I am a PhD researcher at the School of Education of the University of Leeds. I focus on English as a foreign language and its teaching. I have an MA (Distinction) in English Language Teaching, a BA (first) in Interpreting and Translation and a DELTA (Diploma for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
Languages and teaching are my two passions. I have worked as a teacher for five years and as an interpreter and translator for eight years. I have worked, studied and travelled in a few cities in the UK, Spain and Italy.
Five years as a teacher of English as a foreign language first at Aston University, Birmingham, then in a language school in Valladolid, Spain. I then moved to Milan, Italy, where I taught business English in companies and general and academic English at the University of Milan. I also have two years of experience teaching Spanish and one year teaching Italian.
Education is my field of expertise, therefore I dedicate myself to my students thoroughly, while making sure that they reach whatever their goal might be. I have studied languages and linguistics for over fifteen years, hence I am aware of the difficulties that students are faced with when they approach such a task. Furthermore, I am knowledgeable about the research proving what the best teaching methodologies are in this field.
My method consists of identifying the starting level of the student and building a syllabus based on the student's needs. I aim at developing communicative skills, hence I concentrate on the simultaneous development of speaking, writing, listening and reading skills with the support of customised and engaging materials. I also regard vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation as important, and my students work on them in a structured way. Learning languages is a matter of being challenged a little bit at a time, assimilating and putting into practice: this is exactly what my students do to achieve their goals.
|Languages||English (British), Italian, Spanish|
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|Cambridge English Language Assessment||2017||Professional||DELTA (Diploma of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)|
|Aston University||2014||Masters||MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Translation Studies|
|Advanced School of Modern Languages, University of Bologna||2012||Bachelors||BA Interpreting and Translation (English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)|
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