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Ugo Marsili

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  • Teacher and module convenor: Italian stage 1 and 3
  • Language Lead for British Sign Language (BSL) and Russian
  • IWLP Student Recruitment Coordinator (Welcome Week and Open Days)

Areas of interest

As a School Champion for Diversity and Inclusion I work closely with the Blind and Deaf communities and students with disabilities. I run regular Deaf Awareness and Blind Awareness sessions for staff within the CQSD Teaching and Learning Programme as well as workshops about using audio-visual translation applied to language teaching.

I am working on different projects related to accessibility and perception of disability with the Institute of Education (IoE), the Typography and the Building Surveying departments as well as contributing to weblog to embedding inclusive design into teaching and learning in built environment, professional education and beyond.

At the University of Reading, I am a Fellow of the HEA and I have been teaching foreign language courses (Italian and Spanish) on the undergraduate programme of the Institution-Wide Language Programme (IWLP) and in the DMLES.

My main area of interest is in developing students’ speaking skills in a foreign language as well as analysing the strong connection between emotions, memory and language retention of vocabulary and grammar structures in students with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Teaching

Institution-Wide Language Programme (IWLP), Department of Languages and Cultures

Modules taught:

  • Italian 1, 2 and 3 IWLP
  • Spanish 1 and 2 IWLP
  • IT3LMB at Department of Languages and Cultures
  • IT1L1 and IT1L2 at Department of Languages and Cultures.

Background

I hold a MA degree in Linguistics, Literary Studies and Translation (Spanish and Polish) from the University “La Sapienza”, Italy and an MSc degree in Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language from the University for Foreigners of Siena, Italy.

I have a postgraduate diploma in audio-visual translation for Cinema and Performing Arts in Poland and I completed an intensive Training Course for Teachers of Italian as a foreign language at the International House in Rome. I recently qualified as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (CELTA).

I am a trained musician, I studied oboe at the Conservatory in Rome, Italy. I am into music as I am into learning new languages. At the moment I am studying Modern Greek. I enjoy travelling, sports, cooking and Latin dance. 

Academic qualifications

  • University of Rome (Italy), MA in Linguistic and Literary Studies (Polish, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese)
  • University for Foreigners of Siena (Italy), MSc in Teaching Italian Language to Adults
  • International House, Rome (Italy), Teacher Training Diploma to teach Italian to foreign students Institute Cervantes, London, Teacher Training Diploma to teach Spanish to Adults
  • University of Poznan, PgDip in audio visual translation for the Cinema and Performing Arts International House London, Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)

Professional bodies/affiliations

I am an external examiner for the “University Wide Language Programme” at Imperial College London.

Co-worker and Trainer for the Foundation “Opening Culture”, Poland.

Selected publications

  • Translation from Polish to Italian of Leszek Bednarczuk's essay 'Władza nad mową' in Plit, Rome: Lithos, 2008.
  • Translation from Spanish to Italian of Rosalba Campra's essay 'Le Rovine Circolari of Jorge Luis Borges' in Il Fantastico e l'allegoria edited by Francesco Muzzioli. Rome: Editori Riuniti.

Conferences attended

  • University of Reading 2021, delivering a workshop titled “Changing perspectives – exploring our students’ views on disability and online learning” for the Innoconf 2021, Shaping Futures for Modern Languages in Higher Education.
  • University of Exeter 2021, delivering a workshop titled “Combining Signed and Spoken Language Studies: Tools for Language Teachers” for the Conference: Intercultural Competence and Foreign Language Learning in HE: Present and future directions.
  • University of Warsaw 2021, contributing to the Summer School for UG students of Italian with a cycle of workshops about Invisible Disabilities and Inclusive Teaching on the topic “Mediazione linguistica e culturale tra l’Italia e la Polonia”.
  • AULC London 2019, “Linguistic transitions: towards languages for life”, King’s College.
  • UK LINGUA 2019, “Multilingual Language Learning and Teaching Colloquium”, University of Durham, U.K.
  • Stockholm University 2019, presenting a paper titled “Diversity and Inclusion in Language Teaching” and delivering two workshops about “Deaf awareness and blind awareness in language teaching” and “Audio Description applied to language teaching. Working out the four skills” for the Department of Language education.
  • AULC Belfast 2017, presenting "Encouraging Students to Learn Deeply and Broadly"