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From 30th August to 3rd September, Dr Rosalba Biasini attended the twenty-first AIPI (Associazione Internazionale dei Professori) conference at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest.

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The conference was hosted by the ELTE Italian Department, a lively division that includes a doctoral programme with a number of keen and committed graduates. The AIPI is a long- established, international organisation that brings together tutors and lecturers of Italian across the whole discipline of Italian Studies, from literature to linguistics, from history to pedagogy. Dr Biasini has been an AIPI member since 2012 and has since attended all their biennial conferences, contributing to the panels dedicated to Italian language teaching.

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Front cover of the 2014 AIPI conference proceedings, to which Dr Biasini contributed a chapter

In Budapest, Dr Biasini delivered a paper on the use of translation as a didactic tool with beginners’ learners, analysing an approach to teaching grammar that she is experimenting with her own classes at the University of Liverpool. These reflections are part of Dr Biasini’s research on translation and language learning and, following the paper she presented at a previous AIPI conference (Bari 2014), she published a chapter in the 2014 AIPI conference proceedings.

The conference was also attended by Dr Marina Spunta, external examiner in Italian at Liverpool. Dr Spunta, Senior Lecturer in Italian at the University of Leicester, presented an engaging paper during the session, dedicated to the presence of the river as a symbol in Italian literature, focusing on Gianni Celati and Peter Handke.

Dr Biasini was extremely pleased with this experience, as AIPI conferences always prove to be an excellent environment for exchanges and networking, as well as for discovering more about the learning of Italian language and culture in different countries. During the inaugural lectures, the Italian ambassador to Hungary, Maria Assunta Accili, recalled in her speech that in Hungary a high number of students decide to study Italian as a foreign language in secondary schools as well as in universities, a sign of the evergreen interest in Italian language and culture around the world.

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