Exploring Approaches to the Development and Delivery of English-taught Courses on Franco-Italian Culture

Grant program: Teaching and Learning Development Grant (TLDG)

Grant recipient: Vlad Vintila, Department of French

Project team: Catherine Black, Paola DeRycke, and Chohre Rassekh, Department of French, Esther Souman, Zach Vanderploeg, and Doris Yuen, research assistants

Timeframe: June 2018 to August 2019

Funding: $6000

Courses addressed: Italian and French Cultural Perspectives

Description: We would like to design and implement a sequence of team-taught courses on Franco-Italian cultural perspectives. The courses would be taught by members of both the French department and the Italian studies program.

Questions addressed:

  • What is the level of student interest in the intended FREN/ITAL 150/350?
  • What suggestions do students have for improving the course design?
  • What opinions about and suggestions for the courses do the faculty in the French Department have?
  • What opinions about and suggestions for the courses do the faculty at potentially collaborating programs have?

Knowledge sharing: The project findings will be made available to the entire faculty and staff of the French department for evaluation and approval of implementation of suggested developments. In addition, any individuals, units, etc. that will have been consulted as part of the project completion, will be provided with a copy of the final report.

The project should be relevant to most languages and cultures programs, as well as to other units and programs with a cultural component, and, more generally for the assessment of integrated, interdisciplinary and cross-field coursework offerings.