Professional development


Workshop on “Intercomprehension” and Multilingualism. Teaching Italian to Romance Language Speakers

 John D. Calandra Italian American Institute

Queens College – CUNY

25 West 43rd Street

New York, NY 10036

Saturday, 14 September 2013 • 9 am – 6 pm


Introduction and objectives of the workshop

This workshop intends to introduce both the high-school and college teacher of Italian to new methodologies in teaching the target language to students who are native speakers or have an excellent knowledge of another Romance language such as Catalan, French/French Creole, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish. The basic goal is to demonstrate how the student’s knowledge of a Romance language can facilitate his/her learning of Italian. Through teaching strategies specific to this profile of a student, his/her knowledge of Italian can be more readily acquired as s/he moves forward in studying Italian.

The main objectives are to provide the teacher of Italian with those methodologies and strategies that will create the ideal classroom for this specific student profile. In so doing, we help create a body of students who will move forward in his/her study of Italian with greater facility and more quickly. As a result, both the teaching and the learning of the language should prove more efficient, and the potential for a greater number of students at the advanced levels increases.


• Clorinda Donato: “The Ties that Bind:  Italian for Spanish Speakers in Intercomprehension”

• Elisabetta Bonvino and Diego Cortés Velasquez: “Intercomprehension with EuRom5: ‘You already know Spanish? Good, now you can learn French, Italian, Catalan, and Portuguese!’”

• Irene Zanini-Cordi and Maurizio Fornara: “The FSU Experience: From Spanish to Italian”

• Barbara Spinelli: Adopting a Multilingual Approach in a Web 2.0 Environment

• Markus Muller: “Intercommunication or the potential of a paradigmatic shift in foreign language teaching”


Space is limited, so register soon. Registration until September 6, 2013 at:

J. D. Calandra Italian American Institute.

25 West 43rd Street 17th Floor

New York, NY 10036



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