Livia Manzini

Livia Manzini

Department of Modern Languages
Language Tutor in Italian

Contact details

I teach Italian language across the Core modules for the BA programme. Currently, I am also a doctoral researcher in Italian linguistics, and I am interested in the role of correct pronunciation and intonation in teaching Italian as a foreign language through blended learning.

Qualifications

  • BA in Modern Languages and Literatures (English and Russian), Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna (Bologna, Italy), 2014
  • MA in Teaching Italian as a foreign language, Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna (Bologna, Italy), 2017

Biography

I completed my BA in Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Bologna (2011-2014), where I specialised in English and Russian language and literature. In 2013, I was awarded an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship and I spent one year at the University of Edinburgh (2013-2014) as a visiting student. After completing my BA, I enrolled into the Master’s degree in Teaching Italian as a foreign language at the University of Bologna (2014-2017). In 2016, I was awarded a “Tesi all’estero” Scholarship by the University of Bologna to carry out my MA thesis project abroad and I spent two months at the University of Birmingham as a visiting researcher. In 2017, I obtained my MA in Teaching Italian as a foreign language cum laude under the supervision of Professor Matteo Viale. My thesis focused on the observation and validation of E-learning and blended learning in teaching Italian as a foreign language. Since 2018, I have worked as a doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham under the supervision of Dr. Paola Cori and Dr. Paolo De Ventura. My research focuses on the role of correct pronunciation and intonation in teaching Italian as a foreign language through blended learning. I joined the University of Birmingham as an Italian language Tutor in September 2019.

Teaching

Modules I teach on include:

  • Italian Core I and II Beginners – Communicative Skills (first year)
  • Italian Core III and IV Intermediate and Advanced – Communicative Skills and Use of Language (second year)
  • LH Italian Communicative Skills (fourth year)
  • Languages For All – Italian 1

Research

My research interests include Italian linguistics (phonology) and the teaching of Italian through e-learning and blended learning.

My PhD research aims to explore the role of correct pronunciation and intonation in teaching Italian as a foreign language and how technology can be used as a valid teaching tool for improving English native speakers' ability to master specific and fundamental phonemic and prosodic characteristics of the Italian language. The findings of my research will allow the identification of effective approaches and activities to promote Italian pronunciation and intonation teaching to English native speakers in and out-of-class through the use specific didactic materials. Moreover, my research will support and enrich both the theory and the practice in the field of teaching and learning Italian as a foreign language. As a result, the research questions of my study are: i) which are the core sounds of the Italian language that English native speakers must master in order to maintain intelligibility, ii) how can blended learning be used to elaborate a specific didactic path which can usefully help learners to improve their pronunciation and intonation skills, therefore their communicative competence.

Publications

Boscolo C., Manzini L., Da WebCT a Canvas e oltre: l’uso delle piattaforme virtuali nell’insegnamento dell’italiano LS a Birmingham dal 2008 ad oggi, in: Esperienze di e-learning per l'italiano: metodi,strumenti, contesti d'uso, Bologna, Bononia University Press - BUP, in corso di stampa, [Chapter or essay], (pagg. 115-134)