Fall 2014

November 17, 2014

1. Il testo letterario contemporaneo. Modello di lettura e di analisi linguistica

Workshop for Teachers of Italian by Profs. Mirtilli Morgana,
Sonia Beretta & Federica Protti, Studio Arcobaleno, Training
and Education, Monza, Italy
4:15-6:15 p.m.
Vance Academic Center, room # 105

2. Una lezione d'opera

Performance and Lesson by Opera Singers Fausta Ciceroni, Soprano
& Alessio Magnaguagno, Bass
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Founders Hall, 1st floor of Davidson Hall

Although participation is free of charge, registration is required.
Refreshments will be provided.
To register, email  pescac@ccsu.edu, specifying the event(s) you wish to attend.


Spring 2014

March 8, 2014


                                                        Teaching World Languages Today:
                                                        Skills, Resources and Methodologies

                                                                CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The 8th CCSU Conference for Language Teachers will be held at Central Connecticut State University Student Center on Saturday, March 8th, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Modern Language Department invites proposal submissions.
Proposals for all languages are welcome!
Presentations: Total duration of 30 minutes, 10 of which are dedicated to questions and answers.
Workshops: Total duration of 60 minutes, 15-20 of which are dedicated to questions and answers.
Work-shops should include a practical component involving participants.

Presentations and workshops should be of interest to language teachers and should preferably be given in the target language. If dealing with general language topics, they should be given in English. Proposals may ad-dress theoretical, curricular, methodological or technical aspects related but not limited to the following sug-gested topics:
Language skills for the 21st century
Interdisciplinary approaches to language teaching
The online language classroom
Study abroad opportunities
Innovative trends in language education
Language needs for the professions
Advocating for languages
Incorporating new technologies into language teaching
Effective pedagogical resources
Flipping the language classroom

New: Conference Electronic Proceedings
Presenters have the opportunity to submit a paper for inclusion in the Conference Electronic Proceedings.
To propose a presentation or a workshop, please use the electronic submission form at www.modlang.ccsu.edu. Proposals will be accepted until December 8th, 2013.
Conference registration fee is waived to presenters
Complimentary breakfast, lunch and refreshments!
Visit the Conference page at http://www.modlang.ccsu.edu/Conference/2014/Default.htm
or contact Prof. Carmela Pesca at pescac@ccsu.edu

Fall 2013

October 21, 2013

Connecticut COLT Fall Conference 2013

World Languages: Are You Connected?


Location: CoCo Key Water Resort,

 Hotel & Conference Center

3580 East Main Street,

Waterbury, CT 06705

Session E: 2:40 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.

E-37: Conversation with Teachers of Italian:
Goals, New Trends, and Advocacy
Carmela Pesca, Central CT State University
Rita Leonardi, CITA
Level: All
Language of presentation: Italian
Examples: Italian
This session aims at promoting constructive conversation and
collaboration among teachers of Italian, who are invited to
share challenges and experiences in the profession. Discussion
will include current conditions, practices, innovations, as well
as advocacy and organizational plans to strengthen connections.

Session B:
Keynote Address, Awards,
9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

B-12: Keynote Address by Thomas Sauer
Thomas Sauer, an Educational Entrepreneur, is currently working as Learning and Innovation Specialist for FayetteCounty Public Schools and Director of Design and Communication for AdvanceLearning. Previously, he served as World Language Specialist for school systems in major urban areas such as Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky where Thomas was instrumental in guiding teachers to  design units of study and implement art iculated proficiency-based programs and assessments. Other professional experiences include teaching German face-to-face at the University of Kentucky and Georgetown College and through distance learning at Kentucky Educational Television. Always looking for new ways to learn with and from teachers, Thomas has worked for the Kentucky Department of Education Foreign Language Teachers Academies, directed the Kentucky World Language Teacher Network, and presents frequently at state, regional, and national conferences. He has directed a variety of state and federal grants, most recently as program consultant and program director for several successful STARTALK student and teacher programs. Thomas has served as President of the Kentucky World Language Association as well as on the Board of the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages and the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Currently he is serving on the ACTFL Board of Directors and is the Convention Chair for the 2014 ACTFL Convention and World Languages Expo. Most recently, Thomas was one of the authors of two national framework publications impacting today's world language classrooms: the P21 World Languages Skills Map and the Teacher Effectiveness in Foreign Languages Project.

October 7, 15-16, 2013

2013 The Year of Italian Culture Symposium

2013 The Year of Italian Culture in the United States is an initiative that promotes Italy and its rich history and culture. Central Connecticut State University is a natural place to join the celebration because Connecticut has a very large Italian American community. The Elihu Burritt Library and the Italian Resource Center (IRC) have extensive holdings of materials that promote and support the teaching of Italian history and language. This symposium is the result of collaboration among the Burritt Library, the IRC, and professors of Italian History and Culture from various universities and colleges of the state.

The symposium is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Welte Society and Italian Studies Fund, CCSU Foundation, the Italian Resource Center, Modern Languages, West European Studies, the Italian Club and the Center for International Education.

Events will take place in the Rare Book Room in Elihu Burritt Library and Torp Theatre in Davidson Hall. The symposium is open to both the campus and the local community.

Free parking available on campus. For directions go to: http://www.ccsu.edu/visit

*For more information please contact Renata Vickrey, Outreach Librarian at vickreyr@ccsu.edu or call 860 832-2085

For symposium program, go to : http://library.ccsu.edu/ItalianCulture/