Before joining the University of Manchester, I was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Catania, where I completed a BA and MA (Laurea quadriennale vecchio ordinamento) in literature and foreign languages (English and German) in 2004 and a Language Tutor in Italian at the University of Salford (2005-2008), where I was awarded a PhD with a thesis on Hermann Hesse in 2011. I also hold the highest teaching qualification in Italian to non-native speakers (DITALS II), awarded by the Università per Stranieri di Siena, and I am registered as Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2019.
I am currently the Senior Language Tutor in Italian Studies at the University of Manchester, where I have previously served as Senior Language Tutor for Italian and Less Widely Taught Languages for the Institution-Wide Language Programmes (IWLP), 2015-2017. In the past, I was also a Language Tutor in Italian for the University of Leeds (2013-2015).
I have extensively taught Italian for language specialists as well as IWLP students and the general public, home as well as international students, undergraduate as well postgraduate. The modules I have taught include the lecture on phonetics/linguistics aimed at level-1 students (Manchester), translation (Salford, Leeds), and interpreting (Salford).
I am also the Academic Staff Coordinator for the Italian Peer Mentoring scheme, and I have represented the Italian Department and the Language Centre at open days and have regularly been involved in outreach events promoting the study of languages (e.g. Languages XP, VIVA LANGUAGES, LEAF, UMILAP).
I am an active member of the Society for Italian Studies.
I received two nominations for best and most innovative lecturer in my faculty in the UMSU (University of Manchester Students’ Union) teaching awards 2013.
The University of Manchester
(2018 to present) Senior Language Tutor in Italian Studies
(2015-2017) Senior Language Tutor for Italian and Less Widely Taught Languages for the Institution-Wide Language Programme (LEAP)
(2008-2014) Language Tutori in Italian Studies and LEAP
The University of Leeds (2013-2015)
Language Tutor for the Italian Department and the Institution-Wide Language Programme (Language Centre)
The University of Salford (2005-2008)
Language Tutor for the Italian Department
External Examiner in Italian, Lancaster University2021
External Examiner for the Italian IWLP courses, The University of Warwick2018
External Examiner for the Italian IWLP courses, The University of Reading2016