My four key concepts in language learning
WHAT DO STUDENTS THINK OF MY LESSONS?
Serena is such a fantastic teacher.She offers great lessons on a wide variety of topics- from geography to music to grammar. I've really enjoyed getting to know Serena over the last 6 months and talking with her at this point is like talking to an old friend. My Italian has really improved in my time with her and I truly appreciate her encouraging, passionate approach. I'm endlessly impressed by her abilities and I can't recommend her enough if you are considering her for Italian lessons.
Serena doesn't only teach italian in a most professional way but she also knows how to trigger one's deepest passions for this incredible, colourful and flowery language.
Serena would always challenge me to leave my comfort zone when speaking in italian. And I also can't help but notice how every lesson is like a doorway to an endless labyrinth of culture and exquisite history, so that every time I feel so productive at the end of our lessons.
Lastly, I must mention how grateful I am to have found Serena. For she has been with me on each step I had been taking into this wonderful, immersive and culturally rich journey that is the italian language; guiding, encouraging and teaching me.
With all honesty, Serena truly knows what she is doing. She hasn't forgotten what it means to be a teacher.
Serena is one of the best teachers I have ever had! I have been with her for over a year. I love her comprehensive and individualized approach to teaching the language. Her lessons are never dull, they always are a good mix of practising vocabulary, reading comprehension, conversation and grammar. Serena frequently includes articles from different sources relevant to the topic of the lesson. Thank you, Serena!!!
Serena was fantastic! Serena è stata fantastica! She helped me with a couple of books and we chatted about life in general, grazie ancora Serena, sei stata di gran aiuto!! I hope to see you again soon, spero di rivederti presto
Serena is amazing. We have taken almost 70 lessons together and I can definitely see the results. When we started, I could not string a sentence together in Italian and, now, although I still have much to learn, we are talking in Italian for almost the full hour. I owe that to her patience, direction and overall good spirit. I am very happy to have found her and would recommend her to anyone.
As usual, a wonderful lesson with a fantastic teacher. Serena is a natural. I'm always surprised at how quickly the hour goes by! She's always well prepared, attentive, and encouraging. She manages to perfectly tailor her lessons to my level and has had me speaking since our first session. I'm already looking forward to next week.
Sono tedesca e imparo italiano da due anni. È una lingua bellissima ma difficile. Serena è di grande aiuto per me perché ama il suo lavoro. È una persona aperta e le piace comunicare con altre persone. Questo è importante per me come giornalista. Può spiegare molto bene sia la lingua che la cultura e la politica italiana. Sono fortunata ad aver trovato Serena come insegnante.
I have been taking weekly lessons with Serena for almost two years. She is one of the best instructors I have worked with in my three+ years of studying Italian, which includes classroom, private, and online lessons. I appreciate that Serena is always well-prepared for our lessons, offers varied and interesting material, and is very patient and helpful. She is especially good at providing material at my level and "just enough" beyond it. She skillfully combines language instruction with lessons in Italian culture, which is essential if you are serious about learning Italian!
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics from the University of Aosta, Italy.
I also am also fully qualified to teach Italian as a foreign language to foreigners, as a matter of fact in 2016 I earned the CEDILS (Certificazione in Didattica dell’Italiano a Stranieri /Certification to teach Italian to foreigners) from the University of Venice, Italy.
I have been tutoring Italian learning since 2011 in different locations like France, Spain, and the United Kingdom, Slovakia and Japan. In 2014 I started to teach on the internet to students from around the world like the United States, Israel and Russia. I continue to maintain students from my early teaching years.
Other than Italian, I can speak fluently French, English, Spanish and Sicilian and I have a rough command of Brazilian Portuguese, German and Slovakian. I have also been studying the basics of Czech and Russian.
The lessons are focused on what you choose to focus on. I have lessons devoted to vocabulary, grammar, and Italian culture. Regardless of the lesson you prefer, they all focus on speaking and comprehension. I will help you with proper pronunciation and give you tips on how to understand Italian native speakers better.
We will have one-on-one conversations in which your abilities will be assessed.
I will listen carefully and correct mistakes and give you advice as needed.
Even if you are a complete beginner, I will introduce basic conversations and we will be speaking in Italian from lesson 1.
Because my lessons are focused on conversation, we will be speaking in Italian from day one. Achieving mastery can be a lifetime journey, however becoming fluent is possible in a relatively short time if you are motivated and practise as much as regularly as you can.