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Dr. Erika Caterina Piazzoli
Assistant Professor, Education

Biography

I joined Trinity College Dublin in September 2015 as an Assistant Professor in Arts Education. My research interests are within the areas of drama in education; embodiment and aesthetic learning; applied linguistics; performative language pedagogy and research. In my book 'Embodying Language in Action: The Artistry of Process Drama in Second Language Education' (Palgrave/Springer, 2018) I discuss my 10 years of practitioner research. In 2016 I created the 'Embodying Language' module, a postgraduate course that explores research, theory and practice in my field. I teach on the Drama in Education and Language Education Master's programme and supervise a number of Master students. I also teach within the Professional Master of Education (PME), a professional qualification designed for those who wish to work as post-primary teachers in Ireland, coordinating the Arts Education and Drama in Education modules. I conducted my PhD research at Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia) where I worked as a researcher and lecturer from 2002 to 2014.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Fiona Dalziel; Erika Piazzoli, 'It comes from you': agency in adult migrants' language learning through process drama, Language Learning in Higher Education, Special issue: Language learning for and with refugees in higher education, 9, (1), 2019, p7 - 32 Journal Article, 2019 TARA - Full Text URL

Erika Piazzoli; John Kubiak, 'The only learning I'm going to get': Students with intellectual disabilities learning a second language through performative pedagogy, Scenario: Journal for Performative Teaching, Learning, Research , 13, (1), 2019, p21 - 41 Journal Article, 2019 URL TARA - Full Text

Voice as aesthetic element of language learning: Enhancing learners' performance through actors' voice training in, editor(s)Oliver Mentz, Micha Fleiner , The Arts in Language Teaching. International Perspectives: Performative - Aesthetic - Transversal, Münster, Lit Verlag, 2018, pp75 - 90, [Erika Piazzoli, Claire Kennedy] Book Chapter, 2018

Erika Piazzoli, Embodying Language in Action: The Artistry of Process Drama for Second Language Education, Cham, Switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan / Springer Nature , 2018 Book, 2018 URL

Luca Marrucci, Erika Piazzoli, Evaluating Learner Engagement in Arts Education: Perspectives from Music and Drama in Education, 3rd International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd'17), Valencia, Spain, June 21-23 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10, 2017, pp1068 - 1075 Conference Paper, 2017 TARA - Full Text URL

Scenario: JOURNAL FOR PERFORMATIVE TEACHING, LEARNING, RESEARCH, 2, XI, (2017), Erika Piazzoli, Eucharia Donnery, [Guest Editor] Journal, 2017 URL

Intercultural Dramatic Tension and Intercultural Engagement in, editor(s)John Crutchfield, Manfred Schewe , Performative Approaches to Foreign and Second Language Education: Intercultural Contexts and Perspectives, London, Multilingual Matters, 2017, pp172 - 196, [Erika Piazzoli] Book Chapter, 2017

Erika Piazzoli, Mapping an ethnography of change in teachers of Italian (L2) learning process drama, Teaching Italian Language and Culture Annual, N/A, (N/A), 2016, p96 - 114 Journal Article, 2016 URL TARA - Full Text

Erika Piazzoli, Translation in Cross-language Qualitative Research: Pitfalls and Opportunities., Translation and Translanguaging in Multilingual Contexts, 1, (1), 2015, p80 - 102 Journal Article, 2015

Sociocultural Theory, Process Drama and Second Language Learning in, editor(s)Davis, Susan; Ferholt, Beth; Grainger Clemson, Hannah; Satu-Mari Jansson; Ana Marianovic-Shane , Dramatic Interactions in Education: Vygotskian and Socio-cultural Approaches to Drama, Education and Research, New York, Bloomsbury, 2015, pp153 - 160, [Penny Bundy, Erika Piazzoli, Julie Dunn] Book Chapter, 2015

Erika Piazzoli, Reflection in Action in Cross-Language Qualitative Research, Qualitative Research Journal, 15, (1), 2015, p74 - 85 Journal Article, 2015

Erika Piazzoli, Engagement as Perception-In-Action in Process Drama for Teaching and Learning Italian as A Second Language. , International Journal for Language Studies, 8, (2), 2014, p91 - 116 Journal Article, 2014

Erika Piazzoli and Claire Kennedy, Drama: Threat or Opportunity? Managing the 'Dual Affect' in Process Drama for Additional Language Learning, Scenario, 1, 2014 Journal Article, 2014

Process drama: The use of affective space to reduce language anxiety in the additional language learning classroom in, editor(s)Joe Winston, Madonna Stinson , Drama education and second language learning, Abingdon, Oxon, Routledge, 2014, pp77 - 94, [Erika Piazzoli] Book Chapter, 2014

Erika Piazzoli, The 'Authentic Teacher': Heathcote's Notion of 'Authenticity' in Second Language Teaching and Learning, Drama Research Journal: International Journal of Drama in Education, 5, (1), 2014 Journal Article, 2014

