Concept by: Sheila Corwin
Would you like to visit Venice, Milan, Rome, Naples, and Palermo all in the same week? Or, at least, would you like to stay in Florence and travel with your imagination across these destinations while learning new methodologies for managing classroom activities? This course will introduce you to the many ways to plan, create, and administer activities that include all four skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) and teach you how to implement fun and captivating lessons that promote student learning.
Participants will be involved in a variety of creative activities to reinforce the use of each of the four skills: they will be exposed to the use of real-world texts and audiovisual sources (reading and listening), and acquire new skills in engaging learners through productive activities (writing and speaking). Individual, pair, group, team, and whole-class participation will facilitate active interaction and discussion. There will also be time for reflection and the sharing of best practices.
All the course activities will focus on Italy and five of its most visited cities Palermo, Naples, Rome, Milan, and Venice. Hence, while learning about how to improve your teaching, you will also learn about the Italian way of life—along with its culture, people, places, history, customs, and food. All classes will end with a recommendation for a special food experience in Florence related to the day’s course content.
By the end of the course, participants will have obtained important insight into the practice of teaching by feeling what it’s like to be a student again or putting themselves in their students’ shoes. They will come away with new ways to get the most out of teaching and integrating inspiring and imaginative lessons while enjoying a small taste of the Italian dolce vita.
The course will help the participants to:
- Integrate the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) into their school curriculum;
- Design creative and engaging activities aimed to achieve specific learning objectives;
- Create and find stimulating materials from the real world to improve your teaching increasing student interest and motivation;
- Establish a safe and inclusive classroom environment to promote students’ active participation;
- Discover the real Italian lifestyle and culture while learning how to carry out collaborative and communicative activities.
The schedule describes likely activities but may differ significantly based on the requests of the participants, and the trainer delivering the specific session. Course modifications are subject to the trainer’s discretion. If you would like to discuss a specific topic, please indicate it at least 4 weeks in advance.
Day 1 – Course introduction & Discovering Italy
- Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
- Icebreaker activities;
- Starting in the South, pair work discussion on Palermo, monuments, history, film, important people, culture and street food.
Day 2 – Unlock Naples
Elicitation about Naples, ordering sequence activity, characters and traditions, organized crime, notable food items.
Day 3 – Uncover Rome
What about Rome? Timelines, famous people, history, how to spend a day, interviews, reflectons on life in Ancient Rome, historical figures, favorite Roman dishes and how to make them.
Day 4 – Focus: Milan
Heading north to Milan. Monuments, important art works, famous people, historical time lines, art and artists, beloved dishes, biographies.
Day 5 – Discover Venice & Course closure
Ending in Venice. Important characters, biographies, film, poetry writing, specialities. Explorers, places, history.
- Course evaluation: round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
- Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;
Day 6 – Excursion
Excursion and other external cultural activities.
- Teachers (primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs);
- Teacher trainers;
- Headteachers; Principals; Managers of schools.