Dr Giovanna Donzelli
Language Tutor
Modern Languages
Telephone: (01792) 513110
Room: Office - 412
Fourth Floor
Keir Hardie Building
Singleton Campus

I am tutor in Italian and Applied Linguistics at Swansea University.

I have a degree cum laude from the University of Urbino where I studied Italian, English and German languages and literatures in the Faculty of Lingue e Letterature Straniere Moderne. My graduation thesis was on translation of the play, ‘A scent of Flowers’, by James Saunders, whom I had the privilege to meet and interview in London in 1992.

I moved to the UK in 1998, where I started teaching Italian as a second language at Swansea University. My passion for languages and the growing number of unanswered questions which would emerge from my teaching practice led me towards further studies and research. In 2009, I completed a PhD in applied linguistics, on the acquisition of L2 vocabulary in formal instruction, where I investigated the foreign language input available to the learners in class comparing the words they hear with the words they learn.

Currently, I teach a range of theoretical and language modules in Linguistics and Italian, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Teaching

  • ALEM34 Young Language Learners

    This is a module about young language learners and the way children acquire a second language in instructional settings. From the study of theories of child development, students will move on to the analysis of the classroom environment and focus on issues such as classroom management, resources and materials for the low level young learner classroom.

  • DAE128 Italian Stage 2 Part 1 South Wales Miners Library SA2 7NB

    Students will carry out work both individually and in a group in the language they are studying, which will enable them to gain a pre intermediate knowledge of the various forms of communication (reading, writing, speaking, listening) and to use them on an effective everyday level.

  • ML-250 Teaching Modern Foreign Languages to Young Learners 2

    This course covers a variety of topics related to foreign language instruction in the young language classroom. It offers an introduction to the theoretical framework of child cognitive and linguistic development and it encourages students to identify ways in which the theories may inform the teaching practice. This is a combined Taught-Placement module, with a strong focus on employability. It provides students with practical teaching experience through 5 to 10 hours of group teaching in local primary schools and/or in schools abroad via videoconference. Students will be given the opportunity either to teach a language of their choice, among the ones studied in their degree programme, or English as a Foreign Language in the case of video-conferencing teaching. The students will learn how to structure a lesson plan, design or adapt materials which are suitable to the lesson¿s aims and objectives and age of learners. They will also acquire classroom management skills as well as important transferable and employability skills (i.e. team work and leadership skills, organisa-tional skills, professionalism in the place of work, etc.) No previous experience in teaching is required. Nevertheless, a pre-requisite for this module is that students have completed at least one 10 credit language module in the language they aim to teach.

  • ML-320 Modern Languages Dissertation Preparation

    This module introduces you to the practice of research and dissertation writing in the field of Modern Languages and will guide you in the first part of your dissertation preparation. Areas covered include: selecting a relevant topic, asking relevant research questions, preparing and writing up a literature review, preparing and writing up a research proposal, research methods and library research tools, making use of foreign-language sources, structuring your dissertation, analysis and argumentation, compiling a bibliography. In addition to lectures and seminars, you will have three meetings with your supervisor. By the end of the module you will have developed your dissertation topic, know what methodology you will use and have acquired knowledge of how to organise and lay out your dissertation. Assessment for the module consists of a literature review, a research proposal and a presentation.

  • ML-321 Modern Languages Dissertation

    This module provides students with the opportunity to research one aspect of French, German, Italian or Hispanic culture in detail, and to present the findings of their research in a dissertation of 8000 words. The module will be taught by means of four practical seminars on research and writing skills, and through three formal supervision sessions with a dissertation supervisor. Your supervisor will help you to find a topic, suggest research strategies, agree a suitable title, discuss the structure of your dissertation, and will read closely and comment on one draft chapter. The topic may relate to a module you are doing at Level 3, provided that this does not involve a duplication of material and is agreed with the module coordinator in advance. The dissertations may be written in English, in your target language, or in Welsh (where Welsh-medium provision is available).

  • MLI111 Italian for Beginners I

    The module is specifically designed for students who have little or no previous knowledge of the Italian language. The four weekly contact hours aim to enable you to acquire basic vocabulary as well as a grasp of fundamental grammatical structures, allowing you to reach the A1 level of the Council of Europe scale in reading, writing, listening and speaking in Italian. Classes are partly conducted in Italian.

  • MLI112 Italian for Beginners II

    The module is designed for students who already have knowledge of Italian at the A1 level of the Council of Europe scale. They will be able to gain knowledge at the A2 level of the Council of Europe Scale in reading, writing, listening and speaking in Italian. This will enable them to use Italian in an effective way in everyday situations.

