Beating the Odds: Teaching Italian online in the Community College Environment

Giulia Guarnieri


This study analyzes data collected from Italian language online classes during the course of four consecutive semesters at Bronx Community College in order to measure the impact that distance learning has on students’ retention and success rates. The results reveal that reconfiguring the online meetings to a lower percentage and implementing social pedagogies and an “intrusive” teaching approach on the part of the instructor reduce the percentage of course abandonment and favor the creation of strong learning communities. Furthermore, the data relative to the grade distribution shows no substantial difference between online courses and face-to-face instruction.


community college, Italian, foreign languages, CALL, online

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Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society | ISSN (online) 1971 - 8829 | ISSN (paper) 1826 - 6223 © 2017 Je-LKS - Italian e-Learning Association (SIe-L).