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The Authors Of Amici

It is the author's objective to help learners acquire the ability to think for themselves, to develop opinions alone or working in groups, and find solutions. They feel that this is the way to intellectual independence.

The authors of Amici strongly believe that studying a foreign language means to understand and appreciate how its speakers live (culture), think (structure), interact among themselves (functions and register), are aware of their history, and communicate. It is a total experience that opens the way to understanding, tolerance and friendship among peoples of different backgrounds. This is why our series is called AMICI.

Alfred J. Valentini
Has been teaching for 33 years. His career includes the instruction of children from grade 7 to adults in college. He retired from Thomas R. Proctor High School in Utica, NY as Department Chair of Languages Other than English (June 2007) and continues as an adjunct faculty member of Utica College and Mohawk Valley Community College. He is also the Director of Instruction of the IACE Summer Program in Italy. He received his own training at the University at Albany (BA [cum laude] `72, MA `73), l`Università per Stranieri of Perugia, l`Università Pro Deo of Rome, LaScuola per Stranieri of Siena, Nazareth College, Long Island University and SUNY Cortland (CAS in School Administration and Supervision, `94).

As part of the Arts in Education Institute of Utica for 10 years, he was involved with a 2-year study by the Harvard School of Education under the direction of Howard Gardner. That experience allowed Mr. Valentini to develop activities that came to the attention of New York State and eventually became part of the New York State and National standards for foreign language instruction. He is a member of the writing committee that created the National Standards for Learning Italian (underwritten by the federal government through the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).

In 2006 Valentini returned to the AEI Summer Institute as a teacher instructor. Valentini is a frequent consultant to the New York State Education Department. He has also been a consultant to the Education Office of the Italian Consulate in New York City. He represented the American Association of Teachers of Italian on the committee in Washington D.C. drafting model licensing standards for new foreign language teachers (Interstate New Teachers Assessment Committee of the Conference of Chief State School: 2001-2002).

Mr. Valentini has served on the Board of Directors of the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (`90-`92) and was the Editor of its newsletter for six years (`92-`97). He is presently the Vice President of the Italian Teachers Association of Central New York, a chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Italian.

Valentini is the recipient of the Rotary Youth Exchange Educator of Excellence Award (`07), WFXV/Fox Educator of the Week (`07), Utica College of Syracuse University Continuing Education Distinguished Teaching Award ('03) and has been named five times in Who's Who Among American Teachers (`96, `00,`02, `03, `04).

He is the recipient of the NYSAFLT Dorothy Ludwig Distinguished Service Award for Service to the Profession (1996). He was recognized with the Positive Image Award by the Order of Sons of Italy in America's Commission for Social Justice (1996).

Valentini is the recipient of travel and study grants to Siena from the State of New York (1987) and to Perugia from the Istituto di Cultura Italiana (1988). The Utica Rotary Club named Mr. Valentini an outstanding educator in 1987. He is also a member of the New York State Academy of Teaching and Learning.

Annamaria Moneti
(Dottore in Lettere, Università di Roma) was born and raised in Italy.

  • Teaching experience - Liceo Classico: Italian Literature and Composition, and Latin, Italy; Université II: Italian Literature and Composition, Geneva, Switzerland; Syracuse University, Italian, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Linguistics Department, Fine Arts Graduate Program (DIPA), USA.
  • Books - Two volumes of Conversazioni in Italiano, Edizioni Rux, Perugia (1986), Italy; Da Capo 3rd and 4th editions, Harcourt College Division (1992 and 1996), 5th edition, Heinle & Heinle (2003) and 6th edition (2006), developed for communication and culture from the italian review grammar by Graziana Lazzarino.
  • Articles - Italica; The Canadian Modern Language Review, and Il Fornieri Conference Papers - ACTFL/AATI, NYSAFLT, FLACNY, ITACNY
  • Editorial reviewer - Heinle & Heinle; Holt, Reinhart & Winston; Prentice Hall; John Wiley & Son
  • Consultant - New York State Education Department (final reader for "authenticity" for NYS Regents and Proficiency examinations in Italian).
  • Honor Societies - PHI BETA DELTA, Honor Society for International Scholars, and PHI SIGMA IOTA, International Foreign Languages Honor Society

Fernando Mallozzi
was born and raised in Italy, and received his BS and MA from the University of Albany.

  • Teaching experience - Solvay School District, near Syracuse, New York, for 26 years and was chairman of the Foreign Language Department. His wide teaching experience ranges from sixth grade to college level. He has taught at Syracuse University and at Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, New York. Currently, he is a teacher of Italian at Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, New York and Union College, Schenectady, New York.
  • Consultant - contributor to the New York State Comprehensive Regents and Proficiency examinations in Italian.

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