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  Hello, my name is DARJA LESNIK and I'm 42 years old and currently living in Italy. I am a native Slovenian speaker and teach English, German, Slovenian. I have been an online English teacher with Verbalplanet since November 2019. I can speak the following languages fluently: Slovenian, English, German, Italian. I am currently offering a discounted initial trial lesson at 50% of my normal lesson price for new students. 
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About me - English

A fully qualified and dedicated language teacher, primarily in English but also in German and Slovenian with vast and varied experience. I teach students of all ages with substantial experience in schools, both private and public, individual tutoring, tailor-made courses according to demand, online, summer camps, (General English, Cambridge Exam Preparation). I have also gathered experience in the PR sector and the field of translation. I have worked not only in Italy but also abroad which has afforded me exceptional cultural interpersonal skills and knowledge.

Qualifications & Experience


01.07.2019 - 27.07.2019 English Summer Courses at Fitzwilliam and St. Andrew's College in Cambridge (UK)

28.01.2019 - 29.05.2019 English course for Inlingua in Cagliari (Italy)

16.07.2018 - 04.08.2018 English Summer Courses at St. Andrew's College in Cambridge (UK)

06.11.2017 - 31.05.2018 English courses at Hello Cantabria in Solares (Spain)

01.07.2017 - 01.08.2017 English Summer Courses at Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge (UK)

01.07.2016 - 01.08.2016 English Summer Courses at University of Leicester (UK)

01.07.2015 - 12.08.2015 English Summer Courses at Wellington College in Crowthorne (UK)

2014 - present English and German online teacher for Berlitz (France)

2012 - 2014 English courses at the Professional Institute of Education Isogea in Cagliari (Italy)

2011 - 2015 Language courses and language services in Cagliari (Italy)

2011 - 2012 English courses at the Secondary School Manno in Cagliari (Italy)

2010 - 2011 English courses for the Regional Project Sardinia Speaks English in Cagliari (Italy)

2010 - present professional online language teacher for (Hong Kong)

2008 - 2009 English courses at the Institute for Agronomy Cettolini in Senorbì and Villamassargia (Italy)

2007 - 2008 German courses at the International Welcome School in Selargius and English courses at the Don Bosco Salesian Institute – Summer courses (Italy)

2006 - 2007 German Courses at the Institute for Tourism and Catering Gramsci in Monserrato (Italy)

2001 - 2003 German courses at the Secondary School for Tourism and Catering in Maribor (Slovenia)

2001 - 2002 German and English courses for a public association "Mladinski Center Osmica" Maribor (Slovenia)


11.09. - 13.09.2018 Pearson teacher training

21.03. - 25.03.2016 Berlitz teacher training

22.06.2015 CELI5 - Italian Language Proficiency Certificate C2 level

05.06.2015 Basic Awareness in Child Protection awarded by City of York & Nort Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Boards (UK)

06.01.2015 Business English C1 – BEC Higher at British Council Milano (Italy)

08.09.2014 TEFL/TESOL TEACHER TRAINING – 120 hours advanced TEFL course with 2 extra modules “Young Learners” and “Survival Teaching”

06.09.2010 - 03.12.2010 Certification of TEFL methodology at Select language in Quartu Sant'Elena (Italy)

01.08.2007 - 16.08.2007 French language course at the University of Toulouse - Le Mirail (France)

16.-17.06.2007 Certification of professional knowledge of English "CPE" at the Anglo-American Institute in Cagliari (Italy)

19.11.2006 - present Training as a taster/judge at the Italian Institute of Sensory Analysis LIMBA under the direction of dr. Dario Elia, ongoing and international training and collaboration at the same institute for the creation of descriptive profiles, sensory maps and for the use of sensory analysis as a tool for disseminating the culture of food

03.07.2005 - 16.07.2005 Course for Improvement of teaching techniques at the Goethe Institut in Berlin (Germany)

24.01.2005 - 01.12.2005 French language courses at the University Language Centre at the University of Cagliari (Italy)

22.01.2004 - 02.12.2004 Italian language courses at the University Language Centre at the University of Cagliari (Italy)

19.03.2003 Professional Qualification in Teaching awarded by the State Exam of the Republic of Slovenia

02.03.2001 Certification of English for adults at the State Training Centre of the Republic of Slovenia in Ljubljana (Slovenia)

01.10.1999 - 01.03.2000 Translation courses at the Institute for Theoretical and Applied Translation Sciences of Graz (Austria)

25.07.1999 - 20.08.1999 German language course at the Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg (Germany)

01.10.1996 - 20.03.2002 MA in German language and literature at the Faculty of Education in Maribor (Slovenia)

Teaching Approach

Motivation is central, that is why I try to raise students’ interest from the beginning of the lesson. The topics we discuss are selected and graded regarding age, needs, level, and students’ interest, my role is that of a guide and I try to offer a lot of communicative activities which are essential. I believe learners must have constant interaction with and exposure to the target language, where the main focus is not only on accuracy but also fluency.

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