Matthew Absalom is a university teacher and researcher, linguist, Italian language coach, translator and published author. His current appointment is in the Italian Studies program at the University of Melbourne. He holds qualifications in music, education, languages and linguistics, and his research interests cover Italian linguistics, computer assisted language learning, and languages education. His university career in Australia spans three universities: the Australian National University, University of South Australia and the University of Melbourne. Matthew was the leading author of Cengage’s Esplora! Senior and is currently engaged as a writer for the new edition of Pearson’s Ecco 1 and 2. A regular presenter at teacher professional learning programs around Australia, he has been a member of the executive of the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations for the past 10 years.