2020 – 27th Annual Conference, Belgrade

Speakers, Presentations & Workshops

Cinzia Marongiu

Role of Warm-up Activity in Language Classroom

One of the biggest challenges we face as language teachers is to find ways to keep our students engaged and motivated in the class as they often seem bored and distracted. Well organized and thought out warm-up activities are a great incentive to get our students’ attention. Starting a class with a fun and engaging activity promotes participation, creates a relaxed environment and gets students thinking about the target language (while also bringing forward background knowledge) and ready to learn. Warm-up activities have different purposes: someone may use warm-up to take students’ attention, someone may use it to activate students’ background knowledge and someone may use it to build a good relationship and motivate the students.
This panel welcomes presentations that highlight the importance and effectiveness of warm-up techniques.


Cinzia Marongiu has a Laurea in English literature from Università degli Studi di Genova and a Master‘s Degree in Italian literature from Indiana University. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz at the American Studies Department studying Italian American literature, Italian American women literature in particular. In 2016, she received a Wiedereinstiegstipendium Scholarship to support her graduate studies. Her dissertation, which explores the relationship between Italian Americans and African Americans narrated by female authors, is a transdisciplinary project engaging with the American Studies and Italian Studies Departments of the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität. She is also interested in post-colonial studies, Italian transnational literature, and Black diaspora studies.