Karolina Serafin

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Senior Lecturer in Italian
Director of Language Instruction in Italian

kserafin@indiana.edu | (812) 855-6806 | GA 3168

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  • PhD, Italian Literature, Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland
  • MA, Italian Literature, Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland
  • MA, Second Language Acquisition, Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN


Teaching has been my profession and passion since my first year of university. I have been teaching both in Europe and the United States for 19 years. Teaching language is what gives me the most satisfaction because of the direct contact with my students and the amazing progress I see in them every semester. On the other hand my role in the Department (as coordinator) allows me to help other teachers to become better in their profession. My research interest includes teaching culture and stereotypes in second language classroom as well as online and hybrid model pedagogy.

Publications and Presentations

  • “Italian Culture through Authentic Advertisements - Articulation and Assessment of Student – Learning with PACE”
  • “Verso il mondo. La generazione dei falliti in Camere separate.” Centro di Documentazione Pier Vittorio Tondelli, December 2005, tondelli.comune.correggio.re.it
  • “Il motivo strutturale del viaggio negli Altri libertini di Pier Vittorio Tondelli.” Kwartalnik Neofilologiczny, Warsaw: University of Warsaw Press, February 2004.

Scholarly Presentations

  • AAUSC Round Table presentation: “How to Promote, Attract, And Retain Undergraduate Students in Italian Programs”, ACTFL Conference, November 2016
  • Speaker for roundtable for Italian AAUSC Session, ACTFL Conference, November 2014
  • Paper “Distance Learning: If You Know It You Will Not Fear It”, ACTFL Conference, November 2014
  • Workshop “Attraverso la cultura. An analytic Approach to Culture through Interactive Web-Based learning”, LRC December workshop, Cornell University, December 2010
  • Paper “An Analytic Approach to Culture through Interactive Web-Based Learning”, ACTFL Conference, November 2010
  • Paper/Workshop “Joining Linguistic Practice and Cultural Analysis through the Parallel Study of Literature and Film Texts”. Film Symposium on New Trends in Modern and Contemporary Italian at Indiana University, Bloomington, April 2010
  • Paper “Teaching L2 Culture through Drama; Applying Theory to Practice”, ACTFL Conference, November 2009
  • Paper: “A multistep approach to (inter)cultural learning”, AAIS Conference, New York, May 2009
  • Paper “The Mammoni Within: Teaching Stereotypes in the Foreign Language Classroom”, AATI Conference, Washington DC, October 2007
  • “Verso il mondo: La generazione dei falliti in Camere separate” presented at Giornate Tondelli, Correggio, Italy, 17-18 December 2004

Courses Taught

  • M100 - Elementary Italian I (hybrid and online)
  • M115 - Accelerated Elementary Italian
  • M150 - Elementary Italian II (hybrid and online)
  • M200 - Intermediate Italian I (online)
  • M215 - Accelerated Second-Year Italian
  • M301 - Italian for Wrting and Reading Expression
  • M572 - Italian Teaching Practicum

Honors, Fellowships, and Awards

  • Trustee Teaching Award, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2015
  • Fellowship to develop online courses - IU College of Arts and Sciences (Summer 2014)
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching for Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher, University of Notre Dame, Indiana (2006)
  • Italian Government Scholarship for Independent Ph.D. Research (2003-2004)
  • Erasmus Socrates Fellowship, University of Leuven, Belgium (1999-2000)
  • Full Scholarship for Master Studies at University of Warsaw (1995-2000)
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