Open Textbooks

  • Spunti: Italiano elementare 1 and Spunti: Italiano elementare 2
    “Our approach to language instruction is interactive, conversational and fundamentally task-based. We see grammar as a means for enabling effective communication, which is why our explanations of grammar are simple and concise.”
  • Spunti: Italiano intermedio
    Spunti uses authentic examples of Italian cultural production – films, songs, interviews with native speakers and literary excerpts – as the starting points for our analysis of grammar and exploration of contemporary Italian culture and society.”
  • Torniamo a tavola! Volume 1 and Volume 2
    The purpose of this book is to serve as a grammatical reference and guide for intermediate students.
  • Tutt* a tavola! Volume 1 and Volume 2
    This resource is for introductory Italian classes. Write the authors, “In writing this book, our goals were to reduce costs for students in the hopes of making Italian a more inclusive language learning experience, as well as to offer the opportunity to learn about Italian language and culture to a more diverse group of learners. Through this project, we want to reduce the technological barriers to learning and create a resource that reflects more diverse experiences, as traditional Italian texts are often heteronormative and tend to minimize more progressive cultural elements and the minority experience in Italy. The intended outcome is for more students to reach higher levels on the ACTFL (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages) proficiency scale, and to grow our community, especially including traditionally underrepresented groups.”

Additional Open and Zero-cost Resources

  • MERLOT Materials for Italian
    These materials for Italian-language instruction are from MERLOT’s World Languages Collection.
  • Italian resources from COERLL
    This collection of open Italian materials is from the U.S. Department of Education–funded Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL).