I am a Lecturer in Languages (Italian) and the chair of L150 (the Italian Intermediate module) in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at The Open University.
I first joined the OU in 2007 as an Associate Lecturer of the Italian Beginners’ module L195 Andante. I then worked as a consultant and author until 2011 when I became a central academic. My work focuses primarily on the creation and delivery of online language courses.
Recently I have been responsible for co-developing and co-leading the Open University’s Italian for Beginners MOOC (massive online open course) hosted by FutureLearn.
Prior to teaching at the OU I taught Italian language to undergraduate and postgraduate students in the vocal department at the Royal Academic of Music and before that I taught in various FE colleges in London.
My current research focuses on informal collaborative online language learning. I am currently investigating the use of language learning network sites in informal language learning practices.
Other areas of interest include peer mentoring and online language exchanges. I am also an advocate of Open Educational Reseources (OERs) and am interested in the topic of dyslexia and online language learning.
My main teaching interests are: collaborative learning and practices; online language learner motivation. Learner autonomy and learner interdependence. As I work in a distance/online environment I am also very keen in developing a supportive online learning community.