Teaching

Although my academic work has mainly consisted of research in the field of linguistics, I have occasionally taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Below, find a brief description of my courses and the dissertations I directed .

2021-22. University of Genoa, Italy. Department of Economics.

(According to the questionnaires completed in Summer 2022, 95% of the students rated my courses positively)

Courses taught

English Language I (B1 level of the European Common Framework). The course consisted of two parts. In the first semester, I taught a practical module that focused on the basics of English grammar and the specific lexicon used in the tourism industry. Students were evaluated based on a written test. In the second semester, I taught a theoretical module that focused on how to make responsible use of digital media. Students were assessed based on an essay dealing with a topic relevant to the course, followed by a short oral exam. The lessons took place in mixed mode: students could attend face-to-face or remotely (via MS Teams).

English Language II (B2 level of the European Common Framework). The course consisted of two modules. In the first semester, I taught a practical module that focused on the basics of English grammar and the specific lexicon used in the tourism industry. Students were evaluated based on a written test. In the second term, I taught a theoretical module that focused on creating sales-oriented digital content. Students were assessed based on an essay dealing with a topic relevant to the course, followed by a short oral exam. Lessons took place in mixed mode: students could attend personally or remotely (via MS Teams).

Dissertations directed

Kilani, Seif Dine. The charm of Evil in 21st-century leisure: Auschwitz as a paradigm of abjection-based tourism. Successfully defended on March 18, 2022.

Gallo, Valentina. Lost again on Mulholland Drive: Sui limiti intrinseci della traduzione nel cinema simbolico. Successfully defended on July 18, 2022.

Ingarozza, Lorenzo. The communicative strategies of tourist resorts in the Western Ligurian Riviera: A contrastive study. Successfully defended on July 18, 2022.

(Topi Mendieta, Joyce Alexandra. Digital branding in inglese per approcciare nuovi mercati: Il caso di Bottega Ligure in Estremo Oriente. Expected to be defended on October 3, 2022).

2016-17. Lancaster University, United Kingdom. Department of Linguistics and English Language.

LING490 – English Grammar: A Cognitive Approach. At the beginning of the course, I introduced the Cognitive Linguistics theoretical framework as an alternative to the mainstream Generative Grammar model. Then, I showed students how to apply the basic notions of Cognitive Linguistics to account for a range of phenomena of the English language. Throughout the term, I often compared the grammatical phenomena of English to other languages (Spanish, Italian, French, Greek, Turkish, Arabic, and Maori). Students were assessed based on an essay they handed in at the end of the module.

2013-14. Lancaster University, United Kingdom. Department of Linguistics and English Language.

LING203 – English Sounds and Structures. As a teaching assistant, I gave seminars on the basics of English syntax, following the instructions of the course convener, Dr. Willem Hollmann. Students were assessed based on their weekly group presentations and an essay handed in individually at the end of the module.

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