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I lived in Italy for over twenty years and am completely fluent in Italian. I have taught Italian language and culture in public elementary school districts and privately. I have tutored English Language Learners of all ages and from all over the world.
I am a certified teacher in the state of Illinois and possess a Master of Arts in Teaching. In addition to teaching Italian, I tutor middle school, high school and college students needing help with their writing skills (including composition, grammar, syntax, vocabulary enrichment and spelling, as well as writing essays, reports, short stories, prose and poems.)
I offer "tutoring excursions" to museums, theaters and other cultural venues. This is a wonderful way for non-native English speakers to learn our language while being exposed to local culture. The language lesson becomes intertwined with the cultural experience.
My "linguistic lunches" are an entertaining way to learn either English or Italian. Learn a language during your lunch break!
I also offer online language lessons in both English and Italian. I find that online teaching works amazingly well, and is extremely convenient for people with busy schedules.
I love foreign languages, reading and writing. My goal is to help all of my students reach their maximum potential in an engaging, fun and relaxed atmosphere.
I learned how to cook Italian cuisine when I lived in Italy. My teacher was a trained chef, and I learned how to make a large variety of pasta sauces, in addition to meat and fish entrees. I also know how to make Italian side dishes.
Recently, one of my WyzAnt students requested a cooking lesson. She studies Italian with me, and wanted me to teach her how to cook an Italian dish while explaining the various steps in Italian. We did this in my kitchen, since we meet in my home (and upon her request.)
The lesson took place last week. It went very well. My student took notes (new vocabulary words regarding cooking), in addition to writing down the recipe. We made pasta with a pureed sauce (zucchini, garlic and olive oil were the main ingredients.) Afterward, we ate together.
I think this is a great way to supplement my Italian lessons, since I have over twenty years of experience cooking in Italy. Upon my return to the United States, I continued cooking Italian food, as I had lost my taste for American dishes!
I feel that my Italian students would particularly enjoy this. However, I could also teach Italian cooking in English, for students who are interested in learning how to cook Italian food but are not studying Italian.
I have Illinois type 03 teacher certification, which means that I am certified to teach grades kindergarten through eighth. I have a Master of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis University. Therefore, I am highly qualified to tutor kindergarten through sixth grade, since I have been trained to teach elementary school students in all of the five content areas (reading, language arts, social studies, math, and science.)
My primary goal is to transmit my love of learning to my students. I like to engage them so that their lessons are interesting and meaningful. I feel that this is the best way to help my students achieve their goals. Learning can be fun if it is presented in the right way.
I love grammar and spelling, and I spend much of my spare time playing online competitive Scrabble and reading an eclectic assortment of books. Nothing pleases me more than teaching English to both native and non-native speakers, and watching them make progress in leaps and bounds.
Since grammar and spelling are often left by the wayside in our schools, I am more than happy to fill in the gaps for my students. I have taught English as a Second Language and English as a Foreign Language for a number of years. I do feel that English as a First Language is underrated. No subject is more important. Without knowing how to express oneself in proper English, how can anybody succeed in life? Excellent language arts skills are fundamental for all content areas, as well as for every profession under the sun.
I lived in Florence, Italy for more than twenty years. I am completely bilingual in Italian and English. Having lived overseas facilitates my understanding of what it is like to be in a foreign country where a different language is spoken. I feel that I can identify with my students and am better able to teach them because of my background.
I taught English to Italian students for nine years while living in Italy. My students varied in age. I taught English as a Foreign Language to groups of elementary and middle school students. I also taught high school and college students, and adults. Some of my adult students were professionals (doctors, lawyers and engineers.) My other adult students were from all walks of life. I have been teaching English to English Language Learners of all ages in the Chicago metro area for a number of years, and to students from a wide variety of countries and demographics.
Therefore, I am accustomed to dealing with all ages, backgrounds and ability levels, from beginning to advanced. I have a great love of the English language, and find it gratifying and rewarding to see my students improve their English language skills.
I have taught Italian for 14 years, to students from ages 3 to 86. I teach grammar, conversation, writing, culture and Italian for travel. I tailor my lessons to each student, according to his or her specific needs.
Having lived in Italy for more than twenty years, and having taught the Italian language in two public school districts for eight years and on a private basis as well, I feel that I have a great deal to offer students of all ages and at all ability levels.
It gives me great pleasure to transmit a love of writing to my students. I enjoy crafting short stories, essays, memoirs and poems. Once my students have learned the basics of proper grammar, syntax, spelling and composition, they realize what a wonderful creative outlet writing can be, in addition to being an absolute necessity for school and in the current highly-competitive job market. I teach students at all levels (elementary, middle, high school and college.)
The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado (Foreign Languages)
National-Louis University, Chicago, Illinois (MEd)
Great Tutor — Debbie P. is always terrific! She is teaching my 4 grandchildren Italian: they are different ages and at different levels of comprehension, but she manages to get through to all of them. We are very happy. Lately she has worked in all sorts of songs and games and Italian/English books that keep all of them involved, not an easy task since they range from ages 8 to 4. Keep up the good work, Debbie ...
Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00
Cancellation: 12 hours notice required
I charge $15.00 for each additional student, up to a maximum of four students per lesson.
Deborah will travel within 15 miles of Skokie, IL 60077.
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