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Elda Buonanno, PhD

Chair, Associate Professor of Italian

PhD, Comparative Literature, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 2008
BA, Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Milan, 1993

Office: 6 President Street
Phone: (914) 633-2736
Office Hours: Currently on sabbatical

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, entitled Insegnare l'italiano oggi
A website, called In Viaggio per la Cultura e la Lingua Italiana
Facebook page

And on Twitter at Elda Buonanno Foley  @BuonannoFoleyEl

Research Interests

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

Research Activities

Review of “Journal of Italian Translation” for Forum Italicum, Fall 2013
Review of “La lingua italiana. Il teatro delle diversità” for Annali d’Italianistica, Fall 2013.