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.

  • DAE117 Italian Stage 1 part 2 Park Campus

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

  • 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 or secondary schools and/or in schools abroad via video-conference. 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. organization, team work, confidence, taking charge of and pride in their own work, professionalism in dealing with the work environment, etc.) No previous experience of computer-mediated technology 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.

  • MLI141 Languages for All - Italian 2

    Students will be able to gain basic knowledge within the A1 level of the Council of Europe scale in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in Italian, and using 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.

  • 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.

  • MLI301A Italian General Language 3A

    A structured programme of mutually-supporting activities and exercises undertaken in class and privately is designed to develop and sharpen your skills in understanding and producing accurate, fluent and written Italian. Furthermore, this module offers practice and development of skills in translation from Italian (target language) to English, productive skills; writing in Italian (with a particular focus on essay writing) and speaking, as well as general communication skills. Writing and speaking classes will give you practice in the exercises covered by the module, and will be supported by a series of grammar workshop that will reinforce your existing grammatical knowledge as well as introducing new concepts.

  • 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.

  • MLI310A Translation Workshop (Italian/English)

    Seminars will discuss a series of four simulated translation projects dealing with different text types, from the point of view of the requirements of the participants (eg commissioning agency, client, target-language readership) and comparative analysis of relevant areas of Italian and English language and culture. Assessment is based on two additional projects not previously discussed in class, but detailed feedback on the first will be provided before the second (to be submitted at the end of the module) is undertaken

Supervision

  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Sabrina Wang
  • 'A multidimesnional study of English Collocations in an EFL context' (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton