My personal style of teaching is based on the Communicative Method and brings enthusiasm, cultural elements, and technology into the classroom to increase learning motivation. I teach with a contagious smile and open personality that helps me interact with my students and guide them through their learning process. As my teacher trainer, Professor Christopher Humphris once wrote: “In class he gets students trust immediately and even in “difficult” classes he manage to establish good rapport, establishing an atmosphere both serious and friendly.”
I was born and raised in Rome, where I also received my degree an Italian Teacher as a second language at the University of Siena and at Dilit International School of Rome. I have worked in various settings teaching Italian.
I always try to tailor my lessons to the needs and levels of my students through a guided discovering learning method.
Dilit (Divulgazione Lingua Italiana), established in 1974, one of the first language schools in Italy to teach Italian as a Foreign Language and has established itself as one of the most prestigious Italian Language Schools in the country today. It is part of International House, the well-known world-wide organization of 120 language schools.
Responsibilities included: Responsible for all aspects of lesson preparations for Beginner I, II, Italian through Art and Culture, and individualized lessons. Class sizes 12-15 students. A wide variety of up-to-date authentic material used in class, thus giving the students valuable information about modern-day Italian culture and society at the same time as developing the students' authentic linguistic and communicative skills. Teaching activities: free writing editing, authentic reading, free speaking, reading analysis, authentic listening, language puzzle, controlled writing, conversation rebuilding, cloze, scrambled sentences, listening analysis (morphology and syntax), grammar games.
Responsibilities included: Lesson preparation and instruction for two different level courses, 3 times per week for 120 minutes. European Union grant funded course for newly arrived immigrants.
Prolingua is an independent language school specializing in language training for professional people. A task-based, communicative approach including oral and writing skills through activities based on real-life situations.
Responsibilities included: organizing and executing lessons for two classes of beginner and advanced levels, as well as private lessons.
Orientation course in survival Italian for U.S. undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs.
Responsibilities included: assessing student learning, supporting Italian language learners, using technology to improve teaching and learning, and supporting students with special needs. Class size was maximum of 15 students.
Responsibilities included: Designed the syllabus and all assignments, but did not choose the textbook; course designed for students training to sing Italian opera arias. Emphasis was placed on pronunciation,
comprehension, and enunciation.
Specialization and upper-level language courses on contemporary Italy, from a multidisciplinary perspective, not limited to literature and including art, philosophy, cultural studies, politics, and business.
Diploma to Teach Italian as Foreign Language, accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education
Apart from its Italian Language Courses, Dilit International House is also well-known and appreciated in Italy and abroad for its Teacher Education Courses for Teachers of Italian and the publication of course books and other language teaching materials.
DITALS is a professional qualification offered by the Università per Stranieri di Siena for teachers of Italian as a foreign language.