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Structure Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
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Office hours
Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30 Via del Santo 77 Il ricevimento del 1 marzo è sospeso, prossimo ricevimento 8 marzo.
Si prega agli studenti di contattare la docente per mail prima di venire al ricevimento.
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Proposals for thesis
I will follow theses written in English related to the following themes:
Analysis of language and discourse (in media, in political speeches and documents, in protest and social movements);
Study and analysis of language policies and practices in different countries and institutions;
Translation practices of social movements:
Racism and language

Curriculum Vitae
Francesca Helm is assistant professor of English language and translation at the Department of Political Science, Law and International Studies. She teaches in the second-level degree courses on International Politics and Diplomacy, and European Studies and in the Master for European Project Management.

Her research is in the area of Applied Linguistics, particularly in applications of computer-mediated communication (CMC) and the socio-cultural context of Web 2.0 for language and intercultural learning, the development of multiliteracies and multilingual higher education. She is particularly interested in dialogic approaches to telecollaboration, tension and conflict resolution, and the use of English as a ‘lingua franca’. Her research also regards the internationalization of higher education, the role and use of English in higher education. She is involved in the professional development of lecturers engaged in English Medium Instruction and has worked in Austria, Spain and Italy and organized summer and winter schools at the University of Padova with the university Language Centre.

She is a member of the executive board of the association EUROCALL and local chair of the 2015 Eurocall conference, and is vice-chair of the Working Group in Education Innovation in the Coimbra Group of Universities.

In recent years she has worked in close cooperation with colleagues from the SPGI Department to set up an initiative titled Next Generation Global Studies (NGGS) which aims at reconsidering predominant schemes of interpretation of global societies, in order to overcome prevailing Eurocentric perspectives of space and time. NGGS has organized four winter schools on the theme: Spaces and Times of Globalization at the University of Padova and at SOAS, University of London.

Guarda, M. & Helm, F. (2016) ‘I have discovered new teaching pathways’: the link between language shift and teaching practice. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. Published online http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13670050.2015.1125848#abstract

Helm, F. & Guarda, M. (2015) “Improvisation is not allowed in a second language”: A survey of Italian lecturers’ concerns about teaching their subjects through English. Language Learning in Higher Education. 5(2): 353–373.

Helm, F. (2015) The practices and challenges of telecollaboration in higher education in Europe. Language, Learning and Technology 19(192):197-217 http://llt.msu.edu/issue

F. Helm (2014). Developing digital literacies through virtual exchange. E-LEARNING PAPERS, vol. 38, p. 1-10,
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List of taught course units in A.Y. 2017/18
Degree course code Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Teacher in charge
Details for students enrolled in A.Y. 2016
6 2nd Year First semester FRANCESCA HELM
Details for students enrolled in A.Y. 2016
6 2nd Year First semester FRANCESCA HELM
Details for students enrolled in A.Y. 2016
6 2nd Year First semester FRANCESCA HELM