These one-week intensive refresher courses are designed for former graduate students and/or present teachers of  the Italian language.

Course Descriptions

Participants may choose to enroll in one of the two courses described below.

Professional Development Workshop for High School Teachers of Italian - Levels I through AP

Veteran teachers Bruna P. Boyle and Lucrezia G. Lindia will be the instructors for this professional development seminar. Attendees will earn a total of 30 hours of professional development.

This course is designed for teachers of Italian interested in learning various instructional design and assessment methods for students enrolled in the study of the Italian language and culture from the beginner levels to the AP level. Participants will be exposed to strategies and techniques that can be applied immediately in their lesson plans. They will also have an opportunity to engage in a professional exchange of ideas, develop materials for their courses and assess e-mail replies, persuasive essays, and interpersonal and presentational speaking exercises for all four levels.

Additionally, participants will be exposed to the Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Preparing for the 21st Century and the AP World Language and Culture curriculum framework in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication.

All lessons are based on authentic materials developed by the instructors. For a detailed day by day program of the course curriculum, please click here

*Though Middlebury does not offer financial aid for one week courses, the Italian Language Foundation has generously offered to sponsor six high school teachers that wish to participate in this professional development course. The Italian Language Foundation is a private organization dedicated to promoting and sustaining Italian language education in the United States and supporting the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) program in Italian Language and Culture. If you wish to apply for ILF funding, please click here to download the eligibility requirements and a scholarship application.

Language Immersion for Italian School Alumni

Attendees will have 15 contact hours with various professors from our graduate program. During the five days of lessons attendees will spend the first day reviewing grammatical structures at the graduate level and will review all of the verb tenses (especially the subjunctive and if clauses), prepositions, useful idiomatic expressions, and pronouns. The second day they will concentrate on how to increase reading and writing skills. The third day they will learn new trends in contemporary Italian cinema and how to read films. On the fourth day they will focus on new trends in Italian literature and literary criticism. The fifth day will focus on Italian contemporary issues and in the evening there will be a special workshop on Italian Culinary and Wine Culture. The course will meet for 3 hours a day.

Life at the Middlebury Italian School

Outside of class hours, attendees will have the opportunity to practice their Italian with native speakers as well as students in our MA and DML programs. Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in our rich variety of evening co-curricular activities, which include films, guest speakers, presentations and cultural clubs. Participants will live on campus, eat meals in the dining halls, and sign the Language Pledge. 

Cost: $1,675

Dates: July 20-27, 2018

For more information, please contact Antonio Vitti, 
Italian School Director, at

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