Patrizia
Bonucci

A scholar of modern foreign languages and the organizer of an Italian/English exchange program between Studio Arts College International and the University of Florence, Patrizia Bonucci has taught both Italian and English at a number of schools and institutions.

Patrizia Bonucci teaches Italian Language at SACI. She has previously taught at Middlebury college Study Abroad Program, Istituto Donatello, and Koine in Florence. In May 2016, she took part in the 24th National ILSA (Insegnanti Italiano Lingua Seconda Associati) convention held at the University of Florence in collaboration with the Centro Linguistico di Ateneo. She received her her National Teaching Qualification from the Italian Ministry of Public Instruction (Ministero della Pubblica Istruzione Italiana).

Patrizia Bonucci has a Laurea in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Florence. Her thesis was on English language and literature.

 

Teaching Philosophy

 

The aims of a language course must be defined with reference to the four language skills: understanding speech, speaking, reading, and writing. The aims, therefore, relate to the kind of activity which students are to perform.

The teaching of a language involves developing the ability to produce correct sentences, but that is not the only ability that students need to acquire. Someone who knows a language knows more than how to understand, speak, read and write sentences - s/he also knows how sentences are used to communicative effect. A student of a second language must therefore learn how to use sentences not only as isolated linguistic units, but appropriately to achieve a communicative purpose. In my opinion this approach to the study of a second language is effective for a student who learns the language in the country in which the language is spoken.

Consequently, my task is to unite harmoniously the teaching of grammar to communicative practice so as to stimulate students to interact during their stay in Italy.

I think that literature can be a catalyst for engaging students in critical discussions and eliciting multiple perspectives and voices in pursuit of understanding. It widens our universe, explores the possibilities of interaction with others and, by doing so, it enriches us. Therefore, to me teaching literature means proposing different stories and realities so as to help students, by sharing their ideas and interpretations with the class, discover new perceptions and enrich themselves as human beings.

"My task is to unite harmoniously the teaching of grammar to communicative practice so as to stimulate students to interact during their stay in Italy." –Patrizia Bonucci

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