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Italian Language, Grammar, Conversation, and Culture Tutor; Italian-English/English-Italian Translations and Interpreter.
I am a native Italian speaker, born and raised In Italy. I have studied classical Italian language, literature and culture for many years before coming to the US. I have a College degree from Italy and a combined Ph.D. from Italy and the US. My hobbies are traveling, nature, outdoor, reading, sports, music, culinary art, theater, dancing.
I have experience on teaching Italian at any level and any age, from very beginner to advanced writing, literature and culture. I have successfully prepared students for the AP and SAT subject Italian Language and Culture exams; I teach Italian conversation and pronunciation, grammar and literature; I thought exchange students (Italian or English native speakers) to navigate English or Italian respectively during their exchange stage; I also have experience in translations of literature and scientific documents from Italian to English and English to Italian. I like to tailor my teaching strategy not only to the student’s needs and starting knowledge but also to their interest, personality and learning preference.
I believe that learning a language is one of the most rewarding experience and achievements at any level and a wonderful tool to explore different countries and cultures. That is why I am passionate about teaching Italian and I get the best reward when my students not only achieve their goals but even surpass their expectations!
I am reliable, knowledgeable, and patient and I have been told that I have a good sense of humor and a nurturing personality. Italian is a beautiful language and you will fell in love with the musicality of it. Learning to speak Italian and about Italian culture, history, fashion, cuisine will make you feel like you are in Italy and make you want to take a trip there!
Looking forward to take this journey of learning Italian with you all!

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Maria’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Sassari Italy - Bachelors, Biology, General

Graduate Degree: California Institute of Technology - PHD, Microbiology and Epidemiology


reading, outdoors, travelling, swimming, dancing, cooking,

Tutoring Subjects

AP Italian Language and Culture

Conversational Italian



SAT Subject Test in Italian

SAT Subject Test in Italian with Listening

Test Prep

Q & A

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Understand her/his goals, and assess the level of knowledge they already have.

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that learning is a never-ending experience. Knowing about different cultures and languages is the most rewarding type of knowledge!

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Giving them the tools they need to approach and learn the material. Boosting their self confidence towards the subject matter.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Making the material and lesson fun and as diversified as possible.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Understanding why the student is having difficulties and modifying the tutoring session accordingly.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Read together as much as possible and provide interesting/ appropriate reading material so that they can practice by themselves without getting bored or overwhelmed.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Creating a friendly and professional environment, communicating my passion for the subject, and understanding what hers/his goals are and the motivation behind the request for tutoring.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Correlate the subject I am teaching them with their own interests, inclinations, and passions.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Depending on whether the student has a more visual or cognitive type of learning style, switch to one or another. Correlate abstract information with practical situations and scenarios.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Praising his knowledge and progress. Everybody learns differently, with their own pace and strategies.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

From the final goal students have set for themselves.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I base my tutoring on the student's goals, his pace and type of learning, and his personality.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Written material, books, conversation, examples, pictures, quick notes, and listening.

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