CURRICULUM VITAE

ROBERTA PENNASILICO

ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE INSTRUCTOR


www.robertapennasilico.it
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Roberta Pennasilico
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Roberta Pennasilico
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Current Position
Teacher of Italian Language and Culture, levels II through V and Advanced Placement Italian and Host Nation Liaison with the Italian Community at Naples American Middle High School (Department of Defense Dependents Schools), Naples, Italy, since 1991


Education
• Master’s Degree at University of Naples Federico II, Major in English Language and Literature, 1990
• Bachelor and Master of Arts in Modern Foreign Language and Literature with emphasis in English Language offered by a regionally accredited university in the U.S.
• Scholarship for a Course in English Proficiency, London, 1989
• Scholarship for a Course in English as a FL, University Tutorial College, UK, 1987
• 6 Year-Course at the British School, Naples, 1980-1986
• Cambridge First Certificate, 1982


Certificates & Workshops
• Implementing 20-60-20 in the WL classroom, University of San Diego, Sept 2018
• Cambridge TKT CLIL (Teaching Knowledge Test: Content and Language Integrated Learning), Dec 2013
• DITALS 1 (Didattica dell’italiano come lingua straniera- Teaching of Italian as a Foreign Language) Certificate, University of Siena, Oct 2013
• Advanced Placement Summer Institute in AP Italian, College Board, John Cabot University, Rome, July 2013
• Interpersonal Communication in Pre-AP World Languages and Cultures, San Francisco, Jul 2011
• Advanced Placement Italian Certification, College Board, San Francisco, Jul 2011
• AP Foreign Language Job Alike Workshop, Wiesbaden, Germany, May 2011
• Foreign Language Pre-Implementation Workshop, Department of Defense Dependents Schools, 2002
• ACTFL Performance Guidelines Workshop, Vicenza, Feb 2000
• Partial Immersion, Host Nation & Second Language, Department of Defense Dependents Schools, 1999
• Partial Immersion Workshop, Vicenza, 1999
• Oral Proficiency Techniques and Strategies in Second Language Instruction, University of San Diego, 1995
• Language Implementation Training, Vicenza, Dec 1995
• Effective Foreign Language Instruction, Vicenza, Aug 1995
• Foreign Language Conference, Raunheim, Germany, Feb 1995
• TST (The Study of Teaching) workshop, Tirrenia, Italy 1994;
• Research for Better Teaching, Department of Defense Dependents School, 1993


