As coordinator of TEMPLATE it is a pleasure to inaugurate this newsletter and the presentation of the wonderful group of people who are working on this project.
So, what about me? I am based in Turin, a beautiful city where you can find nice liberty buildings, the world’s oldest museum devoted to ancient Egyptian culture, very good chocolate, and a well known football team (which I won’t mention, as I am a supporter of the rival one!).
I’ve been related to the school world ever since, as my mother was a teacher and I basically spent my childhood playing under the desk while she was meeting colleagues and planning her classes. So, becoming an educator was the most natural path to me. And I did it.
Now I am an associate professor in Educational Linguistics at the University of Turin and I do research in applied linguistics, language acquisition, language teaching methodologies, along with corpus linguistics and translation. My current research interests involve plurilingual approaches (apart from TEMPLATE I am involved in a project on Intercomprehension within the European University Alliance UNITA), data-driven learning for LSP in the L1 class (linguaggispecialistici.i-learn.unito.it), CLIL and the use of ICT in foreign language teaching and learning (MALL and CALL), learner corpus research (I have been responsible for the Italian learner corpus VALICO -www.valico.org - since its first release in the early 2000).
But what I like most is the field work, the action research project carried out with teachers where the theory can be put into practice, data can be collected and analyzed, and good practices can be established to effectively improve and develop the teaching and learning process.
I am really looking forward to working with you all, so contact us and… see you on the TEMPLATE field!