Sharon Hartle is an associate professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Verona. She has been involved in the field of English Language Teaching ( ELT) since 1983 and teacher training since 1989. She has focused on teaching in Higher Education since 1992 and is specialized in e-learning, blended learning and multimedia materials development. She began to introduce elements of digital teaching into her work in 1999 and developed her first teaching website in 2001. Currently, her teaching covers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral courses as well as teacher training courses at a range of levels.
Her research interests are related to ELT pedagogy and didactics and she is, at present, working specifically in the field of English for Specific Purposes (ESP)and also English Medium Instruction (EMI), both from the point of view of course design and implementation and assessment, which is another of her key areas of interest. She worked as a speaking examiner team leader for Cambridge Assessment, for the areas of Verona, Vicenza and Mantua for several years and was a member of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language special interest group: Testing, Evaluation and Assessment (TEASIG) from 2015 to 2020, where her major role was to co-mediate the regular assessment webinars. She has also collaborated in the development of assessment systems at the University of Verona and the Free University of Bolzano.
She has published widely on topics related to her field both in Italy and abroad and runs an English Teaching blog which is available at https://hartlelearning.wordpress.com/