Giuliana Russo Skinner. Instructor of Italian
Humanities Building 402
(205) 934-4652

Research and Teaching Interests: Language and Identity Issues, Pragmatics, Semantics, Etymology, Language and Culture, Second Language Teaching Methods, Educational Technology

Office Hours: By appointment

  • BA, Università degli Studi G. D’Annunzio of Chieti-Pescara, Italy, Modern Languages and Literatures
  • MA, University of Alabama at Birmingham, TESOL/Applied Linguistics

Giuliana Russo Skinner is a native of Taranto, in the region of Puglia, Italy. While in high school she majored in Classics (Italian, Ancient Greek, and Latin Studies), which led to her passion for languages and cultures, in particular Romance languages. In addition to teaching all Italian courses at UAB, she also teaches Italian 101 and 102 at Samford University.

Russo-Skinner is currently committed to growing the Italian program at UAB through creating a study abroad program in Pescara, Italy, as well as promoting a Faculty and Students Exchange Agreement with the University G. D’Annunzio of Pescara-Chieti. Both projects aim at equipping UAB students with international experiences that are diverse and rich in potential for shared knowledge and greater global understanding.

Giuliana is very passionate and enthusiastic about sharing her native language and culture with her students and is very fond of art, music, traveling, cinema, philosophy, and literature. When teaching, she uses a communicative approach that emphasizes the importance of learning Italian through real-life interactions, authentic materials, and engaging activities such as games, pair-works, role-plays, and interviews. She is also a strong believer that learning is fostered by creating a relaxed environment for students, stimulating conversation about concepts being presented and organizing material in a way that makes it easier to understand. Finally, one of the most important concepts Giuliana hopes to impart upon her students is that learning is a process that never ends; therefore she encourages learning and teaches her students to embrace diversity.

  • American Association of Teachers of Italian
  • Modern Langyage Association
  • Italian Linguistics Society
  • Speaker candidate for UAB Commencement, December 2013