I live in Milan and I graduated in Italian language and literature from the Public University of Milan.
I'm very good in working on texts because of experiences in publishing houses and I have high abilities in writing. I'm a self-motivated person with strong interpersonal skills and a high interest in multicultural environments (as a volunteer I teach Italian to immigrants and I organize in team inter-cultural events for the association). I' ve always travelled a lot abroad and I enjoy learning about new cultures and new languages.
I have experience in teaching Italian to foreigners of different ages and speaking different languages. At the age of 23 I've lived for four months in New Zealand (Auckland) studying English and working as au-pair.
After my degree in Italian Language and Literature, I decided to study for CEDILS certificate, specific to teaching Italian to foreigners, which I obtained from ca' Foscari University, in Venice in March 2009.
I have also two qualifications in the English Language (First certificate in English and IELTS) because I enjoy English and I think it's useful to communicate with students who, at the beginning, don't know anything about Italian.
I had started to teach Italian to immigrants here in Milan during my last year of university (2008) as a volunteer and I very much enjoyed the experience so I'm still teaching there once a week.
After obtaining my CEDILS qualification I started to work in two private schools (Accademia di Italiano and Executive Language Management) giving group lessons and individual lessons to students of different ages (20-50) and nationalities (Russians, Germans, Brasilians, English...). I also started to teach Italian to young immigrants (12-14) in a public school twice a week.
I have taught university students at the Technical University of Milan (Politecnico) and to PHD students. It was really a good experience because they were very interested in learning the language!
I worked also for Cactus Language Training, a worldwide language agency in Brighton; for them I taught Italian to a student living in Monza.
Recently I helped an English student to study for CILS certificate so I've never stopped teaching from 2008 until now.
I think to teach languages nowadays the approach must be communicative.
I try to use materials from various books and online as well to introduce the student to common real life situations. I encourage students to speak because is important to communicate even if at the beginning it's easy to make mistakes while speaking. I also think writing is very important so I often ask the students to invent sentences or short texts using skills we've just learned.
I want the students to train in comprehension, listening, writing and speaking. Often I use song lyrics for listening and also to make clearer some grammar or lexicon skills.
If the student has a high level I also use newspapers and in some cases easy textes from Italian literature.
I'm loving my Italian lessons. As it's a one to one session, I can go at my own speed and ask questions when I have them. I'll stick to these lessons until I can hold my own in Italian - might be a while but I'm in it for the long run!
Asked Clara to try to shape lessons according to my needs (grammar exercises, writing and reading activities) as my vocabulary seems to be coming back to my previous level of Italian. She agreed and started to plan ahead.
While planning a trip to Italy, I asked Clara to help me to prepare and practise some useful expressions for it. She offered me images and varied vocabulary about food and eating out. I'd have liked to practise more my speaking though
Clara is a very nice tutor. She listened to my personal needs and targets according to my current Italian level. I'm looking forward to continue and improve myself in following lessons!