Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto Supports SJU Italian Courses
Online Italian courses at St. Jerome’s University (SJU) received another financial boost this year from the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto. Each year the Instituto, the cultural wing of the Italian Embassy in Canada, issues a call for applications for grants from departments of Italian Studies at Canadian universities. The grants offer support for programs that promote the Italian language and culture. The Italian Studies program at SJU has been the recipient of an annual grant since 2016, when the university’s first application was submitted by Professor Emeritus Gabriele Niccoli. The Istituto has once again supported the program with almost $9,200 CAD in funding further to a successful application in 2021, submitted by Professor Emerita and former Chair of the department Kerry Lappin-Fortin.
“The Department of Italian and French Studies remains immensely grateful for the generous support of its program by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura,” stated SJU’s Italian Studies department’s Assistant Professor, Roberta Cauchi-Santoro. “These funds are invaluable in aiding the department in its mission to have professionally developed online versions of its core courses.”
Among the most popular language courses offered online is Introductory Italian I, available in a virtual setting every term through the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Extended Learning (CEL). The course is an intensive study of the fundamentals of Italian grammar and conversation offered to CEL adult, part-time, and online learners. The department will also be offering Understanding Modern Italy (an examination of Italy's transformation from Unification in 1861 to present day) and Italian Culture and Civilization I (a survey of developments in Italian culture - history, literature, and the arts - up to and including the Renaissance). Both online courses are being developed for launch in September 2022, with the aid of the Instituto funds.
“This year’s award is pledged to be used to develop the virtual version of Introductory Italian II, which offers more emphasis on conversation and everyday uses of the Italian language,” noted Cauchi-Santoro. “We would not have been able to develop online courses so consistently and in a relatively short time without the support of the Istituto.”
To find out more about courses offered in the Department of Italian and French Studies at SJU visit www.sju.ca/italian-french-studies