My name is Erika and I live in Italy, in a small village near Bolzano. After my degree I worked several years in scientific sector and since 2013 I have been teaching Italian as a second/foreign language at school, to children and young people from all over the world.
I have a post graduate master’s degree ITALS of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (teaching Italian language and culture to foreign people), CEDILS certification (certification in didactics of the Italian language to foreigners) and I follow specific training courses every year.
I am also engaged in the development of environmental education projects.
My lessons aim to develop language and communication skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. These four skills of language are a set of capabilities that allow an individual to comprehend and produce spoken language for proper and effective interpersonal communication.
I am quite aware that communication is much more than language skills: students have to learn how to ask questions, how to negotiate meaning and how to interact in and work within groups. These are skills that people need in order to be successful in the real life.
It is important to combine different approaches and methods to tailor my teaching style to my students' needs, age and language skills level held by the learners: each person is placed at the center of language acquisition.
In order to avoid annoying lessons, I love to use interactive methods, Global Simulations and Psychodramaturgie Linguistique technical. In this way students learn to feel and radiate self-confidence when they use their new language.