Laura DiPofi, M.A.
I am originally from Cassino, in Southern Italy, where I also studied and graduated in foreign languages and literatures (English and Russian), while I earned my master’s degree in Theories and methodologies in teaching Italian language and culture to foreign students, from the University of Torvergata, in Rome.
Although I am permanently based in Italy, where I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in a number of North American Institutions, I regularly go to the US as a visiting professor. I believe it is important to immerse myself in the culture of my students in order to have a better understanding of their cultural background and improve my teaching techniques. My course on Contemporary Italian Life and Culture focuses on Italy and Prato key cultural issues. The aim of the course is learning how to overcome culture shock by transforming it into a learning opportunity, observe and understand human behavior, discuss one’s own opinions freely and open-mindedly, develop critical thinking skills and personal perspectives on critical issues such as cultural differences, integration, migration, gender equality and women’s rights.
My didactic approach includes interactive classes, films and documentaries, group-discussions in which students are encouraged to utilize their everyday experiences and interactions outside the class and, finally, group role-plays and field trips in order to reinforce positive dynamics within the classroom environment and have a first-hand experience of the topics covered in the course.
In my free time I enjoy painting and reading books, especially historic essays about ancient recipes and cooking traditions. I have also collaborated to the publication of "IMMAGINA", an Italian text-book for North American students.
- Contemporary Italian Life and Culture
- Italian Language