Antonella O'Neal
Antonella O'Neal

Antonella O'Neal

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Introduction: “I live in the 23320 zip code area, that is in southern Virginia. I can do lessons face-to-face in this zip code area. If you are interested but live outside this area, or in another state, I offer Italian lessons on Skype. Please don’t be intimidated by this method, I’ve been doing it for more than 10 years, and it works, just as some of my students’ reviews testify. So, give it a try!” ————————————————————— My name is Antonella Calvo O'Neal, and I've been teaching Italian for over 20 years in a classroom setting and online since 2006. Teaching Italian is what I love doing, because it gives me the opportunity to share this beautiful language, "la bella lingua", and culture with so many different people of different ages and nationalities. After years of studying English as a second language, I know firsthand how learning a foreign language can be a great challenge. Therefore, I understand and sympathize with everyone starting such a journey, especially the ones among you who struggle, have been struggling or who have given up completely. Whatever your level in Italian, my objective is helping you build self-confidence; shed your fears; inspire you to learn new skills, while always encouraging you to take small steps to transform your weaknesses into your strengths. I’ll give you the opportunity to learn and practice your Italian skills in a relaxed and fun environment, without the fear of being judged, and help you keep your initial enthusiasm going, by using learning activities such as visuals, readings, games, role-plays, etc., and, of course, lots of conversation. I am confident that you will appreciate that the Italian language is an embrace of a beautiful language, a deep culture, and a rich history. I know you will find your Italian studies with me interesting, engaging, and fun!

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Serves Chesapeake, VA

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Renata L.

Italian Lessons

I had my first lesson with Antonella and I was super happy! She was well prepared, with lots of materials! I can’t wait for our next lesson
May 19, 2021
Christy E.

Italian Lessons

Antonella is wonderful! In only a few lessons I have learned about so many things - grammar, spelling, pronunciation, and very useful phrases for common interactions. She’s also helped me understand a bit about Italian culture, which I appreciate! Learning a new language from scratch is very intimidating, but having personal one on one sessions makes it a fun challenge!
May 15, 2019
Gilda n.

Italian Lessons

she is lovely to work with, friendly as well as professional.
Jul 24, 2021
Trina M.

Italian Lessons

Antonella is absolutely wonderful! She is kind and very patient and just a pleasure to work with. She is a great teacher and I am very happy to have found her. Excellent Italian teacher!!
May 15, 2019
Jason M.

Antonella has been teaching me Italian for the past few years and has been an excellent instructor during this time. Antonella will teach you proper Italian grammar and will correct mistakes being made but what makes her lessons better for me is that they incorporate Italian culture and everyday conversation. If you have been using self taught language learning tools such as Rosetta Stone or Babbel and want to take your Italian to the next level then I would highly recommend taking one on one lessons with a professional language instructor like Antonella. I can honestly say nothing has done more to improve my ability to converse in Italian than taking one on one lessons.
Mar 30, 2019
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

     I offer a free 30-minute trial, just to get the feel of what your Italian skills are and so you can get to know me a little;  Discounts for groups of two or more;  Discount for buying a package of 5, 10, 15 lessons at once;  Flexibility in scheduling lessons;  Homework assignments and corrections.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    When you show your interest in learning Italian with me, I’ll first ask you what the goals are you'd like to achieve:  Do you just love Italy and the Italian language?  Are you taking a trip to Italy?  Are you moving to Italy for work?  Do you want to communicate with your relatives in Italy?  Do you want to better your grammar?  Do you like Italian cuisine, and would like to learn how to cook Italian dishes following Italian recipes?  Are you struggling with your Italian course at school or university? Whatever your reason is, you can be confident that I’ll tailor the lessons based on your level, your interests and goals, using a “communicative approach”, even if you just want to learn or refine your grammar skills: “The communicative approach is based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language.”

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I studied at the University of Catania, Italy, and earned a combination Bachelor's/Master’s Degree in Foreign Languages and Literature. In the past 20 plus years I have taught English to Italian High school students, and English to American college students, military personnel and their spouses, professionals and enthusiasts for both work and personal enrichment, in traditional classroom settings and, since 2006, online, with Berlitz Language School, the oldest language school in the world, through BVC (Berlitz Virtual Classroom) and Skype, and I currently teach Italian at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. I have also worked as a freelance translator and over the phone interpreter.

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