I came to the University of Essex in 2001 after working at Lancaster University for three years. In the 1990s I taught Italian at the University of Portsmouth and the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.
Here at Essex I have been teaching thematic and language modules with a focus on developing my students confidence to speak in the target language.
I have also covered various administrative roles, ranging from coordinating the Modern Languages Film Club to being part of the Student Disciplines team. I have been admitting applicants in to Modern Languages courses since 2008; this task has recently expanded in to coordinating Open/Applicant Days and our social media provision.
As a teacher, I am interested in critical reading skills, formative assessment, syllabus design and the use of story- telling and narrative techniques in the classroom.
I was awarded a TALIF (Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund) grant for the 2013-14 academic year to design a Moodle course forthe LA610 Initial Italianmodule which is open to non-language specialists.
In 2016 I started working on a a language repository for Italian reading skills at intermediate level on Moodle X funded by the Excutive Dean Fund (EDF) of the University of Essex.
I am currently supervising students on the following programmes:
Audio-visual Publicity and Promotion Support Frontrunner Plus www.essex.ac.uk/frontrunners/
Modern Languages Data Analysis Frontrunner www.essex.ac.uk/frontrunners/
Urop placement www.essex.ac.uk/urop/
Laurea in Lettere, Universita' degli Studi di Genova
Certificate in Education, University of Portsmouth
MA in Applied Linguistics, Lancaster University
Post-graduate Certificate in Higher Education (PG CHEP), University of Essex
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)