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Robert C.

Boston, MA

$60/hr

Italian and Spanish teacher

Background check passed as of 4/16/14
Usually responds in about 8 hours

Italian and Spanish teacher

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Spanish and Italian

I have been teaching Spanish and Italian on the college level for nearly 15 years. It is ironic that I was told, after having taken a standardized aptitude test on language in junior high school, I could never learn another language. Apparently, the test was faulty. It is my conviction that anyone can learn another language if you have a strong desire to study, a willingness to make sounds that may seem odd at first and a lot of patience.

I have taught students on all levels. Between children who learn by playing games and adults who want to acquire a language for their degree work, I try to make language learning an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Learning language means to learn about culture. Having lived in Puerto Rico and Italy, I immersed myself in these cultures to understand their attitudes and perspectives.

If you are interested in learning any of these languages, I would be happy to tutor you.

Piano

I have been a piano teacher for many years. Having studied at New England Conservatory, Boston College and privately with a pianist in Rome for 28 years, I have taught all ages and levels of expertise. Although I am a classical musician, I have taught popular music too.

Testimonials

"Super Teacher"

- Geraldine, Boston, MA on 7/17/14

"Great Guy. Perfect for My Son"

- Rebecca, Waban, MA on 8/23/14

"A true teacher!"

- Helen, Boston, MA on 1/17/14

"Good tutor but not consistently reliable."

- Maya, Chicago, IL on 1/12/14

"Molto bene!"

- Sarra, Chestnut Hill, MA on 4/22/13

"Very happy"

- Cynthia, Watertown, MA on 3/4/13
Science:
Philosophy
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Italian,
Spanish
Music:
Music Theory, Piano
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Italian,
Public Speaking,
Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

English

I am a native Bostonian, and I have been teaching foreign languages to students since 1997. In the process, I found that I was helping students learn English grammar. I have taught on the college level (St. John's Seminary College, Brighton, MA; Wheaton College, Norton, MA; and Emmanuel College, Boston, MA) as well as on the elementary, middle school and high school levels.

ESL/ESOL

Born in Boston, MA, I am a native English speaker. As a foreign language professor (Italian and Spanish) since 1997, I have been helping native and non-native English-speaking students appreciate and learn the foundation of English grammar. Once students understand the building blocks of English, they are better prepared to learn how other languages work.

Grammar

Since 1997, I have been helping students with their English grammar through foreign language studies. For many students, learning another language has helped them learn English. I have taught students of all ages and at all levels (I taught in middle/high school in Millis, MA as well as at Wheaton College, Norton and Emmanuel College in Boston). Whether you're in second grade or in second year of graduate studies, I have been able to give students more confidence with their ability to use English properly.

Italian

I completed my higher education in two Italian universities over the course of eight years in Rome, Italy. I am presently teaching at Boston College High School (Arrupe division) in Boston, MA. I started teaching Italian studies beginning in 1997 at two other colleges in the Boston area (Emmanuel College, Boston, MA, Wheaton College, Norton, MA and St. John Seminary College, Brighton, MA). I have also taught Italian conversation courses to adults in adult education courses in Medway, MA and in Franklin, MA. I have taught primary school children in after school programs too!

Philosophy

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 1983 from St. John's Seminary College in Brighton, MA. Since then, I continued my philosophical studies while working on my Doctorate in Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. I received the degree in 1997.

Piano

I studied with Myrna Rybczyk of Millis before entering the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division in Boston. I studied with Dr. Edwin Hymovitz at the conservatory for four years. I studied Piano Performance with Dr. Olga Stone at Boston College, Newton. I studied privately for the past 28 years with Maestro Carlo Dominici of Rome. I am presently enrolled in the New England Conservatory Professional Studies Certificate program as of the spring semester of 2013 and studying piano performance with Sergey Schepkin.

Public Speaking

I have been engaged in public speaking for over 25 years. I have also taught the subject for 7 years on the college level.

Reading

A native Bostonian, I have been teaching languages since 1997. I help students with their English grammar as well as Spanish, Italian and French difficulties. I have taught on the college level ( Emmanuel College, Wheaton College, and St. John Seminary College) and on the high/middle high school level.

Spanish

I have been speaking Spanish for over thirty years. Since 1997, I have taught Spanish on the college, high school and middle school levels. I have also taught Spanish conversation courses in adult education programs as well as in after-school programs for primary school children.

