Lorella Di Gregorio
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Lorella Di Gregorio

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My classes develop speaking, listening, writing and reading skills and offer fun conversation on a variety of topics.

About Lorella D.

Hi, my name is Lorella and I have experience in language pedagogy and applied linguistics dating back to my undergraduate and graduate’s studies, and have thus completed the requirements for the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Certificate. Specifically, my second M.A. thesis grappled with the challenges involved in teaching Spanish to Italian natives. While I was a Teaching Assistant, my course evaluations are among the highest and I have recently won the Outstanding Teaching Award offered by my department. For years, I have been giving courses in Spanish and Italian language and culture, from elementary to advanced level, including Spanish for Heritage Learners. I am proudly part of that category of teachers who do not consider teaching as a mere job. I want my students to be as happy to attend my classes as I am to teach them; I want classes to be a time students look forward to. When I was a foreign language student, I enjoyed the energy and humor my favorite teacher put into every class. Therefore, I cultivated my own cheerful attitude to give my students the best learning experience possible.

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Katie
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The first day I walked into Professor Lorella’s Spanish class I was so nervous, but she changed that feeling from that moment on. Professor Lorella is a caring, patient, and enthusiastic teacher! Every class was fun yet informative with many added creative exercises to help remember the lessons. She truly goes above and beyond to teach her students. Also, she is always easy to reach for extra help and questions outside of normal class hours. Professor Lorella made my 2 semesters of Spanish with her such an enjoyable experience! I highly recommend taking at least 1 class she teaches, I can guarantee you’ll want to take another one!

Posted May 13, 2020
Maheshi
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Lorella is an amazing professor. In just three semesters I was able to learn Spanish from her, although I had zero exposure to Spanish my entire life. She is a professor who truly cares about her students and makes learning a different language a truly fun and enjoyable experience!

Posted May 8, 2020
Anisha
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Lorella is an outstanding professor! I had the opportunity to take Spanish courses taught by her and that was by far the best experience I have had learning a foreign language. She is not only extremely knowledgeable in regards to the language and culture, she is also extremely personable, kind and truly dedicated to the success and understanding of her students. I highly recommend taking lessons from her.

Posted May 7, 2020
Anisha
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Lorella is an outstanding professor! I had the opportunity to take Spanish courses taught by her and that was by far the best experience I have had learning a foreign language. She is not only extremely knowledgeable in regards to the language and culture, she is also extremely personable, kind and truly dedicated to the success and understanding of her students. I highly recommend taking lessons from her.

Posted May 7, 2020
Luca C.
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Lorella has been incredibly helpful with my Spanish. I already had some knowledge, so I was somewhat an intermediate student. However, I had so many lacks that that I needed to fill. She was able to clarify everything and shape program and homework according to my needs. Her knowledge is comprehensive, meaning that she knows any aspect of the language, from the historical to the grammatical one, from the social use to even its meaning according to dilects and countries where it is spoken (Spain Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, etc.). Highly recomended!

Posted May 6, 2020
Evan
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The course I took with Lorella was an incredibly enriching experience. I’ve taken many different language classes, and I can say with certainty that her capacity to engage with her students is unparalleled. She has a thorough knowledge of the languages she teaches, but still manages to make her students, even beginners, feel comfortable practicing out loud. I’m very grateful to have learned from her and would highly recommend her to anyone considering her services!

Posted May 6, 2020
Manuel
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Lorella is one of the best professors I've ever had. She is extremely friendly and knowledgeable, truly cares that you learn. She has taken my knowledge of Italian language to a whole new level. I definitely recommend her!!

Posted May 6, 2020
Marcia
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Lorela was the one who made me feel confident about speaking Spanish! I did feel that was her course very well designed and her teaching style that motivated me to develop my skills in the Spanish language. My native language is Portuguese, so I had tremendous difficulty with some proununciation, but Lorella has always encouraged me to speak. Thanks to Lorellas` greater competence in teaching and being such a friendly and supportive teacher, I can say that I speak Spanish well today! I am eager to learning Italian now!

Posted May 5, 2020
Isabella
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Professoressa Lorella was one of the best Italian teachers I had. She taught us so much about her culture and her language, and always made sure that we were learning and enjoying her class. Highly recommended!!! Grazie per tutti Lorella!! Mi mancano le tue lezione.

Posted May 5, 2020
Amy Grace
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I have worked with Lorella several times, both in person and online. She does an excellent job of structuring lessons and curriculum based on the individual student's needs! She is very good at explaining concepts in multiple ways, which allows for an understanding that not all language-learning experiences can provide. Her recommendations for language practice and exposure outside of the classroom are always spot on. I have become proficient in both Spanish and Italian, all largely thanks to Lorella!

Posted May 5, 2020
Janet
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Dr.DiGregorio is a superior, dedicated and ethical professional. Her preparation and student attention allow for an extraordinary input between teacher and student. Her creative approach adds so much more to the learning atmosphere...despite our unfortunate online experience.She is truly a gift to U.M. and the Italian department.

Posted May 5, 2020

Experience

Spanish and Italian Instructor
Aug 2014 - May 2020

University of Miami

SPA 340/LAS 350 Migration Studies; ITA 301 Interpreting Literary and Cultural Texts in Italian; SPA 207 Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Learners; ITA 202 Intermediate Italian II; SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish II; SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I; SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II; SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I.

Education

Ph.D. in Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic Studies
Aug 2014 - May 2020

University of Miami

Master of Arts in Spanish
Aug 2012 - May 2014

Texas State University

Bachelor of Arts in Italian Literature and Philosophy
Oct 2001 - Nov 2006

University of Catania (Italy)

Languages

English

Professional Proficiency

Italian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Graduate Certificate in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching
May 2019

University of Miami

Awards

Outstanding Teaching Award
May 2020

MLL, University of Miami

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