I am very proud to say that the Italian course at Naples Middle High School has grown tremendously over the years. Since the very beginning of my teaching, I have always worked hard to have my students get to know more about their host country and appreciate Italy’s customs and history.
Our students get to meet with Italian students on a regular basis. They host Italian peers at our school for one day; they attend classes together, have lunch, tour the school and practice their target language. We also visit many high schools in the area, so that our students get to learn more about the Italian school system.
From time to time, we organize cultural events that involve Italian celebrities, musicians, college teachers and alike. In an effort to work across the curriculum and expand the Italian cultural experience to students who do not take my classes, I also involve teachers of different class subjects in special projects. I have planned study trips to local museums, historical sites, live performances, and more.
Our school also has a very active Italian Club. Every year, a large group from Italian classes get together and meet on a regular basis because they want to spread the Italian culture in the school. They celebrate Italian holidays by selling grams, flowers, Italian typical treats, calendars and more. They use the money they raise to take a trip to a local site at the end of the year.