Study Skills

Many students find it difficult to organize themselves when it comes to studying a number of subjects. Having gone through my doctoral studies, I know from personal experience that, once an organized plan is created, the task of studying no longer becomes overwhelming. (Along with having received my doctorate from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, I started my academic career with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy at St. John's Seminary College in Brighton, MA. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from the Gregorian University and studied at the Pontifical Athenaeum St. Anselm in Rome, Italy, where I received a Licentiate in Theology.) It requires a sincere commitment and a healthy sense of discipline. Also, it is important to affirm accumulative work that has been accomplished by the student(for example, when learning a foreign language) in order for the student to remain confident in learning future material without frustration and to remain open to finishing the study at hand without getting too complacent. This has been my experience both as a student and as a teacher. (Since 1997, I have been a college professor at St. John's Seminary in Brighton, MA, Wheaton College in Norton, MA, and at Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. I also do private tutoring.)

Vocabulary

I have been a language teacher since 1997, and that has given me the opportunity to explore the world of words. Whether teaching primary grades or on the college level, using and spelling vocabulary properly is vitally important in order to communicate well. Over my academic career (a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy as well as a Bachelor of Arts, a Licentiate and a Doctorate in Theology) and teaching experience (St. John's Seminary, Brighton, MA; the Athanaeum St. Anselm in Rome, Italy and the Gregorian University of Rome), I have been made sensitive to the power of words and I wish to hand that knowledge onto my students.

Writing

A native Bostonian, I have been teaching language skills to students since 1997. I have taught students on the college level (Emmanuel College, Wheaton College, and St. John Seminary College) as well as on the high/middle high school level (Millis High/Middle School).

St. John's Seminary College
Philosophy
Athenaeum San Anselmo, Rome, Italy
Master's
Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy
PhD

Education

St. John's Seminary College (Philosophy)

Athenaeum San Anselmo, Rome, Italy (Master's)

Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy (PhD)

Super Teacher — I have had many intensive daily 1 hour lessons with Robert over the last couple of weeks in preparation for my trip to Italy. Robert is the best Italian teacher I have ever had. He is very knowledgeable and practical. He LOVES what he teaches and his enthusiasm shows through. Moreover, he really cares that you learn what you can no matter your level. He is also very patient. Studying with him is a ...

— Geraldine, Boston, MA on 7/17/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Robert will travel within 10 miles of Boston, MA 02125.


About Robert

Spanish and Italian

I have been teaching Spanish and Italian on the college level for nearly 15 years. It is ironic that I was told, after having taken a standardized aptitude test on language in junior high school, I could never learn another language. Apparently, the test was faulty. It is my conviction that anyone can learn another language if you have a strong desire to study, a willingness to make sounds that may seem odd at first and a lot of patience.

I have taught students on all levels. Between children who learn by playing games and adults who want to acquire a language for their degree work, I try to make language learning an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Learning language means to learn about culture. Having lived in Puerto Rico and Italy, I immersed myself in these cultures to understand their attitudes and perspectives.

If you are interested in learning any of these languages, I would be happy to tutor you.

Piano

I have been a piano teacher for many years. Having studied at New England Conservatory, Boston College and privately with a pianist in Rome for 28 years, I have taught all ages and levels of expertise. Although I am a classical musician, I have taught popular music too.

Testimonials

"Super Teacher"

- Geraldine, Boston, MA on 7/17/14

"Great Guy. Perfect for My Son"

- Rebecca, Waban, MA on 8/23/14

"A true teacher!"

- Helen, Boston, MA on 1/17/14

"Good tutor but not consistently reliable."

- Maya, Chicago, IL on 1/12/14

"Molto bene!"

- Sarra, Chestnut Hill, MA on 4/22/13

"Very happy"

- Cynthia, Watertown, MA on 3/4/13
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Education

St. John's Seminary College
Philosophy
Athenaeum San Anselmo, Rome, Italy
Master's
Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy
PhD

Education

St. John's Seminary College (Philosophy)

Athenaeum San Anselmo, Rome, Italy (Master's)

Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy (PhD)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Boston, MA 02125

Robert’s Subjects

Science:
Philosophy
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Italian,
Spanish
Music:
Music Theory, Piano
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Italian,
Public Speaking,
Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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