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An Interdisciplinary
Student-Centered Learning Project
Enza Antenos and Teresa Fiore (Italian Program, Department of Spani...
Fall semester 2014 project: Published article on university main webpage (February 2015)
Why study Italian? Why in NY/NJ?
Italy: G8 country and economic
leader
New York: most Italian city
outside of Italy
New Je...
1. Teaching towards professional application of BA: Classroom
experience + professional world via the Made in Italy
(third...
Genesis Initial idea: Asking professionals about
role of Italian language and culture in their
work
Maurita Cardone, deput...
Hands-on learning?!
Implementation of idea: Containers
1. Business Italian class (Antenos) : 18 students (FA14) in contact with La Voce via Ca...
This course is designed to develop students' communicative skills and prepare them to work in the Italian
business world. ...
Perceptions of Skills
Working alone, many students remain in the dark. Learning Communities are high impact activities
Methodology Eighteen students, both Italian majors or minors, at
various points (and proficiency levels) of their
academic...
Learning
Community
Learning community: two professors and journalist (different work pace and
dynamics, similar objectives...
“Learning to work as part of a team was as important to the students, as having the opportunity to interact with
professio...
SampleActivities Market Research in the sector
Italy’s role
Italy’s presence in the U.S.
Job opportunities
Preparation of ...
Eight business people and creators active in various Italocentric sectors in NY-
NJ:
Design
Gaetano Pesce (Designer and Ar...
Interview questions, storyboards, and article drafts were shared on a private Wordpress
blog. Community extended beyond im...
OutcomesFour subtitled video interviews
and related articles in Italian and
English published in the daily La
Voce di New ...
“I entered this project with only the knowledge of the Italian language. I didn’t know anything about Italian or
American ...
Relevanceoncampus 1. Strategic goals at MSU
A. An innovative real-world learning experience through co-curricular
activiti...
Futuresteps
New Coop Eds
(internships): Food
distributor in NJ and
restaurant
Presentations
Italian Trade
Commission (Ital...
Bring your
comments,
ideas,
feedback to
the table!
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The Business Italian Style project, in collaboration with the Inserra Chair at Montclair State University, presented a group of undergraduate students in Italian with a unique opportunity to explore the world of design and the role of Made in Italy in New York.

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Business Italian Style. An Interdisciplinary Student-Centered Learning Project

  1. 1. An Interdisciplinary Student-Centered Learning Project Enza Antenos and Teresa Fiore (Italian Program, Department of Spanish and Italian)
  2. 2. Fall semester 2014 project: Published article on university main webpage (February 2015)
  3. 3. Why study Italian? Why in NY/NJ? Italy: G8 country and economic leader New York: most Italian city outside of Italy New Jersey: very Italian state
  4. 4. 1. Teaching towards professional application of BA: Classroom experience + professional world via the Made in Italy (third most known brand worldwide, after Coca-Cola and Visa) “For me Made in Italy stands for quality, creativity, artisanship, style and innovation” (student Pederiali) 1. Promotion of the study of Italian language and culture at MSU via project spearheaded/supported by Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian Studies, created in 2010 to broaden the vision and scope of the Italian Program. Goals
  5. 5. Genesis Initial idea: Asking professionals about role of Italian language and culture in their work Maurita Cardone, deputy editor of La Voce di New York (online newspaper for Italian and Italian-American news and culture), acted as liaison with Made in Italy in NY- NJ. Concrete idea: Preparing, conducting, producing and editing interviews with prominent Italian entrepreneurs and creators in the design, fashion, art and food worlds.
  6. 6. Hands-on learning?!
  7. 7. Implementation of idea: Containers 1. Business Italian class (Antenos) : 18 students (FA14) in contact with La Voce via Cardone. 2. Coop Ed (Fiore): Student majoring in TV production and minoring in Italian supervised by Giuseppe Malpasso, a filmmaker from Art Motion Picture (NJ) for the shooting + recent graduate from the School of Communication and Media.
  8. 8. This course is designed to develop students' communicative skills and prepare them to work in the Italian business world. It will also introduce them to numerous Italian entities and Italian-American companies in the tri- state area. Cecilia Alemani, Director High Line Art
  9. 9. Perceptions of Skills
  10. 10. Working alone, many students remain in the dark. Learning Communities are high impact activities
  11. 11. Methodology Eighteen students, both Italian majors or minors, at various points (and proficiency levels) of their academic career Students were divided into groups according to, interest (surveyed in advance), proficiency level (distributed to balance skills of members) and gender. Each student selected a role in their group, with distinct responsibilities. Materials developed to meet goals of 5Cs: Communication, Cultures, Comparisons, Connections, and Communities The three phases learning process was applied: pre-interview prep; while interviewing negotiation of meaning; post-interview interpretation and production. The culmination was the writing of article and creation of video.Tiziano Zorzan, Fashion Designer
  12. 12. Learning Community Learning community: two professors and journalist (different work pace and dynamics, similar objectives, shared interests). “Working on shared projects can enrich students’ experiences and open them to more critical ways of thinking and more creative forms of problem- solving” (Blessinger)
  13. 13. “Learning to work as part of a team was as important to the students, as having the opportunity to interact with professionals” (Fiore/Antenos)
  14. 14. SampleActivities Market Research in the sector Italy’s role Italy’s presence in the U.S. Job opportunities Preparation of Infographic Research on Specific Companies Italian History International Presence American Presence Social Media Presence Corporate headquarters (for planning a business trip)
  15. 15. Eight business people and creators active in various Italocentric sectors in NY- NJ: Design Gaetano Pesce (Designer and Architect) Federico Materazzi (Executive VP, Americas Poltrona Frau Group) Art Cecilia Alemani (Director, High Line Art) Laura Mattioli, (Founder, CIMA, Center for Italian Modern Art) Fashion Alberto Milani (CEO, Buccellati Americas) Tiziano Zorzan (Fashion designer) Food Melissa M. Daka (Chef and Owner of the Sicilian restaurant Eolo) Sabbia Auriti (COO, The N Beverage Group and Gruppo Fooding) Sectors&Personalities
  16. 16. Interview questions, storyboards, and article drafts were shared on a private Wordpress blog. Community extended beyond immediate group. Melissa Daka, Eolo restaurant, NYC
  17. 17. OutcomesFour subtitled video interviews and related articles in Italian and English published in the daily La Voce di New York: over 40,000 views. Pedagogical importance of final projects with a real impact 1. Students connect university and real world 2. Immediacy of delivery mode and wide online dissemination Visibility to Italian businesses now aware of university activities Alberto Milani (CEO, Buccellati Jewelry, Madison Ave.)
  18. 18. “I entered this project with only the knowledge of the Italian language. I didn’t know anything about Italian or American business, interviewing, film editing or journalism. I feel like this project and class has allowed me to get my foot in the door,” says Agresta. “I don’t know where it will lead me in the future, but I feel that it’s definitely a start of something big.” Students at CIMA, Center for Italian Modern Art, NYC
  19. 19. Relevanceoncampus 1. Strategic goals at MSU A. An innovative real-world learning experience through co-curricular activities B. Dynamic approach to learning a language in the region via off campus partnerships and new modes of instruction 2. Promotion in and outside the program (strong magnet for students from different disciplines). Federico Materazzi Poltrona Frau, Soho
  20. 20. Futuresteps New Coop Eds (internships): Food distributor in NJ and restaurant Presentations Italian Trade Commission (Italian Consulate branch) June 2: Italian Republic Day St. Peter’s Prep School, Jersey City
  21. 21. Bring your comments, ideas, feedback to the table!

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