- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I set my hourly rate in line with my experience and ability and to reflect my effectiveness in the learning process, all while making hiring a teacher an affordable option to learn a new language. An experienced teacher, well versed in effective language learning techniques, can maximize your rate of learning by increasing comprehension and retention.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
For my new older students (teenagers and adults), I start with a relaxed conversation about their background, current level, interests, and goals. If they have already studied Italian before, I invite them to complete a simple online assessment test. After the test, I then recommend specific articles, videos, and songs suitable to their current abilities and interests. For younger students (TK, K, and elementary) I use a minimal language technique, instead keeping it more visual through flashcards and images. I guide my little students to play games, watch and comment cartoons, sing songs, and, eventually, read short stories in Italian. They LOVE it!
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have over sixteen years of high school and online teaching of Italian, Spanish, and English to foreign students in Italy and in the U.S. My background: I am a fully qualified, credentialed Italian teacher. I have a college degree in foreign languages and teaching. Additionally, I have earned two specialty certificates to become a high school teacher and two Master degrees focused on language teaching methods, techniques, and strategies. I also regularly study to keep current on the latest teaching methods. How I teach: The beginning of learning a new language may look exhausting. However, the ability to use a language to communicate on vacation, to pass an exam, or to just approach a new culture is highly rewarding and is easier that you may first imagine. My full immersion Italian lessons will lead you to the beauty of Italian sounds from the very first lesson. You will understand, speak, and become fluent faster than you ever thought possible.