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I have been teaching foreign languages since 1995 and I am always looking for new materials to use in the classroom. The belief that students must be empowered with their learning is at the base of all my activities. You will find that they all leave space to production and creativity, motivating students to use the foreign language as a tool to communicate.

I have been teaching foreign languages since 1995 and I am always looking for new materials to use in the classroom. The belief that students must be empowered with their learning is at the base of all my activities. You will find that they all leave space to production and creativity, motivating students to use the foreign language as a tool to communicate.
MovieItaly: La vita è bella
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MovieItaly: La vita è bella

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Whether your students are preparing for the Advanced Placement, A Level, GCSE, International Baccalaureate, or any high level test to prove their language skills in Italian, MovieItaly is the series of study guides that will lead them to discover Italy's culture and lifestyle through cinema. Each movie has been carefully selected to entertain students, make them think and help them produce language with ease and motivation. All the activities can be used with peers, independently or with the teacher's guidance. They present a very simple Italian, to help students compare, contrast, think critically and then produce language confidently. The main production comes at the end of the guide, and it is preceeded by activities that gently bring students to build their opinions and their language step by step. You can use each activity as you please, and in the way that best meets your teaching needs. Each study guide completion will require about four classes, depending on how much time you can devote to the actual screening and how you want the students to work. It is advised to do the "Prima della visione" activity together, helping students to prepare themselves for the new topic and characters. Feel free to contact me to give me feedback about how you have been using the study guides: I'm always in for learning something new! Happy viewing!
MovieItaly: Io non ho paura
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MovieItaly: Io non ho paura

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Whether your students are preparing for the Advanced Placement, A Level, GCSE, International Baccalaureate, or any high level test to prove their language skills in Italian, MovieItaly is the series of study guides that will lead them to discover Italy's culture and lifestyle through cinema. Each movie has been carefully selected to entertain students, make them think and help them produce language with ease and motivation. All the activities can be used with peers, independently or with the teacher's guidance. They present a very simple Italian, to help students compare, contrast, think critically and then produce language confidently. The main production comes at the end of the guide, and it is preceeded by activities that gently bring students to build their opinions and their language step by step. You can use each activity as you please, and in the way that best meets your teaching needs. Each study guide completion will require about four classes, depending on how much time you can devote to the actual screening and how you want the students to work. It is advised to do the "Prima della visione" activity together, helping students to prepare themselves for the new topic and characters. Feel free to contact me to give me feedback about how you have been using the study guides: I'm always in for learning something new! Happy viewing!
MovieItaly: Italy in a Day
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MovieItaly: Italy in a Day

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Whether your students are preparing for the Advanced Placement, A Level, GCSE, International Baccalaureate, or any high level test to prove their language skills in Italian, MovieItaly is the series of study guides that will lead them to discover Italy's culture and lifestyle through cinema. Each movie has been carefully selected to entertain students, make them think and help them produce language with ease and motivation. All the activities can be used with peers, independently or with the teacher's guidance. They present a very simple Italian, to help students compare, contrast, think critically and then produce language confidently. The main production comes at the end of the guide, and it is preceeded by activities that gently bring students to build their opinions and their language step by step. You can use each activity as you please, and in the way that best meets your teaching needs. Each study guide completion will require about four classes, depending on how much time you can devote to the actual screening and how you want the students to work. It is advised to do the "Prima della visione" activity together, helping students to prepare themselves for the new topic and characters. Feel free to contact me to give me feedback about how you have been using the study guides: I'm always in for learning something new! Happy viewing!
AccordiAMOci: il genere di nomi e aggettivi
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AccordiAMOci: il genere di nomi e aggettivi

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This video helps students learn or review how to use gender in Italian nouns and adjectives. Rules and examples are in Italian and are meant to be used by students at intermediate and advanced levels, in particular those studying for the AP or the IB in Italian. Use it for in class review, or share it with students in Edmodo or any platform your school uses, to make sure they will produce language as accurate as possible. All the videos in the AccordiAMOci series last between 10-15 minutes, allowing students to maximize the benefits of the little time they have to study! Buono studio!!
MovItaly - Pane e tulipani
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MovItaly - Pane e tulipani

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Whether your students are preparing for the Advanced Placement, A Level, GCSE, International Baccalaureate, or any high level test to prove their language skills in Italian, MovieItaly is the series of study guides that will lead them to discover Italy's culture and lifestyle through cinema. Each movie has been carefully selected to entertain students, make them think and help them produce language with ease and motivation. All the activities can be used with peers, independently or with the teacher's guidance. They present a very simple Italian, to help students compare, contrast, think critically and then produce language confidently. The main production comes at the end of the guide, and it is preceded by activities that gently bring students to build their opinions and their language step by step. You can use each activity as you please, and in the way that best meets your teaching needs. Each study guide completion will require about four classes, depending on how much time you can devote to the actual screening and how you want the students to work. It is advised to do the "Prima della visione" activity together, helping students to prepare themselves for the new topic and characters. Feel free to contact me to give me feedback about how you have been using the study guides: I'm always in for learning something new! Happy viewing!
I don't know: Helping Students to Speak - ESL version
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I don't know: Helping Students to Speak - ESL version

