Professor Bertini-Bezzi Presents Paper at Canadian Association for Italian Studies Conference

Italian Professor Ada Bertini-Bezzi presented a paper called “Blended Learning: Strategie e criticità vissute sul campo” (Blended Learning: Strategies and Critical Issues from the Field) at the 2021 Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Italian Studies, held online on June 4, 5, 11, and 12, 2021.

Canadian Association for Italian Studies Conference

Canadian Association for Italian Studies Conference

Professor Bertini Bezzi’s paper was one of three papers presented in the session Didattica dell’italiano online (Online Italian Language Pedagogy) organized by Matteo La Grassa, researcher at the Università per Stranieri di Siena. The session highlighted challenges faced by professors teaching Italian as a foreign language during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The other professors who presented their papers in the session were Eleonora Fragai from the Università per Stranieri di Siena, Ivana Fratter from the Università degli Studi di Padova, Elisabetta Jafrancesco from the Università degli Studi di Firenze, and Gerardo Fallani from the Università per Stranieri di Siena.

“I would like to thank JCU’s Modern Languages and Literature Department Faculty for supporting the research that allowed me to present this paper at the CAIS Conference,” said Professor Bertini-Bezzi.

Established in 1972, CAIS aims to foster and advance Italian Studies in Canada by providing venues for the presentation and discussion of research dealing with Italian language, literature, film, politics and culture, and related fields, such as Italian-Canadian studies, and matters pertaining to the teaching of Italian as a second and third language.

In addition to teaching Italian language, Professor Ada Bertini-Bezzi teaches the interdisciplinary Italian for Business course in JCU’s Department of Business Administration. She holds a Laurea degree from the University of Rome “La Sapienza, as well as a Master in Didactics of Italian as a Foreign Language and a Postgraduate Diploma in Phonodidactics from the University of Venice “Ca’ Foscari,” 2011. She has published articles on teaching Italian and the use of multi-media and new technology.

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