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mirella V.

Baltimore, MD

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Hi! My name is Mirella. I am a certified teacher both in Italy (where I come from) and in the US (where I currently live). I have over 15 years of experience teaching a highly diverse student population.
My classes are conducted in Italian with some English (used mostly in the beginning as a support). I train students to conceptualize in Italian rather than translate or substitute words: as students learn, for example, "Buon giorno. Come stai?" at their first lesson, there is no longer a need to translate it as "Good morning. How are you?" With this approach, vocabulary enrichment grows throughout the course. I strongly emphasize conversation (with a continued focus on pronunciation and inflection) and cultural knowledge over grammar and syntactical studies.

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mirella delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 18+

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Hi there!
My name is Mirella, I am Italian and live in Baltimore, MD. I am an excellent teacher of Conversational Italian, I have many students whom I teach in school and privately, in person and on-line.
I am fun, understanding and flexible, and more than anything else, I 'll guide you along your language journey with inspiration and knowledge, letting you set the general direction, but never letting go of the wheel myself.
As I spend time getting to know your strengths and weaknesses, I can optimize the time in class and outside of class. I will praise every little effort that you make, and I'll drill you on things I know you struggle with.
I am currently available for on-line and in person lessons. Please feel free to review my information (about my education – I am a PhD graduate -, my accreditations – I am a licensed teacher – or my certifications – I am ACTFL certified -) on my profile and contact me if you have any questions or need additional information.
I am looking forward to knowing more about you.
Ciao, Mirella

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Teacher, Middle School
Feb 2019 - Jun 2019
Casa Italiana, Washington, DC

Teacher, Part Time. Italian Language and Literature.

Teacher, High School
Sep 2001 - Aug 2017
MIUR, Italy

High School Teacher, Full Time, Tenured


PhD Philosophy
Jan 1967 - Jan 1992
University of Wales, UK
Sep 1985 - Nov 1990
University of Bologna, Italy


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Italian oral proficiency interview
Sep 2017
ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages)

Italian oral proficiency interview, Graded Superior

Italian writing proficiency test
Sep 2017
ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching Foreign Languages)

Italian writing proficiency test, Graded Superior

Teaching License
Jun 2015
NM (US) Public Education Dept.

NM Teaching License level 3A secondary (grades 7-12)
Social Studies – 2015

Teaching License
Jun 2001
MIUR, Italy

Italian Teaching License, A37 Lyceum, secondary

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Dave Aug 7, 2019

Mirella is a great tutor, supportive, understanding and very professional!

David Aug 7, 2019
Italian · Online

Mirella is an amazing teacher who takes a highly personalized approach to her lessons, which not many teachers are able to do, especially online. I think that my lessons with Mirella were much more productive as a result of her attention to my strength and weaknesses.

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Patrick Jul 22, 2019
Italian · In studio

Mirella is an amazing language instructor. I had studied Italian for a few years many years ago and was very nervous to start again, but I needed to show intermediate Italian abilities for my work. Mirella's warm personality and student-centered teaching style really put me at ease and unlocked my hidden intuitive foreign language energies and abilities. For Mirella, language is all about communication, and the realization under Mirella's guidance that we all know how to communicate--even if only roughly at first in a new language--greatly diminished my anxiety and self-consciousness at making inevitable mistakes. I looked forward to Mirella's lessons as a highlight of my week, with tremendous results!

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Kim B. Jul 10, 2019
Italian · Online

Bravissima! I'm a mature student, Mirella has been my Online tutor for six months. She is a great tutor, understanding, patient and very professional.

Judi Mar 5, 2019
Italian · In studio

Mirella took time to assess my needs and abilities, and created a lesson with those in mind. Patient, willing to answer all questions, and flexible.

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