Danilo Secchiaroli

Danilo S.

Philadelphia, PA

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Danilo delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 15+ and special needs

Teaching since:
October 2005

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.

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Dilit International House, Via Marghera, 22, Rome, Italy
Jun 2014 - Nov 2014
Dilit International House, Via Marghera, 22, Rome, Italy

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.

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Instructor, Italian teacher as a foreign language Levels A1, A2
Dec 2013 - Nov 2014
Upter: Università Popolare di Roma, Via IV Novembre, 157, Rome, Italy

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.

Instructor, Italian teacher as foreign language
Aug 2012 - May 2014
Centro Prolingua School, Via Angelo Ranucci 5, Rome, Italy

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.

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Instructor, Italian language
Oct 2012 - Oct 2012
Loyola University Rome Center, Rome Italy

Orientation course in survival Italian for U.S. undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs.

Assistant Instructor, B1 level
Mar 2012 - May 2012
Istituto Colombo, Via Panisperna, 5 Rome, Italy

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.

Italian history and culture, language, Instructor
Oct 2005 - Dec 2005
National University of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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.

Italian language, Instructor
Oct 2005 - Dec 2005
Music Academy of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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.


English Composition I
Jun 2004 - Aug 2004
Gateway Community College, New Haven, CT
Bachelor in Political Science
Nov 1989 - Nov 1998
Università La Sapienza, Rome, Italy


Professional Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Teacher Education Courses for Teachers of Italian Language
Jul 2012
Dilit International House -

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.

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Ditals I Certification to teach Italian as a second language
Jun 2011
Siena University

DITALS is a professional qualification offered by the Università per Stranieri di Siena for teachers of Italian as a foreign language.

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Danielle M. Sep 7, 2016
Italian · Online

He reviewed letter sounds and names, numbers and spelling, and had me read a couple paragraphs in italian for my first lesson, He was very patient and friendly.

Michelle G. Feb 24, 2016
Italian · Online

eccelente! Truly a fantastic teacher! I'm so grateful that he has so much patience and has come up with a system that allows my critical thinking and level to be challenged. He's probably the best teacher I've ever had. Absolutely recommend him!!!! :D

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