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Lorraine Denman

  • Teaching Professor
  • Coordinator, Italian Language Program
  • Study Abroad Advisor


  • EdD, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh
  • MA, Applied Linguistics, University of Pittsburgh
  • MA, Italian Language and Literature, University of Pittsburgh
  • BA, Italian and Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests & Fields of Study

Lorraine Denman's research interests include content-based instructional approaches and other non-traditional pedagogical approaches in the foreign language classroom. She is currently working on creating open source digital resources and tools for the students in the Italian language program. Her current research project focuses on written corrective feedback in Italian classes at all levels. In addition to foreign language pedagogy and second language acquisition, Lorraine is also interested in Italian foodways and food studies, the culmination of which is an English-taught course called "Food for Thought: Italian Food Culture" that she offers every fall semester.


  • Italian Language and Culture, ITAL 0101, 0102, 0103
  • Modern and Contemporary Italy, ITAL 0113 
  • Food for Thought: Italian Food Culture, ITAL 0087
  • Introduction to Italian Linguistics, ITAL 1032
  • Italian Conversation, ITAL 0050

Professional Development

  • Summer 2018: CARLA Summer Institute at the University of Minnesota
  • Fall 2016: Extended Diversity Experience participant (Provost’s Diversity Institute for Faculty Development), University of Pittsburgh
  • May-June 2016: Provost’s Diversity Institute for Faculty Development, University of Pittsburgh
  • Spring 2014: Speaking in the Disciplines Faculty Seminar, University of Pittsburgh
  • Spring 2011: Writing in the Disciplines Faculty Seminar, University of Pittsburgh
  • Nov. 2010: OPI Rater Certification Training Workshop, ACTFL, Boston, MA

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Summer 2020: Provost Open Education Resource Grant (with Chiara Montera)
  • Summer 2018: UCIS New Course Development Grant to create a 1-credit language trailer for ITAL 0087
  • Spring 2016: Tina & David Bellet Teaching Excellence Award 

Selected Service Appointments 

  • Spring 2018-present:  Member on the Dietrich School Diversity Committee
  • Summer 2019-present:  Co-Chair of the Faculty Affairs committee, University Senate 
  • Fall 2017-present:  Member, Heinz History Center Italian American Collection Advisory Council 
  • Summer 2017-present:  Chairperson, Italian Nationality Room, Nationality Rooms Programs, University of Pittsburgh 
  • Fall 2016-present:  Co-chair on the Inclusive Practices Committee, Department of French and Italian 
  • Fall 2014-present:  Faculty Advisor for the student organization Italian Club 

Professional Affiliations


Research Interests

Second Language Acquisition; L2 Pedagogy; Corrective Feedback; Italian Food Studies