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. A regular visitor to Italy over the last 25 years, he has carried out research, led study tours including the Federal Government's Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowship to Italy, and negotiated in-country study opportunities for his students. 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 has recently been involved 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 was a member of the executive of the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations from 2008-2017.