I always add engaging materials to books and during my classes I most of the time present the target language through interesting reading or listening such as up to date articles, songs, videos or blogger speeches together with productive games. I think 1-1s are more challenging than classes, as the TTT could be much higher than STT this is why I always use games and productive skills so that students can improve their skills and use the language while having fun and expanding their ideas.
After a graduation in Foreign Languages and Literatures and a Master in Languages for the communication, I finished my Celta with a final score of Pass B at Edinburgh College. I love working with people and I always thought they are the key for self-development and knowledge growth. I'm a very open-minded person, organised and flexible, always thinking about the positivity about life.
I translated websites, I worked as interpreter, I travelled for both my Erasmus and Internship to Spain and I also participated to International Fairs around Europe. I love traveling for work, not only because it enables me to meet new people and cultures but also because I love exploring and built my knowledge about traditions and differences that can stick the world together.
Thanks to the fact I got my CELTA through Edinburgh College, I had the chance to work with students of various age and nationality, helping me dealing with different cultures and consequently possible barriers. Also, having taught multinational students during Summer Schools at Queen Margaret University, helped me a lot understanding barriers and anticipating problems students might have. In September last year my experience went beyond temporary positions and I had the chance to work as casual at TLI. Also, I have worked as a private tutor for the preparation of schools’ exams in Spanish, Italian and English and I am still working as a Private Foreign Language Tutor in Edinburgh.
I have always chosen people related jobs because I enjoy communicating and building relationships through helping and offering availability. Moreover, as a member of Salsacaribe dance school I have enjoyed meeting new people and share my energies with kids and adults, teaching them and preparing them to shows, always with a positive and engaging attitude. Also, supporting Saharawii obstetricians in their difficulties have helped me a lot in understanding different approaches to learning.
Education and qualifications:
Jan-June 2017 Edinburgh College, Celta Course
Modules included: language awareness, teaching vocabulary, pronunciation, classroom management, lessons stages, teaching practice and observation.
2011 - 2014 University of Modena, Languages for communication in business and in international organizations
Modules included: English and Spanish languages (intercultural communication and language variety), Italian language and linguistics, international law, service management.
2007 - 2011 University of Ferrara, Foreign Languages and Literatures
Modules included: English, Spanish and French languages and literatures (grammar and theories of translations), philology, history.
2010 - 2011 University of Santiago de Compostela, Erasmus Programme
Modules included: English and Spanish literature and philology.
June 2017 - Current Tutor, First Tutor, Online
Working as a private tutor in Spanish, Italian and English Languages, I always try to add engaging materials to books through interesting reading or listening such as articles, songs, videos or blogger speeches. Having been in learners' situation during my studies also helps me understanding barriers and anticipating problems students might have.
Sep-Nov 2018 EFL Teacher, The Language Institute, Edinburgh
Working as casual at the Language Institute I had the opportunity to follow students from many nationalities (Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese) for a week or two, planning the best program for their level and helping them improving their language skills and knowledge. I always try to engage the students as much as possible trying to integrate language focus with personalized
material and involving activities.
Jul-Aug 2018 EFL Teacher, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
As TEFL Teacher I was responsible for planning, preparing and delivering high-quality English Lessons to students of all levels. As far as teaching is concerned I was using the materials provided, making sure I was following the most appropriate strategies and learning structures, and most important I was integrating lessons with engaging activities and useful games. My personality also allowed me to create a very positive atmosphere for both students and colleagues and my flexibility and organisation helped me representing a good example for students both in and outside the classroom.
November 2014 Translator of web site, Bologna
In this role I managed with the Dental and Medical Field, since I translated the products of an innovative Italian companies which presented a system of Reverse Osmosis water treatment (translation
from Italian to Spanish).
October 2014 Interpreter at INTERGEO, Berlin
Working in the stand of Scan&Go, I was the interpreter of the surveying technology and solutions enterprise at the International Fair. As part of this role I was asked to present the enterprise business, answer questions and show the products.
Sep ’11 - June ’15 Dance Teacher, Ravenna
As a Caribbean Dance Teacher to children and adults, we were working as a small team with a real positive and enjoyable attitude. Not only we were teaching learners new steps and figures but also we made efforts to try to make it as involving and enjoyable as possible.
Additional skills and achievements:
・ Italian: mother tongue
・ Spanish: excellent oral and written skills (C2)
・ English: excellent oral and written skills (C2)
Communication skills: Throughout my studies I have developed my oral communication
skills contributing to debates in class, presentations and workshops. Thanks to
my participation in International Fairs and to my customer care job I have also developed
a high degree of communication within different people. Also during my teaching
experience I improved my communication skills, as I had to deal not only with
advanced level students but also with elementary where clear communication skills
are extremely important. Moreover the different nationalities of students helped me
varying my communication depending on the students, as each of them need a different
Organisational skills: I worked with a diverse range of people and I always managed
to overcome language and cultural differences thanks to my listening problem
solving skills. Working with people also requires organisation and flexibility, which I
have developed throughout the years, thanks to both working and studying experience.
In particular, punctuality and organization have been extremely important during
my teaching experience, as I always needed time to get ready before starting the
classes. In fact, preparing engaging and challenging lessons made me develop my organizational
skills to enable me creating the perfect puzzled lessons designed specifically
for a specific purpose.
• Confident in Microsoft Office packages and Smart Board
• Experienced in social media and web content
Certifications and hobbies:
• Active member of SalsaCaribe dance school (Teacher Assistant certificate)
• Member of the PVG Scheme (n.18(concealed information) 0348)
• Enjoy sailing, dancing tango and create jewels
• STA Basic First Aid Certificate (February 2018)
I took Italian lessons with Sara couple years ago and I have to say she is a very good and passionate teacher. She always tries to find new and interesting ways to teach you new things. She tries to grow your confidence on speaking in Italian from the first lesson and always giving positive feedback, even when you are not doing your best. I would definitely recommend Sara as a teacher. The most energetic and passionate teacher I ever had!
Sara used to be my flatmate here in Edinburgh and I really enjoyed living together with such a positive and friendly person. I can say that she is very organised and helpful in life and in particular with her students, she really enjoys preparing her material with care and positively try and convey what she wants in her lessons. I would highly recommend her!
I highly recommend Sara to everyone wanting to learn a new language. She is a very kind person and has a lot of patience. I was very nervous about starting lessons as I am a slow learner and not very confident, but Sara made me feel relaxed and she understood my way of learning very fast and helped me feel more confident. So if you are looking for the right tutor look no further, Sara is the one!
I know Sara from Italy as she used to help me out with English before moving to Scotland. She’s a very patient and understanding tutor, always happy and reliable. What I enjoyed the most about her classes is the way she entertains you with extra activities which make you feel confident and let you use lot of language. I would definitely choose her again :)
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