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Barbara Spinelli

Barbara Spinelli is a Senior Lecturer at Columbia University. She is a teacher trainer and curriculum designer. She works with the CVCL (Center for Language Assessment and Certifications) of the University for Foreigners of Perugia on European research projects and language tests. She has taught Italian as a second language and methodology in language teaching at universities in the United States and Italy. For several years she was the director of the Italian language program at Columbia University, New York, and the study program at Columbia University in Venice, Italy. Her main research interests are: network-based language learning, curriculum design, multilingual and intercultural education. In this area she has lectured at international conferences and published articles in ISL journals. She is co-author of Profilo della lingua italiana Livelli A1, A2, B1, B2 del QCER.

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selected publications

Books and editions

Profile of the Italian language. GER reference levels A1, A2, B1 and B2, Spinelli, B., Parizzi F. (Co-Autoren), Florenz, La Nuova Italia.

By video: learning to learn with audiovisual means , Venice: Cafoscarina.

Linguistic and intercultural education in new learning environments Dolci, R., Spinelli, B. (Hrsg.), Monographische Ausgabe Rivista Itals, III, 9.

Articles and book chapters

'Multilingual Turn in FL Education: Investigation of the Read-Write Relationship of L3 / Ln Learners', in Translating and translating in multilingual contexts, , Amsterdam: John Benjamins Verlag.

' From communicative approach to task-based approach: possible synergies and integrations in language teaching ', in Diadori P., Caruso G., Lamarra A. (Eds.), Italian Second / Foreign Language School , Rome: Carocci-Verlag.

'Building multilingualism through shared learning and the reflective approach: a pilot study in the USA', in S. Garbarino, C. Degache (ed.), Proceedings of the IC2014 conference. Networked inter-understanding: scenarios, mediations, evaluations, evaluation , Universität Lumière Lyon 2.

„Integrating Plurilingualism into Curriculum Design: Toward a plurilingual shift“, in Dolci R., Tamburri A. (Hrsg.) Inter-understanding and multilingualism: theory and practice for Romance language teaching, New York: John D. Calandra Italian American Institute des Queens College.

„Empowering Italian as L2 Vocal learning through a Multiliteracies Framework“, in Lopez A., Y. Kumagai Y., W. Sujane (Hrsg.), Multilingualism in world language teaching , New York, Routledge.

'Didactic planning in the Italian L2 class: Orientation towards the critical and conscious participation of the student', in Balboni E., Caruso G., Lamarra A. (Eds.), Italian Second / Foreign Language School: Practical and Integrative Skills , Rome: Carocci-Verlag.

'THE Profile of the Italian language : a complementary tool to the Common framework European reference , Inside , n.27, Perugia: Krieg.

Adaptation of the curriculum to the learner profile: conveying and evaluating partial competencies in Language two 1, University of Milan.

Building an Intercultural Identity in an Intercultural Transition: a Short-Term Case Study, in Occhipinti E. (Ed.) Teaching Italian and Italian Culture: Case Studies from an International Perspective , Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

The idiocultural dimension of online learning micro-communities. Lidil-Revue, Not. 36, Grenoble: LIDILEM Laboratory Stendhal University of Grenoble Edition.

Developing Multilevel Language Learning in a High Performance Environment: A Case Study. Mosaic review , Nr. 9, Toronto: Hrsg. Sun.

The painting and the intercultural perspective, in Mezzadri M. (Ed.), Linguistic Integration in Europe: The Common Framework of Reference for Languages , Turin: Utet Libreria.

Virtual learning communities: Vademecum for an online teacher, in Dolci, R., Spinelli, B. (Eds.) Linguistic and intercultural education in new learning environments , Itals-Magazin, III, 9.

The Incontro Project: Intercultural Education and Online Interaction, in Dolci, R., Spinelli, B. (Eds.) Linguistic and intercultural education in new learning environments , Itals-Magazin, III, 9.

Idio cultural questions of a virtual learning community, in E-Learning 2004 , Norfolk, AACE.

Professional presentations

Conference on Italian Language and Culture: New Directions in Teaching and Research, Georgetown University, Washington, USA.

'Building Multilingual Skills through Self-Assessment and Collaborative Learning in a Web 2.0 Environment: A Case Study.'

International colloquium on language teaching 'Intercomprehension in a network: Scenario, Mediation, Evaluation', University of Lyon 2 , Lyon, France.

'Towards Multilingual Educational Practices in a Web 2.0 Environment: Building a Hybrid Italian Course for Romance Speakers in the US.'

Smith College, Northampton , USED

'The Italian as Lingua Franca: from' Bel Paese 'to Eataly' (seminar lectures 'Made in Italy', invited speaker).

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American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, San Antonio, USA.

'Effect on multimedia writers' vocabulary learning.'

American Council for Foreign Language Teaching, Orlando, USA.

Strengthening the L2 vocabulary within a multiliteracy and multilingualism framework.

American Association of Italian Teachers, Strasbourg, France.

'' Designing a modular and cyclical curriculum for teaching Italian from L2 to Profile of the Italian language '.

University of Bologna, Modena and Reggio Emilia - University Language Center - Summer School on Language Testing and Assessment

The Italian profile as a framework to support the validation process of CELI exams.

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Denver, USA.

Improve critical thinking through a web-based classroom dictionary .

Conference day of ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe), Rome, Italy.

Profile of the Italian language: objectives, methods and applications.

Teach Europe 2010 One Language as a Second Language, Spanish Embassy Washington, USA.

From the GER to the profile of the Italian language.

American Council for Foreign Language Teaching, San Diego, USA.

