K. E. von Wittelsbach

K. E. von Wittelsbach

Senior Lecturer of Italian Language

wittelsbach@cornell.eduwittelsbach Office: KLR K127 Phone: 4-6752

K. E. von Wittelsbach’s graduate and undergraduate studies have been in Romance Philology, English Philology, Comparative Literature, and Classics.  She has authored teaching materials and standardized exams for Cengage Learning (U.S.) and the International Baccalaureate Organization (U.K. and Switzerland, as well as L2 and World Literature sections), where she has also worked as an evaluator of language examiners and testing practices.  In Europe she developed, directed, and taught Corsi Integrativi  (Italian language and literature, history) organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for school-age native speakers of Italian living abroad.  At Cornell she has taught and developed courses in the Departments of Romance Studies, German, Near Eastern Studies, Linguistics, and Russian.

She is the recipient of the Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching, and the Carpenter Award for Distinguished Advising.

Recent Courses

  • ITAL 1210: Elementary Italian
  • ITAL 3130: Advanced Italian – Language in Italian Culture
  • ROMS 5080: Pedagogy Practicum
  • GOVT 3323: European Politics

Research Interests

Her teaching and research interests have focused on: validity and washback in language testing; comprehension in L2; multilingualism and lexical interference; Italian-speaking communities and writing in Italian outside of Italy (especially in Switzerland, Istria and the Mediterranean); Swiss-Italian writers, Jewish-Italian writing and traditions; African literature in French and English; and 18th century Franco-Italian literary influences.