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Lessons offered by Serena
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at his home
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Italian
  • Oral expression - Italian
  • Oral comprehension - Italian
  • Written comprehension - Italian
  • Vocabulary - Italian
  • Accent reduction-Italian
Levels
  • All Levels

Learn and practise Italian through food & culture - with a PhD student!

Methodology

I am an Italian PhD student in Italian Linguistics, graduated in Italian Studies (Language, Literature, and Art), and I am offering Italian classes at any level. My method is immersive: you will learn the language through the culture. There is so much for us to talk about: how to choose the right wine for that dinner party, why pasta really needs to be “al dente”, how a pizza with only 4 ingredients can be the best, all the gestures, Italian sense of personal space, how touch can create comfort between strangers and so much more. After studying with me, you will not only be able to speak the language, but you will also blend in with the locals.

Experience

I have been academically investigating the Italian language for 10 years. Sometimes languages can be frustratingly irregular: trust me, it’s not you: it’s the language. But each irregular Italian word has a story. If you are an inquisitive student I would love to tell you how these words came about and how you can make sense of the irregularities by learning just a bit about Latin.

If you are a lower-intermediate and your goal is becoming more confident in a conversational context, you can choose the Italian conversation option. I speak standard Italian (i.e. no dialectal inflection), so you will have the opportunity to learn the right pronunciation and prosody. We will talk freely, and you will choose how often during the conversation you want to stop to receive feedback and corrections.

If you are just starting off, no worries: I know how daunting it seems at the beginning. We will follow your pace and get you speaking Italian before you realise it.

Our meetings will be really flexible: we can meet from Monday to Sunday, including lunchtime and evenings until 10 p.m.

Rates

Transportation Fee : £3
Rate for online lessons : £30/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : £140

Details

CONVERSATION-ONLY CLASSES come at the price of 20 £/h
I don't charge any travel cost for lessons within 20' walking distance
For travel on peak time, I charge 4.80 (corresponding to the price of a return tube trip)

Lessons offered by Serena
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Italian
  • Oral expression - Italian
  • Oral comprehension - Italian
  • Written comprehension - Italian
  • Vocabulary - Italian
  • Accent reduction-Italian
Levels
  • All Levels

Serena's CV

Serena Romagnoli
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Current status

University of Cambridge (UK)
Visiting PhD Fellow


Education

Universität Zürich (CH)
Jan. 2016 – present | PhD in Italian Linguistics
Thesis title (It.): “An historical morphosyntax of the dialect of Urbino”

University of Oxford (UK)
Oct. 2018 – Mar. 2019 | Visiting PhD fellowship

University of Oxford (UK)
Oct. 2014 – Sep. 2015 | Research Stay

Sapienza - Università di Roma (IT)
Oct. 2011 – Jan. 2014 | MA in Modern Philology | 110 / 110 summa cum laude
Thesis title (It.): “The vernacular in Statuti anconitani del mare (1397, Ciavarini's edition)”

Università degli Studi di Macerata (IT)
Oct. 2008 – Nov. 2011 | BA in Italian Studies | 110 / 110 summa cum laude
Thesis title (It.): “Rhetorical strategies in Minucius Felix's Octavius”


Tutoring experience

Private tutoring - Italian
Oct. 2017 – present | Private tutor
I have been teaching several students, from complete beginners to C2 level. For each student I make a customized lesson based on the student’s needs and approach to the language. I give constant feedback and encouragement, so that the students quickly become confident.

Private tutoring - Latin
Oct. 2015 – present | Private tutor
I have experience in teaching Latin to people of any age, from kids to adults. I help my students acquiring confidence with the grammar and make every lesson entertaining by quoting stories from ancient Rome or Latin poetry.

Oxford University Italian Society
Jan. 2019 – Apr. 2019 | Italian for beginners (A1) teacher
I was responsible of planning the lessons and teaching them to the class, as well as homework correction. I also organized evening group activities (e.g. pizza night, London Italian lunch, etc.)





