Iva Youkilis brings to the classroom her interest in diverse aspects of Italian culture, including literature, theater, contemporary cinema, music, art and media.
During her sixteen years at WashU, Youkilis has coordinated the elementary Italian sequence, administered Placement Exams, served as a faculty liaison for the student organized group Italo, worked as a faculty associate, facilitated a conversational hour during La Tavola Italiana, and participated enthusiastically in many extracurricular student-organized events. She has directed the Summer Language Institute in Italy.
Her recent courses include Elementary and Advanced Italian language courses (101-201), topical and non-topical conversation courses (215, 301), courses that facilitate the transition between Language and Literature (307, 308) as well as Independent Study custom-made courses for individuals or group of students. She brings to classroom her interest in diverse aspects of Italian culture: language, literature, theater, contemporary cinema, music, art, and role of the media in the rapidly changing Italian society. Her teaching has always emphasized web-based technologies and she encourages students to explore the Italophone world through these to enhance their language acquisition process. Her research interests are Italian language pedagogy, second language education, second language acquisition and language proficiency testing.