  • MLI160A Italian Language 1A

    This module is the foundation of advanced level study of Italian which will equip students with the skills needed to use Italian in everyday situations and professional environments appropriate to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students at A level (or equivalent) and to facilitate their progress in linguistic competence. It concentrates on developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Italian, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students' vocabulary in order to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary Italian society and culture. The module aims to enhance students' employability by providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of Italian in contexts relating to the world of work. Classes are mainly conducted in Italian. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLI160B.

  • MLI160B Italian Language 1B

    This module is the foundation of advanced level study of Italian which will equip students with the skills needed to use Italian in everyday situations and professional environments appropriate to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students at A level (or equivalent) and in MLI160A and to facilitate their progress in linguistic competence. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Italian, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students' vocabulary in order to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary Italian society and culture. The module aims to enhance students' employability by providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of Italian in contexts relating to sustainability. Classes are mainly conducted in Italian. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLI160A.

  • MLI260A Italian Language 2A

    This module aims at building on the skills and knowledge acquired in the first year of study, and will equip students with the skills needed to use Italian in more complex concrete and abstract social and professional environments appropriate to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It concentrates on developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Italian, so that the student can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. It also aims at establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and debate (explaining a viewpoint, giving independent advantages and disadvantages of various options) about topical issues related to contemporary Italian society and culture. Moreover, the module aims to enhance students¿ employability by systematically developing a personal professional career planning portfolio, providing a sound insight into the world of work. Classes will be conducted mainly in Italian.

  • MLI260B Italian Language 2B

    This module builds on and consolidates the skills and knowledge acquired in MLI260A by concentrating on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Italian. This module aims to build on and consolidate the skills and knowledge acquired in MLI260A. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Italian appropriate to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It specifically aims at preparing the students for their Year Abroad and/or extend inter-cultural awareness, widening students¿ vocabulary to read, write and do presentations about topics related to Italy. The module also aims to enhance students¿ employability, by training them to do a successful presentation using appropriate IT applications. Classes will be conducted mainly in Italian.

  • MLI270A Intermediate Italian Language 2A

    This module is the foundation of advanced level study of Italian which will equip students with the skills needed to use Italian in everyday situations and professional environments appropriate to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students in their beginners' Italian modules and to facilitate their progress in linguistic competence. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Italian, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students' vocabulary in order to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary Italian society and culture. The module aims to enhance students' employability by providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of Italian in contexts relating to the world of work. Classes are mainly conducted in Italian. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLI270B.

  • MLI270B Intermediate Italian Language 2B

    This module is the foundation of advanced level study of Italian which will equip students with the skills needed to use Italian in everyday situations and professional environments appropriate to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students in their beginners' language modules and MLI270A and to facilitate their progress in linguistic competence. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Italian, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students' vocabulary in order to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary Italian society and culture. The module aims to enhance students' employability by providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of Italian in contexts relating to sustainability. Classes are mainly conducted in Italian. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLI270A.

  • MLI301B Italian General Language 3B

    This module offers practice and development of skills in translation from English to Italian (target language) and in the use of register in speaking and communicating in the target language. Writing and oral classes will give you practice in the exercises covered by the module and help you consolidate your theoretical knowledge of the Italian grammar, vocabulary and register.

  • MLI313 Italian Language 3A

    This module is the culmination of advanced level study of Italian which will equip students with the skills needed to communicate orally and in writing at a near-native level. This module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students from the beginners and advanced language pathways. It concentrates on developing clarity, fluency, organisation, structure and accuracy in written and spoken Italian, establishing a firm understanding of the finer points of the language relating to grammar and discourse, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, and speak about issues related to contemporary francophone society and culture. Classes are mainly conducted in Italian.

  • MLIM06 Beginners Italian for Postgraduate Students

    This module is intended to allow advanced technical linguists/translators to learn another language ab initio (or, I the case of French, post-GCSE) to a useful level of practical competence in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The approach will be communicative, but with the strong grammatical and analytical underpinning appropriate to advanced learners. Students will be taught in the same groups as undergraduates following existing Level 1 modules, to allow for group work and communicative exchange, but with augmented assessments and learning outcomes. Languages offered (subject to availability) : Catalan, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Welsh.

Supervision

  • Exploring New Methods for Student Interpreter Training: The classification of consecutive interpreting knowledge (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Julian Preece
  • 'A multidimesnional study of English Collocations in an EFL context' (awarded 2019)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton