The scientific committee includes professors from the three conference organizing universities (UGA, UA, OU) and professors from Italian universities invited by FENICE.
is Full Professor of Linguistics and English Translation at the University of Naples "L'Orientale". He is Director of the I-LanD Research Center and curator of the BeTwixt series. His research activity focuses on the study of the linguistic-semiotic representations of the non-hegemonic male, the language of organized crime as a global phenomenon, the varieties of English and diasporic humour. Full profile
is a Lecturer in Spanish at the Open University. Previously, she worked as a Speech Linguistics Project Manager at Google's text-to-speech synthesis team, a Lecturer in Spanish and Theoretical Linguistics at Eotvos Lorand University (Budapest) and senior researcher of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Research Institute for Linguistics. Her research focuses on the spoken side of language, speech technology and online and mobile learning. Full profile
is senior lecturer in Language Sciences at the University of Grenoble Alpes (France). Her research focuses on the didactics of French as a foreign language, specifically the didactics of French on Specific and Academic Purposes. She is in charge of numerous teacher-training missions on these themes, in France and abroad.
is a full time Researcher at INDIRE, Italy. She holds a PhD in Linguistics and has far-reaching experience in CPD for teachers and head teachers. She is a member of the ECML "Pluriliteracies" consultancy team and different working groups and scientific committees on CLIL and languages both at national and international level (Italian Ministry of Education, European Commission, OECD, Council of Europe, ECML). She has published articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals and recently three volumes on CLIL.
is a Senior Lecturer in Spanish at The Open University. Her work centres on the production and delivery of online distance language learning courses. Her research interests include open educational resources and practices, open online communities, technology-enhanced language learning, professional development for language teachers, and she has published extensively and taken part in several research projects in these areas. Full profile
obtained a Bachelor Degree in Modern Languages at the Pontificia Javeriana University in Bogota (Colombia) and has experience in teaching Spanish in Colombia and the UK. She is currently studying for her PhD on MOOCs for Foreign Language Learning at the Open University, supported by the award of a Leverhulme scholarship. She has been a research assistant for the British Council ELTRA Awarded Project B-MELTT. Full profile
PhD in Humanistic Methodologies and Master in Documentation Sciences. Lecturer at the University of Alicante. Visiting Professor at: Middlebury College, U. Roma Tre, Politécnico de Oporto and Duke University Alicante Program. Research: Language and Literature Teaching, Literary Theory, Biography, Humanism and Education. He has participated in several research projects, scientific committees and evaluation commissions of projects and publications.
is the Head of Spanish at The Open University. She has experience in teaching Spanish, Linguistics and Research Methods in Higher Education. Mara has conducted extensive research in the areas of Teaching and Learning Spanish, Historiography of Linguistics, and Sociolinguistics. Currently, she is co-leading the Diasporic identities and politics of language teaching strand of the AHRC-funded Language Acts and Worldmaking project. Full profile
is a Lecturer in Didactics of Spanish Language and Literature and Secretary of the Department of Innovation and Training in the University of Alicante (DIFD). He has been a lecturer of Spanish as a foreign language (ELE) for nine years in Italy. He has a PhD in educational research with a thesis on Children and Youth Literature on the Internet. He has extensive experience on MOOC development at the University of Alicante, in: XarxaMOOC
is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at Université Grenoble Alpes (France). He belongs to the research unit Lidilem. His research path has two main directions. Having sought to establish causal links between digital technologies and improved learning, he is now trying to broaden his point of view on ICT by taking into account in his reflection the anthropological and critical orientation work that focuses on technical activity. Full profile
is a Lecturer in French Language and Linguistics in the Department of Letters and Cultural Heritage of the University of Campania «L. Vanvitelli». He obtained a doctorate from the University of Provence Aix Marseille in "Language and Word" in 2001. His research interests focus on new technologies in teaching French, on written comprehension and on the legibility of written texts. He has published numerous articles in national and international scientific journals and various volumes.
is the Vice Dean of Mobility and Placements and Lecturer in the Faculty of Education in the University of Alicante. She has a PhD in educational research has been the principal researcher on several EU-funded research projects, partly related to the acquisition of languages and intercultural competences. She is the author of articles as well as book chapters and a monograph in the field of language teaching, methodologies and intercultural competences.
Giampiero de Cristofaro, as the Chair of the Conference Organising Committee, oversees the general management and the conference planning and organization. Mathematician, he has worked as a teacher, teachers’ trainer to foster the introduction of TIC in schools, designer & coordinator of 10 European projects in the field of education and training. Currently, he is the President of FENICE, journalist and editorial director of a magazine; Language mentor for the Education Audio-visual & Culture Executive Agency. He has also been the recipient of two international funding awards. For more details, please click here.
Natale Bruzzaniti coordinates the organization of the conference. He is an experienced European project manager and he is in charge of quality management at FENICE. Headmaster of an Industrial Technical Institute, expert in the design, management and organization of courses for students, teachers and adults, he has gained quite a significant experience in ICT over his career thanks to these positions. He worked for many years on European projects as a webmaster of several multilingual websites
Gennaro Montanaro is in charge of the conference secretariat and of the practical organization and logistics of the conference. Gennaro will liaise with all conference participants providing answers to all questions as well as support. He previously worked as a teacher of English in several educational institutions abroad and as Lector with Academic Assignment at the University of Timisoara. He currently is involved in European projects in the field of foreign language learning.