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USC’s 2018 Italian Language Teachers’ Workshop – Oct. 20

Date 10.15.2018

A turning point in Italian language instruction has arrived and already has begun to generate new strategies and techniques for promoting the discipline and for making it relevant and attractive to students for years to come.

Even before the MLA’s recent report on the dramatic 20% dip between 2013 and 2016 in Italian enrollments in U.S. colleges and universities, signs of the need for a call for action pervaded the discipline.  Course reductions, hiring freezes, and administrative pressures have been the reality for years.  The report makes clear that these are symptoms of a national trend that involves most languages and that may very well reflect not only changing institutional priorities but even a shift in cultural values.  In this context, how do we seize this moment and make Italian relevant for the 21st century (and beyond)?  How do we communicate to this generation of students, and those following in their footsteps, our conviction that the study of the Italian language and culture-and all languages and cultures for that matter-is essential to understanding the world around us?

Building on discussions of the future of Italian at Ohio State and Stony Brook University and the outpouring of postings on the AATI listserv, this year’s Italian Language Teachers’ Workshop at the University of Southern California aims to bring together Italian language instructors to share their work and strategies on how to reverse the trend of declining Italian language enrollments.

All presentations will be filmed and added to our website along with accompanying materials in the aim of providing a resource to achieve the goals of Italian programs in the U.S. and beyond.

The Keynote Speaker of the 2018 Italian Language Teacher’s Workshop will be Veronica Vegna, Senior Lecturer, Italian Language Coordinator and Languages across the Curriculum Program Coordinator at the University of Chicago.

Workshop Registration deadline: Midnight, October 16, 2018. $45 online / $50 at door

Please send questions to Alessio Filippi and James M. Fortney at and