Invited Talks - Presentations
• Integrating the Italian Culture in your Language Activities webinar, ITANJ Sept 20
• Interactive Activities to Utilize During Distance Learning webinar, ITANJ Sept 20
• How to build and use interactive activities in class and remote with Peardeck, NMHS Sept 20
• The AP exam, webinar sponsored by Calandra Institute and Società Dante Alighieri, NY, April 2020
• Practice for AP activities/2, webinar sponsored by Calandra Institute and Società Dante Alighieri, NY, April 2020
• Practical suggestions for the AP exam tasks, webinar sponsored by Department of Defense Education Activity, March 2020
• Practice for AP activities/1, webinar sponsored by Calandra Institute and Società Dante Alighieri, NY, March 2020
• The AP course framework/2, webinar sponsored by Calandra Institute and Società Dante Alighieri, NY, March 2020
• The AP course framework/1, webinar sponsored by Calandra Institute and Società Dante Alighieri, NY, Feb 2020
• Practices for an effective AP course, webinar sponsored by Department of Defense Education Activity, Feb 2020
• How to build an effective AP World Language Course, webinar sponsored by Department of Defense Education Activity, Jan 2020
• "Using current events to create original vertical units", ACTFL Conference, Washington, Nov 2019
• "Integrating the Italian culture in your language activities", guest speaker at workshop at Iona University, New York, Nov 2019
• "Building an effective AP Italian course from the beginning to the advanced levels", NYCAFLT/UFT Conference, New York, Nov 2019
• "Practical examples of vertical units", AATI-LI webinar, Oct 2019
• "Strategies to build an effective AP course starting from the beginning level", AATI National Conference, Marist College, June 2019
• “AP and more!/2: ‘Il linguaggio della tecnologia’ and ‘I miei libri’” Webinar organized by AATI Long Island, Jan 2019 Webinar organized by AATI Long Island, Feb 2019
• “AP and more!/1: ‘Canzoni per riflettere’ and ‘Il linguaggio della pubblicità’” Webinar organized by AATI Long Island, Jan 2019
• "Flipgrid: hear every student's voice in your classroom. The use of an effective technological teaching tool.", Teacher Workshop Day at Naples MHS, Oct. 2018
• "Suggerimenti e strategie didattiche per preparare gli studenti all'esame AP", Webinar to Teachers of Italian Teachers Association of New Jersey, Oct 2018
• "Current Events in Vertical Units: come utlizzare le notizie per unità didattiche verticali", Webinar to Teachers of Italian Teachers Association of New Jersey, Sept 2018
• "How to structure an AP course", Webchat with Teachers of Italian Association of New Jersey, Aug 2018
• "Motivating students to keep studying Italian", Webchat with Teachers of Italian Teachers Association of New Jersey, Aug 2018
• "Reinforcing Writing Skills Through the AP Course and Exam", John Calandra Institute, New York, Oct 2017
• "Suggestions for effective activities in Italian classes through practical original lessons", conduction of workshop at Florida International University, Miami Oct 2017
• “How to develop AP Italian Thematic units to help students be successful at AP exam”, Teacher Development night, Cincinnati, June 2017
• “Best Practices to Enhance CLIL in the Classrooms” workshop to teachers of Istituto Europa, Pomigliano, Naples, Mar 2016
• Keynote speaker at Conference on “The Benefits of Bilingualism”, Istituto La Sala, Aversa, Feb 2016
• “Using current events to design original lessons in AP Italian” session at the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Annual Convention, San Diego, CA, Nov 2015
• “Using Technology to design original lessons in AP Italian” session at the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX, Nov 2014
• 5 day workshop on “Talking about Legality: Icons in American and Italian Cultures” NMHS and Istituto Europa, Naples, Nov 2014
• “Using Technology to design original lessons in AP Italian” session at the ACTFL AP Italian at the 2014 College Board Advanced Placement Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA Jul 2014
• “Using Technology to design original lessons in AP Italian” session at the AP Summer Institute at Universita’ per Stranieri of Perugia, Jul 2014
• “Data collection and evaluation in Foreign Language Classes” session to the Faculty of Naples American Middle High School, Mar 2014
• “School Improvement Plan: Embedding School Goals into a Foreign Language Lesson”, session to the Faculty of Naples American Middle High School, Jan 2013
• “Improving Writing Skills in Class”, to the Faculty of Naples American Middle High School, Oct 2012
• “Using Math Skills in Foreign Language Classes” session the Faculty of Naples American Middle High School, Mar 2011
• “How to Improve Critical Thinking in Class”session to the Faculty of Naples Middle High School, Oct 2009
• “School Improvement Plan: Best Practices in Class” session to the Faculty of Naples MHS, Nov 2007
• “Use of Technology in Foreign Language Classes” workshop at the Foreign Language Pre-Implementation Conference, Frankfurt, Germany, Feb 2002


