I’m an EFL/ESL qualified teacher based in Milan. English has always been my true passion, and seven years ago I decided to become a professional teacher. I have never stopped studying and learning. I’m eager to learn and to share my passion for the English language.
Tell us a bit about your backstory. How did you first get started teaching English?
As a teacher, I’m committed to helping others reach their full potential. It’s my desire to help them to define, and ultimately achieve, their goals. I love teaching both young learners and adults. I created my unique English learning service to help more people feel more comfortable while using the English language, get the most out of what they have learned, and bridge the gap between knowledge and real life.
I was born and raised in Milan, Italy. I graduated in Geography at the University of Milan some years ago, and I have travelled and tried to spend as much time abroad as possible.
I’m also a Celta, and Celta Young Learners qualified teacher. I started teaching English when I was at university. When I received my first teaching offer, I was reluctant about it because I had always thought that teaching was not interesting. However, as soon as I started working as a teacher, I realised that I was wrong and began to feel that this was the job of my life. Teaching and helping learners is my calling.
Teaching and helping learners is my calling.
These days you run your own English teaching business. How did that come to be?
After some years as a freelance ESL teacher, I realised that I was not always able to express my teaching potential fully. I had always perceived a barrier between me as a professional, and some potential clients as long as I worked only with language schools.
So, I decided to create my own business and to promote myself for what I am and for what I can give to others.
I decided to create my own business and to promote myself for what I am and for what I can give to others.
What niche do you focus on in terms of the population you work with and the processes you use?
Without realising it, I almost immediately focused on a specific type of learner, the one that needs to experience a lesson, more than just attending it.
When working with me, learners are engaged in realistic role-plays and promoting inductive learning. By doing so, I can help them break that wall of self-consciousness and insecurity that makes them feel they are not up to the job.
When working with me, learners are engaged in realistic role-plays and promoting inductive learning.
My clients are adults who are aware that learning is by doing. Also, I have specialised in teaching English through drama, and this is the primary approach I use to help young learners learn English.
From what I can see, I know of language learning, I can imagine you get great results with your clients. But what are the most successful ways that you generate new business?
Over the years, I have created professional relationships based on trust. Dealing with every client with the utmost respect and individual care led me to realise that this is the key.
Over the years, I have created professional relationships based on trust.
What is the one thing that you think has made a huge difference in your career?
Learners know that I do my best to help them, and this gave me the privilege to receive requests through word of mouth most of the time. A happy client is glad to share experiences and recommend my service to others.
“Once a teacher, always a learner” — this is the key. Ongoing professional development has given me many opportunities to learn and to provide my clients with new ideas and experiences.
I have been working on my academic career development, and am currently in the process of completing my Cambridge Delta Qualifications. Also, one of the breakthrough points for me has been the qualification of Teaching English Through Drama. This has broadened my horizons in mixing several teaching approaches to make my lessons more memorable and meaningful to learners.
If you could go back in time, is there anything you would change about your English teaching career?
One of the breakthrough points for me has been the qualification of Teaching English Through Drama.
Honestly, I’m so happy and passionate about teaching that I would not change anything. I do believe that this job is always moving because it varies according to the learner, their needs, the actual moment we are teaching and learning. So, I am more than happy about the choices I have made so far because they make me what I am.
I’m so happy and passionate about teaching that I would not change anything.
Well, if I have to say something, I would have taken more professional development courses. I would never stop learning if I could.
It’s so nice to hear that you are so happy with what you do. Is there anything else that you’d like to share about yourself?
I am a curious person, and I like sharing experiences and ideas with others. I am a teacher, but I often feel like I am learning from others. I believe this should be an attitude that everyone should have to appreciate everyone’s potential truly. My motto is “If you get, give. If you learn, teach” (Maya Angelou).
My motto is “If you get, give. If you learn, teach” (Maya Angelou).
That’s such a beautiful note to close on.
Okay, so if others want to connect with you online, how can they do that?
Email: info [ at ] leteacher [ dot ] it