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Hayley
« Perfect! I have recently started weekly italian lessons with Martina and very... More »
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Hayley
« Perfect! I have recently started weekly italian lessons with Martina and very much enjoying them. She is very knowledgeable, thorough and very patient. Would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to learn italian. »
£18/h
1st lesson free!
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Lessons offered by Martina
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at her home
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Italian
  • Oral expression - Italian
  • Oral comprehension - Italian
  • Written comprehension - Italian
  • Vocabulary - Italian
  • Written expression - Italian
Levels
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • GCSE
  • AS Level
  • A Level
  • BTEC
  • Adult education
  • Undergraduate
  • Masters
  • Diploma
  • Doctorate
  • A1
  • A2
  • B1
  • B2
  • C1
  • C2
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Professional
  • Kids

Italian native speaker offering Italian speaking, writing and grammar lessons in Bristol and online

Methodology

I teach Italian as a part-time job since I am a full-time student. I usually give lessons to adults and teenagers but I have experience with children as well.

My lessons are usually developed in two parts: conversation and grammar activities.

I always prepare materials tailored to my students' interests for the conversation-based part of the lectures. These may include games, videos with related questions and activities, articles and much more.

For grammar, I tend to work with notes, worksheets and practical examples, but I can adapt to the students' needs and preferences.

I can teach individual or group lessons up to 4 people (online too).

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One of our best tutors! High-quality profile, qualifications verified and response guaranteed. Martina will plan your first lesson with care.

Experience

Hi! I was born and raised in Italy. I moved to the UK for university and I am currently studying aerospace engineering in Bristol.

I am very fond of foreign languages and I speak Italian (native), English, French and Mandarin. I have recently started studying German. I always try my best to transmit the same passion to my students.

Last year I started working as an interpreter for Italian and French. This has made my passion for languages grow even more.

My first experience with teaching was tutoring a student in English at intermediate level for two years. I then started teaching Italian as well.

I have been teaching Italian to beginners and advanced students for 3 years.

Rates

Transportation Fee : £3
Rate for online lessons : £18/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : £85
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : £165

Details

A cancellation fee of £5 will be applied if the lesson is not cancelled with a 24h notice.

Lessons offered by Martina
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at her home
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Italian
  • Oral expression - Italian
  • Oral comprehension - Italian
  • Written comprehension - Italian
  • Vocabulary - Italian
  • Written expression - Italian
Levels
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • GCSE
  • AS Level
  • A Level
  • BTEC
  • Adult education
  • Undergraduate
  • Masters
  • Diploma
  • Doctorate
  • A1
  • A2
  • B1
  • B2
  • C1
  • C2
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Professional
  • Kids

Martina's CV

WORK EXPERIENCE

Nov 2017–Present
Tutor
Weekly language tutoring in English and Italian for beginner and advanced students.

Nov 2019 - Present
Interpreter in Italian and French
AA Global, South West England

Feb 2020 - Present
Barista
Costa Coffee, Bristol (UK)

Oct 2018–Aug 2019
Waiter
Restaurant "Trattoria Paradisino", Bologna (Italy)



EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Sep 2019–Present
Master's in Aerospace Engineering
University of Bristol, Bristol (United Kingdom)
Aerospace Engineering, Master's Programme (4 years, expected graduation in 2023)


Sep 2014–Jul 2019
Student
Liceo Luigi Galvani, Bologna (Italy)
Scientific focus with English option
Subjects:
- Italian, English, French, mathematics, physics, natural science, Latin, history, philosophy, art history, geography, physical education

Extracurricular classes:
- Mandarin Chinese, photography, Extreme Energy Events (quantum physics)

IGCSE certificates obtained after studying the subjects in English:
- Mathematics, Physics, Biology, English as a Second Language, French, Art and design: Photography, Geography

Graduation mark: 100 cum laude / 100


PERSONAL SKILLS

Mother tongue(s) Italian

Foreign language(s)
English (C2, proficient user)
CAE (Certificate of Advanced English), level C2 (score 209/210)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), 117/120

French (B2, independent user)
DELF (Diplôme d'Études en Langue Française) level B2

Chinese (B1, independent user)
HSK3 (Chinese language level exam) level B1


COMMUNICATION SKILLS
- Excellent communicative skills obtained thanks to my education path, school internships held and my work experience
- Outstanding interpersonal skills acquired while teaching English to children and monks during my volunteering experience in Sri Lanka

ORGANISATIONAL / MANAGERIAL SKILLS
- Great teamwork skills acquired while working on a school project about scientific divulgation ((concealed information)
- Excellent organisational skills and stress-management skills obtained combing school, competitive swimming and work for many years


DIGITAL SKILLS
- Advanced competence in the use of graphical software (i.e. Adobe Lightroom) acquired during photography classes

OTHER SKILLS
- First aid and lifesaving: first aid (BLSD) and lifeguard (BLS) licenses obtained through the designated courses

Driving licence AM, B


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Volunteering
Project: four-week-long volunteering experience in Sri Lanka in the summer of 2018. English language teaching to children in rural areas and young Buddhist monks.

