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 13 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

41 Reviews on Maria O.

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Lesley Feb 20, 2017
Verified Student · Italian · Online
I have taken about a months worth of lessons with Maria so far and I've been very happy. She is an experienced Italian teacher and has been able to hone in on what I need to improve my Italian. I was an exchange student in Italy for a year and I can get by in Italian, but I am looking to improve my grammar and depth of knowledge. Maria gives me homework where I have to use the language skills I have and then she goes through and corrects them with me so I can learn where my deficiencies are. The lessons are all in Italian so I get to practice listening and speaking in Italian too. She's fun to work with and I look forward to my lessons with her. If you're looking for a teacher who understands how to teach Italian look no further. I am happy to have found her and have no reservations in recommending her.
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Gareth Feb 10, 2017
Verified Student · Italian · Online
Maria is a great Instructor. First, she finds out why you want to learn Italian, business, pleasure or maybe a trip to Italy. She then develops a plan so you will get the most from the lessons. In my case the lessons are focused on the type of conversations i'm likely to face in Italy It helps me that Maria is very patient and encouraging. Great fun!
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Daniel F. Nov 23, 2016
Verified Student · Italian · Online
WONDERFUL Teacher!!
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Ellada B. Nov 23, 2016
Verified Student · Italian · In studio
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
Verified Student · Italian · Online
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
Verified Student · Italian · Online
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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