April D Weintritt

April D Weintritt

April D Weintritt

Assistant Professor of Teaching in Italian & Director of Italian Basic Language Program


222 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Rd.
Columbus, OH

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Office Hours

Spring 2023:
Mondays 11am-12pm in Hagerty 222
Wednesdays 3-4pm in the Crane Café and by appointment

Areas of Expertise

  • World Language Pedagogy and Communicative Language Teaching
  • Intercultural Learning, Virtual Exchange, Intercultural Communicative Competence
  • Italian Renaissance Comedy, marketplaces, and culinary professions


  • Ph.D., UNC-Chapel Hill, 2018

April D. Weintritt (she/her) is Assistant Professor of Teaching in Italian and Director of the Italian Language Program. She specializes in World Language Pedagogy and Intercultural Learning in the language classroom, content-based teaching and COIL virtual exchanges in upper-level Italian Studies courses. Her research is focused on pedagogies that align intercultural, full-immersion language learning with principles of inclusive teaching and transformative learning theory. April also stays up-to-date on studies on Italian Renaissance Comedy and Early Modern professions and food culture.

In the past two years, she has co-produced, with Janice Aski and colleagues from Purdue University, a webinar series dedicated to intercultural language learning: https://frit.osu.edu/initiatives/intercultural-competence and held workshops and invited lecturers on integrating intercultural competence development into the language curriculum. April has also led a COIL collaboration that emphasizes intercultural learning as a bridge course for Italian learners and is author of the pre-departure online course 'Italian on the Ground' designed for Global Education/study abroad visitors to Italy with no prior experience with the language, culture, and who want to make the most of this experience through intercultural preparation. 


Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Under review. With co-authors Janice Aski and Cindy Jiang, "The impact of explicit instruction in intercultural competence in the world language classroom: The data are in."

2022. “Marketplace Encounters: Social Mixing on the Streets of Early Modern Florence.” Interpreting Urban Spaces in Italian Culture. Cities are like Dreams. Amsterdam University Press.

With co-author Janice Aski, “New Messaging and Intercultural Competence Training in Response to Falling Enrollments in World Languages” Italica. Spring 2020.

“The Deliverymen of Florentine Comedy: 1543-55.” Skene. Journal of Theatre and Drama Studies 4.2 2018 Fall.


Selected Recent Conference Presentations and Invited Lectures

“Integrating COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) into Italian 2102.” Invited Speaker at High Impact Practices in Online and Hybrid Courses, ASC Office of Distance Education’s Teaching Forum Series 2021-2022. April 29, 2022.

“The Impact of Intercultural Competence Training on Students’ Intercultural Development in the Elementary Italian Language Sequence.” Fostering a Community of Cultures. Notre Dame University. With Janice Aski and Cindy Jiang. April 22-24, 2022.

“Incorporating intercultural training into elementary language courses.” Invited by the Department of French, German, Italian & Slavic at Temple University. With Janice Aski. March 23, 2022.

“The Why and How of Incorporating Intercultural Learning into the Elementary Italian Language Classroom.” Invited by the University of Illinois at Chicago in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy, Education Office and the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago. With Janice Aski. December 8, 2021.

“Incorporating Intercultural Learning Activities into Italian Language and Culture Classrooms.” Featured lecture at TEACHING ITALIAN, MEETING XIV: DO YOU SPEAK GLOBAL? sponsored by the Coccia Institute, Montclair State University, NJ. October 22, 2021.

“Incorporating Intercultural Learning into the Language Curriculum.” with Janice Aski. Ohio Foreign Language Association (OFLA) 2020 Regional Webinar Series. 6 February 2021.

“Un amor costante per Agnoletta: Il cuoco of Piccolomini’s L’amor costante.” Sixteenth Century Society Conference, St. Louis, MO, October 16-18, 2019.

“Sharing Experiences on Padlet: Posts and Commentary as Dialogue.” MLA, Chicago, IL, January 3-6, 2019.

“Deliverymen and Urban Mobility in Florentine Renaissance Comedy (1543-55).” Renaissance Society of America, New Orleans, LA, March 22-24, 2018.