Dr Sonia Gallucci

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Position: Senior Lecturer in Italian and Cross-cultural Studies
Email: galluccis@regents.ac.uk
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Faculty: Institute of Languages and Culture

Professional Biography

Sonia is Senior Lecturer in Italian and Cross-Cultural Studies. She has extensive teaching experience in intercultural contexts at tertiary level. Her first language is Italian and English is her second language. She did her first degree in Italy and all her postgraduate studies in the UK. She is interested in academic research concerning the role of culture and emotions in Second Language Learning and in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Qualifications

2014 – 2016 - Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling (Pre-professional training leading to eligibility for BACP - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). Regent’s University London, School of Psychotherapy.

2013 - Psychotherapy & Counselling Certificate (Basic training in psychotherapy and counselling theory and skills). School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology, Regent’s University London, U.K.

2011 - PhD - Doctorate in Applied Linguistics (Special focus on university students’ emotions and identities during sojourns abroad). School of Education, University of Birmingham, U.K.

2005 - MA - Master of Arts in Italian Studies: Culture and communication (Specialisation in Second Language teaching and learning). Italian department, Universities of Birmingham and Warwick, U.K.

2007 - Postgraduate Certificate in Research in Education (Training in research methods and methodology).School of Education, University of Birmingham.

2001 - Certificate in Teaching Italian to Adults (Training in teaching Italian as a foreign language) International House, London 

1998 - BA - Degree in Modern Languages and Literatures (specialisation in Philology). University of Cagliari, Italy.

Relevant Past Employment

TERTIARY EDUCATION – UNDERGRADUATE

Senior Lecturer in Italian and Cross-cultural Studies (Regent’s University London, 2015- current). Teaching and assessing students for modules in the above areas.

Lecturer in Cross-cultural StudiesBA in International Business (European Business School, Regent’s University London, Faculty of Languages and Cross-cultural Studies, 2013-2015) Teaching the modules ‘Communication across Cultures’ & ‘Understanding Cross-Cultural Issues in the Contemporary World’, with a focus on interpersonal and intercultural communication, as applied in social and professional contexts in a range of cultures around the world.

Lecturer in ItalianBA in International Business (European Business School, Regent’s University London, Faculty of Languages and Cross-cultural Studies, 2008 - current) Teaching Italian with a focus on business and Intercultural Communication in preparation for SPA (Studying a Period Abroad) at all levels

SPA Academic advisor – (Regent’s Institute of Language and Culture – RILC – European Business School, Regent’s University London, September 2014 – current). Advising and dealing with the administrative tasks for future and current ERASMUS students who are in Italy or will go to there for the period of study abroad as a part of their course of study in International Business with Languages

Lecturer in ItalianBA in Italian Studies (Department of Italian Studies, University of Birmingham, 2006–2008)Taught Italian language and culture on the ‘Advanced & intermediate Language’ modules (2nd year). Designed syllabus, developed teaching materials, tested students’ oral skills, prepared and marked exam papers.

TERTIARY EDUCATION – POSTGRADUATE

Mentor for Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCHE) (Regent’s University London, 2015-current)

Visiting Lecturer in Education - MA in Education TEFL (School of Education, University of Birmingham, 2011- 2013) Supervising and marking MA students’ dissertations in a wide range of TEFL topics. Supervising and marking MA students SLL (Second Language Learning) and CLT (Communicative Language Teaching) assignments. Marking MA students’ PIE (Practitioner Inquiry in Education) assignments.

Assistant on School Observation module - MA taught programmes (School of Education, University of Birmingham, 2008) Taking international students on a series of visits to schools colleges; running feedback sessions on the visits.

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • 2016 - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2007 – date: BAAL (British Association for Applied Linguistics)
  • 2008 – 2013: MOSAIC (Centre for Research on Multilingualism, University of Birmingham)
  • 2009 – date: BAALSIG (Special Interest Group within BAAL in Intercultural Communication Pedagogy)
  • 2009 – date: CultNet (Cultural Network Group founded by Mike Byram in 1996)
  • 2010 – date: RESIDENCE-ABROAD (Discussion Forum on Residence Abroad              matters - JISC website mailing list)
  • 2008 – 2011: AItLA (Italian Association for Applied Linguistics)

Research Supervision

Sonia has experience in supervising students at undergraduate level and at postgraduate level.