Languages

Italian mother tongue
English fluent (C2)
Spanish basic (A2)



Academic work experience

Universität Zürich (CH)
Oct. 2015 – Sep. 2018 | Research Assistant
Data collection, transcription and annotation with dedicated software for the project “The Zurich database of agreement in Italo-Romance”
Funded by the SNSF (Swiss National Science Foundation)


Selected conference presentations

Jan. 2019 | Romance Linguistics Seminar, University of Oxford (UK)
Morphology and syntax of the verb in the Italo-Romance variety of Castelcavallino

May 2018 | Anglia Ruskin – Cambridge Romance Linguistics Seminar (ARC), University of Cambridge (UK)
Verb agreement in Urbinate (invited talk)

Oct. 2017 | Universität Zürich (CH)
Verb (un)agreement in the variety of Urbinate

Jul. 2017 | XXII Cambridge Italian Dialect Syntax-Morphology Meeting, Cambrdige (UK)
Pronomi personali instabili in logudorese settentrionale (joint paper)

Jun. 2017 | Dies Romanicus Turicensis, University of Zurich (CH)
La metafonesi nelle Marche settentrionali: studio comparativo di due documenti inediti del territorio malatestiano

Jul. 2016 | XXVIII Convegno Internazionale di Linguistica e Filologia Romanza, Roma (IT)
Aspetti variazionistici nei volgari Gallo-Piceni

Jan. 2016 | Romance Linguistics Seminar, University of Cambridge (UK)
Appunti sui volgari delle Marche Settentrionali tra XIV e XVI secolo

Nov. 2015 | Romance Linguistics Seminar, University of Oxford (UK)
On the Romance lenition: the case of the vernacular of the northern Marche



Conference organization

Universität Zürich
[Oct. 2019] | The many facets of agreement

Universität Zürich
Oct. 2017 | Unlocking new data: Linguistic typology as a key to agreement variation




Scholarships and grants

Jun. 2018 – Jul. 2019 | Doc.Mobility Fellowship
Awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

Mar. 2018 | Travel grant
Granted by the Department of Comparative Linguistics, Universität Zürich (CH)

Dec. 2017 | GRC Travel Grant
Awarded by the Graduate Campus, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Jun. 2015 | Clara Florio Cooper Memorial Bursary
Awarded by The Oxford Italian Association, Oxford (UK)

Apr. 2015 | Travel grant
Awarded by the Philological Society (UK)

Mar. 2015 | Siddiki Travel Bursary
Awarded by the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics, University of Oxford (UK)

Nov. 2014 | Postgraduate Prize
Awarded by LAZIODISU (Lazio local authority for the right to education) (IT)

Nov. 2014 | Academic General Grant
Awarded by the Trinity College Oxford (UK)

Nov. 2014 | Student Grant
Awarded by the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics, University of Oxford (UK)

Aug. 2014 | Scholarship for international specialization
Awarded by Sapienza – Università di Roma (IT)

Oct. 2012 - Jul. 2013 | LAZIODISU Annual Scholarship
Awarded by LAZIODISU (Lazio local authority for the right to education) (IT)

Jan. 2012 | “Wanted the best” Scholarship
Awarded by Sapienza - Università di Roma (IT)

Oct. 2009 – Jul. 2011 | ERSU Annual Scholarship (3 consecutive years)
Awarded by ERSU (Marche local authority for the right to education) (IT)


Publications

Serena Romagnoli (to appear). Aspetti variazionistici nei volgari gallo-piceni. In Actes du XXVIII Congrès international de linguistique et de philologie romanes (Rome 2016)

Loporcaro, Michele, Serena Romagnoli & Mario Wild (2019). Unstable personal pronouns in Northern Logudorese. In Mirko Grimaldi, Rosangela Lai, Ludovico Franco & Benedetta Baldi (eds.), Structuring Variation in Romance Linguistics and Beyond. Studies in Honour of Leonardo M. Savoia [Linguistik Aktuell-Linguistics Today]. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 241-255.

Serena Romagnoli (2016). Gli Statuti del mare di Ancona (1397, ed. Ciavarini) (continuazione)”. In Contributi di Filologia dell’Italia Mediana, 29 (2015)

Serena Romagnoli (2015). Gli Statuti del mare di Ancona (1397, ed. Ciavarini)”. In Contributi di Filologia dell’Italia Mediana, 28 (2014)

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