Teach university students about Italian and Italy.
What does an Italian Professor do?
Italian Professors are employed by colleges or universities, where it’s their job to speak — and teach — Italian to college students. If the only Italian words you know are “spaghetti,” “fettuccini,” and “linguini,” you’re probably more suited to become a Chef than an Italian Professor. If you’ve mastered the entire lexicon of the so-called “language of lovers,” however, then “Italian Professor” is an ideal career.
As an Italian Professor, you’re just like anyone who teaches a foreign language, such as a Spanish Teacher or a French Teacher. You teach students— from beginners to fluent speakers — the mechanics of the Italian language, including grammar, spelling, and punctuation, as well as Italian vocabulary.
In addition to speaking Italian, you’re expected to teach your students how to listen to Italian, how to read Italian, and how to write Italian, not to mention how to “be” and “act” Italian. You achieve that last part by teaching them about Italian customs and culture with lessons based on Italian geography, history, art, cinema, and literature.
Like any other Professor, your days are spent primarily on academic and educational pursuits: You develop lesson plans, create syllabi, advise students, give lectures, assign reading and homework assignments, and give and grade exams. Because you know that the best way to learn a foreign language is to live it, however, you’re committed to spending as much time with your students outside the classroom as inside it. You might take them on field trips to see Italian movies, for instance, eat Italian meals or visit Italian neighborhoods.
Once a year, you might even organize a trip to Italy, trading in your “Professor” hat for that of Tour Guide and Cultural Attache. Strabello, no?