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Elda Buonanno, Ph.D.

Dr. Buonanno Foley recently completed an online Certificate in Instructional Technology at the University of Maryland(Spring 2014). She has published extensively on teaching methodology, on literature and film, and organized several workshops on language performance and effective teaching activities. Professor Buonanno Foley has taught and created several classes of Italian language and cultural studies, and designed new seminars in Italian Autobiography, Women writers and Italian Identity and Made in Italy: A survey in Art, Fashion and Design, and a Seminar on Italian Contemporary Cinema. She has designed and conducted seminars on “Teaching through technology” and organized workshops in teaching Italian language and culture for language instructors, for which she obtained external sponsors.

Dr. Buonanno Foley is the 2012 recipient of the Faculty Instructional Technology Award for her innovative project entitled Italian Style: The One Stop Website for a New Learning and Teaching Experience. Using technology in her daily life in and outside of the classroom, you can find Professor Buonanno in the following media:

A Blog, titled Insegnare l'italiano oggi
Facebook page

And on Twitter at @BuonannoFoleyEl

Research Interests

Teaching through technology, Instructional design and programming, Cultural identities and Language acquisition.



  • Impacting the Global Community: The Made in Italy Case, Cambridge Scholars Publishing,  Fall 2018
  • In Viaggio per L’Italia, Sentia Publishing, July 2017
  • Fostering Cultural Diversity in Contemporary Cinema, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Spring 2016
  • La Frantumaglia: Elena Ferrante’s Fragmented Self, VDM Verlag, April 2009
  • Laura Pausini, Edizioni Farinelli, New York, September 2007
  • La Meglio Gioventù, Edizioni Farinelli, New York, February 2007
  • Ciao Professore, Edizioni Farinelli, New York, July 2006
  • L’Ultimo Bacio, Edizioni Farinelli, New York, June 2006


  • Parenting Education, Edizioni Unicopli, Milano, Summer 2008
    Translation from the Italian La Formazione dei Genitori by Anna Marina Mariani
  • Two chapters of Implicating Empire. Globalization and Resistance in the 21st Century World Order by Stanley Aronowitz, Italian Edition, 2006


  • Post-War Italian Film Melodrama by Louis Bayman for NEMLA, Monographic volume XXXVIII, Special Issue: The Renaissance Dialogue, Fall 2016 Edition
  • The Sopranos: Born Under a Bad Sign by Franco Ricci for FORUM ITALICUM, Fall 2016
  • La lingua italiana. Il teatro delle diversità by Franco Ricci for Annali d’Italianistica, Fall 2013
  • Italo Calvino and The Compass of Literature by Ernesto Bolongaro for Journal of Modern Italian Studies, Volume 9/3, Fall 2004
  • Under the Radiant Sun and the Crescent Moon, Italo Calvino’s Storytellingby Angela M.Jeannet, for Forum Italicum, Spring 2003, Vol.37, No.1:282-284

Magazines and Articles

  • “Strategies for Using Authentic Audio and Audiovisual Materials to Teach Interpretative Communication” in AP Subject: Italian Language & Culture, AP Italian Curriculum Module", The College Board [online version], October 2008
  • Published in We the Italians and The Italian Way magazines.