About WisItalia - An Overview
WisItalia BrochureLearn about the services and activities supported or provided by WisItalia. The brochure contains a summary of the information contained on the WisItalia website. Rita Prigioni wrote the content for the brochure; and Nathan Godding provided the layout and graphic design.
- WisItalia Brochure - web viewing (pdf - updated December 2011)
- WisItalia Brochure - proof version for printing (pdf - updated December 2011)
- WisItalia Donation/Sponsorship Card - 3 cards per side for printing (pdf - January 2012)
An overview of the text contained in the brochure is included on this web page, with links for more information, as appropriate.
WisItalia is a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 voluntary organization, created in December 2000, to promote the teaching of the Italian language in WI schools.
WisItalia was founded by Italian-American Clubs in WI, as well as UW-Madison, and UW-Milwaukee. To-date, WisItalia has been successful in creating new Italian programs and promoting existing Italian schools and programs. This continues to grow and provides a valuable service to the community.
WisItalia Websitewww.wisitalia.org is a valuable website for those interested in Italian language and culture. Topics include information for educators and businesses, grant opportunities and scholarships, and listings of Italian language programs.
There are many links to Italian organizations, Italian-American clubs, upcoming Italy trips, photos of Italy, articles of WisItalia events, books by Italian-American authors, links to Italian language websites, Italian radio and TV, current events and items of interest, and listings of upcoming Italian-related events.
- Subscribe to WisItalia Web Updates to receive email notifications summarizing updates to the WisItalia website.
WisItalia ServicesWisItalia provides several important services. Some highlights include:
WisItalia Grants to Schools/Programs
WisItalia, in conjuction with the Consul General of Italy and the Italian government, provides grant opportunities to Wisconsin schools and programs that teach Italian.
Refer to the Grants page for more information.
WisItalia Grants to Educators
WisItalia provides grant funds to assist educators enrolled in an approved program leading to licensure to teach Italian in WI public schools, and who are committed to teach Italian in WI.
WisItalia also provides grant funds to Italian language teachers and other WisItalia members to help offset the costs of seminars, workshops and conferences related to Italian language culture.
Refer to the Grants page for more information.
WisItalia can be your source for Italian language information. It is a great networking resource. The WisItalia website provides up-to-date topics such as teacher licensure, professional/educational organizations, upcoming conferences, grant opportunities, educational forums, curriculum development, and publications of interest.
Refer to the Educator Resources page for more information.
WisItalia compiles the following WI directories:
- A listing of the names of all the schools and programs offering Italian, sorted by location.
- A directory of teachers, instructors and educators in WI that teach the Italian language.
- A directory of WI elementary, middle and high schools that offer Italian language courses.
- A directory of colleges and universities in WI that offer Italian language courses.
- A directory of Italian language programs for children and adults in WI.
Why Study Italian?Learning a foreign language is an enriching experience in anybody’s education. It explores a new way of life and offers insights into the culture and traditions of another country. Consider these facts:
- 58 million speak Italian as their 1st language.
- Italian is the 5th most taught non-native language.
- Italy is the 4th most visited country in the world.
- Italian is one of the 10 most used languages on the internet.
- Italy is one of the top 10 economic powers.
- Italy has a very rich cultural heritage.
Language courses help students enhance their communication skills. Research shows that math and verbal test scores climb higher with each additional year of foreign language study.
It can also provide advantages to many professionals across the fields of business, arts, technology, etc. People soon discover that language study enriches their own heritage and enhances career prospects.
Refer to the Why Study Italian page for more information.
Mission of WisItalia
- We promote and encourage the teaching of the Italian language and the culture of Italy in Wisconsin’s primary and secondary schools, as well as in its colleges and universities.
- We do this by educating the general public about Italian language and culture.
- Coordinate the development and implementation of Italian language classes in Wisconsin’s public and private schools.
- Develop and coordinate Italian Language and Culture Classes for adults and children not enrolled in educational institutions.
- Identify and compile a list of Italian teachers.
- Notify qualified teachers of possible employment opportunities.
- Acquire and distribute fiscal, educational and other resources to new and existing Italian language classes.
- Preserve the heritage of Italian-Americans, and to promote positive relationships between educational institutions and cultural groups in Italy and the United States.
Get Involved in WisItaliaThere are a number of ways that you can get involved with WisItalia.
- Follow us on Facebook.
- Join WisItalia and get involved in a variety of committees and activities.
- Make an individual donation to help Wisconsin's Italian language programs.
- Become a business sponsor and advertise your business on our website, thus investing in Wisconsin's Italian language programs.
Contact InformationWisItalia, Inc.
c/o Tony Bruno
3746 Robinhood Way
Madison, WI 53718
firstname.lastname@example.org (Rita Prigioni, WisItalia webmaster)
Refer to the Contact Us page for more information regarding contact infromation for WisItalia's Board and committees.