Silvia Giorgini

Silvia Giorgini

Director of Italian Language Courses
Associate Professor of Teaching


307 Manoogian Hall

Curriculum vitae


Silvia Giorgini


Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

Second Language Acquisition,

 Applied Linguistics,

 Technology Integration in the Classroom,

 Teaching Language through Fairy Tales and Literary Texts,

 Italian Culinary History


  • Master of Arts, Università degli Stranieri di Siena, Italy - February 2018. Defended Thesis: "La fiaba e la favola nella didattica dell'italiano LS a studenti universitari" (Teaching Italian through Folk and Fairy Tales in Higher Education")
  • 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"
  • Italian Elementary Teaching Certificate, 1999

Awards and grants

2021 Member, Academy of Teachers

2019 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching

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:

2019 to present paper at ACTFL National Conference in Washington D.C.

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

Selected publications

Giorgini-Althoen, Silvia. "Bridging Cultures Across Borders: Intercultural Engagement through a Virtual Collaborative Project". The FLTMAG, 24 January, 2022,


Currently teaching

ITA 1010 Beginner Italian I - In-person - 4 credits

ITA 2010/2020 Intermediate Italian III/ Italian Through Film -  Combined Class/In-Person - 4 and 3 credits

ITA/NFS 3300 Science, History, and Culture of Italian Cuisine - Hybrid- 3 credits


ITA 1010

ITA 1020

ITA 2010

ITA 2991

ITA 3030

ITA 3100

ITA 3200

ITA 3300

ITA 4610

ITA 4620

ITA 5150

ITA 5200

ITA 5570

Other qualifications directly relevant to courses taught

VoiceThread Certified Educator

EdPuzzle Coach

Certified Plida Examiner for Dante Alighieri Society-Michigan Chapter

SAT Italian Development Committee Member

AP Italian Language and Culture Question Leader