Elena Anna Maria Gandini

Elena Anna Maria Gandini

Research Assistant

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Adelphi Building, AB152

+44 (0) 1772 89 3005


Subject Areas: English and Linguistics, Languages and International Studies, TESOL, English as a Foreign Language, Education

Elena (MA, CELTA) joined UCLan in 2015 as a research assistant after working abroad as MFL lecturer and examiner for several years.

She currently works on several research projects with the Research Team in English Language Testing, which produces English language exams at UCLan.

Her main areas of interest are modern foreign language teaching, testing and assessment, exams development, teachers’ education.

Full Profile

Elena graduated in Education in 2003 and then started working as a SEN teacher. A teaching placement in Austria during her studies led her to join a Postgraduate School to qualify as a Teacher of Italian as a Foreign Language in 2008.

During postgraduate school, she started working in Germany as a MFL teacher and examiner, where she developed an interest for language testing and assessment and resumed her studies in this area. In 2014, she completed an MA in Language Testing at Lancaster University.


  • CELTA, Manchester Academy of English, 2016
  • MA, Language Testing, Lancaster University, 2014
  • Postgraduate School, Italian as a Foreign Language, Università per Stranieri di Siena, 2008
  • Degree, Education, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, 2003

Membership of professional and learned bodies:

  • UKALTA (UK Association for Language Testing and Assessment) - member
  • EALTA (European Association for Language Testing and Assessment) - individual member
  • ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe) - individual affiliate
  • IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) – early career member
  • ALL (Association for Language Learning) - member


Gandini, E. (2006). Quale formazione per gli insegnanti di italiano in Germania? In P. Diadori (ed.) La Ditals risponde 6, Perugia, Italy: Guerra Edizioni