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Visiting Italian Anna Maglione-Sie Scholar
Flavia Laviosa

Flavia Laviosa

Flavia Laviosa is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Italian Studies and in the Cinema and Media Studies Program at Wellesley College. She is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies. As a foreign language educator, she is active as a certified ACTFL OPI and WPT trainer and tester. She also serves as the Director of the Foreign Language Faculty Seminar at Wellesley College and runs professional development programs for language instructors in the United States and Europe. 

Thursday March 2, 2017 4:00PM
Keynote Speech: The HeArt of Teaching
Sturm Hall 454  *Followed by reception

The purpose of this keynote is to illustrate and discuss the pedagogical principles of communication and interaction in teaching fostering successful language learning.

Friday March 3, 2017 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Language Teaching Workshops
*Lunch will be provided
Maglione Hall (5th Floor) Sie International Relations Complex



09:00am - 10:00am I. Speaking: From Silent to Loud
The goal of this workshop is explore ways to promote communication starting from silent interaction and gradually moving to loud speaking:
• Intra- and inter-personal speaking
• The emotional, experiential and situational elements of communication
• Bringing the inner out versus using the outer as a stimulus for oral production

Speaking is a language skill strongly connected with one’s body as much as it is with one’s intellect. In this workshop participants will explore activities that foster speaking both ‘inwardly’ and ‘outwardly’.

10:00am - 11:00am II. The Jazz of Teaching
Teaching is a profession where skills, talents, experience and intuition produce moments of unique creativity. Spontaneity and awareness can generate opportunities for collateral learning beyond the textbook. In this workshop participants will familiarize with activities that foster adaptive and interactive language production through the use of images and objects.
11:00am - 12:00pm III. Teaching Songs: Listening in Action and Interactive Exploration of Culture
Songs are extraordinary teaching tools, rich forms of art, and exceptional expressions of culture. Participants to this workshop will be involved in the exploration of in-action and inter-action approaches to the teaching of songs, and in the implementation of a dynamic and multi-skill use of songs in the classroom.

• Songs as stories set to music
• A multimodal use of songs
• Collaborative listening, group writing, collaborative reading, and collective singing of songs
• How culture is intermeshed with song narrative.
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 2:00pm
IV. Writing: Motion and Emotion Set to Text
The goal of this workshop is to examine dynamic and participatory forms of writing:

• The human body as a creative pen
• The inter-relational nature of writing
• Action as the inspiring force of writing

Knowing the steps is not enough to perform like a professional dancer. What drives a ballerina is not technical perfection, rather, self-expression through dance so that she can convey not only a story, but also communicate something deeper. In a similar way, participants to this workshop will explore and discuss ways to practice the steps to perform the dance of writing. In this workshop participants will explore activities that help students engage with experiences, and develop writing confidence.
2:00pm - 3:00pm
V. When Reading Comprehension Questions are Really Useful
The goal of this workshop is to explore:

• The meaning of interactive, participatory, and dynamic reading
• A re-definition of the concepts of reading comprehension and reading fluency
• The effectiveness and usefulness of alternative and more realistic questions

To check what students of a foreign language have understood after reading a story or an article is a very common teaching practice. Comprehension questions are part of a foreign language teacher’s arsenal that few people would regard as controversial. However, in real life situations, we ask a ‘comprehension’ question only if we are unsure about what we have read. Similarly, in a language classroom it should be the students’ task to ask a question when they need some clarification, not the instructor’s responsibility to check their comprehension. In this workshop participants will explore alternative ideas to pre- and post- reading questions, and will experiment with activities that help interact more creatively with the reading text.
3:00pm - 4:00pm
VI: Film Viewing Comprehension
Film is often used as a foreign language teaching tool, but this instructional practice ignores the multiple educational functions of film as an art form. Participants will be introduced to viewing comprehension of the narrative languages of cinema through the following activities:

• The multimodal performative texts of a film
• The seamless interweaving of the visual with the aural in films
• How soundtrack is intermeshed with film narrative and filmmaking practices
• Films as stories set to music and to action
• Synaesthetic perception of cinematographic narratives
• Visual listening and auditory viewing to understand artistic film meanings


Special thanks to Sie


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Friday, November 4, 2016 Sturm Hall 480

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Sturm Hall 286

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