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Mrs Enza Siciliano Verruccio

Mrs Enza Siciliano Verruccio
Job Title:
Associate Professor



I am the Department of Modern Languages and European Studies (DMLES) Departmental Language Coordinator and the Programme Director of the BA Modern Languages and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).  I am also the Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) Coordinator for the School of Literature and Languages (SLL).


Areas of Interest

I am interested in language curriculum design and development; ab initio language learning and teaching; technology–enhanced language learning and teaching; the role of explicit instruction in SLA; language teacher training.



I convene and teach language courses across the Italian Studies undergraduate programme. For students from all programmes in the department, I convene and deliver the Language Skills course at Part 1 and convene the Year Abroad Language module.


Committees and workgroups

  • DMLES LaTTe (Language Teaching Team): convenor
  • SLL School Board of Teaching and Learning 
  • University Sub-Committee for Teaching and Learning Facilities (USCTL): SLL representative 
  • University Technology-Enhanced Learning Practitioners  Forum 
  • University Language Teaching Committee: DMLES representative


Research groups / Centres

I am a member of the Society for Italian Studies in UK and Ireland and was holder of the Language Teaching portfolio for the Society in 2010-2015.



Teaching projects


Bridging the gap: a multimedia grammar resource pack for Italian students on the Year Abroad



Language Skills

Revision and redesign of a support course aimed at providing metalinguistic competence and strategic tools to year-1 undergraduate language learners.




Review and development of the Reading University

Languages Ladder (IWLP and DMLES)



enthusiasm FOR LANGUAGES

Development and integration of independent and active learning principles within language teaching and assessing in DMLES.




Project leader/Module convenor

Creation, development and management of a team-taught module, Introduction to Language Teaching, involving staff from DMLES and the UoR International Study and Language Institute (ISLI) and aimed at training visiting students to deliver conversation classes for students of French, German and Italian within the department and the IWLP.


2013-to date

OpAL – Open Access to Languages

Project leader

with Pilar Gray-Carlos (IWLP, UoR)

Involving of students as co-creators of Open Educational Resources (OERs) to support language learning at secondary and HE level.

OpAL materials available at:

OpAL first-year report available at:


Conference presentations


Getting started on and progressing with grammar

'Teaching languages ab initio' LLAS, SOAS, London, 12 November 2009

(Available online at



What the future holds: The Society for Italian Studies and language teaching

'Enhancing the Italian Curriculum Conference',

University of Manchester, 17 September 2010.



Progressing with(out) grammar. Grammatica e curricolo di italiano in un corso di laurea in Inghilterra

 'Teaching Italian as a Second Language. A Study Day with Maurizio Trifone',

University of Leeds, 19 March 2011.


Feedback in action: who is doing what?

'Alternative ways of giving feedback',

University of Reading, 23 September 2011.



Feedback in action: who is doing what?  A year later

'Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at University: Enhancing the Learning Experience of Modern Languages through feedback'

University of Bristol, 25 May 2012.


TeachON! New Words for New Worlds

with Allison Fenner and Allison Nader (IWLP, UoR)

'Language Futures: Languages in Higher Education Conference 2012’

LLAS, UCML and AULC conference Edinburgh, 5-6 July 2012.



When Italian ab initio degrees go extreme: Italian Studies at Reading

Society for Italian Studies Biennial Conference

University of Durham, 8-11 July 2013.


Making Access to Languages Open

with Pilar Gray-Carlos (IWLP, UoR)

Open Education Resources in Modern Languages

University of Bristol, 20 September 2013.



Learning to Learn Languages: the OpAL project

with Pilar Gray-Carlos (IWLP, UoR)

‘Reshaping Languages in Higher Education’ LLAS, UCML and AULC conference

Southampton, 9-10 July 2014.


 OpAL: Open Access to Languages

with Pilar Gray-Carlos (IWLP, UoR)

T&L showcase

University of Reading, 19 November 2014.



 OpAL: Making Access to Languages Open

 with Pilar Gray-Carlos (IWLP, UoR)

The Learner conference

Madrid, 9-11 July 2015.



Grammar?! F***! Adventures in Italian Grammar Teaching

‘Choose Italian Teacher Conference’

ISMLA (Independent Schools’ Modern Language Association) and SIS as part of the SIS Choose Italian campaign

London, 18 June 2016.



Adventures in Foreign Language Grammar Teaching

with DMLES Part 1 student

Main Session at the ISMLA Annual Conference 2017

London, 4 February 2017


Conferences and workshops organisation


Beliefs about Language Learning (Yrs 12 &13)

Guest speaker: Suzanne Graham (Institute of Education)

University of Reading, 17 March 2010.


 The Southampton Languages Ladder

Guest speaker: Vicky Wright (University of Southampton)

University of Reading, 19 May 2010.



Teaching Italian as a Second Language

 A Study Day with Maurizio Trifone

Organised with with Chiara La Sala (University of Leeds)

University of Leeds, 19 March 2011.


Alternative ways of giving feedback

Organised with Elena Polisca (University of Manchester)

University of Reading, 23 September 2011



The challenges of teaching fast-track Italian

Organised with Paola Visconti (University of Southampton)

University of Southampton, 24 March 2012



Giornata Celebrativa dell’Insegnamento della Lingua Italiana nel Regno Unito

Organised with Alessia Plutino (University of Southampton)

Sponsored by Society for Italian Studies and the European Commission

Representation in the UK, in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute in London,

Europe House, London, 16 December 2014



Disability and Language Learning workshop

organised with Laura Brown (Disability Office), Regine Klimpfinger (DMLES) and Daniela Standen (ISLI) University of Reading, 18 May 2017


Languages TeachShare

organised with Alison Fenner (IWLP)

University of Reading, 7 June 2017



Siciliano Verruccio, E. (2011), 'Ab initio language learning in degree programmes in England and Scotland. A mapping survey and a case study' Subject Centre for Language, Linguistics and Area Studies (available online at



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