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.

 

 

Courses

Course List: 

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ITAL3407 - Adv Grammar Comp &Oral Express      

This course enables students to progressively construct 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.

*Students are also required to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation workshop.

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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ITAL3415 - Survey Italian Lit & 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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ITAL6550 - 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 Language & Stylistics

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools

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ITAL6651 - 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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ITAL6781 - Italian Fashion      

The scope of this course is to provide basic knowledge and critical tools for understanding the phenomenon of Italian fashion. Through chronological and thematic readings, various stages of the history of fashion and costume will be presented from the Middle Ages to today. In showing the transition from the atelier to mass production, fundamental issues will be discussed and illustrated through readings and study of iconographic documents. Special attention will be devoted to the last century to show how certain elements of Italian identity are also linked to a phenomenon such as fashion, seemingly ephemeral and in constant evolution

Required Texts:
-Sofia Gnoli, Un secolo di moda italiana 1900-2000, Roma, Meltemi, 2005, ISBN 978-88-8353-428-7
-Moda. Storia e storie, a cura di Maria Giuseppina Muzzarelli, Giorgio Rielli, Elisa Tosi Brandi, Milano, Mondadori, 2010, ISBN 978-88-6159-490-6
-Maria Giuseppina Muzzarelli, Breve storia della moda in Italia, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2011- ISBN 978-88-15-25300-2 Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2016 Language Schools

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The Italian School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.5874
F: 802.443.2075

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

Joe Tamagni, Coordinator
italianschool@middlebury.edu