Francesca Beretta

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  • Assistant Teaching Professor
  • Coordinator
  • Italian Language Program

Contact Info

Wescoe Hall, Room 2063
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66044-66045
Office Hours:
MW 10am-11am (In person or via Zoom)


Francesca Beretta is an Assistant Teaching Professor in Italian and the Coordinator of the Language Program. She joined the Department of French, Francophone, and Italian Studies at KU in 2022 after fifteen years of teaching in Texas. Her primary research interests lie in exploring the implications of Micro-Learning in Second Language Acquisition and generational learning, with a special interest in engaging Generation Z learners.



Ph.D. in Italian Studies, The University of Texas, Austin, TX
M.A. in Language and Linguistics, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
M.A. in Italian Literature , University of Kent, United Kingdom
B.A. in Italian and Spanish , University of Kent, United Kingdom
with honors


Research interests:

  • Generational Learning
  • Micro-Learning
  • Gamification
  • Digital storytelling


Recent Undergraduate Courses Taught

ITAL101: Studying Abroad: Italy at a Glance

ITAL110: Elementary Italian I

ITAL 240: Intermediate Italian II