Dr Anna Costantino SFHEA, PhD, MA, MAEd, PGDip, BA

Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Italian

Anna Costantino is Senior Lecturer in Italian within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Greenwich, which she joined in 2001. She is currently the co-ordinator of the Italian Language Programme, where she teaches all levels of Italian language, from beginners to advanced, which include the Language Research Module. She is also involved in the teaching provision within the MA in TESOL and MA in Applied Linguistics. Anna's research interests lie in inclusive practitioner research; philosophy of education, critical theories and pedagogies.


  • PhD in Education (King's College London, University of London)
  • MA in Education (Goldsmiths, University of London)
  • PGDip in The Teaching and Managing of Modern Foreign Languages (Goldsmiths, University of London)
  • MA in Journalism Studies (University of Westminster, London)
  • RSA/CTEFLA & CTMFLA (Westminster College, London)
  • BA in Philosophy (Laurea, University of Milan)

Responsibilities within the university

Teaching and co-ordinating:

  • UG Italian 1 (ITAL1005)
  • UG Italian 2 (ITAL1006)
  • UG Italian 3 (ITAL1007)
  • UG Italian 4 (ITAL1008)
  • Material Development and Language Testing (LING 1035 M01), MA in TESOL


  • UG Italian Language Research Project (OUML-1009)
    Contributing to: Research Methods, MA in TESOL/MA in Applied Linguistics


Membership of Professional Bodies

  • BERA (British Educational Research Association)
  • AERA (American Educational Research Association)
  • SIS (Society for Italian Studies)
  • ALL (Association for Language Learning)
  • AULC (Association of University Language Centres)

Editorship / Peer-Reviewing

  • Editor (2010 - present), Tuttitalia (journal)/ Tuttitalia (the Language Zone) ALL (Association for Language Learning)
  • Review Editor (2013-2014/2014 – present), Tuttitalia, ALL (Association for Language Learning) Tuttitalia, Language Zone, ALL (Association for Language Learning) ad-hoc service
  • Contributor (2010 – present), ad-hoc service, Tuttitalia, Tuttitalia (journal)/ Tuttitalia (the Language Zone) ALL (Association for Language Learning)

Research / Scholarly interests

  • Inclusive practitioner research; philosophy of education; critical pedagogies and critical theories; development of language materials, and language testing; Italian for specific purposes; research methods.

Research Projects

  • Exploratory Practice: Teacher research for Language Teacher CPD. University of Greenwich and Regent's University London (2014-2016)
  • Exploratory Practice: Teacher and Learner Engagement with Practitioner Enquiry: Exploring Learner Puzzles. University of Greenwich and Regent's University London (2016-ongoing)

Research Groups Affiliation

  • CREL (Centre for Research in Language and Heritage), University of Greenwich
  • AILA Research Network "Fully Inclusive Practitioner Research in Applied Linguistics", AILA (Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée/ International Association of Applied Linguistics)

Recent publications

  • Costantino, A. (2018). A Written Feedback Puzzle. Understanding 'Local' Pedagogy. In: Slimani-Rolls, & A., Kiely, R. Exploratory Practice for Continuing Professional Development: An Innovative Approach for Language Teachers. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3319697628 [book chapter]
  • Costantino, A., & Slimani-Rolls, A. (2018). Practitioner research and the challenges of the good teaching canon in multilingual and multicultural globalized society. Revista SOLETRAS, (35), 72-96. DOI: https://doi.org/10.12957/soletras.2018.34446 [peer-reviewed article]
  • Costantino, A. (2014). Tutto Italiano. In: Tuttitalia (2015) Italian Language Zone: Association for Language Learning (ALL). Magazine + CD, Languages Direct, ISSN 2054-5908. [review in professional journal]
  • Biagini, Elisa, (2012). La responsabilità dello scrivere, interviewed by Anna Costantino. Tuttitalia (Language Specific Journal, Association of Language Learning), 2012, No. 41. ISSN: 0957 1752 [article in professional journal]
  • Costantino, A. (2012). È internazionalizzazione per l'università italiana. Inglese lingua ufficiale per le lauree specialistiche del Politecnico di Milano. Tuttitalia (Language Specific Journal, Association of Language Learning), 2012/No. 41. ISSN: 0957 1752 [article in professional journal]
  • Costantino, A. (2012), Editorial (co-authored), Tuttitalia (Language Specific Journal, Association of Language Learning), 2012/No. 41. ISSN: 0957 1752 [article in professional journal]
  • Costantino A., Rivieccio A. (2011), Obiettivo: Professione, Rome: Bonacci Editore. ISBN: 9788875734350 / ISBN: 9788857703169 [language textbook]
  • Maraini, Dacia. (2011) Ed è di nuovo in scena il dolore, interviewed by Anna Costantino. Tuttitalia (Language Specific Journal, Association of Language Learning), Autumn 2011/No. 40. ISSN: 0957 1752 [article in professional journal]
  • Costantino, A. (2011), Editorial, Tuttitalia (Language Specific Journal, Association of Language Learning), Autumn 2011/No. 40. ISSN: 0957 1752 [article in professional journal]
  • Costantino, A. (2010). SOS lettura. Tuttitalia (Language Specific Journal, Association of Language Learning), 2010/No. 39. ISSN: 0957 1752 [article in professional journal]
  • Gandini, Erik (2010). Videocracy: la banalità dell'immagine, interviewed by Anna Costantino. Tuttitalia (Language Specific Journal, Association of Language Learning), 2010/No. 39. ISSN: 0957 1752 [article in professional journal]
  • Costantino, A. (2010), Editorial. Tuttitalia (Language Specific Journal, Association of Language Learning), Autumn 2011/No. 39.  ISSN: 0957 1752 [article in professional journal]


