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Italian Language & Culture

For new and experienced AP teachers

course description:

The AP Italian Language Syllabus will be developed according to the AP Italian Language and Culture Exam Guidelines and the Learning Objectives of the AP Course. Of course it will include the material that the facilitator has created and used during his teaching experience according to the World Language Themes, during the development of course suggestions from the participants will be heard and added to the workshops.

AP Italian Language and Culture Topics and Practices 

  • Contemporary Life, Families and Communities, Personal and Public Identities and Beauty and Aesthetics in Mine Vaganti by F. Ozpetek
  • Nord Vs Sud” (Italia Contemporary Life and Families and Communities) according to the The Jackal, Casa Surace and The Coliche 
  • Slow Food Manifesto, Global Challenges, Science and Technology and Families and Communities and Italian approach for a global challenge 
  • Personal and Public Identities, Contemporary Life and Families and Communities in the role of Italian women through the lenses of contemporary Italian cinema
  • Social, mammoni and volunteering who really are the young Italians – Families and Communities, Contemporary Life – Science and Technology
  • Do Design and Fashion speak Italian? Beauty and Aesthetics in our lives
  • In the year of Dante are dialects still alive? Beauty and Aesthetics – Families and Communities 
  • Family and Communities and Contemporary Life between the lines of Ammaniti and Veronesi 
  • Street Art, Comics and Graphic Novel the “side dish” of Beauty and Aesthetics and Contemporary Life


consultant: mario costa

Mario Costa, Italian consultant

Mario Costa is an Italian and a Spanish teacher who has been teaching at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City for 20 years.

He likes creating and teaching new lessons conjugating highlights of Italian society and the languages modes.

Curriculum development integrating arts and relevant features of the Italian contemporary culture in the Italian Syllabus has been an integral part of his responsibilities at LaGuardia HS of Performing Arts.

Mario Costa has deliberately been involved in this important aspects of education because they play a pivotal role in the growing of the Italian program at his school.

Several times per year, Mario Costa has been recruited to present at professional development workshops organized by NYC DOE, UFT Foreign Language Teachers Association, College Board, IACE (Italian American Association of Italian), NYCFLT and ACTFL

His workshops have focused on student engagement through music, series, movies, contemporary arts, design, literature, formative assessment, where he was able to share the methods found to be most successful in his classroom, but also to open discussions that can ultimately enhance the work carried out in Italian classes and help his students.

Mario Costa has contributed to the making of the NYC Comprehensive LOTE and SLP Italian exams, he is part of the AP Italian Language and Culture Exam Development Committee, AP Italian Reader, College Board Consultant, AP Daily Video Instructor, he is Board Member of the IACE New York which demonstrates his knowledge of this specific exam, checkpoints, format and deadlines.

Born in Taranto (Italy), and educated in Italy and New York, Costa earned his BA+MA in Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University G. D’Annunzio Pescara (Italy) and a Master in Italian Literature at Hunter College.

He was named Secondary Teacher of the year by AIAE (Association of Italian American Educators) New Jersey in 2015.