Anna Iacovella

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Senior Lector I Italian; Language Program Director
320 York, Rm 526, New Haven, CT 06520-8311
(203) 432-8299
Office Hours: 
Tuesday and Wednesday, 11:30-1pm

Anna Iacovella, Ed.D, is the Language Program Director of the Department of Italian Studies at Yale University. She graduated in English Language and Literature from the Universita’ Suor Orsola Benincasa in Naples, Italy and continued her specialization in Italian at Southern Connecticut State University. She obtained her doctoral degree in the Educational Leadership at Southern Connecticut State University, with dissertation: Students’ Motivations in Foreign Language Learning in Higher Education. She is an adviser for the Timothy Dwight College at Yale University.

Her research, writings, and presentations include Italian film and television with the inclusion of streaming TV, history, women’s and gender writing, and pedagogy.

Among her recent presentations:New England Regional Association for Language Learning Technology Conference 2023: TV series in the language classroom; ACTFL Boston 2022: Cinematic productions: A new approach to cultural and linguistic content in the Italian language classroom. Migrants Human Rights Democracy Conference 2021: Migrants and second-generation young migrants: their stories and their imagination.

Her writings include Italian history, gender studies, linguistics & heritage pedagogy. Some of her publications are Websites becoming useful tools in the language classroom Manetti Bros.: Independent ‘Made in Italy’; “Docu-realities in Naples, Cultural Fluidity and Variabilities”.“Adapting and transferring interactive activities and skills from the in-person classroom into the Zoom meeting: a successful experience during the Covid-19 pandemic.”. ;  Post Feminism in Valeria Parrella’s first novel “White Space”; I Briganti: Gruppo Multiculturale nel Sud D’Italia.

Anna Iacovella is the co-organizer together with the Deaprtment of Italian Studies Chair Jane Tylus, of Linguistic Futures in the Department of Italian Studies at Yale University: a series of interactive presentations and workshops in language pedagogy and initiatives in higher education institutions.

She regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate language and culture courses and graduate methodology courses.


ITAL 159: History and Culture of Naples

Historical phenomena and literary and cultural movements that have shaped the city of Naples, Italy, from antiquity to the present. The linguistic richness and diversity that characterizes Naples; political, social, and cultural change; differences between standard Italian and the Neapolitan dialect in literature, film, and everyday life. 
Prerequisites: ITAL 140 or equivalent
Term: Fall 2024
Day/Time: MW 11:35a-12:50p.m.