  • Costantino, A. (2023). Practitioner-Research to understand the Global and Local Challenges of Sustainability in language pedagogy. 20th Anniversary AILA World Congress - Diversity and social cohesion in a globalized world: Moving towards more engaged language studies - July 17–21, 2023, Lyon, France.
  • Costantino, A. (2023). Harnessing testing materials to enhance students’ learning experiences and agency. The MATSDA/Bilingual International School Conference - Materials for Testing, June 21st - Thursday June 22nd, 2023, Villa di Poggio Reale, Rufina, Florence, Italy.
  • Costantino, A. (2023). Assessment for learning and as learning: An enquiry-led approach to language e-portfolios. FIPLV/NBR Conference 2023 – Future of Languages, University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland, June 8 and 9, 2023.
  • Costantino, A. (2022). Pedagogical materials and community of practice building: two tenets for sustainable professional development for language teachers.  23º Evento Anual de Prática Exploratória. Encontros na Prática Exploratória: das telas aos abraços. PUC-Rio, 25 November 2022 (online delivery).
  • Costantino, A. (2022).Re-balancing artistry and technique. A case for an enquiry-based approach to professional learning and development’. Exploring expertise in teaching in higher education: The artistry of teaching. Expertise Symposium, 14 to 21 October 2022. Academic Development Centre at the University of Warwick & UWE Bristol. https://www.uwe.ac.uk/research/centres-and-groups/heppp/heppp-symposium
  • Costantino, A. (2018). Demystifying the neoliberal discourse of learner engagement by advancing engagement as language practitioner research.  VIII International Conference on Critical Education, University of East London, London, UK, 25-28 July 2018.  www.icce2018.wordpress.com [conference paper] [conference paper]
  • Costantino, A. (2018).  Moving from teacher research to supporting learner research. The annual conference of International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) Research Special Interest Group (ReSIG). Bahçeşehir University (BAU), Istanbul, Turkey, 8- 9 June. http://iateflresig2018istanbul.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/programme_day1_son.pdf [invited workshop]
  • Costantino. A. (2018). Implementing classroom enquiry as everyday pedagogical practice. International Conference on New Trends in Foreign Language Teaching. University of Granada, University of Algarve and the European-funded project PETALL. University of Granada, Spain, 17-18 May 2018. http://petallproject.eu/petall/images/ABSTRACTS-WEB.pdf [workshop]
  • Costantino, A. (2018). Engagement through partnership: learners and teachers as co-investigators of their context of practice. UK LINGUA 2018 – Multilingual Language Learning and Teaching Colloquium, Durham University, UK. 21-22 April 2018. https://www.dur.ac.uk/mlac/news/events/uklingua/ [conference paper]
  • Costantino, A. (2018). Exploratory Practice and the recursive cycle of pedagogy and classroom enquiry. In: "Language Acts and Worldmaking", Diasporic Identities strand (AHRC Open World Research Initiative). Kings College London, UK, 10 January. https://www.languageacts.org/events/exploratory-practice-continuing-professional-development/ [invited poster session]
  • Costantino, A., Mohamed, R., Philips, N., (2018). Exploring engagement with classroom activity 'together': Learners as active practitioners of learning. SHIFT 2018: Annual Conference of Learning, Teaching & Assessment, University of Greenwich, EDU, London, UK, 5 January. https://showtime.gre.ac.uk/index.php/edu/shift2018/paper/viewPaper/1195 [conference paper]
  • Costantino, A., Banister, C., Goral, M. (2017). Synergies and collaborative opportunities in language teacher research. Language Education across Borders, Conference, Karl-Franzens-Universität, Graz, Austria, 8-10 December. https://static.uni-graz.at/fileadmin/veranstaltungen/language-education/Programme/FINAL_conference_programme.pdf [conference paper]
  • Costantino, A. (2017). Understanding pedagogical practice as unfolding praxis. (part of the symposium: International Perspectives on Exploratory Practice: innovative approaches and epistemological challenges to language teacher development. The 18th World Congress of Applied Linguistics, AILA UFRJ Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 'Innovation and Epistemological Challenges in Applied Linguistics', 23-28 July 2017. [conference paper/ symposium]
  • Costantino, A. (2017). Pedagogical heterotopias. Carving out emancipatory spaces in neoliberal (language) education. The VII International Conference on Critical Education, 'Rethinking alternatives to Neoliberalism in Education'. The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece, 28 June - 2 July. [conference paper]
