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.
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. As a lecturer, Cinzia specialises in Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP) teaching Italian language through History of Art and has developed courses such as Italian for Art History Beginner & Elementary (for the BA in History of Art) and The Role of Art in Italian Society (for the BA in Italian). For these modules, additional elements, such as art-related or technical vocabulary and Medieval/Renaissance Italian from original texts (such as Vasari), and employability skills in the field of Art History & Beni Culturali are integrated in the language learning process within the course.
In order to further career in the language teaching portfolio, 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 collaborated with members of the Italian Institute of Culture in Seoul. As a result, alongside Italian, Cinzia has also been teaching Korean language classes with a focus on K-pop and K-dramas and coordinated the Korean Language Programme in LFA.
To maximise on the popularity of Italian Art in the context of language learning and strengthen links with the community, in 2016 Cinzia created and still runs Serate Italiane, a series of talks dedicated to aspects of Italian culture.
Winner of the Vice Chancellor's Teaching Award 2019
For the Department of Language and Linguistic Science:
For the Department of History of Art (as York Language Electives):
For Languages for All (LfA)