Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

University of Bath celebrated the ‘Fifteenth Italian Week in the World’

Wed Jan 06 09:36:00 GMT 2016

From 19th to 24th October 2015 the University of Bath celebrated the ‘Fifteenth Italian Week in the World’ (‘Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel mondo’) in collaboration with The Italian Institute of Culture in London and Under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic.

The organising team

Enrico Cecconi, Giacomo Lariccia and the organising team


All the oral teaching activities of the week were focused on the theme of music and Italian singers and songwriters with two highly important events taking place. First, the concert 'Sempre Avanti' (Go ahead) of the young Italian songwriter Giacomo Lariccia, which took place on 20 October, in collaboration with University College London. Secondly, the educational music event ‘ Learning Italian through songs: Canzoni italiane ambasciatrici nel mondo’, chaired by Enrico Cecconi, on 2 October 2015, in collaboration with the University of CA’ Foscari of Venice.

Giacomo Lariccia’s concert was attended by about 150 students of Italian and staff of the Department of Politics, Language and International Studies and was preceded by a pizza and wine reception as a symbol of Italian culture. Lariccia’s songs, which look to the past but also explore the present in search of the contradictory Italian identity, were particularly well suited to this event marking the Week of the Italian Language. They appealed to the audience of students and scholars of Italian language, as well as to Italians living abroad. After the concert many questions about the themes of the songs were asked by the students and other members of the audience.

The 'Learning Italian through songs' event was part of a music project Enrico Cecconi has developed together with LabCom, Laboratorio di Comunicazione Interculturale e Didattica directed by Professor Caon (University of Ca’ Foscari, Venice). The aim of the event was to engage students in song based activities and music games designed to enable them to memorize lyrics and words of the best known Italians around over the world. Students were stimulated to use their imagination and creativity, to speak in the target language and sing along in a collaborative musical environment.

Giacomo Lariccia

Giacomo Lariccia performed for over 150 students and staff members in the department


About Giacomo Lariccia

Giacomo Lariccia is a young Italian songwriter who is experiencing great success both in Italy and abroad. He has sung in Italy’s most important cities and was invited to perform at the Italian Institute of Culture in Tel Aviv. He graduated at the University of Rome La Sapienza in Science of Communication and took his diploma in guitar at the School of Music of Bruxelles (Conservatorio).

About Enrico Cecconi

Enrico Cecconi is Language Co-ordinator in Italian in PoLIS, University of Bath. He graduated from the University of Pisa in 2004 with a BA in Modern Languages and Linguistics and went on to complete an MA in Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language at the University Ca’Foscari in Venice. In 2013 he achieved the recognition for a course of high quality in Cross-cultural Communication within LabCom (University of Venice).

Before coming to Bath, Enrico taught international students for over ten years at the University of Cardiff, New York University and in Florence. He is also a teacher trainer, being involved in workshops in Italy and abroad and contributing to sharing and disseminating knowledge of language pedagogy. He collaborates with Laboratorio Interculturale di Venezia, serving as a resource for LabCom. 

He has contributed to Italian language textbooks and is currently co-writing a textbook on teaching Italian language through opera libretti.