Biodata in English

Biodata in English 

I am Associate Professore of English in Department of Languages, Literatures, Communication, Education and Society (University of Udine, Italy). 

My research interests are in the areas of critical discourse studies and language teacher education. 

My latest research work and publications are in the field of discourse analysis, the developments of verbal and non-verbal communication in ICT discourses and the use of digital media for teaching and learning languages.

I teach English in undergraduate and post-graduate degree courses of Languages and Literatures and in teacher training courses (post-graduate). 

I have a an M.A. in Modern Languages and Literatures (Udine, Italy), an M.A. in Language Studies at the University of Lancaster and my Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. I also hold a Post-Graduate Diploma in Professional Development for ELT Practioners (University of East Anglia, U.K.).


I am currently coordinating the project YELL/TELL (Young English Language Learners): a virtual space to promote collaboration between school and university for teachers and trainees of English as a foreign language:

In collaboration with L3S Research Center of Leibniz University in Hannover, we have implemented a professional community for language teachers that is inclusive of teachers in training and expert teachers for life-long learning and sharing resources. 

I took part in the the project funded by the Italian Ministry of Research and Education (PRIN 2009-2011 - end in 2013) on websites and videos for children about relevant social issues:

COME = COnsapevolezza Multimodale e Empowerment dei minori

MACE - Multimodal Awareness for Children's Empowerment

The project was a collaboration with the research units of the Universities of Messina and Trieste.

I take part in the research activities of the Partnership Studies Group

I am Associate Editor of the series ALL (Forum; I was Associate Editor of the academic refereed online journal Le Simplegadi from 2002 to 2011 (2002-2011) 

From 2011 onwards I am the local coordinator for Friuli-Venezia Giulia Committee of the International project Gadda Prize Juniors co-ordinated by the University of Edinburgh: creative writing for undergraduate students and higher secondary schools across Europe

I took part in a number of international and national projects: PRIN (2005-2007 and earlier projects from 2002 onwards); project Region across borders 2009-2010 (Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia); Interlink (India, U.S.A., Italy) 2005- 2008; projects funded by the Italian Ministry of Education and Research (from 2002 onwards). I received the following scholarships: British Council and Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1998), European Bursary Lingua (1997); John Orr Scholarship for Post-graduate research - University of Edinburgh (1993-1994).


Scientific and editorial work

(See publications and conference papers in separate documents)


I am Associate Editor of the series ALL (Forum; I was Associate Editor of the academic refereed online journal Le Simplegadi from 2002 to 2011 (2002-2011)


I am on the scientific board of the journals:

Le Simplegadi

Lingue e Linguaggi


I am on the editorial board of the journal:

Lingue Antiche e Moderne


I am referee for:

SAGE Journal: New Media and Society

Inderscience Journal: International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning