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Enrico C.

Los Angeles, CA

About Enrico C.

ENRICO teaches: Ages 18 and up
Teaching since: 1990
Last sign in: Today

Overview

I am a native Italian speaker with a several years of experience in teaching Italian and English. I am a very easy-going, open-minded, professional person. I like to teach because it gives me the opportunity to meet new students, share my knowledge as well as my culture and experience.

I started tutoring back when I was attending the university in Verona, Italy. I was tutoring English, Math and some other subjects. Later on, I continued teaching English while I was working in other fields. In 2009 I moved to Los Angeles. For a couple of years, I taught ESL in a college, and in the meantime I tutored Italian to private students. Since 2009 I have been tutoring students both on the English and Italian subjects.

I really believe that in teaching, a language a primary focus should be on life skills. Not being an English native-speaker, I learned how important it is to be able to express basic needs and to perform primary activities. However, it is important to consider other points like grammar, reading, writing. I also think that no matter what a teacher should always take into account the needs of the students and subsequently I plan my classes reflecting on the student's demands.

As to the different approaches and materials that I use, I suppose that it is important to change them frequently in order to keep the classes more interesting. Of course, there are some exceptions. For instance, in the past I taught for a while TOEFL and for that type of classes I used more traditionalist and academic methods and materials.

*** Lesson Details ***
Customized lessons to the students' needs and goals.

*** Specialties ***
- T.E.F.L. Certificate for Teaching English as a Foreign Language

- Italian Native Speaker with a several year experience in teaching Italian

- B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literature (English and French)

One of my greatest passion is to cook. I was extremely lucky to be taught and introduced to the art of cooking by my grandmother. She was born at the beginning of the previous century and she lived in different cities so she got accustomed to different traditions and shared them with me. I love to cook for smaller groups, using traditional Italian ingredients to prepare simple, but exquisite dishes that belong to the tradition of my native country. If you want to experience some real Italian food, you are definitely in the right hands. Just sit back, relax sip a glass of Italian wine while I cook for you and I share my art.

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Experience

ESL Teacher

Jun 2010 - Jul 2012
A.F. INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

ESL TEACHER

Education

T.E.F.L. Certificate

Nov 2009 - Dec 2009
A.F. INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literature

Sep 1993 - Jan 1999
University of Verona

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Professional Proficiency

Italian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

T.E.F.L. CERTIFICATE

Dec 2009
A.F. INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language Certificate

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8 Reviews on Enrico C.

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Elvia G. Sep 23, 2016
Italian · Online
Verified Student
Enrico is a fantastic professor of the Italian language, he's advanced in his teachings, if you like to cook Italian food Enrico shares that in common.
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Elvia G. Mar 22, 2016
Italian · Online
Verified Student
From the get go I knew I had found the perfect teacher,
Enrico is a motivating teacher.
He challenges you to learn what you need by reading and discussing interesting materials he sends .it isn't just not doing verbs exercises and tenses but actually participating in actual situations as if you were in Italy .
Enrico quickly helps you get over the nervousness that students experience when reading out loud and discussing the meaning of words in sentences and their uses.
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Josepha Seletz Jan 16, 2016
Italian · In studio
Studying Italian with Enrico for a little over 1 year. He is a fantastic teacher; carefully prepares special learning material each week to augment textbook and encourages conversation and culture. He has special talent for teaching that makes grammar and conversation easy to understand
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Elwin Jan 15, 2016
Italian · In studio
Very involved with his students and their learning.

Gives great encouragement and creates a terrific learning environment.
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Todd W. Mar 10, 2014
Language
Very good!

Enrico and I worked 1 on 1 as I prepared to do a residency in Italy. He is wonderful to work with and very professional! I highly reccomend him.
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Slavka S. Mar 9, 2014
ESL
Great teacher!

Enrico was my teacher in LA and he was the best I have ever had!! I love his teaching style, he made classes very fun and enjoyable! He taught me a lot, he was always ready to explain and answer all my questions. I love at him, that he takes his work passionately, he was always well prepared and cares that the students learn from the class! I am glad that I had the opportunity to learn from him!
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Juliette M. Mar 8, 2014
Language
Great Italian teacher

Enrico C. is a great teacher. He's really patient and takes his time to teach his lessons. He's willing to work with your schedule and is always available should you have any questions.
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Ruixiang W. Mar 6, 2014
ESL
Verified Student
Very good tutor

A very professional and nice tutor. He uses flexible teaching approaches and interesting materials. Students can really benefit from the lessons.
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