Major Professional Experiences
• Member of the AP Italian Language and Culture Development Committee at College Board, Jul 2019
• Member of the AP Italian Language and Culture Development Committee at College Board, Jul 2018
• Member of the AP Italian Language and Culture Development Committee at College Board, Jul 2017
• Member of the AP Italian Reading for 2016 AP exams, College Board, Cincinnati, Jun 2017
• Publication of original lessons on Blog “USspeaksItalian” http://www.usspeaksitalian.org/blog-attivita-didattiche SY 2016-17
• Member of the AP Italian Language and Culture Development Committee at College Board, Jul 2016
• Member of the AP Italian Reading for 2016 AP exams, College Board, Cincinnati, Jun 2016
• Presenter of “Best Practices to Enhance CLIL in the Classrooms” workshop to teachers of Istituto Europa, Pomigliano, Naples, Mar 2016
• Keynote speaker at Conference on “The Benefits of Bilingualism”, Istituto La Sala, Aversa, Feb 2016
• Presenter of session “Using current events to design original lessons in AP Italian” at the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Annual Convention, San Diego, CA, Nov 2015
• Instructor of a course on Italian Current Events at Middlebury College Language Schools, Jun-Jul 2015
• Member of the AP Italian Language and Culture Development Committee at College Board, Jul 2015
• Member of the AP Italian Reading for 2015 AP exams, College Board, June 2015
• Presenter of session “Using Technology to design original lessons in AP Italian” at the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX, Nov 2014
• Presenter of a 5 session workshop on “Talking about Legality: Icons in American and Italian Cultures”, Istituto Europa, Naples, Nov 2014
• Presenter of session “Using Technology to design original lessons in AP Italian” at the ACTFL AP Italian at the 2014 College Board Advanced Placement Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA Jul 2014
• Presenter of an AP Italian course at the 2014 College Board Advanced Placement Summer Institute at Universita’ per Stranieri of Perugia, July2014
• Presentation on “Data collection and evaluation in Foreign Language Classes” to the Faculty of Naples American Middle High School, Mar 2014
• Presentation on “School Improvement Plan: Embedding School Goals into a Foreign Language Lesson”, Jan 2013
• Presentation on “Improving Writing Skills in Class” to the Faculty of Naples MHS, Oct 2012
• Senior Class Sponsor, Responsible for Graduation Ceremony, 1994-2011 and 2013-2015
• Presentation on “Using Math Skills in Foreign Language Classes” to the Faculty of Naples MHS, Mar 2011
• Translation of a review on www.scaruffi.com/avant/deca.html, Mar 2010
• Presentation on “How to Improve Critical Thinking in Class” to the Faculty of Naples MHS, Oct 2009
• Member of Committee on Foreign Language standards and proficiency expectations and understanding of best practices for developing and assessing language proficiency, Feb 2008
• Presentation on “School Improvement Plan: Best Practices in Class” to the Faculty of Naples MHS, Nov 2007
• Part of Planning Committee for Foreign Language European Festivals 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, Germany
• Core session instructor in Foreign Language Festival events in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009
• Creation of an original video clip advertisement of Foreign Languages http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qssm02-7F1U, Oct 2005
• OFT Representative for LinguaFest Planning, Germany, Mar 2007
• Responsible for selection, presentation and purchase of Advanced Italian textbooks for all American DoDDS Schools in Italy, Mar 2007
• Translator of Parent Rights for Department of Defense Dependent Schools official site www.specialed.eu.dodea.edu/parentpage13.htm, Sep 2005
• Creator of official logos for FL European Festivals, Germany, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009
• Accredited Interviewer of American Teachers applying for Host Nation positions in Naples, Mar 2001
• Member of Review of DoDDS Foreign Language Standards Committee, Arlington, Jun 2002
• Presentation on “Use of Technology in Foreign Language Classes” at the Foreign Language Pre-Implementation Conference, Frankfurt, Germany, Feb 2002
• HS Representative for Virtual Planning Committee Conference, Jan 2002
• Head of Italian Textbook Selection Committee for Med District, Sep 2001
• Host and organizer of All-Italy Foreign Language Festival, 2001, 2004
• Member of Benchmark Committee, Sept 2000
• Member of New Material Review Committee, Richmond, Virginia, Aug. 2000
• Foreign Language Department Head at NAHS, 1996-1999
• Host and organizer of First Foreign Language Festival, Naples, Apr 1997
• Interviewer of Derrick de Kerckhove, Director of McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology (Canada), Jun 1996
• Trainer of NMHS Teachers in “Integrade grading system” Software, Dec 1995

Job Knowledge
• Originally designed lessons for Advanced Placement Italian class on a regular basis
• Course programs, grading policy and class expectations presented clearly to students, sent to parents via email and posted on Schoology platform
• Detailed daily lesson plans with unit objectives
• Daily lesson schedule posted on the board
• Use of a wide selection of different types of class activities (listening, speaking, reading, writing and cultural)
• Large use of realia and supplementary material, in order to provide students with an even wider variety of learning sources
• Lesson plans and activities updated and archived neatly, divided by levels and topics
• Use of Italian newspapers, web papers, blogs in the target language for advanced classes
• Accurate substitute folder with detailed emergency lesson plans, along with alternate plans


Work Habits
• Daily sponge activity at the beginning of each class
• Desks arranged in pairs, in order to easily allow pair-work
• Objectives of the daily lessons clearly posted on the board
• Lesson plans based on real-life dialogues and situations
• Presentation of authentic material on a daily basis
• Grades are given in weighted percentages (participation, warm-ups, tests, homework)
• Preparation of original lesson plans, activities and tests
• Different types of testing methods (multiple choice, essays, matching, short answers, listening exercises, open dialogues, video/audio clips, etc.)
• Reinforcement of linguistic situations and cultural aspects in study trips
• Publication of selected students’ articles on quarterly Foreign Language Newsletter
• Large variety of visual stimuli in the classroom
• Lesson pace gives students opportunity to be on task all the time


Promoting Digital Learning
• Creation and update of personal website www.robertapennasilico.it, 2003 to present
• Upload of assignments and worksheets on Schoology platform
• Creation of Class Blog/Website 2013-15: www.missp-classes.weebly.com
• Large use of Smart Board activities from textbook software
• Use of originally designed lessons on Power-Point presentations
• Creation of technology-based lesson plans
• Large use of radio podcasts, video clips, digital video-camera for special projects and related software for activities at all levels
• Individual students’ digital portfolio or websites, a collection of notes, assignments, reports, dialogues, presentations and such, graded every semester
• Assignments posted on school Grading database and website
• Creation of a quarterly Foreign Language Parent Newsletter


