L’Aquila Action Project

The L’Aquila Action project, sponsored by the US State Department, was designed and carried out by TESOL Italy for the English language teachers of the crater area of L’Aquila after the devastating earthquake of April 6, 2009.

The L’Aquila Action Notebook is a documentation of this project.

To find out more about the project and the Notebook, please contact the L’Aquila Local Group co-ordinator or the TESOL Italy office.

TESOL Italy’s dream is that the effects of this modest project can continue in time to be an inspiration to the teachers and students of L’Aquila.

Special thanks go to:

David Mees, the Cultural Affairs Officer of the US Embassy in Rome

Marina Morbiducci, the President of TESOL Italy at the time of the earthquake

Annarosa Iraldo and Beth Ann Boyle, co-authors of the Notebook

Zadina and the firefighters Annamaria – Zadina – Gabriella


On the 10th anniversary of the l’Aquila earthquake, with great sympathy TESOL Italy and its members embrace the teachers of l’Aquila, educational institutions and international colleagues who were involved in the series of teacher development initiatives promoted by TESOL Italy and supported by the American Embassy in Rome. It was and continues to be an extraordinary experience of mutual intellectual enrichment and growth. The spirit of collaboration which inspired the teacher development activities is still active with events organized by the TESOL Italy local group of l’Aquila. Special thanks to Janet Zadina (New Orleans, USA) and Donna Tatsuki (Kobe, Japan) for their personal and professional dedication.