Elena Cecchetto


E-mail: ec80@queensu.ca
Phone:613-533-6000 ext. 74408
Office:Kingston Hall 404
Office hours: Monday 10:00-11:00, Thursday 11:30-12:30 or by appointment


M.A., Cultural Studies, Queen’s University, 2015
Honour B.A/M.A. equivalent, University of Rome Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Rome, Italy, 2010

Elena Cecchetto


Professor Elena Cecchetto (“ch” pronounced /k/) is originally from Rome, Italy. She earned her  M.A. in the program of Cultural Studies at Queen’s University (2015), under the supervision of Dr. Donato Santeramo and Dr. Margaret Little. Her research applied theories of Semiotics, and Gender Studies to analyse space and symbols, and their role in the perpetuation of racist, sexist, and classist discourses. Professor Cecchetto received her Honour B.A./M.A. equivalent (Laurea Quadriennale Vecchio Ordinamento) in Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Roma Tre, in Rome, Italy. Her Thesis focused on Linguistics and Glottodidactics, with particular interest on new teaching methodologies, and on the importance of teaching the culture in Second/Foreign Language acquisition. She conducted her Thesis research in Canadian universities (Ontario). Before coming to Queen’s University, Professor Cecchetto held several teaching positions in Italian as Instructional Assistant and as Tutor at Wilfrid Laurier University, and St. Jerome’s University (University of Waterloo). Furthermore, she taught students of all levels as Instructor at St. Louis School Adult Learning and Continuing Education (Waterloo, Ontario).  She is teaching Beginner Italian courses at Queen’s since 2013.

As instructor of Italian, Professor Cecchetto creates a student-centered environment that encourages students in active class participation.  She is always concerned to develop new teaching approaches on the basis of the students’ interests areas, and students’ learning styles. The academic success of the students is her top priority.

Professor Cecchetto is one of the organizers of the International Spouses group of the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Canada) Link To Website. She was the Intercultural Advisor for the group, organizing meetings and helping newcomers to cope with culture shock, and to settle in their new life in Canada.

Among her hobbies: playing the Chinese violin “Erhu”, playing with her two cats, travelling, cooking traditional Italian and Asian recipes, reading books, and writing poems in three languages (Italian, English, French).


Professor Cecchetto teaches following course:

ITLN 111: Beginning Italian I