Employer: Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Thanks to a FLTA (Foreign Language Teaching Assistant) Fulbright Scholarship, I had the opportunity to teach Italian in an American university.
I taught two courses per semester (beginners and intermediate), often creating my own teaching material. I organized and conducted cultural activities (film screenings, cultural presentations, poetry readings). I also worked with students involved in advanced Italian language courses providing assistance on writing and speaking assignments and assisted the advance course’s teacher.
Special projects developed with the students:
- DIZGIF: A dictionary which translates Italian words into animated gifs, developed for and with cooperation by the Susquehanna students (I wrote a paper on this, which was accepted and presented at EDULEARN14 in Barcelona, Spain)
- Poetry reading: I worked with a student who was going to major in Italian to create a poetry reading covering Italian poetry from the Middle Ages to Modern Time. The event was part of a series of events to promote multiculturalism organized by the university.
- Blog Italiani Famosi: A blog where the students were asked to post about illustrious Italians they admire. I asked some Italian friends to answer their post so to create a debate between students of Italian and Italian speakers.