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 Gallucci (Ph.D., University of Birmingham) is Senior Lecturer in Italian and Cross-cultural Studies at Regent’s Institute of Languages and Culture (RILC), Regent’s University London. She is also training as a Counselor and Psychotherapist in a palliative care centre and in Higher Education. In 2018, Sonia is due to complete an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the School of Psychology (Regent’s University London). Her research is cross-disciplinary with a focus on improving individuals’ emotional experiences, particularly in later life and in educational settings.

Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy & Counselling (Professional training leading to eligibility for BACP - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). Regent’s University London, School of Psychology & Psychotherapy, 2018 (Expected in December
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Psychotherapy & Counselling (Pre-professional training leading to eligibility for BACP). Regent’s University London, School of Psychology & Psychotherapy, 2015
  • Psychotherapy & Counselling Foundation Certificate (Basic training in psychotherapy and counselling theory and skills). School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology, Regent’s University London, U.K, 2013
  • PhD - Doctorate in Applied Linguistics (Special focus on university students’ emotions and identities during sojourns abroad). School of Education, University of Birmingham, U.K, 2011
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Research in Education (Training in research methods and methodology). School of Education, University of Birmingham, 2007
  • 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, 2005
  • Certificate in Teaching Italian to Adults (Training in teaching Italian as a foreign language) International House, London, 2001 
  • BA - Degree in Modern Languages and Literatures (specialization in Philology). University of Cagliari, Italy, 1998

Relevant Past Employment

  • Senior Lecturer in Cross-cultural Studies (Regent’s University London, 2013- current).
  • Senior Lecturer in Italian – BA in International Business (European Business School, Regent’s University London, Faculty of Languages and Cross-cultural Studies, 2008 - current)
  • Academic advisor for international students (Regent’s Institute of Language and Culture – RILC – European Business School, Regent’s University London, September 2014 – current)
  • Visiting Lecturer in Education - MA in Education TEFL (School of Education, University of Birmingham, 2011- 2013).
  • Lecturer in Italian – BA in Italian Studies (Department of Italian Studies, University of Birmingham, 2006–2008)
  • Language Tutor – Italian (Trittiford Adult Centre, Birmingham, 2006-2010; Centre for Modern Languages, University of Birmingham, 2006-2007).   
  • Language Tutor – Italian / Further Education institutions in London (Morley College, Southwark College, Lambeth College, 2002-2006).          
  • Language Tutor Italian Freelancing for various Schools of Languages (London Languages, LSI, Language Objectives, London, 2001-2005).
  • English, German, French Teacher – (Various institutions in Italy, 1998-2001)

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • 2017 – BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy – Student membership)
  • 2016 - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2007 – 2014: 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
  • 2008 – 2011: AItLA (Italian Association for Applied Linguistics)

Research Supervision

MA Research Supervisor (School of Education, University of Birmingham 2011-2013).

Examining

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

Research Interests

  • International students’ mobility
  • Second Language Identities
  • Intercultural communication
  • Intercultural Psychotherapy
  • Emotional wellbeing

Publications

  • Gallucci, S. (under review). “Hope in older women across cultures”. Journal of Quality in Aging and Older Adults.
  • Gallucci, S. (2017). “International students: a population at risk in need of psychological support”. Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology Reflections. RUL Reflections Research Centre.
  • Gallucci, S. (2014) Sojourns abroad: language learning, identities and emotions. LAP - Lambert Academic Publishing. Saarbrücken, Germany.
  • Gallucci, S. (2013). “Emotional investments during a Year Abroad in Italy”. Apples – Journal of Applied Language Studies. Vol. 7, 2 , 2013, 17– 36.
  • Gallucci, S. (2013). “Negotiating Second Language identities in and through border crossing”. Compare-A Journal of Comparative and International Education.
  • 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.
  • Gallucci, S. & Norman, J. (2013). Italian phrase book. London: Penguin Books. 4th ed.
  • 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, U.K.

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 2017 – Paper presentation “International students: a population at risk in need pf psyhoclogical support”. Study Abroad Conference 2017. University College Cork.
  • 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 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

Grants Awarded

  • 2005-2006 - Scholarship from the Italian Department, University of Birmingham
  • 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: 25 September 2018