Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Educational Developers

Education Developers for the International Classroom


Barbara Bettinelli

Barbara Bettinelli holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham in the UK, where she also taught for many years. Her main interest is the training of non-native teachers of English, which was also the subject of her doctoral thesis. She has been involved in European projects linked to the testing and certification of modern foreign languages in general, and English in particular.
Her long experience as a trainer and teacher led to her being commissioned by Longman Pearson to write a series of language text books. She has also been a regular speaker at British Council Conferences. For the past sixteen years, Barbara has taught English for Specialising Master programmes and graduate programmes at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.


Jane Christopher

Jane Christopher graduated in Modern and Medieval Languages (French and Italian) from the University of Cambridge and moved to Milan with her husband. For 20 years she was the Coordinator for Italy for Britain’s Open University where she developed experience of the cultural differences between Higher Education systems around the world. During this time she earned her MBA from the Open University.
Currently Jane  is a lecturer in English at Università Cattolica, teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and she delivers the professional development modules for the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI). In addition, for a number of years, Jane has worked as an educational adviser for students wishing to study abroad.


Francesca Costa

Francesca Costa is Associate Professor in English Language and LIinguistics at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. She has been involved with CHEI since 2016 as one of the trainers and materials developers for the modules on the international classroom and as affiliated faculty. She has also been a lecturer-trainer on EMI since 2016 and a teacher-trainer on CLIL since 2001. She taught English Linguistics at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan from 2002 to 2017, Scientific English at Università degli Studi di Pavia from 2006 to 2014 and English for Primary Education at Università degli Studi di Bergamo from 2017 to 2019. Her area of research focuses on applied linguistics, the teaching and learning of the English language at all levels of education (from primary to university) with particular focus on codeswitching and translanguaging, Bilingual Education, CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), ICLHE (Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education), EMI (Engish-medium Instruction) and scientific English. She graduated in Modern Languages from Università degli Studi of Milan and holds a Bachelor degree in Science and a Doctorate in Education, Department of Education, The Open University (UK).


Olivia Mair

Olivia Mair has been involved with CHEI since 2016 as one of the trainers for the modules on the international classroom. She has developed module content particularly on classroom strategy, assessment in the international classroom and the role of culture, and has held numerous workshops in Milan and Piacenza, partly stemming from her courses in English-Taught Programmes in various faculties. She has  presented on behalf of CHEI at international conferences in Bolzano, Paris and Copenhagen. An adjunct professor in the Department of Language Sciences and Foreign Literatures, her research interests include English as an Academic Lingua Franca, EMI, multimodality and the international classroom, CLIL and early language learning. She holds a PhD in literature from the University of Western Australia, where she taught before moving to Milan in 2007. She also has over 15 years' experience in ELT in a variety of contexts.  

Karen M. Lauridsen

Karen M. Lauridsen is an associate professor (emerita) and educational developer at Aarhus University (Denmark), specialising in international programmes and English Medium Instruction. She was the coordinator of IntlUni – The Challenges of the Multilingual and Multicultural Learning Space (2012-15), and a partner in the EQUiiP Project - Educational Quality at Universities for Inclusive International Programmes (2016-2019). Most recently, she has also worked with evidencing the value (impact) of professional development activities. She has contributed to the development of the CHEI continuing professional development modules for faculty teaching programmes in English to diverse student cohorts since 2017.
KML serves as an advisor at several European universities. She is an honorary member of the European Language Council; affiliated faculty at the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI) at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy; and a member of the International Advisory Board for the Rectorate at the Universidad de Granada, Spain.