12-month Lecturer of Italian
Undergraduate Advisor for Italian and Italian Studies

Laurea in Storia (cum laude) Cà Foscari, Venice, Italy
M.Pub. (SFU, Vancouver)
M.A. in Second Language Acquisition (Cà Foscari, Venice, Italy)
Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics (Cà Foscari, Venice, Italy)

Luisa Canuto has been teaching first and second year language courses for the FHIS since 1994. In the same year, Luisa founded the Italian Program for UBC Continuing Studies and then taught beginner to advanced level language and culture courses, prepared original materials for all courses, designed new courses, coordinated the program, trained the instructors and developed and led the Italian travel program. In 2000, she won the Killam Prize for excellence in teaching in the FHIS as well as for Continuing Studies. The following year she started working for then Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth (currently CTLT) as Faculty Associate and Manager, where she developed educational programs and facilitated sessions for UBC Faculty members, including Orientation events, Summer Institute, Academic Leadership Development Program. She is now back full-time at the French, Hispanic and Italian Studies department with a recently acquired Ph.D., to teach and coordinate Italian language and culture courses.


Killam Teaching Prize in 2000


  • Second-language acquisition theory and application
  • Technology and Language Teaching and Learning
  • Community-service learning as a pedagogical tool


  • WebQuests, WebSearches and other internet-based techniques as language learning tools
  • Community-service learning as a pedagogical tool
  • Evaluation of Language Learning


Vivere la Lingua con Sentimento: studenti nordamericani alla scoperta della comunità italiana, Bollettino ITALS, February 2009, VII, Number 28.

A Scholarly Approach to Developing Academic Leaders, Academic Leader, Volume 25, Number 3.

Winter 2017
No ITAL course(s) were found for W2017 term.Winter 2017

ITAL206 Conversational Italian for Intermediate Learners Sections

The development of spoken proficiency. Contemporary Italy will be presented and discussed through a variety of multimedia resources in this highly interactive environment.

Winter 2017

ITAL102 First-Year Italian II Sections

Grammar, reading, writing and oral practice for beginners without previous exposure to the Italian language or dialects.

Winter 2017

ITAL201 Second-Year Italian I Sections

Reading, writing and oral practice, with constant and systematic reference to the grammatical structure of the language.

Winter 2017

ITAL202 Second-Year Italian II Sections

Reading, writing and oral practice, with constant and systematic reference to the grammatical structure of the language.

Winter 2017

ITAL301 Third-Year Italian I Sections

Reading, writing, speaking, comprehension. Special emphasis on oral practice and on composition.