Hobby
Travel and photography: passionate about travelling (more than 25 countries in 5 continents), I have also developed a keen interest in photography thanks to an extracurricular class I took.

Sport
Competitive swimming club: I have been practising competitive swimming since the age of six, taking part in regional and national competitions.

6 reviews on Martina
  • 5/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are given in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.
H
Hayley

Perfect! I have recently started weekly italian lessons with Martina and very much enjoying them. She is very knowledgeable, thorough and very patient. Would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to learn italian.

Martina's response

I had a lovely first couple lessons with Hayley. While getting to know each other and planning the next few steps, we've been able to do some conversation and translation activities.

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Nirupa

Perfect! It was good to spend time with a young tutor who had experience of various settings and also had learnt different languages. She was very encouraging and flexible. Hope the lessons go well.

Martina's response

First lesson was about introductions and some words to begin.

4 recommendations

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Francesca

If you're looking for a professional, capable and helpful teacher, Martina is the one for you. She can make the most difficult subject easier and you will never have problems with that anymore. You will have the opportunity to speak with a mother-tongue girl who can also amuse you with funny italian cultural facts in between breaks. Most valuable qualities: lots of practice, good tips to avoid common mistakes and last but not least: always there to help you!
Francesca.

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Alessandro

Smart, funny, patient and very competent of course: Martina is amazing! I really recommend her!!! Alessandro

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Nirupa

Martina Preti has been an excellent and diligent tutor - very encouraging and making the lessons and learning enjoyable! I expected that learning a new language would be quite daunting, but Martina has a patient way of moving me steadily forward. Much to recommend!

C
Caterina

Martina and I first met at fourteen. We attended an international high school together where we learnt multiple languages while also carrying forward an Italian curriculum. Martina’s academic background has given her first hand experience on foreign language learning processes as well as in-depth understanding of the importance of interactive teaching.
On a more personal note, Martina has a wide range of interests which make her an extremely intriguing person to get to know and interact with; especially during a language class!

Interview with Martina

QUESTION 01 | 08
Do you speak this language fluently because of your origins or because a teacher inspired you to learn?
Martina — I speak Italian fluently because I was born and raised in Italy, until I moved to the UK at the age of 19.
QUESTION 02 | 08
Can you name a living, historical or fictional character that you think is the emblematic representative of the language's culture?
Martina — Dante Alighieri is with no doubt the most iconic historical characters in Italian culture. His main work, La Divina Commedia, and the depiction of Hell, Purgatory and Heaven within this masterpiece has been a source of inspiration for countless modern books, poems, films, paintings and more.
QUESTION 03 | 08
Is there a typical word, phrase, tradition or behavior in the language that you particularly like?
Martina — "Avere le orecchie foderate di prosciutto" is my favourite Italian saying. It means "to have your ears lined in prosciutto (ham)" and is used to criticise or ironise about people who are not listening properly. It shows how closely-related to food the language is in our country.
QUESTION 04 | 08
Why does speaking this language matter to you?
Martina — Speaking Italian is my most obvious link to my origins and my culture. Especially while living in a different country, language plays a crucial role in keeping my identity alive. Plus, there's not enough words to translate all the Italian ingredients in English.
QUESTION 05 | 08
What is the main difficulty in learning this language and what can help the process of learning?
Martina — The main difficulty with Italian is always the grammar. But with a bit of patience and interactive exercises, it is an obstacle that everyone can overtake.
QUESTION 06 | 08
Provide a valuable anecdote related to your language learning or your days at school.
Martina — I have learnt three foreign languages in my life (English, French and Mandarin) and just getting started with my fourth one (German). Inevitably there have been some funny misunderstanding related to this. I will not forget the day when I had a go at my friend for taking half an hour to make "tea". That was also the day I found out Brits use the word "tea" to say dinner (and many more things). At that point I had been learning English for almost 16 years and I had lived in the UK for a couple months. It shows how you never - and I mean never - stop learning a language. That's the beauty of it.
QUESTION 07 | 08
How has travel or a specific trip helped you to increase your skill and knowledge of the language?
Martina — It's hard to answer this one since I lived in Italy fo 19 years. But in general, when I travelled to places that speak French, English, Mandarin or German, I was fascinated by the ease with which you can learn new words, simply reading signs, a menu or hearing the locals speak in a familiar context.
QUESTION 08 | 08
What makes you a Superprof in language?
Martina — My life-long experience with learning languages, deep knowledge of grammar theory and 4 year experience in tutoring make me a Superprof. Plus, I never run out of enthusiasm for this job.

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