After completing her studies in Conservation and Heritage studies (Laurea Specialistica Magistrale) at the University of Bologna in Italy with a Specialization in Classical Archaeology, Cinzia later pursued a career in Aerial Archaeology in the UK (University of Cambridge, English Heritage, WYAS, ARS ltd.) whilst developing her skills as a professional translator and tutor of Italian language.
As a language teacher, Cinzia’s portfolio ranges from Cambridge Colleges, The University of Bath, City of York Council, York St. John University, and the University of York. In order to further her experience in the field of languages, in 2010 Cinzia took a sabbatical to study Korean language at Yonsei University in South Korea whilst teaching Italian language and Archaeology in local universities and international high schools, and collaborate with members of the Italian Institute of Culture in Seoul. As a result, Cinzia is now teaching Beginner Korean language classes in York with a focus on K-pop and K-dramas.
Alongside her academic career, Cinzia also works as a professional graphic artist and has taught at workshops and exhibited at a number of art exhibitions in the UK, Italy and South Korea.
Cinzia’s teaching approach is to incorporate cultural background information into the grammar and linguistic elements of each course using visual and audio material and original extracts from authentic sources. Elements of Art, Archaeology and History, cinema or literature are embedded within the lesson content in order to provide a more all-round learning environment and as a way to engage students. For her bespoke Italian language course for the Dept. of History of Art, additional elements, such as art-related or technical vocabulary and Medieval/Renaissance Italian from original texts (such as Vasari), are integrated in the language learning process within the course.
In 2019 Cinzia was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Teaching Award for excellence in teaching.
For the Department of Language and Linguistic Science:
For the Department of History of Art:
Serate Italiane, a programme of talks dedicated to Italian culture, society and language, University of York. Ongoing series since 2016 (co-organiser)
L'Italiano attraverso l'Arte. Workshop on Italian Language and Art, University of York, 2014 (organiser and chair)
Streghe Italiane, Eresie e Magia Nera. A mini conference on the theme of witchcraft and local folklore, University of York, 2013 (organiser)
Il giallo Italiano. A mini conference on the theme of the Italian Crime Fiction, University of York, 2013 (organiser)
Serate d’Arte Italiana. Two days event on the theme of Italian Language and Art, University of York, 2013 (organiser)
L'Italiano attraverso l’Arte. A mini conference on the theme of Italian Art, University of York, 2012 (organiser)
Conference contributions (Language Teaching)
Art and Humanities Workshop, Languages for Specific Purposes in Higher Education, University of Leeds, 2018 (chair)
Developing an Extra-Curricular Activity for Students of Italian Language: Serate Italiane at York, Making visible the invisible: The role of extra-curricular activities (ECAs) in Language Teaching, University of Manchester, 2018 (invited speaker)
The challenges of delivering interdisciplinary content-based language modules to specialist and non-specialist language learners, Postgraduate Forum on Applied Linguistics, York St John University, 2017 (invited speaker)
Learning Latin the Ancient Way, Festival of Ideas, University of York, 2017 (chair)
Italian through History of Art: delivering interdisciplinary content-based language modules in Higher Education context, Languages for Specific Purposes in Higher Education, University of Cambridge, 2016 (invited speaker)
New methodological approaches in language teaching. Italian through History of Art: delivering interdisciplinary content-based language modules in Higher Education context, UK LINGUA – Multilingual Language Learning and Teaching Colloquium, University of Durham, 2016 (invited speaker)
Innovative Italian teaching: Delivering an interdisciplinary specialist language module to History of Art students at the University of York, Giornata celebrativa dell’insegnamento della Lingua Italiana, London, 2014 (invited speaker)
From teaching practice to SLA research: the German, Chinese and Italian class, Network for the Interdisciplinary Study of Second Language Learning, University of York, 2014 (invited speaker, with Thomas Jochum-Critchley and Dan Lee)
The challenges of teaching an interdisciplinary specialist language module to History of Art students, Innovative Language Teaching and Learning Conference, University of Leeds, 2014 (invited speaker)
Reshaping language teaching in Higher Education: delivering an interdisciplinary specialist language module to History of Art students, Reshaping Languages in Higher Education Conference, University of Southampton, 2014 (invited speaker)
Using technology to revisit assessment and teaching practice, Higher York e-Learning Conference, University of York, 2013 (invited speaker, with Cathy Dantec)
Using Technology to Revisit Assessment and Feedback, Innovative Language Teaching and Learning Conference, Manchester, 2013(invited speaker, with Cathy Dantec)
Conference contributions (Art and Archaeology)
Rinascimento italiano: Firenze, cradle of the Renaissance, and Ferrara, the first modern city in Europe, Hull, Dante Alighieri Society, 2018 (invited speaker)
Renaissance Italy: Ferrara, the first modern city in Europe, Doncaster Italian Society, 2017 (invited speaker)
Il rinascimento italiano e i patroni dell'arte: dai Medici a Firenze agli Estensi a Ferrara (in Italian language) Harrogate Italian Circle, 2017 (invited speaker)
The Role of Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art in Italian Society (in Korean language), Buyoung Girls High School / Foundation College Yeosu, South Korea, 2016 (guest lecturer)
Il Rinascimento Italiano. Workshop on Italian language and Renaissance Art, Jankura Art Academy, Seoul, South Korea, 2013 (guest lecturer)
Italian Renaissance Art. Introduction to Ancient Egypt and Egyptology: hieroglyphics reading skills and interpretation, DeaWon International Academy, Seoul, South Korea, 2011 (guest lecturer)
Italian Renaissance Art: a special Lecture. An Introduction to 'Leonardo da Vinci: The Genius' Exhibition in Seoul, Myeong Dong Art Academy, Seoul, South Korea, 2011 (guest speaker)
The Renaissance Art of Ferrara: The first modern city in Europe,– Foreign Lectures series, York St John University, 2009 (invited speaker)
Italian Renaissance: Art History and Architecture (Foreign Language Series), York Learning Festival, City of York Council, York, 2009 (invited speaker)
Introduction to Aerial Archaeology, Culture2000 Project, Aerial Archaeology Research Schools in Rosia (2001), Foggia (2003), Grosseto (2005), Foggia (2007), Rosia (2011), Italy (guest lecturer)
North West Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Project; A survey of the Archaeology of the North East Coast; Photo Interpretation of the Coastal Defences in the North East; The landscape of Derbyshire and the Peak District, Archaeological conferences in UK, 2008-2010 (invited speaker)