The Pragmatic Use of Gestures in Italian: How to Survive in Italy Using Your Hands

In this interactive lecture, Professor Nuccio will address the question "why do Italians gesticulate so much?" through historical and cultural reflections. She will also expand on the personal, interpersonal, informative, and regulatory language functions in hand gestures, as well as provide practical examples of communicating beyond words. She will also provide different techniques for teaching and learning hand gestures for language instructors and language learners.

Erika Nuccio holds a Master’s degree with honors in Foreign Languages and Modern Literature from the University of Tuscia, Viterbo, as well as multiple advanced certifications for teaching Italian as a foreign language. She has collaborated with public schools and community services to teach Italian to immigrant students and political refugees, as well as with private schools and universities, so she has experience with different learner profiles. Erika has also recently acquired skills in online teaching, using different platforms like Classroom, Teams and Moodle, and she has completed trainings through ACTFL to develop proficiency while teaching remotely. She’s a very passionate and energetic teacher and she has been teaching Italian as second language for USAC since 2006.

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Wednesday, February 24 at 10:00 am

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