Janice M. Aski is associate professor and director of the Italian language program. She specializes in foreign language pedagogy and historical Italian/Romance linguistics. She is a co-author of the first-year Italian textbook, Avanti!. Her research in foreign language pedagogy explores a variety of topics, such as testing, teaching reading at the elementary level, and how first-year Italian textbooks and grammar practice activities reflect the most current research in second language acquisition. Her publications in historical Italian/Romance linguistics focus on the social, pragmatic, and cognitive aspects of phonological and morphological change. She has taught a wide range of undergraduate courses in Italian language as well as the history of the Italian language. She is the recipient of the 2004 Colleges of the Arts & Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award.
- Foreign language pedagogy; Italian and romance historical linguistics
- Ph.D. Italian/Romance Linguistics (1997): University of Wisconsin - Madison
- M. Ling. (Master in Linguistics) (1992): University of Manchester, United Kingdom
- M.A. Italian (1991): University of Wisconsin - Madison
- B.A. Italian/Economics (1986): University of Wisconsin - Madison