My name is Maria. I was born in Catania, Italy.
I moved to the United States ten years ago. I am temporarily in Italy, at the moment.
After High School I traveled to the United States for 9 months, and studied English in Los Angeles, learning with my fellow beautifully international students how wonderful it is to communicate our human wealth of sameness and differences.
I studied languages and literature at the University of Catania without graduating. For 5 years I worked for an Italian company that represents and distributes foreign companies in Italy, assisting in purchase, sales and customer services.
I love languages, their unique sounds and souls, and I love teaching.
I love animals, I study herbology, I am also a Massage Therapist and I am vegan.
Both my studies and practice of the English language in an international environment gave me skills in comprehending people that have different linguistic, personal and cultural backgrounds.
I have privately taught English and Italian to kids, teenagers, young adults, adults and very wise people.
Having a conversation in actual Italian with students who could only say -or mispronounce, "pizza, amore, pasta and spaghetti" is a great satisfaction and something I am thankful for.
I am very pleased to find here people who enjoy learning and communicating.
My teaching experience is growing everyday thanks to my wonderful students!
My approach is flexible. I like my students to have a good time while they are engaging their brains so I use a combination of methods.
A general plan includes pronunciation, reading comprehension, conversation, grammar drills. The material used also reflects the student's interest and specific needs. I like to include a variety of topics especially related with the Arts: literature, movies, dance, music, etc.
Files and internet links will be used to complement lessons.
For absolute beginners the focus is on sounds, basic vocabulary / phraseology, and basic grammar.
Paced and casual conversations will help to comprehend and identify grammar patterns.
I look forward to teach and learn from you!
Mi chiamo Maria.
Sono siciliana e vivo negli Stati Uniti da 10 anni, ma in questo momento mi trovo in Italia.
Dopo l'esame di maturita' sono stata per nove mesi negli Stati Uniti, dove ho studiato inglese come seconda lingua a contatto con persone di diverse culture ed e' stata un'esperienza meravigliosa.
Per cinque anni ho lavorato come segretaria e corrispondente in una ditta che rappresenta e distribuisce prodotti esteri in Italia.
Ho insegnato privatamente inglese ed italiano a persone di tutte le eta'.
Mi piace preparare le lezioni tenendo conto dello studente, dei suoi progressi e dei suoi interessi, per cui uso ed integro diversi metodi.
Elementi di cultura, cinema, musica e arte in generale, da analizzare e discutere, sono spesso inseriti nelle lezioni con files o internet links.
Really having fun learning with Maria. She calmly corrects my pronunciation & helps me to get the sounds correct. With luck I will lose my terrible "Australian - Italian" accent ! Love being able to book lessons to suit my schedule. Thanks Maria :)
I am loving learning with Maria. She has a calm, understanding and very professional approach to her lessons. Maria is helping me get a grasp on grammar that I previously didn't understand well. I travel with work so online learning is great for me
Very good first lesson, looking forward to the next one. Thx
Maria responded to my message promptly, and our first lesson together went great! I am very much a beginner in Italian, so I am grateful for her patience and preparation. She is very professional. She used what I know to build the lesson.