Susanna Nocchi is a Lecturer in Italian at Technological University Dublin, current President of the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics (IRAAL, http://www.iraal.ie/ ), current co-chair of the EuroCALL Special Interest Group in Virtual Worlds and Serious Games (http://www.eurocall-languages.org/ ), and secretary of the One Voice for Languages (OVFL) network (http://www.onevoiceforlanguages.com/). As one of the funding members of OVFL, Susanna Nocchi is actively involved in the promotion and safeguard of multilingualism in Ireland.
Susanna Nocchi has a First Honours Degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Pisa (Italy), where she graduated in Danish Language and Literature, with a research thesis on N.F.S. Grundtvig’s work on Nordic Mythology. After her graduation Susanna worked as a translator and a teacher of Italian as a Foreign Language (IFL) in various Italian cities and in other foreign countries. Between 1992 and 1994 Susanna Nocchi was awarded two scholarships granted by the Italian ministry of education to study Icelandic language and culture at the University of Iceland, in Reykjavìk.
Susanna Nocchi has been teaching IFL at third level in Ireland (UCD, TCD and DIT) since 1994. She has also has collaborated with the University of Turku (Finland), the University of New Delhi (India), the Irish Department of Education and various Italian Institutes of Culture around the world.
Susanna has been involved in teacher training and has designed, developed and taught a two-year certificate degree for future secondary school teachers of Italian and a refresher language and culture course for secondary school teachers of Italian for the Irish Department of Education. The degrees were held in the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). In addition, she has contributed material to the website designed by the Department of Education for Secondary School Language Teachers, under the Post-Primary Initiative.
More recently, Susanna Nocchi has participated to the DigiLanguages project (http://www.digilanguages.ie) funded by the Irish National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.
2017: PhD in Applied Linguistic, awarded by Dublin City University (DCU). Her doctoral thesis “The affordances of virtual worlds for language learning” can be downloaded at the following link: http://doras.dcu.ie/21620/
1999: MPhil in Applied Linguistics from Trinity College Dublin (TCD). Research thesis: “Exploring the benefits of peer collaboration in L2 translation”.
1988: Degree in Arts (Scandinavian Studies) (B.A. + M.A. according to European standards) from University of Pisa (Italy). Research thesis on N.F.S. Grundtvig and Nordic Mythology.
Experience and involvement in teaching and teacher training:
Susanna Nocchi has been teaching Italian as a Foreign and/or Second language since 1989. She has worked in Italy, Iceland, Finland, Ireland and India for different institutions. Susanna has been involved in teacher training since 2003 and has collaborated with various institutions, in Ireland and abroad. As a specialist in IFL, Susanna Nocchi has published books with didactic material for students and teachers of IFL and is currently working on a textbook for students of Italian for Business.
October 2015 - Invited teacher trainer at the Italian Institute of Culture – Tokyo. Training course for teachers of Italian as a FL: Linguaggiando in Italiano. Nuove teorie e ambienti di apprendimento delle lingue.
November 2015 - Invited speaker at the workshop “German in Institutes of Technology” at the Goethe Institute Dublin. Presentation: Virtual Worlds and language learning.
Susanna Nocchi’s research interests lie in Second Language Pedagogy, CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning), and, in particular, the use of MUVEs (Multi Users Virtual Environments) for language teaching and learning, and serious games. Her most recent research is in Digital Literacies for teachers, learners and future citizens. See: DigiLanguages project http://www.digilanguages.ie
Articles & Edited Issues
Gabaudan, O. & Nocchi, S. (2018) “Information literacy for undergraduate students: integrating an OER into the foreign language curriculum”, in Colpaert, J., Aerts, A., & Cornillie, F. (eds) CALL your DATA: Proceedings of CALL2018 conference, Antwerp: University of Antwerp, 130-135.
Wigham, C., Panichi, L., Nocchi, S., & Sadler, R. (eds) (2018). Interactions for language learning in and around virtual worlds. ReCALL, 30(2), 153-160. doi:10.1017/S0958344018000022
Nocchi, S. (2014) “Language Learning in Virtual Worlds. Designing for Languaging, the role of affordances”, in S. Jager, L. Bradley, E. J. Meima, & S. Thouësny (eds) CALL Design: Principles and Practice – Proceedings of the 2014 EUROCALL Conference, Groningen, The Netherlands, 255-260. http://dx.doi.org/10.14705/rpnet.2014.9781908416209
Blin, F., Fowley, C., Nocchi, S., (2013) "Mondes virtuels et apprentissage des langues: vers un cadre théorique émergent", Recherches et applications, N°54.
Nocchi, S. (2013) "Understanding Presence, Affordance and the Time/Space Dimensions for Language Learning in Virtual Worlds" In L. Bradley & S. Thouësny (Eds.), 20 Years of EUROCALL: Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future. Proceedings of the 2013 EUROCALL Conference, Évora, Portugal (pp. 1-6). Dublin/Voillans: © Research-publishing.net. Arrow link: http://arrow.dit.ie/aaschlanart/16/
Nocchi, S. (2012) “Buongiorno, mi dica… or: can a Virtual World help me learn how to deal with a Real Life problem?” Conference paper at 1ST INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE CONFERENCE, University of Galway, Ireland, 10th December 2010. In Translation, Technology and Autonomy in Language Teaching and Learning, Peter Lang, Oxford, 2012.
