Research at Leeds Beckett
Daniela Burroni Donahue
About Daniela Burroni Donahue
Daniela Burroni Donahue received a first class Master’s Degree in Natural Sciences from Siena University in Italy. After graduating she pursued further study and research at Pisa University, Michigan State University, Stony Brook University in USA and at the University of Sheffield in UK where she earned a Foreign Languages Teaching Certificate. Daniela is an Associate Fellow of the HEA.
Employed in the PTLP at Leeds Beckett as Italian lecturer since 2006 to present, Daniela has much experience of working with students of all ages and abilities; she consistently gets very positive feedback from students and colleagues and has created some innovative online learning materials for students to use. She is involved in the Erasmus Staff Mobility Partnership and went to others Higher Education Institution abroad giving presentations and sharing her expertise. Daniela was nominated in the category “Inspiring Teacher of the Year” at the Leeds Beckett University Staff Awards 2010, and again in 2012. Prior to working at Leeds Beckett, she was a Part-time Lecturer in Italian at Notre Dame Sixth Form College in Leeds; The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.
Daniela teaches Italian across all levels, up to the C2 or Level 5 module. Her lessons cover the many aspects of language acquisition, including Italian culture and Literature. The modules are assessed against the different levels specified by the C E Framework of Reference for Languages and the programme can lead to a BA in Language and Related Studies. Daniela also works as Personal Tutor for students enrolled in the Ipos/Fast Track route and as Supervisor for the BA in Italian.
Daniela’s research interests include two fields:
- Applied linguistics, the combined teaching of foreign language and culture, the use of blended learning to support a language course.
- Prehistoric archaeology, the origin of language and art.
In both fields she is active and regularly presents papers at international conferences and workshops. Here are the presentations related specifically to languages:
- Leeds, 15 September, 2017
Burroni D.B. Developing students’speaking skill through blended learning. Poster presentation. Language Learning and Teaching Conference: Developing Speaking Skills. University of Leeds
- Leeds, 27-28 May, 2015
Burroni D.B., Pavan E. Developing and promoting linguistic and cultural knowledge using advertising in a University EFL class Paper presented for the 2nd Languages in the Globalised World Conference, Leeds 27-28 May 2015, Leeds Beckett University
- Leeds, 5-6 September, 2012
Burroni D. B., Cormack D. Assessing the vitality of Patois in Val d’Aosta (Italy). Paper presented for the first Languages in the Globalised World Conference, Leeds Metropolitan University.
- Leeds, 27 May, 2010
Burroni D.B. A language learner proficient in self-study is an effective learner. Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies “Supporting students’ learning outside the classroom: promoting independence and autonomy in LLAS disciplines”