Elisa Dossena

Office Phone
317 East Pyne


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 second co-authored textbook Sequenze: Italian through contemporary film has been published in 2016 by Farinelli Edizioni, New York.

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

Teaching and Research Interests

Dossena teaches classes ranging from beginner to advanced levels. During summer 2019, thanks to a grant from the Princeton Center for Language Study and the support of the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, Dossena developed a digital platform for Italian 108 to complement her textbook Sequenze: Italian through contemporary films. On the platform, she posted all film clips and entire films along with supplemental activities, additional films and film sequences not included in the textbook, exercises, grammar, a vocabulary application, pertinent readings, and digital discussion boards.

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.

Current project

Elisa’s third Italian Language textbook project went under contract in Summer 2019. It will be published in Fall 2020.

Recent Publications


Photo of the book cover, "Sequenze, Italian through Contemporary Film"

Sequenze, Italian through Contemporary Film 

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(New York: Farinelli, 2016)




Photo of the book cover, "La prima cosa bella, Quaderni del cinema Italiano"

La prima cosa bella.  

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(Perugia: Guerra, 2014 )