Ciao! I’m Elena, a certified Italian teacher from Rome. I’m currently teaching in Edinburgh, where I got a Master's certificate on how language acquisition works from a psychological perspective. I have extensive teaching experience with very different types of learners, especially beginners.
At a beginner level, I don’t expect students to start with conversations. Instead, I bring games and activities to the class to guide people in the foundations of Italian in a fun and effective way. This way we can build the student's confidence and competence, and in a little while, they won’t be afraid to speak. However, even if I have a basic plan that I tend to follow, I get to know my students first and I tailor my approach to them, their needs and their goals.
I have taught Italian in a variety of settings. For example, I recently taught on a cruise ship traveling around the world for three months. There, I had classes with up to 35 students. However, generally the groups I teach include from 3 to 12 students, and I do individual classes as well.
I also keep studying languages myself. Doing so helps me remember what being a language student is like, especially dealing with the challenges of the early stages. I believe this helps me be a better teacher by constantly keeping in mind the student's point of view. My way of learning is getting myself out of my comfort zone, trusting the teacher and not being worried about embarrassing myself and making mistakes. Having fun and forgetting that I'm learning is part of the process. Also, since languages are about communication, creating a connection with the teacher is fundamental to learn quickly and effectively.