News from the board
We are thrilled to announce that dr. Gina Maiellaro (Northeastern University), has been awarded the title of Best Teacher of the Year 2023 and Honored for Service to MITA. Gina's commitment, passion, and exceptional contribution to the field of Italian language education have earned her this recognition. Not only has Gina exemplified excellence in teaching Italian language and culture, but she has also made invaluable contributions to the Massachusetts Italian Teachers' Association (MITA). Her unwavering dedication to MITA and its mission has significantly enriched the community of Italian educators in Massachusetts. Gina's tireless efforts in promoting the Italian language, fostering a vibrant learning environment, and her leadership within MITA have made a notable impact on our educational community.
Join us in celebrating Gina Maiellaro's achievements at the MAFLA Conference.
In this ever changing world, where globalization, intercultural exchange, and communication with the 'other' are key not only to success but to the future itself... Advocacy for learning Italian in Massachusetts is a priority for MITA. In this section teachers will find some useful tools.
Why study Italian?
Il Portale della Lingua Italiana
Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale
This site is dedicated to teachers and students interested in Italian and offers useful information and news.
Osservatorio sulla lingua italiana
Usspeaksitalian.org is the website of the Osservatorio of the Italian Language, which promotes the diffusion of the teaching of Italian language and culture in the United States, as well as the promotion of student participation in the Advanced Placement Program in Italian.
Italy: The Extraordinary Commonplace
A video created by the Ministero per lo Sviluppo Economico.
Lead with Languages
An ACTFL initiative, Lead with Languages is an unprecedented, multi-year campaign aimed at reversing the nation’s language skills gap and making language learning a national priority. Click here to find useful information, data, statistics as well as advocacy tips for your Italian language campaign.
Seal of Biliteracy
The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school, district, or state in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. The site offers updated information on each state's initiatives. Find out more about the Seal, your state’s status, and how you can implement a program in your school at the ACTFL website.
International Education Week
IEW is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and its Lead with Languages campaign, with the support of Pearson LLC and Language Testing International, commissioned Ipsos Public Affairs to conduct a survey of 1,200 U.S. employers, and the resulting 2019 report, Making Languages Our Business: Addressing Foreign Language Demand Among U.S. Employers, indicates an urgent and growing demand for language skills in the workplace.The report also suggests seven actionable recommendations that U.S. businesses may employ to fully leverage their employees’ language assets and to contribute to fostering a robust future multilingual workforce to better thrive in our global economy.