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I am a native born Italian who emigrated to the US in 1956 along with my family when I was 8 years old. I am from the Abruzzo region and the Italian that I spoke in Italy and in the US with my family was a very strong Abruzzo dialect and differed greatly from standard Italian. People often assumed that I was fluent in Italian since I was born in Italy but that was far from the truth. Although I had fairly decent vocabulary my knowledge of grammar was very weak. About 15 years ago I decided to learn 'proper' Italian and began taking courses. I started in a community college and moved on to Italian language programs at Casa Italiana in Washington DC and also the Center for Italian Studies in Baltimore. I've also taken Italian language courses in Italy at the Porta D'Oriente (Puglia) and 2 sessions at the Babilonia Institute in Taormina (Sicily). I have read a good bit of Italian literature in Italian and also subscribe to National Geographic Italia which I read regularly. Because of these efforts my knowledge of the Italian language and grammar have improved greatly and although I do not consider myself to be fluent, I believe that I could successfully tutor students at the beginning and intermediate levels.
In addition to Italian I am also qualified to tutor students in Russian. I have a BS degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Russian (1969) and an MA in Russian Literature from the University of Virginia (1970). I recently retired from the Department of Defense where I worked as a Russian Language Analyst for over 35 years. I retired from the DoD with the title of Master Linguist. I spent the major portion of my career at the DoD performing quality control on the work done by junior linguists and also my peers. I was closely involved with training and mentoring of junior linguists and was nominated for mentor of the year award in 2005. I never taught Russian but I did do student teaching in Russian in 1965. I have also taught English as a second language as a volunteer at Casa Esperanza in Baltimore.
I began studying Russian in high school in 1963 and went on to obtain a BS degree from Indiana University of PA in 1969 and an MA in Russian from the University of Virginia in 1970. I began working as a Russian Language Analyst with the Department of Defense (DoD) in 1974 and retired in 2008. While with the DoD I used the Russian language on a daily basis and was involved in several training and mentoring programs. In 1994 I was awarded the title of Master Russian Linguist. From April 2010 to June 2013 I worked as a contractor with the DoD with the same duties as described above.
Indiana University of PA
Yes, Teaching Credentials (WA state) (EdD)
University of Virginia, 1970 (Master's)
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Nicola will travel within 20 miles of Pasadena, MD 21122.
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