College / Department

Teaching areas

Second Language Acquisition, Second Language Teaching, Instructed Second Language Acquisition, Research Methods in Second Language Acquisition

Research areas

Second Language Acquisition, Input Processing Theory, Second Language Processing, Processing Instruction, Language teaching and Instructed Second Language Acquisition. Alessandro is co-ordinator of one of the research thematic areas in language sciences.


Master, Educational Management, University of Greenwich, United Kingdom
PhD, PhD in Applied Linguistics, University of Greenwich, United Kingdom
Bachelor, Lettere & Filosofia, University of FLorence, Italy

Professional experience

Visiting Professor at University of Portsmouth (2018 - Present)
Honorary Professor at University of York St John (2016 - Present)
Director of the Center for Applied Research and Innovation in Language Sciences and Education at University of Portsmouth (2017 - 2018)
Dean of School and Professor of Second Language Acquisition, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK at University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom(2016 - 2018)
Director of the Center for Applied Research and Outreach in Language Education at University of Greenwich (2012 - 2016)
Professor and Head of Department at University of Greenwich, United Kingdom(1993 - 2016)
Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise at University of Greenwich (2008 - 2012)
Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary and Westfield College, United Kingdom(1991 - 1993)
Senior Lecturer at University of Middlesex (1988 - 1991)


Research Excellence Framework, Panel Member, UK, 2018 - present
Co-editor for the Series Elements in SLA, Cambridge University Press, 2018 - present
Co-editor of Instructed Second Language Acquisition- ISLA (Equinox Publishing- Journal), 2016 - present
AHRC peer review College, UK, 2015 - present
Editorial Board for Language Teaching Research (SAGE), 2014 - present
Editor of Continuum Issues in Instructed Second Language Acquisition (Bloomsbury Publishing), 2012 - present

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