Having recently completed my CLTA course with International House London, I am ready and eager to take on a new role as an Italian Teacher.
As part of the course I taught in classes of Beginners and Intermediates, stimulating all three learning styles and developing students’ listening, writing and speaking skills through tailor-made lessons and materials. My tutors will confirm I showed a high level of commitment and professionalism and a strong ability of understanding students’ needs and building trusting relationships.
I have recently started to deliver One-to-One lessons at home. My teaching style is a student-focused and integrated approach aimed at discovering new grammatical structures in an active way rather than just “transferring” rules and knowledge.
Furthermore, I choose the communicative method, emphasizing the interaction among the students in order to learn with practice, in a very active fun way.
The students will have plenty of opportunities for conversation, for instance during activities of role play to practice the language in a natural context.
At the same time, since I consider the language a fundamental vehicle of culture and lifestyle, also interesting cultural aspects will be discovered through activities of reading and listening, videos and movies. I think that introducing cultural aspects is very effective since most of the students choose to learn Italian because they are fascinated by Italy’s culture, art, fashion and lifestyle.
Even though I take text books in consideration, I prefer to supplement them using tailor-made materials, in order to manage my lessons in a more original and interactive way and follow my purposes.
I have always been passionate about foreign languages and I have a MA in Languages and Cultures for International Communication and Cooperation. The fact that I have been a student of foreign languages as well helps me understand more my students, their weaknesses and their needs. I am a good observer and I am a very empathetic person, able to build trusting relationships with people. I have excellent communication skills, improved thanks to my previous jobs in Customer Service, Hospitality and Tourism. But what makes me a great teacher is especially my enthusiasm for teaching and the fact that this is what makes me happy. During my CLTA course I found myself more and more motivated everyday and enjoying preparing materials and delivering the lessons and I truly believe that no other job would make me feel the same.