I teach undergraduate language and culture modules in Italian Studies and CELC (Centre for European Languages and Cultures). I am a keen supporter of enquiry-based interactive learning and have been involved, especially in my role as Educational Enhancement Fellow for the College of Arts and Law, in promoting and increasing the uptake of educational technology to enhance teaching and learning practices.
I was born in Malta and graduated with a first-class degree with distinction from The University of Padua, Italy. After lecturing for five years at the Liceo Linguistico Dante Alighieri in Padua, I moved to Canada, Brazil and then the Uk where I obtained a PhD from The University of Birmingham. While in the UK, I continued to consolidate my teaching career, lecturing at undergraduate and post-graduate level in universities across the country. Apart from teaching English and Italian at The University of Birmingham, I have also taught at The University of Nottingham and Birkbeck College London. I am also currently an Associate Lecturer for The Open University, where I teach an undergraduate interdisciplinary module in the Humanities.
My research expertise is in Modernism and the discourses of subjectivity and dissent at the turn of the twentieth century. I also have research interests in translation theories and practices, having recently transcribed, translated and edited a 16th century manuscript as part of a British Academy funded project in collaboration with The University of Exeter, The University of Leeds and The University of Malta. Relevant to translation practices is also my translation of Silvia Evangelisti’s Nuns: A History of Convent Life (OUP), for the Italian publishing house Il Mulino.
2012: ‘Harnessing Technology to Improve Feedback and Assessment’, Teaching and Learning Symposium, School of Languages Cultures Art History and Music (LCAHM), College of Arts and Law (CAL), The University of Birmingham.
2011: ‘Teaching by Wikinar: Wikis as Tools for Formative Feedback and Assessment’, Eighth Annual Teaching and Learning Conference, The University of Birmingham.
2010: ‘Wikis to Enhance Teaching and Learning Content Modules’, Enhancing the Italian Studies Curriculum: Innovation and Development Conference, The University of Manchester.
2010: ‘Wikis and Multi-Medial Web-based Resources for Teaching Italian Language and Culture’, Seventh Annual Teaching and Learning Conference, The University of Birmingham.
2009: ‘Using Web-Based Digital Resources to Enhance the Teaching and Learning Experience’, The First Malta International Forum on Learning, The University of Malta.
Research Funding obtained
2009: Learning and Teaching Fund, College of Arts and Law, The University of Birmingham
2009: British Academy Research Grant (collaborative)
2001: British Academy Research Grant