Last year, while doing some volunteering in Italy, I tried to teach Italian to three Moroccan youngsters. I enjoyed so much the experience that I’m considering to study for taking the DITALS (teaching qualification to teach Italian to foreign people)…. So: “Why not to take advantage now?
According to the data of the Italian Ministry of the Foreign Affairs (MAE), Italian is the fourth most studied language in the world – soon after English, French and Spanish- and the trend is growing continuously. The language of Dante is considered fascinating for several reasons, and Italy is well known in the world for food, fashion industry, architecture, writers, artists and football.
This might explain why when we went to Mustika School and we asked the children if they were interested in Italian class they were so excited! I started my Italian lessons with Emanuele (one of the others Italian volunteers) in the 6th grade. We’ve been told that the school is facing budget problems and apparently they can’t pay enough teachers to fill the lessons for the whole week, but they have outdoor activities for the students on Friday morning that we can join.
Our class is composed by 12 children, an amazing Indonesian melting-pot! Some of them are Buddhists, other Christians and Muslims; their origins are different, but all of them are Indonesian!
This experience is really inspiring for me: I tried to invent or adapt some games to help the kids learning new Italian words, and Emanuele usually works on the exercises and on the power point presentations through which we usually introduce the lessons. Basically we are trying to teach the basics of the Italian language through songs, cartoons, games and whatever comes to our mind.
The students are very clever and they already knew something about Italy, like “pizza”, “Italian coffee” and of course, Italian football, but after a quick chat with them we realized they didn’t have idea of where Italy is located in the world, and where Europe is, or where Asia is in the world map…. So now we are considering to deliver some notions of Geography and culture (a subject that apparently they don’t have in their ordinary learning plan), in order to inspire them about Italy and Europe