Thursday, December 5, 2013

Italian Flourishing at AHS

This year, Arlington High School saw the return of the Italian program, with 75 students enrolling in three sections of Italian 1, making up the first students to study Italian at AHS since the program was cut back in 2002. AHS received a $16,000 grant from the Centro Attività Scolastiche Italiane (C.A.S.IT., Inc.), an organization affiliated with the Italian Consulate, to bring Italian back to the district.

Yesterday, AHS Italian teacher, Dr. Antoni Di Sanzo, visited with the Italian Consulate to promote the program and speak with the Consul General, Guiseppe Pastorelli. Dr. Di Sanzo was also interviewed by Rai Italia, an Italian television network doing a piece on Italian language learning in the United States.

Dr. Di Sanzo with the head of the Italian Consulate, Guiseppe Pastorelli
Already, students in Italian 1 are able to communicate with basic proficiency in Italian, thanks to Dr. Di Sanzo's excellent teaching. Recently, students completed an essay in which they introduced members of their family, saying what their names were, how old they were, describing them, and saying things they like to do. In the below sample, a student described the family from the movie, "The Incredibles." Dr. Di Sanzo was impressed with the progress his students are making after only a few months of study. 

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