Doctor of Modern Languages, Middlebury College
PGCE – Modern Languages (Spanish and Italian), University of Cumbria, Lancaster, UK
Laurea in Lingue e Letterature Straniere (English and Spanish), Università di Palermo, Italy
Laurea in Giornalismo, Università di Palermo, Italy
Veronica Vegna specializes in teacher training, foreign language acquisition and contemporary Italian cinema. A native speaker of Italian, Veronica studied in Italy, Spain, the UK and the US. In England, she coordinated the Spanish program and lectured within the PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education - Modern Languages) at the University of Cumbria, Lancaster.
She came to the US as a Fulbright grantee. At the University of Chicago she coordinates the Italian Language Program and teaches Italian language classes and a graduate seminar in foreign language acquisition theory and pedagogy.
Some of her past projects at the University of Chicago include the creation of video clips of exemplary Italian lessons for teacher training purposes and as an example of a multisensory approach to language teaching; the use of contemporary Italian cinema in language teaching; the development of non-scripted audios and videos as well as the incorporation of authentic materials in the curriculum. Veronica’s interests and publications are also on language and culture acquisition, contemporary Italian cinema (in particular cinematic representations of women in relation to the Mafia), Italian-American literature and literature of migration. She is currently working on a project that explores ways of raising cultural awareness in language classes through the use of social media.
Awards, Honors and Professional Experience:
• Grants from the Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning, The University of Chicago
• College Teaching Innovation Grants, The University of Chicago
• Fulbright Grant, Bard College, NY
• Italian language teaching award, Italian Ministry of Education and the British Council, London, UK
• Leonardo Project, European Commission
• Erasmus project, European Commission, Zaragoza, Spain
Donne, mafia e cinema. Una prospettiva interdisciplinare. Ravenna: Longo Editore, 2017.
Selected Articles and Book Chapters:
“La mafia senza gloria in Placido Rizzotto”, Luci e Ombre, www.rivistalucieombre.com (Summer 2016)
Review of Piazza: luogo di incontri, in Quaderni di italianistica, vol 36:1 (2015): 281-284
“Il ruolo della madre in relazione alla mafia ne I cento passi”, in Il cinema di Marco Tullio Giordana. Interventi critici, Vecchiarelli Editore (2014): 69-80
“La mafia al femminile: un’analisi di Angela di Roberta Torre”, in Incontri culturali tra due mondi, Metauro Edizioni (2014): 249-258
“Identità e percezione dell’immigrato italiano negli USA”, Voices in Italian Americana, Vol. 24, Nos 1 &2, Bordighera Press (2013): 27-32
“Madri e mafia ne I cento passi e ne La siciliana ribelle”, Luci e Ombre, www.rivistalucieombre.com, (March-April 2013): 88-94
Selected Courses Taught
• Graduate seminar in foreign language acquisition theory and pedagogy
• Elementary, intermediate and advanced Italian
• Elementary, intermediate and advanced Spanish