Hello, buongiorno, kalimera! I am a passionate and knowledgeable teacher of foreign languages, specialised in English as a second/foreign language, Italian and modern Greek. After studying Latin and ancient Greek for 5 years, I achieved a first-class honours degree in foreign languages and literature (2003) and, three years after, a PhD in the same subjects. I then specialised in teaching English both to adults (achieving the Cambridge CELTA in 2011 with grade 'A') and to children (successfully achieving the Cambridge Young Learner Extension in 2013).
Teaching has been my passion for the past 13 years. Such a long, pleasant and successful career helped me gain experience in different contexts, teaching different ages and different levels. I taught English and modern Greek at the primary school, high school, University, for local associations and through 1-2-1 lessons. I also taught English at the nursery school and I greatly enjoyed teaching very young learners. I taught Italian to children and adults and Latin and ancient Greek through 1-2-1 lessons and to small groups too. I am used to organising classes of holiday Greek and holiday Italian in a relaxed yet structured learning environment, as well as prepare students for examinations in all the three languages I teach, dealing with targets and tight deadlines.
The first (and most important!) step for me is to understand what my students need from our lessons. According to this initial needs analysis, I plan our classes and I provide my students with well-structured, interactive, productive and pleasant lessons. I have a very caring approach, esp. with young and very young learners, and I periodically discuss my students' progress with them (or their parents) to set new targets and challenges and to make the learning process as structured and fun at the same time as possible.
My students have always praised my passion, dedication, commitment, professionalism, respect, friendliness and ability to build rapport and understand them, as well as my firmness and my idea of teaching as a ‘mission’.
|Languages||Italian, English (British), French, Greek, Latin|
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|International House of Prague||2013||Other||YL (Young Learner) Extension to CELTA|
|Belfast Metropolitan College||2012||Other||CELTA (Cambridge Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults)|
|University of Venice||2007||Doctorate||PhD in Foreign Languages and Literature|
|University of Venice||2003||Bachelors||Degree in Foreign Languages and Literature|
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