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Ms Alessia Plutino BA, PGCE, FHEA

Teaching Fellow in Italian

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Ms Alessia Plutino is a Teaching Fellow in Italian in Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton.

Having graduated in Modern Languages from University of Urbino, Italy, I then moved to the UK where I completed a PGCE in Modern Languages (French and German) at the University of Southampton.

I have taught Italian for over 11 years on the Lifelong Learning Programme at The University of Southampton and I also have experience in teaching English as a foreign language on the Pre-sessional courses in addition to having taught French and German for five years in secondary schools in the UK.

I have a sound experience in delivering online language courses, as I have been teaching beginner and intermediate Italian online courses for the Open University since 2007 following successful completion of EUROVOLT, an online language teacher training course.

In 2014 I have been awarded a Higher Education Academy Fellowship.

Research interests

My main research interests are in the field of Computer Assisted Language Learning, in particularly with regards to student independent learning skills and aspects of cultural and intercultural awareness integrated into language teaching.

Following a successful bid with LATEU, I have worked on the ITALLO project and created 10 learning objects which are now available online as Open Resources. The aim of this project was to create, trial and evaluate a suite of asynchronous online resources to consolidate and enhance independent learning support for students of Italian which can be accessed here:

In 2013/14 I have been involved in two pedagogical research case studies. One in collaboration with Dr Alessia Cogo focusing on Interculturality  and one involving the use of Twitter in language learning and cultural awareness. For the latter, I was awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award (ETA) for the faculty of Arts and Humanities and then a high commendation for overall University prize

Paper on “Reflections on Interculturality project ( ) presented at the following conference:

9 -10 July 2014 – LLAS Conference 2014, Reshaping Languages in Higher Education Conference Southampton, UK (presentation available here :

12-14 February 2014 - Telecollaboration in University Foreign Language Education International Conference, Leon, Spain

Paper on ITALLO project ( ) presented at the following conferences:

20th September 2013 - Open Educational Resources in Modern Languages and Linguistics, University of Bristol

6 September 2012 International conference Cercles 2012 in the section for Innovation: "Kitting yourself out: New technology, new approaches to teaching and learning", London.

24th March 2012 The challenges of teaching fast-track Italian, Southampton.

17 September 2010 Enhancing the Italian Studies Curriculum: Innovation and Development Conference, Manchester.

Affiliate research group

Modern Languages eLearning Group

I am currently convenor for the Italian Accelerated Stage 1+2 course and Italian Stage 5 course. I also teach Stage 6 & 7 Text classes.

Ms Alessia Plutino
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