I have been teaching translation to university students for over two decades. I started my career working as a freelance translator and interpreter, and for many years, translation work complemented my part-time teaching. I have translated a wide range of subject matter from academic, to medical, commercial and promotional material.
I have been teaching at the University of Essex since 1998 when Italian was offered for the first time in our Modern Languages section of the department. I had previously taught at Reading University, where I studied for an MA in Applied Linguistics, and at Kings College London. I teach a range of BA modules from Intensive Initial to Mastery Italian. I am the course director of Italian Studies.I have actively participated in the administrative side of the department in my role of Modern Languages Co-ordinator (4 years). I am a staff appraiser and take part in various committees and examination boards.
I am the director of a successful MA program in Translation, Interpreting and Subtitling and I am also the coordinator of our Department of MA programs In Translation and Interpreting. I teach the Italian-English strand of translation and Interpreting. I have always used technology in my teaching and now I teach two modules based on CAT tools and technologies of translations.
I work in a very dynamic environment where we organize numerous extracurricular activities for our students one of which is the annual Translation Challenge with the translation company TTC. We also annually take our MA students to visit the European Commission in Brussels. In 2015, in team with some colleagues, we were awarded a TALIF (teaching and Learning Innovation Fund) to design Multivox, a speech repository for students interpreters.
I have been personally recognised for excellence at work, for three consecutive years, for developing a range of extracurricular activities and improving the post graduate students in Translation and Interpreting experience.
External Examiner at Kings College London (2012-2016)
External Examiner at London Metropolitan University (2012-2016)
Examiner and Vetter forthe Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL)
Examiner and Vetter for the FCO examination
Examiner for the IoLET Level 7 Diploma in Translation
Supervision of BA project and MA dissertations
Trainer and supervisor of Erasmus plus students