Valeria Agostini

Valeria Agostini

Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Valeria is undertaking doctoral research into bilingualism and language learning.

Her study focuses on the effects of early second language acquisition on cognitive development. She is investigating whether learning a foreign language at school during early years influences perspective-taking abilities and divergent thinking.


Laurea in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano, Italy


Valeria studied Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures (English and German) at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy, where she earned her Laurea degree in 1995. A primary second language specialist teacher, she previously pioneered early foreign language learning projects in Italy before being appointed by the Italian Foreign Office as a teacher of Italian Language and Culture abroad in 2007. She worked in bilingual schools for the Italian Consulate General in Hannover, Germany, for two years and then, in 2009, she was assigned to the Italian Consulate in London. She taught Italian as a foreign language in English Primary schools and presented her own teaching techniques in conferences for PGCE students and Language Assistants.

Doctoral research

PhD title
The effect of second language teaching on cognitive development during preschool and early primary school years
Dr Andrea Krott


Research interests

Valeria is interested in bilingualism and language learning and their effects on cognitive development

Other activities

Valeria is active in promoting linguistic and cultural diversity and volunteers for the Supplementary Schools Programme of the Museum of London.