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Massimo Zordan and Daniel Bellissimo will present a workshop
Italian as a Second Language and Improvisational Theatre: New Strategies

Professor Massimo Zordan owns a degree from the Accademia D’Arte Drammatica (European Academy of Drama) and has been working as an actor for about twenty years for both theatre and TV shows. Since 1995, he has taught acting privately and in many public schools. Moreover, he has particular experience in drama therapy, including a 10-year collaboration with the Department of Mental Health of Cagliari, Italy. Since 2016, he’s been living in NYC, teaching and coordinating the Department of Theatre at La Scuola d’Italia, Guglielmo Marconi. In 2019, he received the “AIAE Teacher of the Year Award” from the Association of Italian American Educators and the Office of the New York State Comptroller.

Professor Daniel Bellissimo has a degree in Science of Communication, Italian Linguistics, and a Master’s degree in Teaching Italian as a Second and Foreign Language from the University for Foreigners of Perugia, Italy. Since 2008, he has taught Italian in different schools in Florence and for many overseas American college programs. In 2014, he started to work as an Italian teacher at the Italian Institute of Culture-IACE in NYC. At that time, he also collaborated with many public schools in the tri-state area through a project with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since 2016, he’s been teaching and designing ISL courses and extra-curricular activities at La Scuola d’Italia for grades 1-12.

Their course - Italian as a Second Language and Improvisational Theatre (D. Bellissimo and M. Zordan) has been selected for the NECTFL 2020 Annual Conference: Languages for All: Envisioning Language Learning Opportunities for Every Learner. Language learning/teaching and acting training share constructs and practices - both of them experiment with language and point at achieving effective communication. Starting from this idea, we started to design a new ISL course implementing the communicational approach in use in the language class with exercises and technics peculiar to theatre and acting training.
The target of our course are students from 6th to 8th grade with an elementary linguistic competence, some learning differences and disabilities, and tendencies to develop passive bilingualism.

Activities in the workshop do not consist of plays in a foreign language to promote language learning, but rather focus mostly on improvisational exercises. The workshop will showcase some of the activities developed during the current scholastic year and the benefits observed throughout our classes.

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Contact Organizer

Patterson, Nicole
(802) 443 - 5784