Manhattan’s First Italian Dual Language Program

In this episode of CUNY TV’s “Italics,” host Anthony Julian Tamburri, dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College, speaks to the two “tiger moms of Italian bilingualism,” Benedetta Scardovi and Stefania Puxeddu, about a four-year effort to implement the first Italian dual language program in Manhattan. The program will be at P.S. 242 Young Diplomats Magnet Academy in Harlem, a neighborhood that was once home to a vibrant Italian community.

According to a parent coordinator at the school, organizers are awaiting confirmation from the Department of Education on whether the program will include a pre-K component. The program will currently start at the kindergarten level in September.

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