About meHello everyone, My name is Irene, and I am a native Italian speaker. I was born in the beautiful island of Sicily, and I have been living in the UK for ten years. I studied at Palermo University, where I took a Bachelor Degree in Foreign Languages, specializing in teaching Italian as a second language. I speak fluent English, good Spanish, and I am brushing up on my Russian. I have experience as a private tutor helping students of any age and background build up more confidence in Italian as well as provide cultural insights which I believe are essential to comprehend the rudiments and structures of a language. I can help you with different aspects of the Italian language, from basic grammar to complex sentence construction. I will show you how to confidently manage real-life situations, from ordering food at a restaurant or general conversation to more professional settings like attending job interviews. I will support you with reading and writing if you want to. My motto is don’t be afraid of failure, making mistakes is the only way to learn, and I am here to make the process fun and engaging. In my first lesson, I start by getting to know my student and discussing their motivation and goals. Based on their language level, I will plan the lessons taking into account their hobbies and interests. I am always happy to discuss any topic you want, and I will make sure I consider the grammar and communicative aspects too. I have a flexible approach, depending on your level and preferences I can use a mix of images, audio-visual material, games, questionnaires, newspaper articles, songs, fairy tales, dictation exercises and references to online books. As a foreigner myself, I understand the difficulties in approaching a new language, the differences between studying it at school and being effectively able to hold a conversation with a native speaker. These are why I work to make my students enjoy a stress-free class, but at the same time, give them the right input to achieve their learning targets. If there is a particular subject you would like to discuss, or you have any questions, book a lesson to start your Italian journey.
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