Dr. Antonietta Di Pietro

  • College Board endorsed consultant for AP Italian Language & Culture
  • This session is offered in Event 1:June 21-24

Meet your AP Italian Language & Culture Consultant and read about the APSI Course Description for AP Italian!

Antonietta Di Pietro, Ph.D. in Atlantic History, Florida International University. She holds two Master’s degrees, the first in History, and the second one in Italian Pedagogy. She is active as a certified ACTFL OPI and OPIc tester. From 2016 to 2020 she served as co-chair of the Italian Language Development Committee. She has also been serving as Question Leader in the AP Reading since 2013.

Her research and training in Art History, Western European History and Italian Language have prepared her to teach not only larger comparative Humanities courses but also to infuse the Italian and AP Italian language courses that she currently teaches with history, literature and cultural practices that constitute an integral part of foreign language learning.

Walton AP Italian Summer Institute: How to Stage a Successful Performance

If we were to think of the AP Italian Language and Culture course as the production of a performance, we would start by laying out its basic elements: exposition, structure, plot, dialogue, and resolution. In this APSI we will explore the various steps required for the staging of a performance through the lens of the AP Italian curriculum and review the elements that lead to students’ success.


Why the “performance” metaphor? Because we cannot truly achieve linguistic competence until we understand the culture of the people who speak that language. The AP Italian Language and Culture course teaches students not only the structure of the Italian language but also how to use the language—i.e. how to perform—within an Italian speaking community.

To reach this goal, the course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in real-life situations and engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music, laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions). In this APSI, we will review them all.


A story is successful when the chain of events takes place according to a time sequence. 

In order to plan effective lessons according to the right sequence, we will explore the course framework and the tools made available by College Board. We will review these resources and learn how to include them in our daily instruction (if we choose to) or how to use them as a springboard for a more personal approach to teaching. Additionally, we will discuss ways to identify the areas where individual students need additional focus and investigate strategies for intervention.


Our quest is to help students perform at the expected level of proficiency for the exam. By attending this APSI, you’ll gain deeper insight into the following key takeaways (among several others): Understand the Course; Plan the Course; Teach the Course; Assess Student Progress; and Engage as a Member of the AP Community. We will explore each one of these aspects and discuss the challenges and strategies that will help us reach our goal.


This APSI is carried along through conversations: our different habits, accents, and teaching behaviors will all provide insight into the Italian language and culture, enrich our experiences as teachers, and benefit our students.  


The climax is the most exciting part of a play and even though we will face challenges along the way, the ending will be a happy one: our students’ performance will be a success.