Ciao! Sono Mariagrazia!

 

I am a native Italian teacher and, let me tell you something:

 

I am very proud to be a language teacher.

 

I am from Sicily (southern Italy), but when I was a child I used to travel with my family and live in various Italian towns due to my dad’s job. When we left Sicily, we moved to the north (Emilia Romagna) and we stayed there for around 4 years.

I also lived in Abruzzo for 3 years and in Apulia for 2 years. This experience has allowed me to get to know Italy quite well.

The beginning of my passion for languages

When I was 14, I fell in love with foreign languages at school, especially with English and French.

This is why I decided to study them at the university, where I earned a master’s degree in Foreign Languages and Literature.

 

I love to analyse the similarities and the differences that languages have, but what I enjoy the most is the opportunity that languages give to discover new places and new cultures. I have also noticed that a language gives you access to the real personality of people who speak that specific language. 

 

When I finished university, I was curious to learn more about the two languages that I had studied. Therefore, I decided to move to France.

 

In France, I got a job in public schools as an Italian language assistant, and guess what? I fell in love with my own language. Can you believe it? I started to look at the Italian language with different eyes.

Being an Italian teacher is an exciting experience. Every day, I wake up happy and motivated. This is why I am here: I want to share this happiness with my students.

After France, I moved to England, where I am currently living. Here, I didn’t immediately find a job as a teacher. After trying out different jobs, I realised that I was missing being a teacher. This is why I decided to quit my job and start teaching again.

 

During these experiences around Europe, I improved my French and my English, I found out that I like teaching Italian, and I also came across Spanish (I am currently studying it).

 

I believe there is a connection between being a student and being a teacher. As a student, I know the difficulties that learners face during the learning process, and as a teacher, I find ways to simplify this process as much as possible.

Mariagrazia as a teacher and as a person

1

Patient

I am very patient, and if a student needs more explanations, I can repeat thousands of times what he/she needs to know, and I will never lose my patience.

2

Students’

need

I usually follow my students’ needs and goals, but I try to give more importance to the speaking and communication part. 

3

Structured

lessons

My lessons have a specific structure that follows a pattern, which helps both me and students to be more organised. However, this doesn’t stop me from varying the activities. I don’t like to bore my students with tedious lessons, and I don’t like to be bored either.r

4

Creative 

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Being a teacher means being an artist too: I am constantly using my fantasy and imagination to create enjoyable, straightforward, and beneficial activities.

5

Organised materials

I am a very organised person (sometimes too much) and I am proud of it. One of the nicest compliments that I usually receive from my students is about my organisation and the attention I give to preparing my lessons. Students are usually busy with their normal daily and work routine, and they are often very tired when they sit in front of their computer screens. Studying Italian should be a pleasure and not a source of stress. This is why I like to take care of the lessons meticulously. 

6

Curiosity

I am a teacher, but I am a student too: I never stop learning things that I like and things that can help me improve my skills and my knowledge for both my personal and my professional life. I don’t miss any opportunity to keep myself up-to-date by attending courses to enhance my abilities as a teacher.

7

Motivation

One of the things that makes me happy and motivates me to get up in the morning is the astonishment that students show when they learn something new, when they finally understand something that was too difficult for them to grasp, and when they start using and putting together what I taught them.

8

Coffee

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I like to drink coffee (did I tell you that I am Italian?) and I also enjoy having coffee with my students. It feels like we’re just having a chat about something we all love (the Italian language).

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My goal

And speaking of coffee, let me share my secret for keeping my motivation high: I always visualise myself and my students (coming from all around the world) sitting in a “bar italiano” in a quaint Italian town, enjoying coffee and conversing in Italian. This is one of the most cherished images in my mind.

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