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ITA 350 Topics and Methods for Teaching Italian

Course under development. The goal of this course is to facilitate future educators in the teaching of foreign language and to allow those students, who are Education Majors and Minors, to fully comprehend how the multi­dimensional world of bilingualism plays and will continue to play a very important role in the future of this country. This course will examine the intricacies of acquiring a second language through the pedagogical years and into adulthood and will be taught in Italian. It will also examine the communication skills of Italian students learning English and of American students learning Italian. Emphasis shall be placed on the characteristics of interaction within the contexts that facilitate second language acquisition. Students will explore social, environmental and cultural differences and the roles they play in promoting or impeding L2 fluency and pronunciation. Theories and methodologies will be discussed, language classes observed and, eventually, students may have the possibility to teach specific grammar points in first year classrooms. Conducted in Italian.

Prerequisite ITA 30-302 or permission of the instructor. Pending departmental approval.