Laura Di Ferrante
Phd Student, Research Assistant
Laura Di Ferrante is a graduate student at Texas A&M University-Commerce, attached at the Applied Linguistics Lab. Here she taught Italian for Reading, Modern Grammar, and Honors Beginning Italian I and II.
She gained the great part of her education in Italy, where she comes from. In 2008, she took her (first) Ph.D. in Linguistics and Teaching Italian to Speakers of Other Languages at the University for Foreigners of Siena, dissertating on linguistic attitudes in Italy. Her study investigated both on inner linguistic prejudice and on the attitudes of Italians toward foreigners through a 1500 questionnaire research
She taught several courses of Italian as Second/Foreign language in Rome and gave some lectures on "Language and Globalization" at the University of Cassino.
She took her “Laurea” in 2003 in Communication Sciences in Rome at the "La Sapienza" University defending a dissertation in Sociolinguistics on the language of TV commercials targeted to children.
Her research interests focus on sociolinguistics and discourse analysis as they apply to language classroom, workplace, and movies.