Since coming to London nine years ago, I have taught Italian to both native and non-native English speakers. I have become particularly well acquainted with the phonological as well as grammatical and lexical difficulties experienced by native English speakers who are learning Italian. I have developed the expertise to design and deliver stimulating and enjoyable lessons that help learners of all levels and ages to improve their skills in using the Italian language for effective communication.During the past five years I have also developed the blog www.ilearnitalian.net, where I design and publish blended activities for learning Italian in class and through self-study at home. I also publish contents related to the process of learning a foreign language, and I promote various study trips to visit Italy and study Italian.
I prefer to adopt a communicative approach in my teaching and training, making full use of pair and group work activities, discussion and communicative games and exercises.
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September 2010 – November 2010 Professional Teacher training workshop "Teaching Italian grammar" "Torre di Babele" Italian language school, Rome (Italy) December 2004 Italian Teacher Training course Torre di Babele, Rome (Italy) TeachingItalian as a foreign language - Accredited by the Italian Ministry for Culture September 2000 – October 2004 DIPLOMA UNIVERSITARIO PER TRADUTTORI E INTERPRETI (BA INTERPRETING EQUIVALENT - ITALIAN, ENGLISH AND FRENCH) University “G. D’Annunzio”, Pescara (Italy) During my undergraduate course, I expanded my knowledge of foreign languages and started studying the theory behind translation. This course provided me with the basis to consider building a career on languages. The subjects covered included: Translation (English and French to/from Italian), Interpreting (English and French to/from Italian),Linguistics and comparative philology, Modern history, Philosophy, Culture and civilization.
In addition to my love of the Italian language, I’m passionate about Italian history and culture. I’m a particular fan of my region, Puglia , which is famed for its red earth and olive groves, rugged coasts, beautiful beaches, and wonderful food.