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Ms Gloria Visintini


I have been teaching Italian across all levels in undergraduate programmes since 2006 and in adult learning programmes until 2011. I use a variety of methodologies in my teaching, blending face-to-face with online learning. Some of the online teaching activities are developed via the University-VLE tools and consist of online tutorials, discussion forums, blogs, wiki compositions and online marking. Others are developed via a range of open educational Internet resources and language-specific technology software like Sanako.

Since 2011 I have also been teaching on the unit Teaching Modern Languages as a Foreign Language which is aimed at introducing final-year students to secondary school language teaching. 

As Director of TEL, I regularly design projects where students, under my supervision, work in pairs or small groups to solve problems using their creativity and innovation. This is not teaching in a conventional way but encourages students to learn a range of useful transferable skills such as: thinking creatively, collaborating with staff and peers, meeting deadlines, communicating progress and presenting results. These projects also offer students the chance to be recognised with a University of Bristol Plus Award and direct employment opportunities.

Another educational experience offered to students every year outside the curriculum is to sit on the School Multimedia Centre Committee, which I chair, and to be involved in the review of the learning resources available in the Centre.

The Centre also employs a few students every year to help run our resources.