Interweaving Italian Language and Culture through Historically Distant Memories

This presentation provides an Italian example of the challenges faced by L2 instructors attempting to integrate distant historical memories into their curriculum. Meeting this challenge requires the development of activities that contextualize these narratives while bridging the past and the present by engaging with learners’ own values and experiences. Building on this understanding, students can expand their knowledge of both language and culture while at the same time deepening their awareness of their own personal and cultural identity. To this purpose, I propose activities appropriate for first- and second-semester Italian language courses.
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