Home / Language / Language Profiles

Language Profiles

Francesco Cesareo of Assumption College in Worcester

cesareo3

When Fulbright scholar Francesco Cesareo studied at the University of Rome and at the Pontifical Gregorian University he was struck by the splendor of ‘The Eternal City’ with its ancient medieval streets, cascading renaissance fountains, and magnificent Christian art. As a scholar with a particular interest in late medieval and early modern European history, he marveled at the architecture as well as the many cultural exhibits all around him. He stood breathless, like so many before him, at the magnificence of Vatican City — the seat of the Roman Catholic Church, and the home of the Pope. The beauty of ...

Read More »

Spreading the Italian Language – Sabrina Amadei

amadei-1

Verona native Sabrina Amadei has been teaching Italian language and culture from her home for over 20 years.

Read More »

Professor Flavia Laviosa: Making Italian useful

Laviosa

Most of her life has been spent in front of an open book, first in college while studying foreign languages and literatures; then during her travels around Europe; then in Buffalo, N.Y.; and finally during a quarter century as an educator.

Read More »

Italian language activist Gioconda Motta

motta6

“When we lived in Melrose in the mid 1970s, my eldest daughter used to bring pizza to school for lunch. For her, having grown up in an Italian household, it was the most normal thing in the world. At some point however she started to come home and say they were making fun of her, therefore she didn’t want pizza anymore. Yes, discrimination was that strong! That is when I went to the principal and I said I want to start an afternoon enrichment program — in Italian. After a couple of years, we had 30 children and families were ...

Read More »

Pirandello Language Center founder Tino Valdesolo

valdesolo3

In school, it is virtually impossible to capture his undivided attention for more than five minutes. If he isn’t substituting for one of the teachers, he is preparing a musical program, updating a curriculum or offering brief answers to family members or teachers who are lined up outside the little office he carved for himself at the Pirandello Language Center in the St. John School building. It has been like this every Saturday for the last four decades, during which time Tino Valdesolo has directed — hands-on and delegation-free — the longest running private institution for the teaching of Italian ...

Read More »