I am Andrea and I live in Rome.
After my Bachelor Degree in Oriental Studies at La Sapienza University (Rome), in 2007 I spent three months in Japan studying the Japanese language.
I came back from Japan with the idea of teaching Italian to foreigners so I studied to obtain the DITALS Certification in Teaching Italian to Foreigners (Second Level) which I achieved in 2008.
Since then, I've been working at an Italian Language School for foreigners in Rome just near Spanish Steps!
After I got my DITALS Certification (in 2008), I started teaching in many schools.
I've been teaching Italian to different group targets like:
- American Universities students (Cornell, Brown, Loyola, Catholic University of America, DePaul, Rhode Island School of Design, Tulane etc).
- programs of study abroad (Rome Institute of Liberal Arts Study Abroad and SAI).
- religious groups (Venerable English College).
- businesspeople (Total Oil Company)
- immigrants coming from Bangladesh, India, Africa and China, welcoming and assisting them (not only for linguistic needs) when they arrived as refugees in Rome; for those who could not read, early literacy lessons were taught.
During my activities I use to:
- Adapt teaching material to target group.
- Prepare dynamic lesson with support of multimedia.
- Create real-life situations (e.g. dining at restaurant, job interview, etc).
- Organize sightseeing tours.
For any new student entering a new school, there is an element of nervousness the first day of class. However, upon entering class with Andrea, all nerves are put at ease. (Monica, DePaul University, Chicago)
As a teacher, Andrea has a great combination of challenging his students, while also being understanding about learning a new language. (Maddie, Yale University, New York)
I always found Andrea to be courteous, polite and friendly; our classes had a relaxed atmosphere whilst still maintaining steady progress. (Mark, Venerable English College, Oxford)
Andrea challenged me both mentally and kinaesthetically. I did not simply sit in my chair in the classroom; I moved around, utilizing my newly acquired language in a variety of different situations. (Adam, Saginaw Valley University)
My own performance was basic tonight. Much more work to do on grammar.
Progression is apparent.
Pace, progress, plenty to do - enjoying the switch to a lot of conversation.
Well back to work with plenty of challenge.