Irene Staffieri : Italian
Irene Staffieri
Italian Native
Sessions: 491
Last class: Yesterday
 121 Reviews: 100% Positive
£20.95 / €24.70 / $26.13
Trial: 50% Off
  Hello, my name is Irene Staffieri and I'm 39 years old and currently living in Mexico. I am a native Italian speaker and teach Italian, Spanish. I have been an online Italian teacher with Verbalplanet since October 2018. I can speak the following languages fluently: Italian, English, Spanish. I am currently offering a discounted initial trial lesson at 50% off my normal lesson price for new students. 
Latest Reviews
11 May 2022
 great lesson 
04 May 2022
 Irene is so energetic and engaging. I have taken online lessons in Spanish and Italian from multiple teachers and she is amazing. I look forward to my lessons. She tailors them to my ability.  
27 Apr 2022
 great lesson 
11 Apr 2022
 greta lesson 
01 Apr 2022
 She makes each class unique. We practice real life situations as I will be traveling to Italy. It is a highlight of my day when I have a class. Looking forward to the next.  
09 Mar 2022
 great lesson 
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About me - English


My name is Irene Staffieri and I work as an Italian language teacher. I was born in Sardegna, a wonderful Italian island which I see as the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. From a young age, I was very curious about other languages. I studied English at school and I also had the opportunity to learn Spanish while living in Barcelona. Currently I'm living in Mexico and I have the chance to speak Spanish daily. Recently, I started studying French taking one-on-one classes.

Learning new languages has opened many doors to me both personally and professionally. I have had the chance to meet wonderful people and share my culture. It has also allowed me to develop my creativity and ability to adapt to new situations.

Qualifications & Experience

I have two degrees. First, I studied Literature and Philosophy, with a specialization in Performing Arts and Musicology at Università di Bologna. Then, I found a passion for Italian Sign Language and I studied to become a professional interpreter. Upon graduation, I began working as an interpreter as well as an Italian teacher to foreigners living in Italy. I am a member of Aprimondo, a professional organization dedicated to teaching Italian to immigrants.

Currently, I'm teaching Italian in Playa del Carmen and Cozumel, Mexico. I give one-on-one classes and group classes in a local language school and at University of Cozumel.

Teaching Approach

I plan my lessons based on personal goals, learning styles and areas of need. Normally my teaching is centered on oral communication (speaking and listening). I include reading and writing in order to support the learning.

Based on the student's level, I invite students to express themselves on different topics of personal interests, in order to acquire a vocabulary that will be useful for them. I also reserve some time to work on pronunciation: based on my experience, it really helps students to gain confidence when speaking spontaneously. Each class, I spend a bit of time revisiting previous topics to ensure that the student feels comfortable with the language structures.

I use Italian as much as possible and I offer explanations in English or Spanish when it is necessary.

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