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Donata is the Programme Director for the Modern language Centre, where she is responsible for internal and external staff development and intercultural training. Donata has an extensive teaching and research experience in Second Language Acquisition, Intercultural Studies and Applied Linguistics, with a particular focus on using cinema and literature in language teaching.

In 2017, Donata was nominated as one of the Founding Fellows of King’s Educator Network in recognition of her commitment and dedication to learning and teaching in HE. In 2019 she was accredited as Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Donata is also an accredited Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, member of the BPC (British Psychoanalytic Association). Her main research interests are in the field of Second Language Acquisition and on language teachers’ professional development with a particular focus on identity and life narratives.

Donata studied MFL in Italy with a degree in English and German literature with a thesis on Virginia Woolf and psychoanalysis. She carried on her passion for literature in her postgraduate studies in London with an MA in Comparative Literature at UCL and her passion for psychoanalysis with an MA in Psychoanalytical Studies at the University of Essex and at the Tavistock and Portman Clinic. She also completed a number of postgraduate language teaching qualifications at the University of Siena and Bologna (DITALS I & II). She is currently studying for a Doctorate in Education at the Open University as part of the Language Acts and Worldmaking Project

Before working at King’s College London, Donata collaborated with the University of Venice and of Rome 3 in Italy. She worked for the Italian Cultural Institute in London where she co-founded Teacher Training for Italian as a foreign language. She is also a co-director of Il Circolo, a charity cultural association promoting Italian language and culture in UK.


  • Puntil, D., L’utilizzo didattico del video nella classe di italiano L2: un’unita’ didattica basata sul film ‘Le fate Ignoranti’ di Ferzan Ozpetek, in:  
  • Puntil, D.,  Cinema e televisione nella Didattica dell’Italiano a Stranieri, in Lepschy A.L., Tamponi A.R., Prospettive sull’Italiano come Lingua Straniera, Ed.Guerra, 2005, pp.173-178.; 
  • Puntil, D., The Impact of Visual and Audio-visual Images in developing Intercultural Competence, in HIGHER, CILT Bulletin for Language Teaching and Research in Higher Education, Issue 8, Summer 2004, pp.7. 
  • Puntil, D., Insegnare l’Italiano, in Imparare ed Insegnare l’Italiano come Seconda Lingua, G. Pallotti, Ed. Bonacci, 2005, pp.45-58. 
  • Puntil, D., Intercultural tasks to discover foreign language contexts: a dynamic meeting between cinema and literature, in Tuttitalia, Spring 2006, N0 32, p.14-20. 
  • Puntil, D., Il linguaggio del cinema italiano, in Ledgway, A., Lepschy A.L., Didattica della Lingua Italiana: Testo e Contesto, Guerra Edizioni, 2008, pp.149-153. 
  • Puntil, D., L’uso didattico di film in classe: un approccio task-based, in, aprile 2010, n. 4, Ed.Alma, p.16-21:
  • Andrawiss-Dlmini, H, Puntil, D., Open up the Classroom: The Use of Film Excerpts and Video Clips in Lower Levels Language Courses, in Cases on Audio-Visual media in Language Education, Igi-Global, 2017-
  • Colaiacomo, S. Puntil. D., Learning to be Intercultural, in Higher Education, May 2018. 
  • Puntil, D., Becoming a language professional in HE, in Gallardo, M. ed. n Negotiating Identity in Foreign Language Teaching, London: Palgrave, 2019.