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Silvia Bertoni, M.A. (Rome), M.Phil (Dublin)Teaching Fellow

Silvia Bertoni holds an MA in Italian Studies from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and an M.Phil in Applied Linguistics from Trinity College Dublin. For many years she has been involved in language teaching, teacher training, curriculum development, assessment, materials development and editing.

Main interests

  • Teaching and learning Italian as a foreign language, in particular developing language skills (reading, listening, writing and speaking), strategies to teach and learn vocabulary, developing language learning strategies, developing autonomy in language learners, strategies to teach grammar, contrastive grammar, the interrelation between language and literature and cooperative learning in higher education.
  • 19th and 20th century Italian literature and history, cinema, the relationship between history and literature; literature and society; the history of the Italian language and the use of literary texts to develop language awareness, cultural knowledge and intercultural awareness.
  • Publications and materials development

    • Language Education section for Nel vivo della lingua. Zanichelli Editore, Bologna. [Forthcoming]
    • 2015 - Revision of exercises, testing activities and suggestions for the Teacher’s guide for Trepido seguo il vostro gioco. Zanichelli Editore, Bologna.
    • 2015 - Section “Dalla lettura alla scrittura” to develop writing skills in Caro immaginar. Zanichelli Editore, Bologna
    • 2014 - Caleidoscopio italiano, a publication exploring Italian language and culture through literary texts. Loescher Editore, Turin, Italy.
    • 2014 - Italiano e inglese allo specchio, a contrastive grammar exercise book focusing on aspects of Italian grammar that are challenging for English speakers. Loescher Editore, Turin.
    • 2012 - Digitisation of Giro d’Italia, volumes 1 & 2 and In bocca al lupo!... Crepi!
    • 2012 - Module on the development of the Italian language from its origins to the present day in Grammabilità. Zanichelli Editore, Bologna.
    • 2011 - Intercultural and linguistic activities to support students in the study of literature, as well as assessment units, both in the student’s books and in the Teacher’s notes, in Letture in gioco. Zanichelli Editore, Bologna.
    • 2010 - In bocca al lupo!, … Crepi! an Italian textbook for the senior cycle in post-primary education published by Authentik, Dublin, under the auspices of the Post-Primary Languages Initiative of the Department of Education and Skills.
    • 2009 - Classroom activities developed in collaboration with Susanna Nocchi for the website of the Post-Primary Languages Initiative.
    • 2008 - AS/A2 Digital Reading Tests, written and edited in collaboration with Susanna Nocchi. Authentik, Dublin.
    • 2008 - AS/A2 Digital Listening Tests, written and edited in collaboration with Susanna Nocchi. Authentik, Dublin.
    • 2005 - Giro d’Italia 2, second part of an Italian textbook for the junior cycle in post-primary education in Ireland. Published by the Department of Education and Science under the auspices of the Post-Primary Languages Initiative.
    • 2004 - Giro d’Italia 1, first part of an Italian textbook for the junior cycle in post-primary education in Ireland. Published by the Department of Education and Science under the auspices of the Post-Primary Languages Initiative.
    • 2003 - Le parole italiane – esercizi e giochi per imparare il lessico, a book for learning Italian vocabulary, written in collaboration with Susanna Nocchi. ALMA Edizioni.
    • 2002 - L’italiano in classe, booklet with useful languag to encourage the use of the target language in the classroom. Accompanied by a tape. ITÉ, Dublin.
    • Authentik in italiano, language activities based on authentic materials, written in collaboration with Francesca Lorenzi. Authentik, Dublin.
    • 1998 - Il mondo dei giovani, Italian language activities for Irish students aged 13-16. ATI/LINGUA.