Melanie Rockenhaus

Contact details
piazza Amendola,11
Professional profile
Language pairs
Italian > English
Areas of expertise
Food and Drink
Qualifications and experience
Accurate and timely IT>EN translations and editing of academic texts
Areas of expertise in Italian-English translations include oenology, history, ancient languages and cultures, education and social sciences.

BA in English from the University of Dallas, MA in American Literature from Emory University, MA TESOL from Sheffield Hallam University, my interests include phrasal language, communicative teaching methods and testing.
Post-graduate diploma in translation in humanities and literature from the Chartered Institute of Linguists, London and translator member of the Institute.  
Currently a permanent English Language Lecturer in a university in Pisa and teacher trainer in Italy.
“Who’s in the classroom?” A regular column in the TESOL Italy Newsletter featuring interviews with ELT teachers in Italy, 2015- continuing

A place for everything, or my experience working in an IEP (Intensive English Program) (2014). TESOL Italy Newsletter XXIV:2, March-April 2014, pp 12-13.
Teaching writing for high-stakes exams using communicative language teaching methods (2013). In: Lukasz Salski & Weronika Szubko-Sitarek (Eds.) PersPectives on Foreign Language Learning (89-101). Lodz: Lodz University Press.
Using Color-Coded E-Rubrics (2013). In: Denise C. Mussman (Ed.) New Ways in Teaching Writing, rev. (296-298). Alexandria: TESOL International Association.
ESL Writing at the TESOL 2013 International Conference. TESOL Italy Newsletter XXII:2, March-April 2013, pp 3 and 12.
Copyleft Materials (2013). VDMIS: TESOL Video News, The Newsletter of the Video and Digital Media Interest Section, August 2013,
Using CopyLeft Materials in a Challenging ESP Environment (2013).
ESP News, March 2013:
Interest and Autonomy in EFL Writing Classroms (2013).

SLW News, March 2013;
ESL Writing at the TESOL 2013 International Conference (2013). TESOL Italy Newsletter XXII:2, March-April 2013, pp 3 and 12. 
Placement Test Face Validity (2012). In: S. Cacchiani, S. Morgan, M.Silver (Eds.), Standardized Language Testing: contemporary issues and applications (pp 131-146)Monograph issue of RILA: Rassegna Italiana di Linguistica Applicata, vol. 2012/ 2-3. 
Review (2012) of: The “Backwards” Research Guide for Writer, by Sonya Huber. 
In The Linguist List, May 18, 2012:
English for campervan interior design automation (2011/2012).Professional and Academic English: Journal of the English for Specific Purposes Special Interest Group. Issue 39, 20-23. 
Review (2011) of: An Introduction to Applied Linguistics, 2nd edition, ed. Norbert Schmitt (2010), Oxford University Press. In The Linguist List, Jan. 15, 2011:
Continuing professional development

Professional Membrships:
  • Chartered Institute of Linguists
  • Member of Mediterranean Editors and Translators
  • TESOL Italy
  • TESOL International

Presentations and CPD
Teacher Trainer for Italian secondary school English teachers, July 2015, organized by TESOL Italy under auspices of US Embassy to Italy

"From Teacher to Trainer" course, Jan-April 2015, Norwich Institute for Language Education – pass with distinction

Teacher Trainer for Italian secondary school English teachers, February 2015 - TFA Sapienza Università di Roma

Hooked on a Feeling: Motivating Students to Write
, TESOL-Italy – 14-15 Nov. 2014
(Not) Making it up as you go along: translating in under-documented niche areas, METM14 – Mediterranean Editors & Translators Meeting 2014 - El Escorial, Spain, 30 Oct – 1 Nov. 2014
Member organizing committee of English, globally: state of the art and changing scenarios. International Symposium, Sapienza University, Rome, 3 & 4 April, 2014
Using CopyLeft Materials in a Challenging ESP Environment - TESOL International Convention, Dallas, TX, 2013
Teach writing, not ZZZZZZ, to Generation Z! at TESOL-Italy’s 37th National Convention, Rome, 2012
Defining Best Classroom Practice for Teaching Formulaic Language.FLARN - Formulaic Language Research Network Conference, Tilburg, NL, 2012
Teaching writing for exams at TESOL-Italy’s 36th National Convention in Rome, 2011
Using Communicative Language Teaching Methods while Teaching Writing for High-Stakes Exams at FLOW II - Foreign Language Writing Conference, University of Łódź, Poland, 2011
ESOL Placement Testing: Face Validity at Standardized Language Testing in Teaching and Research Conference, at University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, 2010
Teacher Trainer for Assoservizi Siena Training Day, 27 March 2006
Teacher, teacher trainer and English language training organization for Chiron SpA, 2006-2007