Nocchi, S. (2011) “Come si fa? Can virtual worlds help us promote Intercultural Awareness?”In The Call Triangle: Student, Teachers and Institution:Proceedings of Eurocall 2011, University of Nottingham. Arrow link: http://arrow.dit.ie/aaschlancon/9/
Nocchi, S., Dell’Aria, C. (2010) “Will SL help me survive in Italy?”, Conference paper at ICT FOR LANGUAGE LEARNING, 3rd edition, International Conference, Florence, Italy, November 2010. Arrow link: http://arrow.dit.ie/aaschlancon/10/
Book chapters, books and translations
Gabaudan, O. & Nocchi (2018). “Digital Literacies for Language Learning and Teaching: From a Conceptual Framework to the Design and Development of an Online Portal”, in Daniela, L. (ed) Innovations, Technologies and Research in Education, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholar Publishing, pp. 17-24.
Nocchi, S. (2018) “Foreign language teaching and learning in virtual worlds: The construct of affordance”. In L. Falconer & M. C. Gil Ortega (eds), Virtual worlds: concepts, applications and future directions. Nova Science Publishers: New York, pp. 141-168.
Nocchi, Susanna (2017). “Bryn Oh: un’artista del metaverso”, in Rìos Guardiola, M. G. & Hernandez Gonzalez, M. B. (eds) Mujeres con luz. Murcia: Editum, pp. 161-174.
Nocchi, Susanna, 2016. New Italian Grammar in Practice. Firenze. Alma Edizioni (new edition).
Nocchi, S. (2012) Nuova grammatica pratica della lingua italiana”, Firenze. Alma Edizioni. Arrow link http://arrow.dit.ie/aaschlanbk/9/
Nocchi, S., Bertoni, S., (2009) Activities in Italian for Secondary School teachers. Published on the Department of Education, Languages Initiative website.
Nocchi, S., Bertoni, S., (2008) AS/A2 Digital Reading Tests, Dublin, Authentik. Arrow link: http://arrow.dit.ie/aaschlanbk/11/
Nocchi, S., Bertoni, S., (2008). AS/A2 Digital Listening Tests, Dublin, Authentik. Arrow link: http://arrow.dit.ie/aaschlanbk/10/
Nocchi, S. , Tartaglione, R.(2006). Grammatica avanzata della lingua italiana, Firenze, Alma Edizioni. Arrow link: http://arrow.dit.ie/aaschlanbk/8/
Nocchi, S., Schiappelli, T., (2005). GrammaMia! – esercizi e giochi per imparare il lessico, Firenze, Alma Edizioni. Arrow link: http://arrow.dit.ie/aaschlanbk/7/
Nocchi, S., Bertoni, S., (2003). Le parole italiane – esercizi e giochi per imparare il lessico, Firenze, Alma Edizioni. Arrow link: http://arrow.dit.ie/aaschlanbk/6/
Nocchi, S., (2002). Grammatica pratica della lingua italiana – esercizi – test – giochi, Firenze, Alma Edizioni. Italian, English and Chinese version.
RECENT CONFERENCE PAPERS/PRESENTATIONS/WORKSHOPS:
2018: Sub2Learn: Discovering Italian through subtitling. Webinar at EuroCALL CMC SIG “Show and Tell”. Video presentation forthcoming. PowerPoint Presentation available at https://padlet.com/profteresamac/3vz846a4f4q2
2017, paper for EuroCALL 2017. Title: Virtual worlds. Technical affordances and how they can affect language learning.
2017, paper for CALICO 2017 Annual Conference. In collaboration with Dr. Françoise Blin. Title: Digital literacies for language learning and teaching: towards a national framework.
2017, paper for CALICO 2017 Annual Conference. Title: Using Virtual Worlds for Foreign Language Learning. The emergence of Languaging as a language learning affordance of virtual worlds.
2017, paper for ATEE 2017 Annual Conference. In collaboration with Odette Gabaudan. Title: Digital literacies for language learning and teaching: From a conceptual framework to the design and development of an online portal.
2016, Paper on 'Bryn Oh. Un'artista del metaverso' at Audem 2016 conference: Mujeres de letras: pioneras en el arte, el ensayismo y la educación, University of Murcia, Spain.
2015, workshop for EuroCALL Virtual Worlds SIG at EuroCALL 2015. Title: ‘Of other spaces’ , language learning in 3D Virtual Environments, a critical appraisal.
2014, paper for Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE). Title: Virtual Worlds and their Affordances for Language Learning. The Human Capital.
2014, public lecture for Irish Association of Applied Linguistics. Title: Virtual Worlds for foreign language learning, affordances & critical issues.
2013, paper for EuroCALL 2013. Title: Understanding Presence, Affordance and the Time/Space Dimensions for Language Learning in Virtual Worlds.
2013, VWBPE. Participation to Panel on Total Language Learning.
2012, Invited speaker at “Web 2.0 and Language Learning: definable boundaries” at University of Limerick. Title of paper: Working with emerging learning environments; the reliance on supra-situational activities as a means to a successful learning activity.
2011, paper at EuroCALL 2011, Nottingham. Title: Come si fa? Can virtual worlds help us promote Intercultural Awareness?
2010, paper at 1ST INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE CONFERENCE, University of Galway. Title: Buongiorno, mi dica… or: can a Virtual World help me learn how to deal with a Real Life problem?
2010, paper at ICT FOR LANGUAGE LEARNING, 3rd edition. Title: Will SL help me survive in Italy?