The APPLAUSO ITALIAN LEARNING CENTER JUST OPENED on August 2017! It offers weekly full-immersion language and cultural courses at ALL levels and for ALL ages. Lessons take place in Cockeysville Maryland and also ONLINE in a lively, fun, and authentic environment. The focus is on real-life language use, both spoken and written to communicate effectively and accurately in Italian. The Center offers structured lessons with hands-on workshops in cuisine, music, cinema…AND MUCH MORE!!!
DR. NICOLINO APPLAUSO, founder and director, is an Italian native speaker and studied at the University of Bologna, Italy. He received his PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures (with a Major in Italian and Minor in Spanish) from the University of Oregon, and a Master in Italian Studies at Florida State University. For over fifteen years, Dr. Applauso has been teaching innovative courses from elementary to advanced Italian language and literature at all levels in different universities, high schools, middle and elementary schools across the U.S. (in Florida, Oregon, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland) striving to inspire and deepen students’ perspectives on Italian Studies.
Dr. Applauso is also an active researcher and scholar of Italian Studies. He has published more than a dozen publications, including: book chapters, scholarly articles, encyclopedia entries, and book reviews on various topics in relation to Italian history, language, literature, ethics, politics, and culture. His research has been published and presented in the U.S., Italy, England, Germany, Poland, and in the Netherlands. He has recently completed two books: one on Dante and medieval political invective in Italy (2019), and an edited volume on Dante and satire (2020). He is currently completing a textbook on the history of Italy from WWII to the Coronavirus Pandemic (forthcoming in 2021), and a monograph on the history of Italians in Baltimore and Maryland. He has been presenting his research at numerous national and international conferences, and is regularly invited to lecture in Italy sponsored by various Italian universities, as well as in public events sponsored by local Italian mayors in Italy and National Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Italy.
Recent Publications of Prof. Applauso: