Silvia Giorgini-Althoen

Silvia Giorgini-Althoen

Director of Italian Language Courses
Senior Lecturer


307 Manoogian Hall

Curriculum vitae


Silvia Giorgini-Althoen


Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Second Language Acquisition

    Applied Linguistics

    Use of technology in the World Language 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

  • 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

Currently teaching

  • ITA 2020 Italian Through Film - 3 credits

    ITA 2991 Italian Fairy Tales - Online - 3 credits

    ITA 2010 Intermediate Italian - 4 credits



Courses taught

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

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