2020 has arrived, and it is a time for new beginnings. As I think about my personal goals for this year, it’s clear that my commitment at the Italian Language Foundation, and Italian language education, are extremely important to me.
Since 2008, when Louis Tallarini and I founded the Italian Language Foundation, Inc., (ILF), as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, we realized that the enhancement of professional development for teachers of Italian would be a top priority. We have provided world-class workshops for teachers of Italian at the middle and high school levels throughout the United States. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages offered the first workshops, and afterward, we offered workshops by highly qualified and dedicated AP Italian teachers, and readers of the AP Italian exam. These workshops have benefited teachers of Italian in many parts of the United States. We’ve also sponsored attendance for teachers of Italian at the Middlebury College courses offered in Vermont and California during the summertime.
Now, the Italian Language Foundation is honored to officially collaborate with The College Board and with the Embassy of Italy to offer official AP Italian workshops for teachers of Italian in many parts of the United States. These workshops will be underwritten by the Italian Language Foundation, and are free of charge to all teachers of Italian who are members of the Italian Language Foundation. They will be conducted at the various Consulates of Italy throughout the United States.
The first of these new workshops will be offered on Saturday, February 1st, 2020, at the Consulate of Italy in New York City. The details are outlined on our website (www.italianlanguagefoundation.org/teachers) including a workshop registration link to The College Board’s website.
2020 will be a year of many benefits for teachers and students of Italian who are members of the Italian Language Foundation. In addition to the Awards for Excellence that the Italian Language Foundation has offered to students over the years, we will now be providing information about summer internships for students of Italian at the high school and college level. These are exciting new opportunities for students, and will encourage them to choose Italian as a course of study. More information regarding these internships will be provided in the next few months.
If you are a teacher of AP Italian, and live in the New York – New Jersey – Connecticut area, please do register for the workshop on February 1st. If you live in a distant state, please keep checking our website for upcoming workshops to be offered in eight other states.
Thank you, teachers of Italian, for your dedication, and your commitment to excellence.
Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D.