My lessons are learner-led. Learners tell me about their goals, and I organize lesson content and activities around those goals so that learning is relevant. This is done in partnership with the learner; once an individual plan has been agreed upon, we begin instruction with the understanding that sometimes plans can change and rearrangements are made. This is what learning is about!
Because grammar and sentence structure are essential components of language, I always make room for this foundation as well. Plus, I have a strong background in grammar. I encourage learners to pay attention to sentence parts and complete homework because this practice enables them to cement language structure and build on what they are learning and have learned.
As much as possible, I choose activities that are lively, relevant, and communicative. This builds confidence in speaking another language and comfort with hearing yourself speak another language and making and overcoming mistakes.
*For learners who would simply like conversational Italian or English learning opportunities, I'd be happy to be a speaking partner who provides suggestions and corrections in all areas (grammar, pronunciation, comprehension).
I have a Ph.D. in Italian Studies from the University of Toronto, and I have taught Italian for nearly 20 years to adults of all backgrounds at colleges, universities, and private schools. For years, I have always taught English as a Second Language on a part-time basis. I love working with English language learners and this experience supplements my training and understanding of language structure and instruction overall. It also makes me a highly adaptable instructor.
In all, I've been an educator for nearly 25 years.
Group rates are $40 per learner per 1.5 hours for minimum of two learners per group and a maximum of six.
2011 – University of Toronto, PhD Italian Studies
2004 – McGill University, MA Italian Studies
1998 – University of Calgary, BA Spanish Language and Literature
English (native) and Italian (near-native)
Spanish and French (intermediate)
Latin (working knowledge)
2015-16, Course Instructor, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Humber College, Toronto
Courses taught: College Reading and Writing Skills (WRIT 100)
2012-15, Italian Lecturer, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures Department, Christopher Newport University, Virginia, U.S.A.
Courses taught: International Cinema: Italy (MLAN 207); Beginners and Intermediate Italian (ITAL 101, 102, 201, 202)
2010-12, Course Instructor, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Humber College, Toronto
Courses taught: Beginners Italian (ITAL 101, 102)
2005-08, Course Instructor, Department of Language Studies, University of Toronto at Mississauga
Courses taught: Intermediate Italian (ITAL 200); Beginners Italian (ITAL 100, 101, 102)
2003-04, Course Instructor, Department of Italian Studies, McGill University
Courses taught: Beginners Italian (ITAL 205); Beginners Italian Intensive (ITAL 206)
2004-05, Teaching Assistant, Department of Italian Studies, University of Toronto
Course: Survey of Italian Cinema (ITAL 240)
OTHER TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2010-11, Professeur d’Italien, Lycée Français, Toronto
2001-03, Italian Instructor, Patronato Italo Canadese Assistenza Immigrati, Montreal
2000-03, ESL Instructor, Global Village English Centre, Calgary
Fall 1999, ESL Instructor, Wall Street Institute, Ferrara, Italy
1997-2001, Italian and Spanish Instructor, Berlitz Language Center, Calgary
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