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European Arts and Traditions in Italian Language Learning

Dante Alighieri Society of Wrocław is partner of the PASTILLE project, funded by the European Commission through the Polish National Agency for the Erasmus+ Programme, with the aim to create an innovative teaching method for Italian as a foreign language. The project applicant is the University of Wroclaw.


Methodological Guidelines

The Methodological Guidelines are designed to address to the needs of University teachers / researchers of Italian language and University students. 
The Guidelines offer practical methodologies on how lectures should be organized to make reference to cultural topics. Practical techniques are suggested to memorize as well as indications related to inter-comprehension that facilitate the teaching and learning process. 
The most innovative aspect of the Guidelines is related to the implementation of a new teaching praxis that enhance the use of original cultural and artistic material as a mean to teach and learn Italian.

Didactic units

The purpose of the Didactic Units is to provide language students, at university level (and beyond), with the opportunity to come into contact with Italian culture through authentic material of artistic value selected on the basis of the language skills of each learner, ordered by level of language proficiency and according to specific objectives, interests and lexical, cultural and grammatical needs through literature, art, cinema, folklore, cuisine, science and all aspects of the Italian tradition, in constant relation with a European, Mediterranean and international context.

Reference Textbook

The Reference Textbook aims to maximise the efficiency of language learning. It is optimised for the implementation of the Pastille method within Italian language courses, offering teachers guidance for classroom and online teaching, additional activities and reinforcement exercises, cultural and grammatical insights, external links and a useful bibliography for courses.

Audio Visual and Multimedia Materials

The aim of audio-visual and multimedia materials is to assist Italian language teachers in using up-to-date technology in their teaching.

Audio-visual and multimedia materials have been divided into:
- original audio-visual and multimedia materials, consisting of samples of real classroom situations, extracts of conferences, lectures made by experts explaining the Pastille theoretical approach;
- tutorials on how to use the Pastille e-learning platform, providing support in accessing the e-learning platform, entering the Pastille innovative methodology, and using the produced contents available in the e-learning platform.

For the purpose, a specific YouTube channel ( containing several playlists has been created

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This web site reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.