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.
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.
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 Studies – BA 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 Italian – BA 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 Italian – BA 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.
Sonia has experience in supervising students at undergraduate level and at postgraduate level.
Her current research focuses on international students’ mobility and on the role of culture and emotions in counselling and psychotherapy.
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
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.
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: 01 March 2018