Examining

  • Sonia has long term experience as an internal examiner for undergraduate students.

Research Interests

Her current research focuses on international students’ mobility and on the role of culture and emotions in counselling and psychotherapy.

Publications

Gallucci, S (Jan 2017) "International Students: a population at risk in need of psychological support" Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology Reflections, RUL Reflections Researchg Centre.

Gallucci, S. (in preparation). “An investigation into the relationship between intercultural learning and intercultural psychotherapy”.  Possible publisher Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology Reflections. RUL Reflections Research Centre.

Gallucci, S. (in press) “Intercultural learning and accounts of identity during the year abroad: insight into the personal struggles of three British students in Italy”. ALC 2011- Venice Conference

Gallucci, S. (2014) Sojourns abroad: language learning, identities and emotions. LAP - Lambert Academic Publishing. Saarbrücken, Germany. http://www.amazon.com/Sojourns-Abroad-Sonia-Gallucci/dp/3659554537

Gallucci, S. (2013). “Emotional investments during a Year Abroad in Italy”. Apples – Journal of Applied Language Studies. Vol. 7, 2 , 2013, 17– 36. http://apples.jyu.fi/

Gallucci, S. (2013). “Negotiating Second Language identities in and through border crossing”. Compare-A Journal of Comparative and International Education. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03057925.2013.835207?prevSearch=sonia%2Bgallucci&searchHistoryKey=#.Ul6Y2FC-2uI

Gallucci, S. (2013). “Emotive accounts of self: insight into Second Language Learning and the construction of new linguistic identities of British students in Italy”. In Rivers, D. J. & Houghton, S. A. (eds.). Social identities and multiple selves in foreign language education. London: Bloomsbury. 177-194. http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/social-identities-and-multiple-selves-in-foreign-language-education-9781441101150/

Gallucci, S.  & Norman, J. (2013). Italian phrase book. London: Penguin Books. 4th ed. http://www.penguin.co.uk/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780141039053,00.html?strSrchSql=italian+phrasebook%2A/The_Penguin_Italian_Phrasebook

Gallucci, S. (2011). Language learning, identities and emotions during the Year Abroad: Case studies of British ERASMUS students in Italy.  Electronic Doctoral dissertation. University of Birmingham, School of Education, Birmingham

http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/1735/1/Gallucci_11_PhD.pdf

Other Outputs

2011– 2012, Birmingham University Teaching Fellowship (BUTF) funded project, University of Birmingham, Centre for European Languages and Cultures

Research project title: Change Management for Students Splitting their Year Abroad Between a Country with a Non-Roman Script and a Country in Europe (Research leader Ruth Whittle; Research Assistant Sonia Gallucci).

Research project aims: to find out how Year Abroad students perceive the change between a country with a non-roman script and a country in Europe and which factors influence the change from one country to the other and successful settling in as well as studying in both.

