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.
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).
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].
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!