Information About Barbara - Faversham teacher - (2 reviews)
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I am a teacher. But before being a teacher, I am above else a passionate extrovert, eclectic, wide-ranging, receptive and curious person. Since I was young I have loved three things (in no particular order): Food, books and the sea. Perhaps more than those, as I must include art, traditions, cinema, literature, history, castles, architecture … I like knowing and I like helping people to know my culture. It is for this reason that I chose my line of work. I teach the Italian language and the Italian culture – a complex job, but one that I adore.
I was born and grew up in Marche, going on to study in Urbino, Rome, Siena and Macerata. Loving history, historical documents and libraries, I worked as an archivist for several years. However, in 2006 I took a shot in the dark. I went back in to studying and everything changed. From that point I have been an Italian teacher.
I have ten years of teaching experience. Since 2013, I have been teaching the Italian language to the general public, university students and business professionals at the Modern Language Centre of King’s College London. In the past, I taught in different schools in Italy from 2007 to 2012.
I received my bachelor degree in “Conservazione dei beni culturali” – Conservation of cultural heritage at the University of Urbino in 2000. I have an MA in second language teaching “Didattica Italiano L2/LS in prospettiva interculturale” – Didacticism of Italian as both a Second and a Foreign Language within an Intercultural Perspective. This was achieved from the University of Macerata (Italy) and my final thesis focused on the ‘youth slang’. In addition to this, hold an official PG teaching qualification, D.I.T.A.L.S from the University for Foreigners in Siena, Italy.
Over the years I have designed, developed and run different workshops for students of all levels (Italian and Arts, Italian and Opera, Italian Mafia, to mention a few). I have also designed and run workshops for teacher training programmes. I have an expertise in teaching language trough drama techniques and teaching language within a cultural and intercultural prospective. I have attended many courses and seminars on the topic and developed substantial teaching resources in the field. Also, I have presented my work at conferences at University level in the UK. For KCL I have designed and set up from scratch a language and culture course for intermediate students.
In order to keep myself up to date with the latest trends and research in teaching methodologies and materials, I constantly attend courses and seminars in Italy, the UK and internationally. Since 2016 I am teaching mainly online and enjoying it so much!
My teaching philosophy is based on communicative, student-centred and multidisciplinary approach.
When planning a course outline, I make sure my students’ needs and interests are at the core. The activities I design are based on authentic materials so to offer students a cultural as well as linguistic experience and the opportunity to study Italian in context. My classes are underpinned by a communicative approach, focusing on producing meaningful and real communication, regardless the level of fluency and competence of the student. This is key, as it enables students to gradually gain confidence with the language and to be able to use it in real-life situations. Through a deep understanding of contexts and their cultural implications, students develop a sound basis for comprehending and using correctly new language structures and vocabulary.
My lessons are interesting, interactive and also fun. I take great care of setting a welcoming and encouraging atmosphere where the students can contribute and learn at their best. My classes are supported by text books and follow a clear progression to support students learning, but the majority of resources I use are designed specifically for my students from authentic Italian texts, such newspapers, magazines and other publications, videos and the internet. By getting to know Italian culture in its many aspects, my students can enjoy an all-rounded learning experience that often extends beyond the classrooms and allow them to develop skills for independent learning.
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- University of Macerata - Italy (2010) - Didacticism of Italian as both a Second and a Foreign Language within an Intercultural Perspective. (Masters) (✔ On File)
- University of foreigners of Siena - Italy (2009) - D.I.T.A.L.S (Techniques for Teaching Italian to Foreigners) Certificate for teaching Italian L2 at the University for Foreigners in Siena (Professional) (✘ Not On File)
- University of Urbino (2000) - Conservation of Cultural Heritage with specialization in Librarianship and Archives and Records Management” (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
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I had left a mail when Barbara and I decided that planning dis not work. First meeting she had a cold and warned me after Mt reminder the second she was in Italy. I will try again sometimes. Yours. Jeannine Opie