Professional Learning Day: VCE Italian Teachers
Arts West Building, Level 1
This full-day professional learning program for current and prospective VCE Italian teachers, as well as other teachers of Italian interested in refreshing their approach to teaching and learning, will offer diverse perspectives and new considerations of aspects of contemporary Italian language and culture. Presenters will include staff of the Italian Studies program of The University of Melbourne as well as experienced teaching practitioners.
A key aspect of the day will be the creation of networks for ongoing collaborative work between teachers and the University to strengthen and build Italian Studies in Victoria.
Participants will receive a certificate of attendance highlighting the relevant professional standards for use in relation to VIT procedures.
Michela Pellizon, Educator
Michela Pellizon is a Victorian teacher with several years of experience in the independent sector. She has worked at Melbourne Girls Grammar, The Academy of Mary Immaculate and is now teaching at Santa Maria College in Northcote, as well as having tutored in Italian at the University of Melbourne. She has a Master of Teaching from the University of Melbourne and is one of the authors of the new series *Parliamo Italiano Insieme* published by Cengage. Michela is a regular presenter at conferences for teachers and runs VCE programs for Coasit. She is currently a VCE assessor.
Elisabetta Ferrari, Lecturer
The University of Melbourne
Elisabetta Ferrari has worked in tertiary education in Australia for the past two decades in various capacities. She currently teaches in the Italian Studies program at The University of Melbourne. Following university study in languages and literature in Italy, she completed BA with Honours at Monash University and a Master of Arts in Cinema Management at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests are in Italian cinema, contemporary Italian detective novel, 20th century Italian visual art and aspects of the teaching and learning of Italian.
Matthew Absalom, Lecturer, translator and published author
Lecturer, translator and published author
The University of Melbourne
Matthew Absalom is a university teacher and researcher, linguist, Italian language coach, translator and published author. His current appointment is in the Italian Studies program at the University of Melbourne. He holds qualifications in music, education, languages and linguistics, and his research interests cover Italian linguistics, computer assisted language learning, and languages education. His university career in Australia spans three universities: the Australian National University, University of South Australia and the University of Melbourne. Matthew was the leading author of Cengage’s *Esplora! Senior* and is currently engaged as a writer for the new edition of Pearson’s *Ecco 1 and 2*. A regular presenter at teacher professional learning programs around Australia, he has been a member of the executive of the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations for the past 10 years.