Giovanni Zimotti is from a little Italian village called Cagnano Varano. He is a Ph.D. candidate of Spanish Linguistics in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics at The University of Alabama, and he will defend his dissertation in April of 2018. After graduating from the University G. d’Annunzio of Pescara, Italy, he received an M.A. in Romance Languages, Applied Linguistics track and an M.A. in Foreign Languages for Business and International Cooperation from his Alma Mater.
He is currently working on his dissertation entitled “Virtual Reality (VR): reducing social distance and facilitating second language acquisition abroad.” In this study, Giovanni created a custom-designed VR experience with the aim of acculturating the participants to the culture of the target language.
Additionally, his enthusiasm and dedication for teaching Spanish led him to receive the Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student award for the 2016-2017 academic year at The University of Alabama. His research interests include second language acquisition, virtual reality, pragmatics, and critical discourse analysis.