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Dr. Erika Caterina Piazzoli

Assistant Professor (Education)
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I joined Trinity College Dublin in September 2015 as an Assistant Professor in Arts Education. Currently I serve as Global Relations Director and International/Erasmus Student Coordinator (School of Education) and Civic Engagement Faculty Representative. I teach on the Drama in Education and Language Education Master in Education (M.Ed) programmes and supervise a number of Master and PhD students. I also teach Drama and Arts in Education within the Professional Master of Education (PME), a professional qualification designed for those who wish to work as post-primary teachers in Ireland. In my book 'Embodying Language in Action: The Artistry of Process Drama in Second Language Education' (Palgrave/Springer, 2018) I discuss 10 years of practitioner research. My research interests are within the areas of drama in education; embodiment and aesthetic learning; applied linguistics; performative language pedagogy and research. I am Principal Investigator of two research projects, Sorgente and Lacunae: Embodying the Untranslatable.
  Aesthetics   Arts Education   classroom second language learning/acquisition   Drama and theatre in education   Educational Psychology   Neuroscience   Teacher Education
 Lacunae: Embodying the Untranslatable
 Sorgente: Engaging asylum seekers, refugees and their teachers in performative language pedagogy
 Embodiment in Arts-based Language Learning for Students with Intellectual Disabilities: Integrating Visual arts and Italian

Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Fluent Fluent Fluent
Italian Fluent Fluent Fluent
Polish Basic Basic Basic
Spanish Fluent Fluent Fluent
Erika Piazzoli; Elif Kir Cullen, The meaning (s) of practice: Puzzling through performative language practice with refugee learners. , Applied Theatre Research, 8, (2), 2020, p227 - 244, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Taking the cloth off the telescope in, editor(s)S. Even, D. Miladinovic, & & B. Schmenk , Lernbewegungen inszenieren: Performative Zugange in der Sprach, Literatur und Kulturdidaktik, [Putting Learning Movements on Stage: Performative Approaches in Language, Literature and Culture Education.], Tubigen, Germany, Francke Attempto Verlag, 2019, pp23 - 32, [Erika Piazzoli], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Erika Piazzoli; John Kubiak, 'The only learning I'm going to get': Students with intellectual disabilities learning a second language through performative pedagogy, Scenario: Journal for Performative Teaching, Learning, Research , 13, (1), 2019, p21 - 41, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Fiona Dalziel; Erika Piazzoli, 'It comes from you': agency in adult migrants' language learning through process drama, Language Learning in Higher Education, Special issue: Language learning for and with refugees in higher education, 9, (1), 2019, p7 - 32, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Erika Piazzoli, Embodying Language in Action: The Artistry of Process Drama for Second Language Education, Cham, Switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan / Springer Nature , 2018, Book, PUBLISHED  URL
Voice as aesthetic element of language learning: Enhancing learners' performance through actors' voice training in, editor(s)Oliver Mentz, Micha Fleiner , The Arts in Language Teaching. International Perspectives: Performative - Aesthetic - Transversal, M√ľnster, Lit Verlag, 2018, pp75 - 90, [Erika Piazzoli, Claire Kennedy], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Intercultural Dramatic Tension and Intercultural Engagement in, editor(s)John Crutchfield, Manfred Schewe , Performative Approaches to Foreign and Second Language Education: Intercultural Contexts and Perspectives, London, Multilingual Matters, 2017, pp172 - 196, [Erika Piazzoli], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Luca Marrucci, Erika Piazzoli, Evaluating Learner Engagement in Arts Education: Perspectives from Music and Drama in Education, 3rd International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd'17), Valencia, Spain, June 21-23 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10, 2017, pp1068 - 1075, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Scenario: JOURNAL FOR PERFORMATIVE TEACHING, LEARNING, RESEARCH, 2, XI, (2017), Erika Piazzoli, Eucharia Donnery, [Guest Editor], Journal, PUBLISHED  URL
Erika Piazzoli, Mapping an ethnography of change in teachers of Italian (L2) learning process drama, Teaching Italian Language and Culture Annual, N/A, (N/A), 2016, p96 - 114, Notes: [http://tilca.qc.cuny.edu/?page_id=26], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
  

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Erika Piazzoli, Process Drama: Aneddoto Contro la Sonnolenza, Officina: La rivista per insegnanti di ALMA Edizioni, Aprile, 2012, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Erika Piazzoli, The Power of 'Teacher in Role', Journal of Modern Language Teachers' Association of Queensland, 49, 2010, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

  

Language as performance. Social behaviour as performance. Dramatic form as performance. As an inter-disciplinary genre, 'performative language pedagogy' embraces the concepts of performance in linguistics, performance studies and aesthetic theory. Within performative language teaching, process drama differs from scripted theatre as it has no external audience and does not build towards a final show. Rather, it aims to engage the participants (language learners) in an aesthetic and intercultural experience that follows a cycle of experience, action and reflection. It is based on the premise that all teaching can be seen as an art form and that, conversely, performative teaching implies artistry. If so, what does this artistry involve when teaching a foreign language? I'm interested in performative language pedagogy, teacher education and particularly how we learn through embodiment. Within this area, my research has focused on the language learning experiences of refugees and migrants and their teachers.