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.
I love languages, photography, wellness and fitness, nature and animals. I am vegan.
In Italy I studied foreign languages and literatures and I worked for five years as office, sales and customer service assistant for a company that represents and distributes foreign products in Italy. I lived for over ten years in the United States, mainly in Pennsylvania, South Carolina and California. I studied herbology and Massage Therapy. I worked in the wellness industry and then in customer service for the financial world. Always in contact with different kind of people, cultures, and personalities.
I love languages, their unique sounds and souls, and I love teaching. For this reason I have always been teaching. I am currently in Italy for a while.
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 help my student pass a school exam, a proficiency test, I help them get ready for a job interview, I teach them how to pronounce their favorite songs and talk about their favorite Italian painter. I help them get in touch with their roots and I help them learn to speak to their Italian family members and friends. I help them feel more prepared and confident so that they can enjoy and get the best out of their special trip abroad. I love to help. :-)
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 per un po'.
Ho studiato lingue e letterature straniere in Italia ed ho lavorato per 5 anni come corrispondente estero in una compagnia italiana.
Ho vissuto per oltre dieci anni negli Stati Uniti: in California, nella Carolina del Sud, in Texas ed in Pennsylvania. Negli Stati Uniti ho perfezionato lo studio della lingua inglese ed ho studiato fitoterapia e massoterapia. Ho quindi lavorato nel campo del benessere e in seguito anche nel campo della finanza per alcuni anni. Amo coltivare le mie passioni tra cui le lingue straniere ed é per questo che insegno privatamente italiano e inglese da molti anni. Insegno a persone di tutte le etá. Aiuto i miei studenti a sentirsi piú sicuri nei loro viaggi all'estero, a superare esami a scuola, a prepararsi per colloqui di lavoro o ad imparare a parlare con i propri parenti o amici o fidanzati nella loro lingua.
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.