School twinning tools for promoting the Italian language in the U.S.

May 14, 2023 755

The Italian Embassy in Washington DC hosted the final event of the two-year twinning project between the Italian Parentucelli-Arzela' Institute of Sarzana (Liguria) and Annapolis High School of Anne Arundel County in Maryland, which involved more than 300 Italian and American students. Participating (remotely) were Avv. Cristina Ponzanelli, Mayor of Sarzana, and the Casa Italiana Language School in Washington, DC, which coordinated the initiative.

"The project confirmed the value of partnerships between Italian and American schools as tools for the promotion of the Italian language in the United States and vice versa," highlighted the Embassy's Consular Coordinator, Cons. Michela Carboniero.

In the two years of the project, students from Sarzana and Annapolis worked together on topical issues from (such as) "personal data protection," to the "Bilingual Guide to the City of Washington DC" created with the contribution of Serena Riglietti, the well-known illustrator of the Italian version of the Harry Potter books, to interviews with well-known singers, as well as most recently to the Italian translation of the brochure of the Italian American Museum in Washington, DC, "The Legacy Brought by Italians to Washington DC - Thirty Places to Discover," created by students of the Sarzana High School of Science.

The meetings between the students of the two countries were attended - in attendance or remotely - by prestigious guests such as the commander of the Amerigo Vespucci, Massimiliano Siragusa, Professor Vespri, who spoke on numerology in Dante's works, and General Stefano Cont, Capability, Armaments and Planning Director of the European Defense Agency, who explained the organization of the Italian Armed Forces and its integration into the transatlantic defense system.

The experience will be replicated in the next two years with 2 other Italian and 2 American schools to build new bridges and create further ties between Italy and the United States under the banner of youth and intercultural enrichment.

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