nuovo Progetto italiano 1 Corso multimediale di lingua e civiltà italiana. Edilingua. Roma. ISBN 978-960-6632-24-2
N/uovo Progetto italiano 2 Corso multimediale di lingua e civiltà italiana/. Edilingua. Roma. ISBN 978-960-6632-76-1

Two Required Films:
La meglio gioventù/(2003). Director: Marco Tullio Giordana.
/Tutta la vita davanti
(2008). Director: Paolo Virzì.

Additional material for the course will be provided by the Instructor.

Summer 2012

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ITAL 3407 - Adv Grammar Comp &Oral Express      

Advanced Grammar, Composition and Oral Expression

This course enables students to construct progressively a repertoire of textual forms (narrative, descriptive, expressive, and argumentative) in order to communicate flexibly and fluently in writing. Concurrently, students will review fundamental grammatical structures and principles through numerous and varied exercises. Oral expression in all its aspects will be practiced in this course, including presenting, debating and persuading.

Required Texts: Grammatica essenziale della lingua italiana con esercizi, Marco Mezzadri, Guerra Edizioni ISBN: 88-7715-454-3
Grammatica essenziale della lingua italiana con esercizi, Marco Mezzadri, Guerra Edizioni, Esercizi supplementari e test ISBN: 88-7715-452-7

Summer 2013

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ITAL 3415 - Survey Italian Lit & Culture      

Survey of Italian Literature and Culture

This course is an introduction to Italian literary texts illustrating the cultural and socio-political history of Italy from the Middle Ages to the present. Students will acquire knowledge of how Italian literary texts reflect in a profound way Italy’s social, cultural, economic and political history. The major works of representative Italian authors and literary movements will be presented in time progression, discussed and commented in their cultural, historic and political contexts. The readings will serve as a starting point for conversation aimed at improving the students’ ability to express themselves with accuracy both in speaking and in writing. The study of literature will also provide a basis for analyzing in greater detail the evolution of the Italian language as used in literary texts. The study of Italian literature will be carried out through class readings and discussions, some video showings, and written compositions.

Required Texts: Paolo E. Balboni, Anna Biguzzi, Letteratura Italiana per Stranieri, Perugia: Guerra Edizioni, 2008 (ISBN: 978-88-557-0096-2),
Carlo Guastalla, Non dirmi che hai paura di Giuseppe Catozzella – Feltrinelli -

* Students are also required to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation and in the workshops offered in the evening for this level.

Summer 2013

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ITAL 3419 - Modern Italian Filmmakers      

Italian History, Societal Changes, and Culture through Film Lens

This course provides an introduction to Italian history, societal changes, and culture through the Italian film lens. The objective of this course is to gain a better understanding of the often complex mechanism of Italian politics, the intriguing regional differences, and the cultural development that have shaped the Italian Republic. In this course the screening of 12 films will compare thematic and stylistic approaches of the masters with those of today’s directors and analyze how the changes have impacted the nation from the After war to present. A study on the representation of women in cinema will also be part of this study and the opportunity to visit the topic with our artist in residence Giovanna Taviani. It will be included also the study of the role of film in Italian society as well as the artistic and technical achievements for Italian filmmaking. With guidance from the instructor, students in groups will also conduct interviews with filmmakers and producers via skype or email.

Topics covered include:
1. Basics of Film Language:
2. Elements of Italian History with specific attention from the 60 to the present and including: Religion, Gender, and Sexuality, Industrialization, Internal Migration, Northern/Southern Italy divide in a Global Context.

3. Social Context of the Italian Film Industry;
Students will write short essays, and will lead in class presentations and discussions. There will be one final paper and exams

Required Texts: A course pack will be prepared by the instructor

Summer 2015 Language Schools

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ITAL 6550 - Language & Stylistics      

Studies in Language and Stylistics

Designed to develop oral and written proficiency at the advanced level, this course meets daily for two hours: one hour dedicated to the study of morphological and syntactic patterns and structures, and one hour to oral expression. Through the analysis of different language sectors (i.e. journalism, business, sports, contemporary jargon) in class, the students will gain a better understanding of the Italian language in its various uses. The aim of this course is also to help the students find their own Italian voice while speaking and writing. This endeavor requires daily practice and particular attention to problems of stylistics. (Two hours).
* Note: This course is obligatory for all first-time graduate students except those
exempted on the basis of a placement examination. Students scoring low on the placement test are be required to take 3407 without graduate credit and cannot apply to the Florence Program in Italy.

Required Texts:
M. Trifone, A. Filippone, A. Sgaglione, Affresco italiano C1, Mondadori education 2010, ISBN 9788800208505
M. Trifone, A. Filippone, A. Sgaglione, Affresco italiano C2, Mondadori education 2011, ISBN 9788800208512

Additional reading materials will be provided by the instructor

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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ITAL 6651 - Culinary Cult & Ital Identity      

Historical, Cultural and Linguistic Aspects of the Culinary Culture and Italian Identity

The course describes the history of food in Italy throughout the centuries. The course will also analyze the formation of different regional traditions. The historical, cultural and linguistic culinary traditions will be illustrated by a series of pertinent documents. Special attention will be dedicated to the relationship that existed between the New World and Italy, and the reciprocal exchange of products and recipes. In addition, the course will examine the effects that the Italian immigration had in North America, especially on the American culinary experience.

Required Texts: Rebora, La civiltà della forchetta, Ed. Laterza, Collana Economica, 2000, 206 pagine - Euro 9.00
John Dickie, Con gusto, Ed. Laterza, 2007.
Capatti - Montanari, La cucina italiana: storia di una cultura, Ed. Laterza, Collana Economica, 2005, - Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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The Italian School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.5727
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
Italian School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Kara Gennarelli, Coordinator