Berlusconi & Caperton Announce AP Italian Course
of the Italian government and College Board President Gaston
Caperton announced the creation of an Advanced Placement Program® (AP®)
Course and Examination in Italian Language and Culture.
in the announcement at the Consulate General of Italy were
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi; Italian Ambassador
to the United States Sergio Vento; Italian Consul General Antonio
Bandini; New York State’s former First Lady Matilda Raffa Cuomo,
who spearheaded the Italian AP initiative; and representatives
of the three sponsoring Italian American organizations: the
National Italian American Foundation, represented by the Honorable
Frank Guarini; the Order Sons of Italy in America, represented
by Joseph Sciame; and UNICO National, represented by John Alati.
development of AP Italian Language and Culture is the first
step in a commitment by the College Board to further multiculturalism
and multilingualism in secondary school education. Last June,
the Trustees of the College Board approved in principle a plan
for four new AP Courses and Examinations in World Languages:
Italian, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian. The Trustees also
agreed to evaluate support for potential new AP offerings in
other areas of history and ethnic or cultural studies (such
as African-American History, Latino Studies, and Asian Studies).
said, “On behalf of the Trustees and members of the College
Board, I would like to thank Prime Minister Berlusconi for
the Italian government’s generous financial support in creating
this new college-level course for American high school students.
And we applaud the Italian American community for its determination
and financial support on behalf of AP Italian, and Mrs. Cuomo
for the combination of grace and tenacity with which she chaired
the National AP Committee and coordinated this effort.”
addition, Caperton also acknowledged the American Association
of Teachers of Italian for its support.
the new world language programs, the College Board hopes to
make a significant contribution to secondary school curriculum,” Caperton
said. “World events make it ever more obvious that a broad
knowledge and understanding of other languages and cultures
is essential for our young people.” #
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