Elisa Dossena

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Office Location: 
317 East Pyne

Office Hours:
Wed: 10:00am-12:00pm
and by appointment


Elisa Dossena has been teaching Italian at Princeton University since 2011. She specialized in Teaching Italian as Foreign Language and Second language acquisition at the University of Venezia Ca’ Foscari, Italy. Her research interest lies in the use of audiovisual materials in teaching foreign languages. She is the co-author of a book in the series “Quaderni del cinema italiano per stranieri” on La prima cosa bella, published by Guerra Edizioni (2014). Her new co-authored book, Sequenze, an intermediate/advanced level Italian language through contemporary film textbook, has been published in 2016 by Farinelli Edizioni.

Elisa started teaching Italian language and culture in 1995 in Tokyo, Japan and then taught and directed Italian language programs in several language schools and universities in Japan and the USA.

Teaching and Research Interests

Dossena teaches classes ranging from beginner to advanced levels. Her research interests include language pedagogy, second language acquisition, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics. She is especially interested in the use of technology and audiovisual materials in teaching foreign languages.

Recent Publications

Photo of the book cover, "Sequenze, Italian through Contemporary Film" Sequenze, Italian through Contemporary Film (New York: Farinelli, 2016)




La prima cosa bella, Quaderni di cinema italiano (Perugia: Guerra, 2014)Photo of the book cover, "La prima cosa bella, Quaderni del cinema Italiano"