Community Liaison
• Consistent and continuous collaboration with American Consulate in Naples on planning of joined cultural events for students and teachers
• Current Member of AATI (American Association of Teachers of Italian) and ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages), until 2014
• Sponsoring of Italian students at Naples High School on a regular basis during the school year, and returning the visit to a selected number of Italian schools
• Organizing study trips with classes of Italian students acting as tour guides
• Planning and organization of special school events, such as students meeting and interviewing famous Italian actor, Mr. Croccolo, or inviting an Italian professor to talk to students about Dante’s Inferno
• Planning and coordinating Naples High School Jazz Band concerts at Italian schools
• Acting as liaison between Naples High School Junior and High School Honor Societies and local orphanages, for donations and special events
• Planning of trips to WW2 Museum in Anzio
• Planning of attendance to theater performances organized by popular Italian Theater Didactic Organizations, such as “Le Nuvole” and “Il Palchetto Stage”, to watch live performances based on literary masterpieces
• Coordination of events involving Italian peers (i.e. the musical Grease, football games, etc.)
• Presentations on the American School System to Italian teachers in Italian High Schools;
• Coordination of the participation in the Italian Performing Arts Festival;
• Organization of Music concert with Conservatory of Avellino Young String Orchestra at Naples High School, Dec 2012


Communication
• Records of students’ performance and homework updated and posted on school database
• Assignments and homework posted on Schoology platform and updated on a daily basis
• Publication of original lessons, links and ideas on College Board Teacher Community area and on USspeaksItalian (Italian Embassy in Washington)
• Prompt answers to messages from parents
• Foreign Language Department Newsletter edited quarterly, sent home electronically
• Publication of Newsletter on school’s Webpage
• “A Note from the Senior Sponsor” article published on School Newsletter regularly
• “A Note from the Senior Sponsor” sent to Seniors’ parents through e-mail
• Use of Facebook group pages for Senior classes and Italian Club
• Senior meetings and Italian Club meetings advertised on daily bulletin and Schoology
• Always present to parent conferences
• Point of contact for Study Trip Planning for teachers in every other curriculum area
• Regular contacts with Italian teachers and students, in order to promote cultural exchanges, that take place regularly during the school-year


Leadership
• Planning and supervising 1st Foreign Language Festival ever held in Italy, Apr 1997
• Preparation of students for the FL Festivals held yearly after 1997
• Assistance to the teachers hosting FL Festivals’ following editions
• Hosting 4th Foreign Language Festival in Naples, in 2001
• Senior Class sponsor 1994-2011, 2013-2015: planning of meetings, ordering of caps and gowns, organization of graduation ceremony in Italian historical sites, baccalaureate, supervising of fundraisers, preparation of both baccalaureate and graduation programs
• Italian Club sponsor since 1991: planning of weekly meetings, organization of fundraisers during the most important Italian holidays, spreading the Italian culture in the school, planning and participation in an end-of-the-year trip to an Italian site
• Participation in many school activities, such as Homecoming, Prom, and other school-related activities
• Coordination of Italian culture activities for other teachers, such as the organization of study trips to cultural sites and full-immersion school exchanges with Italian students

professional background

DoDEA

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is a civilian agency of the United States Department of Defense that manages all schools for military children and teenagers in the United States and also overseas at American military bases worldwide. DoDEA also provides support to more than one million military-connected students who attend public schools throughout the United States. It is headed by a director who oversees all agency functions from the Mark Center in Alexandria Virginia. DoDEA's schools are divided into three areas, each of which is managed by an area director. Within each of these three areas, schools are organized into districts headed by superintendents.
>> visit DoDEA website

College Board

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.  Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.
Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.
>> visit the College Board website

ACTFL

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,000 language educators, students, and administrators.   ACTFL holds an annual Convention and World Languages Expo that provides participating teachers with an amazing educational journey with the option to choose from more than 700 educational sessions in a variety of formats covering a wide spectrum of the language profession. The ACTFL Convention is an international event bringing together more than 6,000 language educators from all languages, levels and assignments.
>> visit the ACTFL website

AATI

The American Association of Teachers of Italian is a professional organization of scholars worldwide who contribute to the multi-disciplinary field of Italian Studies through teaching, research, and service. Our mission is to promote, advance, and preserve the study of Italian language, literature, and culture in its multiple historical and contemporary manifestations. The AATI achieves these goals by sponsoring meetings, seminars, conferences, competitions, workshops, national examinations, the National Italian Honor Society, and by publishing the quarterly journal Italica, dedicated to excellence in teaching and research in all areas of Italian studies. The AATI also collaborates with other professional organizations to accomplish its objectives.
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