Language Teaching

The Society’s Officer for Language Teaching Matters is Caterina Sinibaldi (University of Warwick):

Why Should You Study Italian?

Italian session taking place at the London Language Show

Sunday 11 November

15.45 – 16.30

Dr Caterina Sinibaldi – Italian language coordinator (Warwick University) and Language Portfolio holder at the Society for Italian Studies

Dr Valentina Abbatelli – Teaching Fellow in Italian (Warwick University)

Peter Langdale – Head of Italian at North London Collegiate School

Shereen Hunte – Italian and Classics graduate & Learning Officer at Jewish Museum London

How can we inspire more students to study Italian? This will be the leading question of our seminar, bringing together university lecturers and school teachers to share resources, teaching tips and funding opportunities for promoting the study of Italian from GCSE to higher education. We will cover the career opportunities and the added value of studying a more niche language, as well as the historical and contemporary connections between Italy and the UK. Whether you, or someone you know is considering studying Italian, or whether you are an Italian teacher at any level, please come and join our conversation!



Italian Teachers Day

Saturday 10th March 2018

Francis Holland School, Ivor Place, London, NW1 6XR

9.30 -10.00 Registration

10.00 – 10.10 Welcome

10.10 – 10.20 Italian resources web site 

L’Italia: Una società in evoluzione

10.20 – 11.00 Talk: Dr Jennifer Burns, University of Warwick. Routes and roots: approaches to migration in contemporary Italy

11.00 – 11.40 Talk: Dr Ruth Glynn, University of Bristol.  Perceptions of Naples and the ‘Divario nord/sud’   

11.40– 12.00 Coffee and Networking

12.00 – 12.30 Promoting Italian: Round table (Contributions from teachers describing initiatives they have taken, advice etc.) Chaired by Anna Hemsworth, Manchester Grammar School 

12.30 – 1.15 Lunch and Networking

Dal Fascismo ai giorni nostri

1.15– 2.00 Teaching History and producing materials to teach the theme (Prof. Giuliana Pieri, Royal Holloway, University of London, Dr David Brown, The Sixth Form College Farnborough and Peter Langdale, North London Collegiate School.)

2.00 – 2.40 Option 1

  1. Teaching a set text: Io non ho paura (Dr. Daniela La Penna, Reading University); or
  2. The new GCSE – Discussion led by Sharon Mangion, St Joan of Arc Catholic School; or 
  3. Pre-U, an alternative to A Level?

2.40 – 3.20      Option 2

  1. Teaching a film: La vita è bella (Dr. Charles Leavitt, University of Reading); or
  2. The new GCSE : or
  3. Pre-U, an alternative to A Level?

3.20 – 3.30      Conclusion 


Teaching the new A-Level syllabus in Italian – Practical tips and ideas

When: Wednesday 25 January 2017, 1.30-6pm

VENUE: University of Manchester

This is event for Secondary Schools colleagues in the North West, where colleagues can discuss the innovations and challenges of the new Italian specifications of the Pearson Edexcel curriculum for 2017.

A practical session and roundtables will provide the opportunity to share ideas for your teaching and network with like-minded colleagues.

The programme of the event is available to download.

 The presentations will be available shortly.


Giornata celebrativa dell’insegnamento della lingua italiana nel Regno Unito
Martedi 16 dicembre 2014, 10.30- 16.30 
Venue : Europa House, London.

The event is an opportunity to celebrate the teaching of Italian in the UK to coincide with the Italian presidency of the EU council. The event aims to represent language teaching at HE level, but also at secondary and primary level.  While looking at the history of Italian language teaching in this country, the sessions on the day also explore current issues and possible ways of meeting the future challenges of Italian language teaching in the UK.

The wider aim is to involve as large a number as possible of UK HE institutions, schools and colleges, where Italian Studies are present or Italian language teaching is offered as a way of strengthening the position of the discipline.


The event is free and you can register using this link:

For further information please contact: Enza Siciliano Verruccio ( ) and Alessia Putino ( )

The School of Modern Languages hosted a one-day conference on Teaching and Learning Languages through online Open Educational Resources. This conference intended to provide examples of best practice from a broad educational spectrum – including Secondary Schools, Further, Higher & Continuing Education – to help bridging the gaps that exist in the teaching community, begin a more structured debate around this topic and create opportunities for sharing and collaboration.
Contacts: Gloria Visintini (Language Director for Technology Enhanced Learning); Andrea Zhok(Language Director, Italian); Jonas Langner (Language Director, German).


Conference website.

Conference: Enhancing the Italian Studies Curriculum: Innovation and Development Conference.
Manchester, Friday 17 September 2010

In 2010, the first ‘Enhancing the Italian Studies Curriculum: Innovation and Development Conference’ took place at the University of Manchester.
The event was the first of its kind to focus on the teaching and learning of the Italian language, with contributions from a number of both HE and SE colleagues.
It was jointly sponsored by the University of Manchester, Society for Italian Studies and Routes into Languages. The event welcomed around 50 delegates both from across the UK and Europe. Fourteen papers were presented, including contributions from the two keynote speakers, Marina Orsini-Jones from Coventry University, and Dr Marina Mozzon-McPherson from the University of Hull.

Please click here to see the programme.