This is most recent syllabus. Your final syllabus will be given during your first day of class
Important Note: Spots are limited. An application is required, which you will receive by email. The Umbra Institute will not be able to guarantee enrollment to all that apply.
This course has two main academic components: one experiential (practicum) and one reflective (seminar). The practicum provides you with direct experience in an inclusive professional setting for 3 hours per week. The seminar meets every week for 1.5 hours to explore disciplinary theory through readings, discussions, and personal reflection.
In the seminar, you will examine educational psychology, pedagogical models, and English language teaching methods.
In the practicum, you will be assigned to a local high school (liceo scientifico), a middle school, or an elementary school to work closely with English language teachers and Italian students. Depending on the placement and the teachers’ needs, you may assist with lesson planning and classroom instruction or design and implement English language workshops with a specific theme such as music or travel. At the end of the semester, you will present your practicum experience to the Umbra community.
You are encouraged, but not required, to enroll in PYHD 430: Human Development based on the complementary nature of your practicum placement.
By the end of this course, you will have:
- a heightened sense of intercultural awareness;
- an appreciation for how the community partner, as part of the host culture, conveys an identity and sense of place;
- a body of disciplinary knowledge and theory with which to interpret and analyze the internship experience; and
- critical thinking and communication skills as a result of integrating theory with practice and synthesizing learning into a final project.
Selected readings will be provided in class