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The Italian Language Foundation (ILF) is happy with LaGuardia High School’s decision to continue to offer Advanced Placement Italian in 2020, following the initial decision to discontinue the course.
The College Board’s new director of AP Italian Language & Culture, Dr. Stephen Johnson, praised the efforts of the ILF.
“I would like to thank the Italian Language Foundation for their continued support of the AP Italian Language & Culture program, and support of the upcoming AP Italian Language & Culture workshop for teachers. Through such collaboration, we are optimistic that the program will continue to grow, providing even more high school students with college-level curricula and facilitating their transition from high school college.”
ILF President, Dr. Margaret I. Cuomo stated that the foundation was established in 2008 to “support and promote Italian language education, and especially, AP Italian.” Thanks to the support of ILF and parents of LaGuardia High School students, AP Italian will continue at the school.
The ILF will continue to support students and teachers of the Italian language through the United States with cash rewards for students who are successful in completing the AP Italian exam. They will also offer professional development workshops for those who teach Italian.
Mario Costa, senior teacher of Italian at LaGuardia High School stated, “The Italian Language Foundation has been an important advocate in the reinstatement of the AP Italian Program at LaGuardia High School and for additional level 1 Italian classes at LaGuardia. The Italian teachers, parents, and students of LaGuardia High School would like to thank the Italian Language Foundation for their consistent support. Their efforts will help sustain and expand our program now and in years to come!”
Chairman of the foundation, Louis Tallarini explained that the ILF is so dedicated to the development and growth of Italian teachers that they are pleased to be able to offer financial grants to all AP Italian teachers who are in need, to help them to attend the College Board’s upcoming professional development workshop on Nov. 5, 2019, in New York.
By Jeanette Smith
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