Growing up in my part of Long Island, New York, in the 1990s was like being in The Sopranos, minus the Mob. Nearly everyone claimed some Italian heritage—I proudly asserted that I was three-quarters Italian, though my last name betrays the Irish remainder. We had our choice of a half dozen pizza joints within a mile of our house; our pork store was...

Research carried out a few years back found out that the vast majority of Italians considered language the strongest representation of their “being Italian.” It seems a legitimate view: in a country where traditions and cultural habits can change drastically from an area to another, our language – and I dare say, the literature it produced – remain...

Today I am going to talk about a slightly different Italian language: the Italian Sign Language or LIS (lingua dei segni italiana). Why? Well, because it is an Italian language and last May the Italian Republic finally recognized the Italian Sign Language through a decree and declared its commitment to its promotion. Not only that, but it also reco...

This position is a part-time position as an Associate Instructor to teach Italian in the World Language Department at West Valley College. West Valley College is a public California Community College offering exceptional preparation for transfer to four-year colleges and universities, dynamic career programs for today’s job market, AA/AS degree pro...

Sunday June 6, 6:00 PM – 7:20 PM EDT. Zoom Meetings. Explore the richness of Italian regional languages with a presentation and enjoy a "degustazione" (taste) of readings of literary pieces in various dialects by the actors of All'italiana - Boston Italian Theater Company. Finally the audience is invited to share their experiences with the Italian...

Eight public school communities re-connected via a Zoom call last Thursday to celebrate their work during a troubled school year marked by school closures and re-openings. The event was hosted and coordinated by Lucas Liu and Naveed Hasan (respectively treasurer and multilingual parent member at the Community Education Council of district 3). “It w...

Last time we left off our grammar lessons, we were talking about the 1st conditional. So, in order to not to put too much on our plate, I thought we’d continue on the same line and talk about the 2nd conditional. While the 1st type conditional is used to talk about reality, the 2nd type is used to talk about possibilities.  The construction of thes...

Google launched Woolaroo, an open-source photo-translation platform powered by machine learning and image recognition, to help preserve Calabrian Greek and nine either endangered languages, including Louisiana Creole, Maori and Yiddish. “Google Arts & Culture realized that with some creative technology and partnering with language organisations, we...

The Director of the Coccia Institute is delighted to announce the 2021 Coccia-Inserra Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Italian (K-12). Recognizing the importance of acknowledging and motivating excellence in the teaching of Italian, the Coccia family and Lawrence Inserra, Jr., have established this significant award. Our donor...

For the 2020-2021 academic year, NAU Education Abroad at the Center for International Education and the Global Languages and Cultures department hosted Tania Ferronato from Italy as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA). The Fulbright FLTA Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and designed to develop Americans’ knowl...