I started teaching Italian to foreign students soon after getting my university degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures in 1991.
My degree allowed me to teach English to Italian students, but a little exposure to teaching experience made me realize very soon that this wasn’t my dream job. Still today I’m very grateful to those who gave me the chance to teach to students who wished or needed to pick up my mother tongue.
Initially I thought it would be a piece of cake to do this job since I have a good knowledge of the Italian language and culture. But very soon I understood that it was not just a question of teaching, but above all of establishing a rapport with the students in order to identify needs and requirements and defeat fears and prejudices.
I have been teaching at Culturforum, Italian Language and Culture School in Palermo, for more than 15 years now. And thanks to this job I have been able to meet and work with people from many different countries.
This is what I like most about my work, the opportunity to immerse myself in the most diverse cultures and be able to observe my own culture from new points of view.