TESOL Italy Newsletter
è unbollettino informativo a circo-lazione interna dell’associa- zione TESOL-Italy. Non è invendita, ma viene distribuitogratuitamente ai membri del-l’associazione.Supplemento a Perspectives,Fall 2008
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TESOL Italy Newsletter
Beth AnnBoyle, Lucilla Lopriore, Mary BethFlynn, Marina Morbiducci, Stefa-no Mochi, Franca Ricci Stephen-son, Romina Noce, Anna Rosa Iraldo.
TESOL-Italy’s mission is todevelop the expertise of thoseinvolved in teaching English tospeakers of other languages, andto foster professional growth andactive participation in languageteaching. Its mission includespromoting communityunderstanding of the role of language in a progressivelychanging environment whilerespecting individuals’ languagerights.To achieve this TESOL-Italy
encourages access to andstandards for English languageinstruction, professionalpreparation, continuing educationand student programs;
links groups to enhancecommunication among languagespecialists;
produces high quality programs,services and products
promotes advocacy to furtherthe profession.
DTP Claudio Giacinti
From the Editor's Table
TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Italy
TESOL-Italy, an affiliate of TESOL International, founded by Mary Finocchiaro, is a non-profitorganization of teachers of English in Italy. Its purposes are to stimulate professionaldevelopment, to disseminate information about research, books and other materials related toEnglish, and strengthen instruction and research.TESOL-Italy organizes a national convention every year .Members receive
the academic journal of theassociation.
; Beth Ann Boyle
; Lina Vellucci
Second Vice President
; Raffaele Sanzo (MIUR)
; Patrizia Petruccetti
(currently Romina Noce).
Ex officio members:
, Cultural Attaché, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy,Rome;
Maria Paola Pierini
, Cultural Affairs Assistant, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy,Rome.
Elisabetta Burchietti, Letizia Cinganotto, Paolo Coppari(
, Letizia Corbucci, Daniela Cuccurullo, Gabriella D’Amico, RosannaFiorentinoMorozzo
, Mary Beth Flynn
, MariaPia Foresta, EnricoGrazzi
, Annarosa Iraldo Invernizzi
Ritana Leo, LucillaLopriore
, Maria Grazia Maglione, Rosella Manni,Paola Mirti, Marina Morbiducci(
Franca Ricci Stephenson
, Simonetta Romano, Cosma Siani
Executive Committee members and:
Anna Maria Basiricò,
Maria Irene Davì,
Maria Donata Fragassi
, Marsala, TP;
Esterina La Torre
, Mondragone, CE;
Anna Maria Nanni,
Maria Antonietta Ortenzi,
Anna Franca Plastina
, Rende, CS;
In vacant or in pensive mood”
by Anna Rosa Iraldo Invernizzi
Which is the best word to use when we want to wish somebody a restful and happy periodfar from everyday worries? Browsing Wikipedia or a paper or online dictionary we find‘holiday’:“the word
comes from the Old English word
. The word originallyreferred only to special religious days. In modern use, it means any special day of rest orrelaxation, as opposed to normal days away from work or school” (Wikipedia).Or we look up the word ‘vacation’ in the Oxford Dictionary and we find:“(US)any of theintervals between terms in universities and law courts; the long vacation (in the summer)”.But the full meaning of what this period should be is conveyed by the Italian “vacanza: da
, dal verbo
, latino vacãre, esser vuoto”(Wikipedia).It is this idea of ‘essere vuoto’ that I find most appealing.If we are ‘vuoti’/void/empty, we can make room for the ‘new’ and get ready to start anotherschool year with a renewed, refreshed attitude.We can get ready for the November conventionas Boyle suggests in her article or, as Stephenson says in her ‘Food 4 thought’, look at newsarticles from the perspective of a teacher who wants to start a
process [which] may disrupt the normative patterns of society and open up spaces for new voices to be heard;
in this waywe can keep motivation high as Lopriore’s ‘Buzz Word’ recommends.Plenty of suggestions and materials can be found and critically read in this first newslettercompletely under the responsibility of the new editor, ranging from the reflections of TESOL-Italy president’s article to the prompts for teachers of Corbucci’s ‘Webwatch’, and from theteachers’ manifold experiences with students – see the ‘Creative Writing Contest’ by Ortenziand Maglione, the ‘Spellevent Report’ by Vellucci or Morbiducci’s ‘Parallel Stories’ - to theupdating on technology by Ciaffaroni and by the EVO group.All this needs new room in our minds. So, buone vacanze!