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Simone

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I am a native Italian speaker and French bilingual.

I am Italian, and I spent 8 years in France. I recently arrived in Florida. My professional career was built between two countries, France and Italy, working both with French and Italian academic institutions in Paris and Rome. I taught in different Italian universities between 2011 and 2015 and gave conferences in different countries. I love teaching students of all ages. I think that a teacher has to develop a group-dynamic in which everyone expresses himself. As a teacher, I believe that a good lesson has to focus on student experience, needs, difficulties, expectations and personal background. Teaching Italian or French I will surely bring enthusiasm and entertainment, emphasizing examples and cultural aspects!

For a long time teaching has been centered on the role and knowledge of teachers, so instructors focused on the content and materials they divulge instead of understand how students learn. I am aware of the learner-centered teaching approach and I have been practicing it in my seminars and courses. A learner-centered teaching approach focuses on how students can learn for life, instead of asking for memorization without meaning.

Phd in Sociology (Summa cum Laude) - School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS) of Paris, France;
Master 2 in Sociology - School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS) of Paris, France;
Bachelor - graduate in Sociology - Sapienza University of Rome;
Diploma in Italian literature, Humanities and Ancient Languages.

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Simone’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Sapienza University of Rome Italy - Bachelors, Sociology

Graduate Degree: School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences EHESS of Paris France - PHD, Sociology

Hobbies

travel, arts, culture, literature

Tutoring Subjects

Conversational French

Conversational Italian

French

French 1

French 2

French 3

French 4

Italian

Languages


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I practice a learner-centered teaching approach, and I have been using it in my seminars and courses. A learner-centered teaching approach focuses on how students can learn for life, instead of asking for memorization without meaning. As a teacher, I believe that a good lesson has to focus on a student's experience, needs, difficulties, expectations, and personal background.

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

I would evaluate the student's level, their needs, and their goals. I would be patient and reassuring, and we could come up with a plan and a strategy to reach our objectives.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Motivation will be my first task. Each step counts, and I will share my own experience with them. We have to move forward to get our good results!

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

I usually relate it to a real-life example, or something that we commonly experience in our everyday life.

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

I try with something easier or preparatory, then I come back to the difficult reading.

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

I show him that a lesson with me is a space in which he can express himself, and also find the knowledge that he needs.

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

I always show them that in each subject there can be something that relates to the student's life.

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

Each student is different, there is no unique technique. In general, I show how I would explain and interpret the material, and then I would ask the student to do the same.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I would maintain an environment that is learner-focused, so I inspect student difficulties and weaknesses in order to target specific goals.

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

I always focus more on how a student learns. Students are the key players of my course

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

I use slides (PowerPoints), paper-based exercises, and audio-visual materials. I also always do a summary with students at the beginning and at the end of the lesson.

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

In addition to creating an open and learner-centered environment, I give students the opportunity to be autonomous and I give them credit for trying.