Conference Papers Given

  • June 2013 - Poster presenter “Developing a dialogic approach in ethnographic research through a multiple-case study of three British students in Italy”. ESRC Researcher Development Initiative Project on Researching multilingualism, multilingualism in research practice (2010-2013). Conceptualizing multilingualism under globalization: membership claims, social categories and emblems of authenticity. MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism and IRiS Institute for Research on Superdiversity conference (School of Education University of Birmingham).
  • July 2012 - Paper co-presenter and contributor “Year Abroad Matters: Change Management for students going to a European country and to a country with a non-Roman script”. LLAS (Centre for languages, linguistics and area studies) conference - Language Futures: Languages in Higher Education. JohnMcIntyre Conference Centre, University of Edinburgh).
  • October 2011 - Paper presenter “Intercultural learning and the (re)construction of identities during a period of study abroad”. Learning and Teaching Forum. Regent’s College, London.
  • September 2011 - Paper presenter “Intercultural learning and accounts of identity during the Year Abroad: Insight into the personal struggles of three British students in Italy”. 4th International Adriatic-Ionian conference Across Languages and Cultures (Ca' Foscari, University of Venice, Italy, in cooperation with the University of Primorska, Faculty of Humanities, Slovenia, and the University of Montenegro, Institute for Foreign Languages, Montenegro, and under the auspices of ENIEDA (European Network for Intercultural Education Activities).
  • July 2011 - Poster presenter “Intercultural learning during the Year Abroad: Insight into the personal struggles of three British students in Italy”. 7th BAAL Learning and Teaching SIG conference: Theorising practice and practising theory: developing local pedagogies in language teaching (Centre for Language Education Research at Aston CLERA, Aston University, Birmingham).
  • June 2011 - Paper presenter “Negotiating second language identities during the Year Abroad: case studies of British ERASMUS students in Italy”. BAAL Intercultural Communication SIG/Annual Bloomsbury Round Table conference: Language, Identity, and Intercultural Communication (Birkbeck College, University of London).
  • June 2011 - Paper presenter “Emotions and social identities: some research insights into L2 learning during the Year Abroad”. International Conference and 29th Summer School of Applied Language Studies. “New Dynamics of Language Learning: Spaces and Places – Intentions and Opportunities”(Department of Languages, University of Jyväskylä, Finland).
  • May 2011 - Paper presenter “Language learning, identities and emotions during the Year Abroad”.  Annual CulNet international conference (Department of Education, Durham University).
  • April 2011 - Poster presenter “Negotiating Second Language Identities during the Year Abroad in Italy”. ESRC Researcher Development Initiative. Project on Researching multilingualism, multilingualism in research practice (2010-2013). Researching Multilingualism: key concepts, methods, issues (School of Education, Department of Languages, Discourse and Society, University of Birmingham).
  • July 2010 - Poster presenter “Negotiating Second Language Identities during the Year Abroad in Italy”. ESRC Researcher Development Initiative. Project on Researching multilingualism, multilingualism in research practice (2010-2013). Researching Multilingualism: key concepts, methods, issues (School of Education, Department of Languages, Discourse and Society, University of Birmingham).
  • July 2009 - Paper presenter “Emotions and intercultural sensitivity during the Year Abroad”. Postgraduate student conference (School of Education, University of Birmingham).
  • July 2009 - Paper presenter “Emotions in intercultural encounters during the Year Abroad: Towards new perspectives on research and pedagogy”. BAAL/Cambridge University Press Applied Linguistics Seminar:Key Themes in Intercultural Communication Pedagogy (University of Sheffield) [Presentation available at <http://www.cambridge.org.br>]
  • May 2008 - Poster presenter “The Year Abroad: British ERASMUS students in Italy”. Postgraduate Student Conference (School of Education, University of Birmingham)
  • March 2008 - Poster presenter “The Year Abroad in Italy: an ethnographically informed case study”. ESRC Researcher Development Initiative. Project on Researching multilingualism, multilingualism in research practice (2010-2013). MOSAIC launch (School of Education, Department of Languages, Discourse and Society, University of Birmingham).
  • May 2008 - Poster presenter “The Year Abroad: British ERASMUS students in Italy”. Graduate School Poster and Networking Conference (Graduate School, University of Birmingham)                       
  • December 2007 - Poster presenter “Language learning, motivation and identity: The lived experiences of British ERASMSUS students in Italy”.  Graduate School Poster event (Graduate School, University of Birmingham).
  • July 2006 - Poster presenter “Language learning, motivation and identity: the case of three British ERASMSUS students in Italy”. Postgraduate Student Conference (School of Education, University of Birmingham)

Grants Awarded

A. Y. 2005-2006 - Scholarship from the Italian Department, University of Birmingham

A. Y. 2006-2009 - Scholarship from the Sardinian Government under the programme                         "Master & Back"

April – Sep 2010 - Conversion Scholarship from the School of Education, Department of Languages, Discourse and Society, University of Birmingham

Last updated: 08 December 2017