Laurea in Modern Foreign Languages and Literature, Universita' di Firenze; Florence, Italy
Extensive experience in the area of teaching Italian language to non-native speakers. She has been teaching at Syracuse University in Florence since 2002, where she is now full-time faculty and has taught all course levels from beginning to advanced. She has taught Italian for several study abroad programs including New York University, the British Institute, Richmond College, and CEA Study Abroad Program. Language teaching experience also includes numerous collaborations with Folkeligt Oplysnings Forbund (FOF, Cultural Institution for Adult Education) in Aarhus, Denmark as a guest teacher of Italian language and culture. In addition, she has worked as a linguistic support teacher for non-Italophone students in local elementary and middle schools.
Graduated with a degree in Modern Foreign Languages and Letters from the University of Florence (Italy), with an emphasis on German language and literature. Thesis was titled "The Jews in Berlin 1933-1939: Aspects of the Jewish Reaction to Nazi Persecution." She completed a DITALS Certificate to teach Italian as a foreign language, granted by the University for Foreigners in Siena (Italy). Educational background also includes an exchange scholarship with the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German academic exchange service), through which she attended the University of Potsdam for one term; a Certificate in German language granted by the International Certificate Conference and Goethe Institut of Bonn; and several specialization courses in linguistic pedagogy.
She also has translated academic essays from German to Italian for the Giunti publishing house in Florence. Luisa incorporates one of her primary areas of interest, the history of Italian song, into her didactic methods and periodically leads conferences on this topic.