This is a power point presentation (in Italian and English) that Professor Barbara Spinelli uses for graduate student training. The power point presentation highlights the importance of integrating individual differences- learningstyles, background knowledge, learning strategies, etc.- in syllabus design.
Awareness of Cultural Differences
These are the General Guidelines to an ongoing Final Project conducted at Columbia University every Fall semester since 2011. The Project is a collaboration between Columbia University and the Autónoma University of Madrid, Spain. During 8-10 weeks, Intermediate students of Spanish as a Foreign Language in New York conduct an intercultural, linguistic exchange with Intermediate students of English as a Foreign Language in Madrid. The purpose of this exchange is to enhance students’ writing skills, perfecting their abilities and performance in the foreign language, while actively learning about the culture of the target language, and teaching about their own. Students act as teachers of culture and language, engaging in peer-to-peer corrections in their native language, while receiving feedback on the foreign one.