- 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.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 18+
- Teaching since:
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.
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Mirella is a great tutor, supportive, understanding and very professional!
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.Show More
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!Show More
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.
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.