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How often do you have a student tell you they do not "know" how to answer a question or do an assignment? Insecurity and fear of failure can be a terrible barrier at any age. This poster will help your student release the anxiety of production to find new ways of trying to understand a task and become an active part of the class. Enjoy!
MovieItaly: bambini nel tempo
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MovieItaly: bambini nel tempo

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Whether your students are preparing for the Advanced Placement, A Level, GCSE, International Baccalaureate, or any high level test to prove their language skills in Italian, MovieItaly is the series of study guides that will lead them to discover Italy's culture and lifestyle through cinema. Each movie has been carefully selected to entertain students, make them think and help them produce language with ease and motivation. All the activities can be used with peers, independently or with the teacher's guidance. They present a very simple Italian, to help students compare, contrast, think critically and then produce language confidently. The main production comes at the end of the guide, and it is preceeded by activities that gently bring students to build their opinions and their language step by step. You can use each activity as you please, and in the way that best meets your teaching needs. Each study guide completion will require about four classes, depending on how much time you can devote to the actual screening and how you want the students to work. It is advised to do the "Prima della visione" activity together, helping students to prepare themselves for the new topic and characters. Feel free to contact me to give me feedback about how you have been using the study guides: I'm always in for learning something new! Happy viewing!
MovieItaly: Happy Family (Gabriele Salvatores)
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MovieItaly: Happy Family (Gabriele Salvatores)

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Whether your students are preparing for the Advanced Placement, A Level, GCSE, International Baccalaureate, or any high level test to prove their language skills in Italian, MovieItaly is the series of study guides that will lead them to discover Italy's culture and lifestyle through cinema. Each movie has been carefully selected to entertain students, make them think and help them produce language with ease and motivation. All the activities can be used with peers, independently or with the teacher's guidance. They present a very simple Italian, to help students compare, contrast, think critically and then produce language confidently. The main production comes at the end of the guide, and it is preceeded by activities that gently bring students to build their opinions and their language step by step. You can use each activity as you please, and in the way that best meets your teaching needs. Each study guide completion will require about four classes, depending on how much time you can devote to the actual screening and how you want the students to work. It is advised to do the "Prima della visione" activity together, helping students to prepare themselves for the new topic and characters. Feel free to contact me to give me feedback about how you have been using the study guides: I'm always in for learning something new! Happy viewing!
MovieItaly: the first bundle!
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MovieItaly: the first bundle!

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Whether your students are preparing for the Advanced Placement, A Level, GCSE, International Baccalaureate, or any high level test to prove their language skills in Italian, MovieItaly is the series of study guides that will lead them to discover Italy's culture and lifestyle through cinema. This bundle includes study guides for the following movies: Uomo d'acqua dolce, Io non ho paura, Caterina va in città, Happy Family, Italy in a Day, La vita è bella. Each movie has been carefully selected to entertain students, make them think and help them produce language with ease and motivation. All the activities can be used with peers, independently or with the teacher's guidance. They present a very simple Italian, to help students compare, contrast, think critically and then produce language confidently. The main production comes at the end of the guide, and it is preceeded by activities that gently bring students to build their opinions and their language step by step. You can use each activity as you please, and in the way that best meets your teaching needs. Each study guide completion will require about four classes, depending on how much time you can devote to the actual screening and how you want the students to work. It is advised to do the "Prima della visione" activity together, helping students to prepare themselves for the new topic and characters. Feel free to contact me to give me feedback about how you have been using the study guides: I'm always in for learning something new! Happy viewing!
Game: Scrambled -ARE verbs in Italian
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Game: Scrambled -ARE verbs in Italian

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This is a quick, fun filled game for students to quickly review the present of regular and irregular -are verbs in the present. Your students will have to find the right match for each subject and likely object to go with the right verb. Have fun!
AccordiAmoci: Pronomi diretti, indiretti e doppi
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AccordiAmoci: Pronomi diretti, indiretti e doppi

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This video helps students learn or review how to use direct, indirect and double pronouns in Italian. Rules and examples are in Italian and are meant to be used by students at intermediate and advanced levels, in particular those studying for the AP or the IB in Italian. Use it for in class review, or share it with students in Edmodo or any platform your school uses, to make sure they will produce language as accurate as possible. All the videos in the AccordiAMOci series last between 10-15 minutes, allowing students to maximize the benefits of the little time they have to study! Buono studio!!
AccordiAMOci: Gli articoli in italiano
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AccordiAMOci: Gli articoli in italiano

