My interests are in the teaching and learning of Italian as a foreign language, in translation studies, in e-learning and in the Linguistic interference between Italian and English.
Research funding obtained
In 2002 I was awarded a £22,000 Learning Development Grant to lead a project to develop a languages 'Portal' to provide a learning support interface and access to online resources for students of languages within the University. In this project, I led a team of four people. The project was successfully completed by the deadline.
In December 2005, I was awarded a £30,000 Learning Development Grant to develop material to integrate the use of the new digital laboratories with web-based resources and WebCT and to create the Departmental WebCT Section, which I continue to maintain.
An application for a further £8,000 to allow me to purchase a voice tools software package to run a pilot project to insert a voice tool into the WebCT section was approved in October 2007. I started working on this project in November 2007 and completed the project by the deadline. In March 2008 I was invited to present my project at the First Wimba World Conference in Orlando, Florida.