My name is Elio Sottoscritti and I grew up in Florence, Italy. I received my BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Florence where I studied English and Spanish. I lived and worked abroad in different European countries and I used my language skills as a freelance translator for screenplays, TV series and for PR companies. Later on, I started my experience as a language teacher and activity coordinator in American study abroad programs. As a result, I became interested in language learning in study abroad context and intercultural experience. Subsequently, I graduated from Florida State University at Tallahassee, FL with a MA in Italian Studies and a minor in Second Language Acquisition. At that point, I realized I wanted to keep on expanding my knowledge in SLA and make use of my field experience for research purposes in the pedagogy area so I joined the SLAT program at the University of Arizona. My research interests are L2 development in study abroad context, curriculum and material development and I am also teaching Italian classes as a GAT. I like to spend my spare time on electronic music and music production, movies, fitness and cooking.