I love the English language, always have. I’ve been teaching English in Italy for over 20 years and it still moves me when I see that spark of ‘eureka’ in a student’s eyes when they grasp a new grammar concept or figure out an idiom. I’m a good teacher. I’m passionate, I’m funny and I could have been a great teacher were it not for one slight hiccup, I’m severely Dyslexic (or dysgraphic, to be more accurate), I couldn’t spell to save my life. You might think, “well that’s a very poor choice of a profession…”, and you’d be absolutely right, the thing is – I love teaching! and i refuse to give it up just because of a silly technicality!
If ‘necessity is the mother of all invention’, shame is it’s grandmother. Not being able to correct my students essays, nor tell them how to spell a new word, has pushed me to creating conversation classes in which i could concentrate on teaching the interesting stuff (geek…), the grammar structure and the link between the language and the culture, while cunningly avoiding actually writing something down. When I start a new year, I try to alternate between regular conversation lessons, aimed to strengthen A linguistic instinct and fluency, and grammar based lessons, aimed to sneak in grammar rules without anyone noticing it. While I try to make the conversation lessons all about new and interesting information, live discussion and debate, My grammar lessons always include an activity, and as a rule, they are always funny and a little ridicules. It’s been my experience that while my students find the conversation lessons interesting, they remember more ‘funny anecdotes’ from the grammar lessons (and sometimes even the actual rules themselves). Repetition of rules is boring, but put it into a rhyme, and it sticks, put it into a ridiculous rhyme and it sticks longer, perform it in a funny way and it will stay forever (although your dignity and reputation as a serious person might suffer).
I have never won an honor or award ... probably because i couldn't spell either of these words properly! :)
I grew up in the US, spent years traveling in Australia and New Zealand and have been working closely with various British institutions for the past two decades. I’m fortunate enough to have a rare glimpse into more than one Anglo-Saxon culture (which I try to incorporate into my lessons). I’ve been living in the North of Italy since 1994. I first came here, following my new husband, to realize his dream of becoming a winemaker, and immediately fell head over heels in love it. I studied Art and Journalism in university, and after my children were born, I became fascinated with Cross Culture and Business etiquette. i've been working both as an English teacher and as a cross cultur consoltant for over 20 years.
Without the internet, (you can’t even begin to imagine what this text would look like without a spell checker…) and a global community, teaching, for someone like me, would be impossible. I’m grateful to have been able to do this every day, and if I can do it, anyone can. I hope you enjoy these lessons, I’ve tried to make them as funny as possible (because humor transcends cultures), and as up to date as possible. (because, let's face it, traditional grammar books could really use some updating in this department). Have fun with it, and if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them.
English Language Arts, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Science, Basic Principles, Social Studies - History, Civics, Arts & Music, Art History, EFL - ESL - ELD, British History, Other (Social Studies - History), Life Skills, Critical Thinking, Literature, Psychology, Economics , Character Education, Word Problems, Problem Solving, ESL / ELL / EFL, Writing, Oral Communication, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Halloween, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Easter, Spring, Classroom Community