Maria Olivieri Minney

Maria O.

Irvine, CA

About Maria O.

Maria teaches: Ages 18 and up
Teaching since: January 2004
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

Ciao!

My name is Maria, I was born and raised in Torino, Italy and I have been teaching Italian for the past 12 years. I moved to California in 1997 and I have been living here in Orange County with my family ever since. I have a degree in Political Science from the University of Torino, Italy and a Master in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine.

I have been teaching Italian both to children (from "mommy & me" classes to middle school students) and to adults; I taught from the beginner level to the advance one; I taught to single students, to small groups and to large classes. Because of my very diverse teaching experience I learned the importance and the necessity of customizing all my lessons, thus, I will teach you what you will want to learn.

Photos and Videos

Torino, Italia - This my city. Questa è la mia città.

Experience

Italian Instructor

Feb 2015 - Present
OC Lingual Institute

Italian Instructor

Jan 2013 - Sep 2015
Fondazione Italia

I previously worked there from 2004 to 2006

Italian Instructor

Oct 2013 - May 2015
Spectrum Languages

Teaching Assistant for the Political Science department

Sep 2005 - Apr 2009
University of Irvine, California

Education

Master in Political Science

Sep 2005 - May 2009
University of Irvine, California

Languages Spoken

English

Professional Proficiency

Italian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency
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39 Reviews on Maria O.

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Daniel F. Nov 23, 2016
Italian · Online
Verified Student
WONDERFUL Teacher!!
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Ellada B. Nov 23, 2016
Italian · In studio
Verified Student
Maria is a very professional , friendly, patient and caring teacher. I highly recommend her for different age group students.
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Nettie Nov 23, 2016
Italian · In studio
I would highly recommend Maria as an Italian instructor. I started out wanting to learn some Italian for my trip to Italy. She made the learning fun and useful. I did take my trip and thoroughly enjoyed it and my ability to understand and speak some Italian made the trip even more meaningful. I have enjoyed the class so much I am still learning Italian some 6 months after my trip. Maria is warm and kind and an excellent teacher. Take a class it's fun.
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Mary Nov 18, 2016
Italian · In studio
I have been taking lessons from for Maria almost a year. She is a very effective teacher because she covers the material in imaginative ways and always with a great sense of humor. I really enjoy working with her.
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Lucinda Nov 10, 2016
Italian · Online
Verified Student
Fun with a good teacher. I'm a language teacher (French) myself so I think I know!
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Lucinda Nov 10, 2016
Italian · Online
Verified Student
first lesson was awesome. Can't wait for the next
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Jim Nov 8, 2016
Italian · Online
Maria is a fantastic teacher. She is engaging, bright, articulate, and has a great sense of humor. She is clearly interested in the progress of the student. She is quick to gauge the level of the student's facility with the language and tailors the lessons accordingly. I have learned a great deal from her. Not only Italian language, but customs, culture, and even hand gestures (not the obscene ones, of course).

I highly recommend that you enroll with her--you will learn a lot and have a great time while doing it.
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Teresa Nov 2, 2016
Italian · In studio
Maria is a wonderful teacher. Her classes are well-planned and she has a clear goal of what she wants her students to learn and accomplish during each class. Her instructions are always clear. She is kind and patient, and my observation is that her students feel comfortable in her class. She makes the classes interesting and fun , too. She was my teacher in 2015 and 2016. I highly recommend her to anybody who wishes to learn a new language or polish their Italian.
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Jenny Nov 2, 2016
Italian
I love Maria! She encourages me to push myself and I'm confident with her tutoring I will succeed in speaking Italian naturally :)
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Francine C. Nov 2, 2016
Italian · Online
Verified Student
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