  • Costantino, A., Slimani-Rolls, A. (2017). Do teachers attempt to develop a better understanding of their practice? 'The Future of English Language'. Language Teaching. Language Teaching Conference. Regent's University London and Trinity College, Regent's University London, UK, 17 June. [invited speakers]
  • Slimani-Rolls, A., Hanks, J., Bond, B., Costantino, A. (2017). Exploratory Practice as Support for Teacher Development. In AERA 2017 Annual Meeting, 'Knowledge to Action. Achieving the Promise of Equal Educational Opportunity', San Antonio, TX, USA, April 27 – May 1. Endorsed by the British Educational Research Association (BERA) to represent BERA at American Educational Research Association (AERA) as an example 'of the best of recent British educational research and/or scholarly work in education', £ 2,500 BERA grant. [invited symposium]
  • Miller, I., Slimani-Rolls, A., Rangel Moraes Bezerra, I. Costantino, A., Barreto, B. (2017). Exploratory Practice: Collaborative work among teachers and teacher educators. 'Language Teacher Education for a World on the Move: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Student Populations'. Center for World Languages, UCLA International Institute, Tenth International Conference on Language Teacher Education. UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2-4 February. [symposium]
  • Costantino, A., Slimani-Rolls, A. (2017). Innovative approaches and epistemological challenges to teacher development. SHIFT 2017: Annual Conference of Learning, Teaching & Assessment, University of Greenwich, London, UK, 6 January. [conference paper]
  • Costantino, A. (2016). Integrating research into teaching. BERA (British Educational Research Association), University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, 13-15 September. [symposium session]
  • Costantino, A., Banister, C., Rawson, M., Slimani-Rolls, A. (2016). Pratique Exploratoire sous forme de Développement Professionnel Continu (workshop). 'Le Français partagé'. Annual Conference of the Association of French Language Studies (AFLS). Queen's University, Belfast, 20-22 June. [invited speakers]
  • Costantino, A. (2016). Situated Theory or Classroom effectiveness?  DEPS Conference 2016, "Love it, hate it or overwhelmed by it? The challenges of using theory in research", King's College London, London, UK, 14 April. [conference paper]
  • Rolls-Slimani, A., Bannister, C., Costantino, A., Goral, M., Houghton, J. (2016).  Accessibility to Professional Development by Language Practitioners Investigating a Better Understanding of their classroom Practice. 17th Association of University Language Centres Conference (AULC) 2016, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, 07-08 January. [conference paper]
  • Rolls-Slimani, A. & Costantino, A. (2015). Initiating (Language) Teachers to Research their Professional Context. BERA (British Educational Research Association), Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 15-7 September. [conference paper]
  • Costantino, A. (2015). Recovering Human Agency against Neoliberal Educational Arrangements. ECER (European Conference Educational Research) 2015 "Education and Transition. Contributions from Educational Research", Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary, 7-11 September. [conference paper]
  • Costantino, A. (2015). Why don't the students make the most of the written feedback?. Empowering Learning and Teaching in the Classroom, Conference, Regents' Institute of Language and Culture, 22 May. [poster presentation]
  • Costantino, A. (2015). Exploring the Possibility of Recovering the Socio-Political Dimension in L2 Language Teaching. 2015 LTTC: Critical Reflections on Foreign Language Education: Globalization and Local Interventions, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC, 18-19 April. [conference proceedings]
  • Costantino, A. (2015). Teacher Agency: Recovering its Political and Normative Dimension. Discourse, Power, Resistance 15: Creative Spaces for Collective Voices, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK, 15 April. [conference paper]
  • Costantino, A. (2015). Recovering teacher's agency in second/foreign language teaching. DEPS Conference 2015, King's College London, London, UK, 26 March. [conference paper]
  • Costantino, A. (2014). Teaching Language with Drama Techniques (Workshop). Teaching and Learning of Italian Language and Culture (CPD Programme), Language Education and Partnerships, Bologna, Italy, 29 March. ‏[invited workshop]
  • Costantino, A., Palmer-Brown, C., & Routes into Languages (2011). Master classes in French, Italian and Spanish to Shooters Hill School, Post 16 Campus. University of Greenwich. April 7th [Organisation and Co-ordination of Outreach Activity]