Profile of the Italian language. A toolkit for the Italian language curriculum.

NEALLT North East Association for Language Learning Technology, Yale University, New Haven, USA.

The cultural development of virtual communities.

University of Turin - Department of Literature and Philological Studies, Turin, Italy.

From the Common European Framework of Reference to the Profile of the Italian Language: an operational route for didactic planning.

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International Congress of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 2008 - European Year of Intercultural Dialogue: Communication with Languages ​​and Cultures, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Development of intercultural adaptation in a study abroad.

3rd International ALTE Conference Cambridge, England.

Bridging the language test and language lessons: reference level descriptions for Italian (A1-B2 level).

TICE Mediterraneé, Tunisia.

Analyzing intercultural communication: a structural model.

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, San Antonio, USA.

Development of a linguistic and intercultural curriculum for study abroad programs.

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Nashville, USA.

Designing curricula for Italian as a foreign language according to the Common European Framework of Reference: a new challenge.

Cornell University , Ithaca, USA.

From GER to reference level descriptions: Adaptation of the European reference framework to the Italian.

Ca ’Foscari University of Venice, Venice, Italy.

The development of intercultural competence through the web.

Council of Europe, seminar on reference level descriptions for national and regional languages, Strasbourg, France.

Reference level descriptions for Italian.

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Baltimore, USA.

Use of the internet to develop intercultural and linguistic competence.

American Association of Applied Linguistics (der 14. Weltkongress), Madison, Wisconsin.

Idioculture in language-learning micro-communities.

National Conference of ANILS (Italian Association of Foreign Language Teachers), Sanremo, Italy.

School exchanges and virtual town twinning '.

Conference of the CTR (Institution of Secondary Education F. Besta), Treviso, Italy.

The development of intercultural competence through the WEB.

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National Conference of ANILS (Italian Association of Foreign Language Teachers), Bassano del Grappa, Italy.

The development of intercultural competence through electronic communication.

New Ways of Learning Language and Culture with Technology, Smith College, Roundtable , Northampton, Massachusetts.

Council of Europe, 5theMeeting on reference descriptions for national and regional languages ​​for the CEF levels. Lisbon, Portugal

B2 level for Italian.

American Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, Washington, DC.

'Idiocultural questions of a virtual learning community.'

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International Academy of Linguistics (Behavioral and Social Sciences), Cancun, Mexico.

The idio cultural dimension of an intercultural community.

Council of Europe meets standards for Romance languages ​​University for Foreigners of Perugia, Italy

Introduction to the Italian level B2. '

British Council National Annual Conference, Venice, Italy

Intercultural questions in group work.

ENS Ecole Normale Supérieure (letters and human sciences), study and discussion day, Lyon, France.

Creation of a common culture in a virtual communication environment.

Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii

Development of common intercultural and linguistic knowledge in a complex virtual environment.

American Association of Italian Teachers 2003, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Incontro project: language and socialization in a virtual learning community

Eurocall 2003, Limerick, Ireland.

Teaching and learning of communicative and intercultural skills in distance learning. A case study.

Ca 'Foscari University of Venice, Venice, Italy.

Online communication.

American Association of Teachers of Italian, Toronto, Kanada.

'ALN's (Asynchronous Learning Networks): Overcoming psychosocial barriers for effective online collaboration.'

XXII. American Association of Italian Studies Annual Conference, University of Missouri, Colombia.

Session organizer 'Team Learning: Teaching and Communication Strategies for Online Classes'.

XXII. American Association of Italian Studies Annual Conference, University of Missouri, Colombia.

'' Learn online: to build the identity of a study group ' .

American Association of Italian Teachers, University of Venice 'Ca' Foscari 'and University of Treviso, Italy.' Authorizing student : Developing Hospitality Skills Through Advertising '.

XXI. Annual Conference of the American Association of Italian Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. 'The TV spot: Language and culture comparison in the advertising universe'.

Projects

LINguistic and Cultural DIversity REinvented (LINCDIRE) Projekt

(2015-2017)

Institutions involved in the project: University of Toronto, York University, Middleburry College, Université Stendhal Grenoble III, University of New Brunswick, Institute for Innovation in Second Language Education, Edmonton, Kanada, und Columbia University

Funded by the SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) Partnership Development Grant - Government of Canada

Role: Responsible and author for the Italian language.

Extended set of illustrative descriptors for the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment Project

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(2014-2016)

Sponsored and financed by the Language Policy Unit of the Council of Europe

Role: Member of the extended advisory group of experts

The European Language Proficiency Survey (ESLC )

http://www.surveylang.org/

(2008-2012)

Funded and financed by the European Commission

Institutions involved in the project: University of Cambridge, University of Salamanca, Instituto Cervantes, Goethe Institut, International Centre for Educational Studies-Paris, University for Foreigners of Perugia

Role: Coordinator of the Italian language research group.

TEACH project

http://digital.lampdev.columbia.edu/teach-dev/

(2006-2012)

Funded by the Mellon Foundation

Institutions involved in the project: Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Columbia University

Role: Responsible and author for the Italian language

Reference level descriptions for national and regional languages ​​(RLD)

http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/linguistic/dnr_EN.asp

(August 2005 - May 2010)

Sponsored and financed by the Language Policy Unit of the Council of Europe

Institutions involved in the project: University of Cambridge, Instituto Cervantes, Goethe Institut, Université La Sorbonne-Paris, University for Foreigners of Perugia

Role: language expert and co-author of the Profile of the Italian language

Project meeting

Fellowship-Forschungsprojekt 'Teach with Technology' des Educational Technology Center, Smith College, Massachusetts, USA- (2002-2003)

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