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About

I am Valentina Dodge. I live in Salerno, Italy. I am a teacher, teacher trainer and online materials designer. I have a wonderful son (Francis, 30 based in Shoreham-by-sea) and daughter (Sophie, 26 on an Erasmus programme in Porto) who inspire and delight me daily!

I am honoured to work with eighteen other educators on the English language team at the University of Naples “L’Orientale”. This academic year 2020-2021, all our English language teaching is being organized on MS Teams.

As a working mother living in a multi-generational household in one of the struggling corners of southern Europe, I lead or nurture other people’s decisions, I can do or delegate. I bring insight into dealing with different perspectives or negotiating new directions, creativity in facing challenges, as well as a fine-tuned ability to juggle multiple tasks round the clock.

Past experience

From 2009 to 2018, I breathed and lived English360. With great pleasure and passion I worked with institutes big and small all over the world in my role as community coordinator / teacher trainer and learning manager at English360, an online personalised learning platform (winner of the BESIG David Riley for Innovation award in 2011).

From 2005 to 2009 I trained teachers from all over the world to pick up a range of useful technology-related skills which are immediately applicable in their classrooms with The Consultants-E – co-authoring and moderating Cert ICT in the classroom – 20 week course- fully validated  Trinity College London certificate)

I work part-time at the University of Naples. I co-manage a small business consultancy 24hours –English for Busy People specializing in tailor-made Business courses in the Salerno area (southern Italy)

I have helped develop educational material e.g for eTwinning projects.
I have worked in the field of education for the past thrity years which includes 5 years working as a consultant for local and European projects and ten years working online on course design and blended delivery.

I give regular seminars, hold in-service workshops and teacher training courses on project work, Task-Based Learning and in recent years have helped teachers acquire the necessary pedagogical and technical skills ICT in the ELT classroom.

I have collaborated closely with the Trinity College Centres in Italy, worked as City & Guilds Quality Inspector and as Cambridge Assessment examiner for a whole suite of exams including IELTS.

I finished doing my Roma Tre Università in Multimedialità per l’E-learning at the end of 2009.

I hold a University of Westminster BA, an International House RSA Cert (1986), Trinity College LTCL Diploma in TESOL (1993) and University of Sheffield Hallam TESOL PGDip (1994). I have also gained online teaching qualifications such as E-moderation skills and the Trinity quality- assured ‘ICT in the Classroom’ with The Consultants-E (2005-2006).

Publications

Technology in Business English co-authored with Lisa Marie Engel (Cornelsen 2011)

Webtoo – bi-monthly Newletter column – for TESOL Italy – the net is about people not content.

Macmillan Flying High Interactive CDRom  levels 2, 3,  and 4

Gender and Moderation: The Style’s The Thing! Valentina Dodge & Sheila Vine, Information Age Publishing 2008 ed. Kimble, Hildreth & Bourdon].

Volume 2, Chapter 19

Volume 2, Chapter 19

Communities of Practice in the Classroom, CoPs to support students, Virtual CoPs supporting new and existing teachers, CoPs in informal education, CoPs supporting educational specialists, Informal CoPs created by interested educational practitioners

E-learning styles – an emoderator’s responsibility? Learning Technologies Newsletter Oct 2006

eChatBoX- dynamically creating a resource for real-time emoderator
co author: Valentina Dodge, Italy, and Sheila Vine ,Germany published by HLT- Humanizing Language Teaching online pilgrims publication Year 8; Issue 3; May 06

TCE- ICT in the Classroom course was shortlisted for the 2007 British Council ELTON awards – http://www.britishcouncil.org/learning-innovation-awards-2007-shortlist.htm

This is where I live in the heart of a very beautiful town in the South of Italy!

6 Comments

  1. hi Vale,

    I am surfing around and found you again. I like your article webtoo in the Tesol newsletter. Just a quick hello from Florence…yes!

    Susan

  2. Sandra Attard-Montalto

    April 13, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Valentina

    This is Sandra from Malta. We met at IATEFL Exeter. I’m following up links to people who can be useful to Bell Malta. Unfortunately, one of your links doesn’t work….

    Learning Technologies Newsletter Oct 2006

    Haven’t tried out the others yet, but would like to keep in touch.

    I just LIKED your session so much.

    Sandra

  3. Sorry.. typo error:
    email address was wrong.

    Pls also cc any email to:
    sandramont@vol.net.mt

    as this is my home one and this is the one I view everyday, come what may..

    Sandra

    PS I’m the smokers-in-arms IATEFL participant, and you were right to leave the IWB symposium when you did. It did not get any better!

  4. Hi Vale!!

    I just took some time to visit your blog! I’m going to be a follower!!! Great stuff… wow… you’re my role model now!

    Robert

  5. I’m not a very active blogger 😉 I can just about cope with the Twitter 140 character so you might want to follow that @vale24
    I use the blog for conference stuff or to show case excellent work that people like yourself are doing!
    I think I’m a wiki woman so I hope you’ll enjoy that model more than this!

  6. Hi,
    I’ve few education websites and blogs. I’m very much interested sharing my website information with your website through link exchange. If you wish then please get back to me so that we can discuss further. Waiting your reply.
    Wishing you a nice day.
    Cheers,
    Christine.
    Christine@bestonlinedegree.org

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