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This video helps students learn or review how to use articles in Italian. Rules and examples are in Italian and are meant to be used by students at intermediate and advanced levels, in particular those studying for the AP or the IB in Italian. Use it for in class review, or share it with students in Edmodo or any platform your school uses, to make sure they will produce language as accurate as possible. All the videos in the AccordiAMOci series last between 10-15 minutes, allowing students to maximize the benefits of the little time they have to study! Buono studio!!
AccordiAMOci: aggettivi e pronomi indefiniti
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AccordiAMOci: aggettivi e pronomi indefiniti

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This video helps students learn or review how to use the indefinite adjectives and pronouns in Italian. Rules and examples are in Italian and are meant to be used by students at intermediate and advanced levels, in particular those studying for the AP or the IB in Italian. Use it for in class review, or share it with students in Edmodo or any platform your school uses, to make sure they will produce language as accurate as possible. All the videos in the AccordiAMOci series last between 10-15 minutes, allowing students to maximize the benefits of the little time they have to study! Buono studio!!
AccordiAMOci: Ci, ne e i pronomi relativi
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AccordiAMOci: Ci, ne e i pronomi relativi

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This video helps students learn or review how to use the relative pronouns, ci and ne in Italian. Rules and examples are in Italian and are meant to be used by students at intermediate and advanced levels, in particular those studying for the AP or the IB in Italian. Use it for in class review, or share it with students in Edmodo or any platform your school uses, to make sure they will produce language as accurate as possible. All the videos in the AccordiAMOci series last between 10-15 minutes, allowing students to maximize the benefits of the little time they have to study! Buono studio!!
AccordiAMOci: il plurale di nomi e aggettivi
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AccordiAMOci: il plurale di nomi e aggettivi

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This video helps students learn or review how to use the plural of adjectives and nouns in Italian. Rules and examples are in Italian and are meant to be used by students at intermediate and advanced levels, in particular those studying for the AP or the IB in Italian. Use it for in class review, or share it with students in Edmodo or any platform your school uses, to make sure they will produce language as accurate as possible. All the videos in the AccordiAMOci series last between 10-15 minutes, allowing students to maximize the benefits of the little time they have to study! Buono studio!!
Game: Scrambled -ere verbs in Italian
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Game: Scrambled -ere verbs in Italian

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This is a quick, fun filled game for students to quickly review the present of regular and irregular -ere verbs in the present. Your students will have to find the right match for each subject and likely object to go with the right verb. - Have fun!
MovieItaly: Caterina va in città
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MovieItaly: Caterina va in città

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Whether your students are preparing for the Advanced Placement, A Level, GCSE, International Baccalaureate, or any high level test to prove their language skills in Italian, MovieItaly is the series of study guides that will lead them to discover Italy's culture and lifestyle through cinema. Each movie has been carefully selected to entertain students, make them think and help them produce language with ease and motivation. All the activities can be used with peers, independently or with the teacher's guidance. They present a very simple Italian, to help students compare, contrast, think critically and then produce language confidently. The main production comes at the end of the guide, and it is preceeded by activities that gently bring students to build their opinions and their language step by step. You can use each activity as you please, and in the way that best meets your teaching needs. Each study guide completion will require about four classes, depending on how much time you can devote to the actual screening and how you want the students to work. It is advised to do the "Prima della visione" activity together, helping students to prepare themselves for the new topic and characters. Feel free to contact me to give me feedback about how you have been using the study guides: I'm always in for learning something new! Happy viewing!
MovieItaly: Uomo d'acqua dolce
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MovieItaly: Uomo d'acqua dolce

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Whether your students are preparing for the Advanced Placement, A Level, GCSE, International Baccalaureate, or any high level test to prove their language skills in Italian, MovieItaly is the series of study guides that will lead them to discover Italy's culture and lifestyle through cinema. Each movie has been carefully selected to entertain students, make them think and help them produce language with ease and motivation. All the activities can be used with peers, independently or with the teacher's guidance. They present a very simple Italian, to help students compare, contrast, think critically and then produce language confidently. The main production comes at the end of the guide, and it is preceeded by activities that gently bring students to build their opinions and their language step by step. You can use each activity as you please, and in the way that best meets your teaching needs. Each study guide completion will require about four classes, depending on how much time you can devote to the actual screening and how you want the students to work. It is advised to do the "Prima della visione" activity together, helping students to prepare themselves for the new topic and characters. Feel free to contact me to give me feedback about how you have been using the study guides: I'm always in for learning something new! Happy viewing!
Je ne sais pas: Helping Students to Speak - French version
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Je ne sais pas: Helping Students to Speak - French version

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How often do you have a student tell you they do not "know" how to answer a question or do an assignment? Insecurity and fear of failure can be a terrible barrier at any age. This poster will help your student release the anxiety of production to find new ways of trying to understand a task and become an active part of the class. Enjoy!