Drama for Additional Language Learning: Dramatic Contexts and Pedagogical Possibilities in, editor(s)Michael Anderson and Julie Dunn , How drama Activates Learning: Contemporary Research and Practice, London, Continuum, 2013, pp208 - 225, [Madonna Stinson and Erika Piazzoli] Book Chapter, 2013

Erika Piazzoli, The Silent Gaps in the Data: What Do Participants Say about Engagement When Experiencing Process Drama to Learn an Additional Language, Drama Research Journal: International Journal of Drama in Education, 4, (1), 2013 Journal Article, 2013

Erika Piazzoli, Engage or Entertain? The Nature of Teacher/participant Collaboration in Process Drama for Additional Language Teaching, Scenario, 6, (2), 2012 Journal Article, 2012

Film and Drama Aesthetics for Additional Language Teaching in, editor(s)Joe Winston , Second Language Learning Through Drama, London, David Fulton, 2012, pp134 - 148, [Erika Piazzoli] Book Chapter, 2012

Erika Piazzoli, Didattica Process Drama: Principi di Base, Estetica e Coinvolgimento, Italiano LinguaDue, 2011 Journal Article, 2011

Erika Piazzoli, Process Drama: The Use of Affective Space to Reduce Language Anxiety in the Additional Language Learning Classroom, Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 16, (4), 2011, p557 - 554 Journal Article, 2011

Erika Piazzoli, Process Drama and Additional Language Teaching: Reflections on the Dante Alighieri Immersion Weekends, Applied Theatre Researcher IDEA Journal, 11, 2010, p1 - 12 Journal Article, 2010

Erika Piazzoli, Process drama and Intercultural Language Learning: An Experience of Contemporary Italy, Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 15, (3), 2010, p385 - 402 Journal Article, 2010

Erika Piazzoli, Metodologia Process Drama e Competenza Interculturale, Culturiana, Settembre, 2009, p69 - 73 Journal Article, 2009

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Erika Piazzoli, Process Drama: Aneddoto Contro la Sonnolenza, Officina: La rivista per insegnanti di ALMA Edizioni, Aprile, 2012 Journal Article, 2012

Erika Piazzoli, The Power of 'Teacher in Role', Journal of Modern Language Teachers' Association of Queensland, 49, 2010 Journal Article, 2010

Research Expertise

Description

Language as performance. Social behaviour as performance. Dramatic form as performance. As an inter-disciplinary genre, 'performative language pedagogy' embraces the concepts of performance in linguistics, performance studies and aesthetic theory. Within performative language teaching, process drama differs from scripted theatre as it has no external audience and does not build towards a final show. Rather, it aims to engage the participants (language learners) in an aesthetic and intercultural experience that follows a cycle of experience, action and reflection. It is based on the premise that all teaching can be seen as an art form and that, conversely, performative teaching implies artistry. If so, what does this artistry involve when teaching a foreign language? I'm interested in performative language pedagogy, teacher education and particularly how we learn through embodiment. Within this area, my research has focused on the language learning experiences of refugees and migrants and their teachers.

Projects

  • Title
    • Sorgente: Engaging asylum seekers, refugees and their teachers in performative language pedagogy
  • Summary
    • Sorgente's objective is to collaborate with City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB) through two of its services, the Youth and Education Service (YES) for Refugees and Migrants, and the Adult Education Service, to develop a second language learning programme based on Performative Language Pedagogy.
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Research Council
  • Date From
    • 2019
  • Title
    • Embodiment in Arts-based Language Learning for Students with Intellectual Disabilities: Integrating Visual arts and Italian
  • Summary
    • This project focuses on exploring embodied learning working with first-year students enrolled in the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities (TCPID). We aim to consider the effects that embodiment can have on language learning processes, by specifically combining the syllabi of two modules of the ASIAP program in Term 2, 2018: Exploring Art, taught by John Kubiak, and Italian for Beginners, taught by Erika Piazzoli.
  • Date From
    • January 2017
  • Date To
    • ongoing

Keywords

Aesthetics; Arts Education; classroom second language learning/acquisition ; Drama and theatre in education; Educational Psychology; Neuroscience; Teacher Education

Recognition

Awards and Honours

Griffith University Academic Excellence - Chancellor's Medal Nominee for excellence in Ph.D. Thesis (Awareded with no revisions) 2013

Griffith University Young Alumni of the Year (School of Education) 2013

Griffith University Publication Award, Postgraduate Category 2012

Winner of the Three Minutes Thesis Competition - Griffith University 2012

Griffith University Publication Award, Postgraduate Category 2011

Winner of the Three Minute Thesis Competition (School of Education) Griffith University 2011

Cassamarca Scholarship Award ( honor issuer Australasian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS) 2010

Griffith University Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) 2009

Griffith University Excellence Award for the Bachelor of Applied Theatre (Honours) 2008

Griffith University Excellence Award for the Bachelor of Communication 2008

Memberships

Association for Drama in Education Ireland (ADEI) 2015 – 2017

Teacher Training and Education 2016 – 2017

International Baccalaureate (IB) Network – 2012