Silvia Giorgini-Althoen

Silvia Giorgini-Althoen

Coordinator of Italian Basic Courses


307 Manoogian Hall

Curriculum Vitae

Silvia Giorgini-Althoen

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  • Second Language Acquisition

    Applied Linguistics

    Use of technology in the Foreign Language Classroom

  • Teaching Language through Literary Texts

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • Laurea di Dottore in Lingue e Letterature Straniere (Russo), Università degli Studi di Pisa, Italy – April 1991. Defended thesis: "Dmitrii Kantemir: Kniga Sistima ili Sostojanie Mogammendoskoj Religii"
  • MA in Italian Applied Linguistics and Literature, Università per gli stranieri di Siena, Italy - February 2018 - Defended thesis: "Folktales and Fairy Tales in the University Foreign Language Classroom"
  • Italian Elementary Teaching Certificate, 1999

Awards and Grants

  •  Foreign Language Technology Center (FLTC), Wayne State University

    2015 Online Testing: completing the sequence ITA 1010
    2014 Business Italian: Design and Develop Fully Online Course
    2013 Online testing: expanding to Basic Courses ITA 1020
    2011 Online Testing in Basic Courses ITA 2010

    Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL), Wayne State University

    Full Travel Grants:
    2016 to present paper at ACTFL National Conference in Boston, MA
    2015 to present paper at ACTFL National Conference in San Diego CA
    2013 to present paper at ACTFL National Conference in Orlando FL

Currently Teaching

  • ITA 1010 Beginning Italian - 4 credits Fall 2018

    ITA 3030 Viaggio in Italia - 3 credits Fall 2018

    ITA 5570 Italian Fairy Tales -Online - 3 credits Fall 2018


Courses taught

ITA 1010

ITA 1020

ITA 2010

ITA 3030

ITA 3100

ITA 3200

ITA 4610

ITA 4620

ITA 5800