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Instructors

Prof. Marta Baldocchi

Prof. Carole Cadoppi

Prof. Claudio Concin

Prof. Laura Gambini

Prof. Giorgio Spanó


Teaching Philosophy

The principle that guides the Italian Department teaching philosophy is that language is an ever-changing dynamic, reactive to a myriad of communicative contexts.

Our teaching is learner-centered and proficiency-oriented, aimed at developing language competence, that is the ability to maneuver effectively within a language in a manner that is context-appropriate and faithful to the meaning desired. We believe that both linguistic and communicative competence are required in order to develop second-language skills, therefore, we combine a grammar-based approach with communicative-language teaching techniques. We also favor an interactive classroom environment where students are involved in common real-language use.

An understanding of the country’s culture heightens students’ motivation to learn its language, and so our teaching incorporates basic cultural information that is pertinent to class content. By broadening students’ interests, it also promotes global awareness and intercultural understanding, Moreover, any successful communication requires participants to properly decode and encode the message being transmitted. In verbal communication, this activity implies the awareness of the social and cultural meaning of the words and expressions employed. Integrating culture is therefore an important aspect of our teaching and we think it important for students to learn the language and to learn about the people who speak it.

In conclusion, our teaching philosophy integrates cultural competency to the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills that form the basis for language instruction. By introducing this component within the context of classroom activities, we believe that students achieve greater overall proficiency in the target language.


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