Ciao! My name is Andrea and I am a native Italian with years of Italian language teaching experience, graduated from University of Rome with a Degree in Communication.
I lived in London and Los Angeles during the last 3 years: living in those English speaking countries gave me even more awareness about the differences between my language (Italian) and English language. Then I attended a course for teaching Italian as a second language. I have been teaching Italian language to foreigners privately for 2 years and it has been very satisfying so far.
Since I was attending primary school until I graduated from University I have always studied both Italian and English languages. In the past 3 years I have lived in London and Los Angeles and I consider this an important experience. Then I attended a course for becoming a professional teacher of Italian as a foreign language.
I have been teaching Italian language to foreigners privately for 2 years and it has been very satisfying so far. I give online lessons on Skype and also in person when the student lives in my own city, the beautiful Rome. I currently have many students who come from different countries (Netherlands, Brazil, USA, Russia, Poland, France, Scotland, Switzerland, Ukraine, Belgium, Italy etc), who work at professional level in ESA, FAO, UN or who are students at prestigious universities as LUISS here in Rome.
Other students are artists with high education and work experience or Italians who want to improve their pronunciation, public speaking and oratory skills because of their careers. They are lawyers, actors or professionals whose professions lead them in front of an audience.
My students are the first to show me gratitude for the good results and improvements they achieve attending the course. They tell me enthusiastically about the successes achieved both at work and in private-daily life by learning the Italian language with me. Students at LUISS, which I mentioned before, are passing their Italian university exams successfully, while the other students benefit of their improvements at work (In Italy it is essential to know Italian for your career given the low number of English speakers). My method: with me the student will be able to learn and practice Italian grammar, writing, reading, speaking, spelling, diction and pronunciation.
I always try to understand what kind of student I have in front of me, where he/she comes from and his/her age. The way I teach to kids is different than the way I use to teach to adults. I always try to meet the student's needs, guiding him/her gently. If the student needs to know more grammar I start my lessons teaching more rules, following a Structural approach: this means that I would start teaching the language as a complex of grammatical rules which are to be learned one at a time in a set order. Along with that it is possible to do some grammar translations to and from the target language and to practice some Audio - Lingual method (learning through the practice of dialogues of every situations). Only after all this I push the student towards a Direct method, that means that it is possible only to use the target language: the teacher explains everything using the target language only and the learner is not allowed to use his or her mother tongue.
When the student starts to speak fluently I like to focus more on the pronunciation, about the way he/she sounds practising with the student more conversation, analyzing his/her fluency, mental blocks or mispronunciation. The student has to sound as natural as possible after few months.
Very good teacher. Provides good lessons and uses several examples for comprehension. :-) Will definitely recommend.