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ERIC Number: ED132849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Dec
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Italian Culture through Audio-Visual Aids.
Mollica, Anthony
The language teacher automatically teaches culture when he teaches language, but there are many ways in which the Italian teacher can specifically bring culture to the Italian classroom. Through use of vocabulary certain differences in culture can be made clear to students. Dialogues should be used to reveal major areas of contrast and similarity between the two cultures. Slides may be used to tell anecdotes (about famous Italians, for example) followed by a listening comprehension question. Proverbs, if used carefully, can give new insights into the values of Italian society. Native speakers can be used in the classroom as catalysts in discussions which bring out cultural differences. Students may have personal contact with native speakers by means of international correspondence; they could exchange letters or perhaps tapes. Teachers should collect articles and illustrative material, including cartoons and advertisements, from Italian magazines and newspapers. Slides and filmstrips provide an excellent visual element and should be used to emphasize various aspects of Italian life, while the film is perhaps the best vivid medium of presentation. Songs are of great help for the acquisition of both linguistic and cultural knowledge. Lastly, maps can be used to teach Italian geography. Also discussed are Nelson Brooks' list of concepts that are central to the analysis of a culture - symbolism, value, authority, order, ceremony, love, honor, humor, beauty, and spirit. (Author/CFM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meetings of the Modern Language Association/American Association of Teachers of Italian (San Francisco, California, December 27, 1975)