Elissa Tognozzi (Ph.D. Italian, UCLA) is a Senior Lecturer SOE in the Department of Italian at UCLA. As Director of Italian Language Studies, she teaches graduate seminars in methods and in technology, coordinates the language program and supervises the department’s teaching assistants. Her upper-division courses include advanced composition, culture, opera, theater, and literature. She co-authored the second-year Italian text, Ponti, now in its third edition with Cengage and a new first-year text, Piazza, which was published in 2014. She has undertaken numerous research projects in technology and foreign language pedagogy and published results.