Middlebury Language Schools. 100 years of Language.

Daria Mizza

Italian School Faculty

M.A. University of Venice (Italy), M.A. University of Warwick (U.K.) specializing in Second-Language Acquisition and in Post-Compulsory Education. Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics with a focus on instructional technologies for the teaching of Italian as a Foreign Language, University of Warwick (U.K.). 



Course List: 

Courses offered in the past four years.
indicates offered in the current term
indicates offered in the upcoming term[s]

ITAL 3153 - Beginning Italian      

Goals/ Obiettivi: In this course we will work on mastering practical spoken Italian in its cultural context. The class activities will help you to:
 develop the ability to maintain a conversation
 acquire confidence in using your Italian
 expand your vocabulary
 acquire information about life, culture and current trends in Italy
 develop sensitivity to Italian traditions and customs
 better your pronunciation
 basic discussion on some socio-cultural and political issues

Students are also required to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation course

Summer 2012, Summer 2013

More Information »

ITAL 3200 - Advanced Beginning Italian      

Designed for students with some previous study of Italian or another Romance language, this course builds on and rapidly expands control of basic grammatical structures and vocabulary. Students consolidate their ability to negotiate basic survival situations in the target-language culture, and prepare themselves for continued study of the language. New language functions will be presented in meaningful activities that emphasize all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Cultural knowledge that will build a deeper understanding of Italy is a crucial component of the course content.

Students are also required to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation course and to enroll in the afternoon conversation and culture courses.

Required Texts:
PIAZZA by Donatella Melucci and Elissa Tognozzi. Heinle Cengage Learining, 2014.
Paperbound with SAM and iLrn - ISBN-10: 1285772644 | ISBN-13: 9781285772646

Summer 2013

More Information »

ITAL 6693 - Teaching Italian      

Teaching Italian: Theoretical Principles and Practical Applications for Effective Material Development and Classroom Practice. (For DML candidates, advanced graduate students and teachers)

The course focuses both on the main theoretical principles and practical applications of methodology for teaching Italian as Foreign Language (IFL). During the course, participants will be exposed to the main language teaching methodologies and practices. This may include: the analysis of different approaches to course and syllabus design, the development of specific lesson plans, the integration of task-based instruction, the use of inductive approaches to teaching grammar and vocabulary; and the assessment practices with the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. The starting point will be the consideration of the principles and notions on which course design is based (e.g. learner characteristics and needs analysis). Then, students will be encouraged to analyze the nature of the four basic language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), and to reflect on the techniques best suited to the development of competence in each of these areas. While the course stresses the interconnected nature of the four skills, attention will also be devoted to the detailed analysis of the theoretical frameworks for each individual skill. Active and collaborative participation in the course activities is required and students will be encouraged to conduct readings, engage in face-to-face and online discussions, develop lesson plans, observe language classes, prepare task-based activities, and conduct teaching demonstrations.

Required texts:
- Diadori, P. (2010). Insegnare italiano a stranieri, Le Monnier. (ISBN: 88008604190
- Serragiotto, G. (2009), Sillabo di riferimento per la formazione degli insegnanti di italiano a stranieri. Venezia: Cafoscarina. (ISBN
- ACTFL (2011). Standards for foreign Language Learning: Preparing for the 21st Century. Yonkers: ACTFL. Pedagogy

Summer 2014 Language Schools

More Information »

ITAL 6699 - New Technology Teaching IFL      

New Technologies for Learning and Teaching Italian as Foreign Language (IFL) (for DML candidates, advanced graduate students and teachers).

This course provides a balanced presentation of central issues in the theory and practice of Italian as Foreign Language teaching methodology and instructional technology. During the course, students will also develop critical skills for a meaningful integration of instructional technologies into their teaching/learning of Italian. The course will present the overall perspective in the context of current practices involving the integration of latest technologies. After conducting a review of technology in learning and teaching foreign languages (theories of learning and key ideas for understanding e-learning), students will be guided to analyze the opportunities and constraints in using technology in the educational process. Students will be also asked to select methodological approaches appropriate to the technologically-enhanced learning situation. An important component of the course will be the active participation and collaboration of all students in group discussions (both in-class and online), as well as the practical in-class technology-enhanced projects and demonstrations.

Required texts:
- Balboni E., Margiotta U. (2012) Formare online i docenti di lingue e italiano L2. Utet (ISBN 8860081998)
- Pichiassi, M. (2007). Apprendere l'italiano L2 nell'era digitale - Le nuove tecnologie nell'insegnamento e apprendimento dell'italiano per stranieri. Edizioni Guerra - Soleil (ISBN 8855700626)
- Serragiotto, G. (2009). Sillabo di riferimento per la formazione degli insegnanti di italiano a stranieri. Venezia: Cafoscarina (ISBN-9788875432409)

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

More Information »

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