Boston College (Psychology)
I began my study of the Italian language in college. I grew up in an Italian-American family, so I was exposed from an early age to my grandparent’s charming Neapolitan expressions. My grandfather would call us to the table for Sunday dinners with an emphatic, “Tutti a tavola a mangiare!” He loved sharing Italian aphorisms with me, including my favorite; “chi va piano, va sano e va lontano” (“He who goes slowly, remains healthy and goes far.”). I had taken a trip with my family to Italy during the spring of my freshman year of high school, and I immediately fell in love with the language, the culture, the food and traditions, and the beautiful country of Italy. I knew that I wanted to return one day, so one of my main goals in college was to gain fluency in the Italian language and to study abroad in Italy. I studied for five months in Parma, Italy, during my junior year at Boston College, and this experience truly solidified my love for the Italian language and culture.
My language learning experience at Boston College and in Parma was a positive one. The language classes in school gave me a solid foundation for the grammar, vocabulary, and cultural nuances that I needed to gain a strong hold of the language. My professors regularly brought in cultural artifacts, including newspaper articles, literature, films, music and personal anecdotes to illustrate the Italian culture, which I found helpful. I take these tools and techniques from my language classes into my tutoring sessions, especially emphasizing cultural artifacts. I have had such wonderful experiences traveling, living and working in Italy, and I love to share these experiences with others through teaching the language.
I have ample experience living and working in Italy, which has helped me to hone my language skills. I studied Italian extensively during my time at Boston College and spent a semester studying abroad in Parma, Italy. I passed the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview and Written Proficiency Test at the Advanced Low level. I taught Italian at the university level at Southern Connecticut State University, and I have privately tutored Italian.
I began my study of the Italian language in college. I grew up in an Italian-American family, so I was exposed from an early age to my grandparent’s charming Neapolitan expressions. My grandfather would call us to the table for Sunday dinners with an emphatic, “Tutti a tavola a mangiare!” He loved sharing Italian aphorisms with me, including my
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