Workshop 1

Linguaggio ampio – Gender-just linguistic practices in the Italian class

An introduction

This workshop aims to introduce Italian teachers to the use of a more inclusive and gender-just language. We will examine how grammatical gender works in Italian and discuss the challenges faced by teachers of Italian in using gender-inclusive language. We will also suggest some alternatives to traditional gendered language structures using some examples from teaching practice.


Riccardo Amorati works at the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Melbourne. Following university studies at the University of Bologna (Italy), he taught at secondary school and then moved to Australia to complete his doctoral degree in Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne. His research focuses primarily on the psychological factors that influence language learning (motivation, anxiety, well-being), gender-just language education, and new approaches to language teaching.

Elena Pirovano is a passionate language learner and language educator, currently holding a position as a Tutor in Italian Studies at the University of Melbourne. She taught Italian in primary schools in Victoria for nine years before undertaking her doctoral studies. Her research focuses on the affordances of plurilingual pedagogies and pedagogical translanguaging for learning additional languages. In her research and teaching practice, she also advocates for more inclusive and gender-just linguistic practices. She is a MLTAV (Modern Languages Teachers’ Association of Victoria) committee member since 2018 and is involved in a range of research and consultant work on literacy through multiple languages.