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Research Interests

Research Awards and Grants

2017-18  UNNC Small Teaching and Learning Development Grant: “Teacher development: preparing teachers to support student learning in Transnational Higher Education classrooms”.

2014-15    UNNC Small Teaching and Learning Development Grant: “Enhancing Students’ self-regulation. Authentic
tutoring videos of formative feedback sessions”.

2013    UNNC Small Research Grant: “Managing Autonomy”

2010    UNNC Small Research Grant: “Building Intercultural Identities. Case Studies at UNNC”

Personal profile

I joined the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) in 2008.

My main research interests focus on the internationalisation of higher education and language pedagogy. In particular, the main subject areas are:

  1. The staff teaching experience in transnational universities. I am interested in how academics construct their professional agency in relation to the current debates on the nature and objectives of the curriculum on international branch campuses.
  2. Personal tutorials. I research staff and student views, expectations and experience of the personal tutorial system and the conditions that foster or hinder the tutee-tutor relationship.
  3. Language learners’ autonomy. I am interested in exploring the enhancement of students’ independent learning skills in relation with the development of students’ self-efficacy, motivation and self-regulation skills through peer-feedback, on-line activities and culture-related projects.

Prior to joining the UNNC, I had been employed for ten years at an Italian publishing house as an editorial supervisor and a French/Italian translator. In 2001, I made the decision to change career to teach French and Italian as a foreign language in China. In 2006 and 2007, I taught ‘Literature in the Language Class’ in an on-line Master Course in Didactics and Promotion of the Italian Language and Culture to Foreigners (University of Venice – Ca’ Foscari).

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • French Language  and Culture
  • Italian Language and Culture

Postgraduate

  • French Language and Culture
  • Teaching Graduate Assistant in MA in International Higher Education (School of Education)
  • Convener of the module “Research Methods for Language Teachers”, MA TESOL (School of Education)
  • Postgraduate  Certificate in Higher Education: workshop ‘Personal tutorials’
  • Co-founder and coordinator of the a seminar series, the ‘Dialogues on Gender, Culture, and Identities’, which offers students of all faculties the opportunity to meet and explore the social construction of identity through the notions of gender and culture.
  • Co-organiser of the Symposium on HIV/AIDS ‘Fostering awareness, building knowledge’ (19th November 2016) and of the UNNC HIV/AIDS Awareness Week: Let’s end it! (29th November- 3rd December 2017) and of the 2nd UNNC HIV/AIDS Symposium (2nd December 2017)

On-line learning resources

“EOS. Enhancing Oral Skills”. On-line learning resource for French beginners, University of Nottingham Unow (Open Courseware), with dr. Philippe Delcloque http://unow.nottingham.ac.uk/resources/resource.aspx?hid=fcf9b094-cc79-0e98-30b1-5798d653effb

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