Special Projects

One of my main teaching objectives is to enlarge the learning experience beyond the classroom setting and the use of textbooks.  I thus organize visits to Italian schools, art exhibitions, cultural events, meetings with celebrities, tours of the city with Italian students acting as tour guides, concerts, live performances and such.  
Luckily, both the administration and the faculty at my school have always been very supportive of the events I have organized.  Also, I have the honor to work with the U.S. Consulate of Naples in school-related events on a regular basis.
Although the class material I use is very effective and well-organized, I like to enrich my teaching with originally designed lessons.  Usually, I base these new lessons on the current events and the new trends in Italy.  Yet, I also select, present and reinforce some videoclips that represent relevant aspects of the Italian culture with some language activities.  Sometimes I add English subtitles to some movies and/or movie abstracts in order to let students better catch the nuances of the target language and culture.
Here are just a few examples of some special events and projects that my students greatly enjoyed.

        - Poster
        - Conservatory Project.pdf
        - Concert News Story (video)
        - A young orchestra for NAHS by Ashley Calabro.pdf
        - Il Conservatorio by Anelyse Morris.pdf


        - Poster
        - FBI Project.pdf
        - Article on FBI project, by Giorgio Latour.pdf


        - Project.pdf
        - Scene from the movie (video)


        - Project.pdf
        - A livella.pdf
        - A livella (video)


        - Pictures.pdf
        - Inside Buffalo Project.pdf
        - Inside Buffalo - AFN story (video)
        - Inside Buffalo - article in the Italian newspaper "La Repubblica"
        - Hill Harper (video)


        - Ricerca su prodotto italiano.pdf
        - Vespa Video.pdf
        - Vespa 50 Special (video)


        - Presentation.pdf
        - Pictures.pdf
        - Carlo Croccolo, Introduction (video)


        - Naples students hosting Verbania students.pdf
        - Verbania students hosting Naples students.pdf
        - Students' articles
        - Pictures

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