Activities for High Schools

Activities for Italian Students



Under a Framework Agreement with the Italian Ministry of Instruction, Universities and Research, Regional Office for schools in Latium 

As an American institution of higher education in Rome, John Cabot University promotes interaction between the international academic community and its surroundings. JCU offers, free of charge, cultural resources and educational activities to Italian high school teachers and their students. 

Consult the array of activities offered for Alternanza Scuola Lavoro at JCU, Deadlines and Criteria.

How to Write a CV and How to Prepare for a Job Interview
The course, How to Write a CV and How to Prepare for a Job Interview, created especially for Alternanza Scuola Lavoro/Work Related Study (ASL Dlg.107/15), is currently structured in 3 phases and offers  17 hours for Alternanza Scuola Lavoro

NEW Structure (effective January 2019) – Given the success of this project, JCU is further refining this offer through a new structure that will make the content accessible to more high schools. The 3 phases will take place during a 1-month period from January to April 2019.

What stays the same?
The course content is the same and is structure in 3 Phases in which students are progressively more engaged in the subject.

What changes?
- This course will now begin and end within a month. Schools select the month that best suits the schedules of their students.
Selection of students - Students are selected by their school to participate in the project – each school will select 5 students based on their motivation toward the activity and their level of English (B2). There will be a waitlist for each cycle. There will be a maximum of 30 students (from 6 schools) per cycle.
ASL hours – The course will now be valid for 13 hours Alternanza Scuola Lavoro credits.

N.B.: those students already registered for Fall 2018 will complete the course according to the previous 17-hour structure. The ASL Tutors involved will be contacted directly with confirmation of the session and time.

What are the requirements to participate in How to Write a CV and How to Prepare for an Interview:
1. Students must be able to engage in a discussion with the instructor via Skype at the scheduled time.
2. Students must commit to individual or group study of the online resources provided.
3. ASL Tutors must register the 5 students by 15 November 2018 for one of the two Cycles.

Italy Reads

JCU’s English language reading and cultural exchange program, Italy Reads, now in its 9th year, provides a variety of activities around a work of American literature. This activity offers 16-120 hours for Alternanza Scuola Lavoro. Read about the activities for ASL with Italy Reads.

• Deadline to pre-register students (for ELSG for ASL activities): 1 October.
• Deadline to register class: 30 October, for schools that are new to Italy Reads.

Italy Writes (not currently available for ASL)

Italy Writes is JCU’s national Creative Writing Contest for high school students whose primary language of instruction is not English. Since 2010, this contest has encouraged and recognized excellence in students developing their creative voice in the English language. Deadline for entries to contest: 1 April.

Italy Pitches

JCU’s Institute for Entrepreneurship offers this national, English-language pitching competition for Italian high-school students - Italy Pitches. Participating students will select a non-profit organization, study it and create a pitch to convince the audience to donate to its cause. This activity offers 10 hours for Alternanza Scuola Lavoro. Deadline to register class: 15 November.

Italy Starts NEW

Italy Starts, a Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program – An Entrepreneurship Mentoring Program in English
Participating JCU/partner university students (Mentors) volunteer to work with Italian High School Students (Mentees) to solve real business problems or develop business models for their business or social venture idea. Mentees will be required to deliver a short PowerPoint presentation at the end of the program. This program is aimed at third and fourth-year students enrolled in Italian high schools as part of the Alternanza Scuola Lavoro program (40 hours). Deadline to register: 15 November.

• Requirements: availability during the 5 scheduled sessions at JCU; ability to follow group work in English with non-Italian Mentors.
• Dates (2 separate sessions): Spring (February- March) and again Summer I (27 May-27 June) 2019. One afternoon or evening per week for five weeks on the John Cabot University Campus. Please take a moment to complete the Italy Starts Survey of scheduling preferences for Italy Starts.
• Number of students that can participate: 6 students/school.

Activities for Italian High School Teachers

Italy Reads 2019 Walt Whitman’s The Leaves of Grass – A Professional Development course  for high school teachers will be held one evening per week during the Spring 2019 semester in preparation for Italy Reads 2019. This course will be valid for 30 hours Professional Development for teachers and will be offered free of charge. Application procedures will be posted here and the deadline will be 1 December.

Past Professional Development Courses for High School Teachers
Italy Reads 2018 "The Mystery of Writing: Teaching with Flannery O'Connor's Short Stories" (30 hours), Instructors: Andrew and Elena Buia Rutt
"Information and Misinformation in a Fake News World"  (30 hours), Instructor: Deanna Lee

Alternanza Scuola Lavoro

All or part of the above-listed programs (with the exception of Italy Writes) can be included as part of the Alternanza Scuola Lavoro (Dlg.107/15) satisfying requirements for Italian high school students. Stipulation of the relevant agreement between JCU and participating institutions for the current academic year and advance registration are obligatory. The ASL Tutor at each school will receive a spreadsheet where the names of all students engaged in ASL at JCU activities for the academic year are to be listed. Certification of ASL hours for each student will be provided in April, based on this spreadsheet.

During the 2017-2018 Academic Year, 37 Italian high schools signed an Agreement with John Cabot University to participate in at least one of the activities offered for Alternanza Scuola Lavoro.

A formal institutional agreement is obligatory. If your school is not listed above, please write to [email protected]

If you are a high school teacher and would like to propose an activity for your students under Alternanza Scuola Lavoro (Dlg.107/15), please write to us and we will consider the feasibility of your suggestion.

Alternanza Scuola Lavoro at John Cabot University FAQs