Roberta is a fully qualified Italian tutor and she will be your guide as you explore the language with a full immersion experience in Italy.
What does full immersion experience mean for you?
It is all about learning Italian by really living the language and experiencing the culture. There are no conventional classrooms on my tours. Trips are designed specifically for Italian learners; most of them have already attended a language school back in their home country and what they really need is to practise the language. During the trip, there will be a series of informal meetings where we will discuss what we have seen and experienced, go over any relevant points of grammar or vocabulary, and practise what we have learned so far. Students are literally “learning on the spot”, as every minute will be spent listening to and speaking the language in real contexts. We will learn how to cook traditional food in Italian homes, with Italian families. During some excursions, locals will be invited to come with us, and students will have the chance to get to know and chat to them. Students will be continuously engaged in interactive activities in order to improve their communications skills. During meals (breakfasts, lunches, and dinners) students will be encouraged to speak Italian.
You are a teacher and you have taught Italian in London for many years. Why do you think it is so important for Italian learners to have a full immersion experience?
The most common comment I hear from my students is: “I went to Italy for a holiday, but I struggled to understand when people spoke to me, and I couldn’t practise the language because everyone was trying to speak English with me”. During most language courses, students have the opportunity to practise only with other students. Even if they have an Italian partner, they often don’t practise the language at home. They tend to say: “my partner doesn’t have enough patience with me!” Even though teachers try hard to give their students authentic materials to study, it is still challenging to convey and reproduce the type of language and vocabulary that Italians employ every day.
Who are these language trips designed for?
Language trips are available for small groups of Italian learners (max of 10 people). Also, through the year, it is possible to organise tailored trips for individuals, couples, families and groups of classmates or friends with similar interests.
Where do the trips take place?
I am based in Viterbo, Northern Lazio, between Rome and Tuscany. The area is called Tuscia, and it is just an hour and a half from Fiumicino Airport, an hour from the South of Tuscany and less than an hour from the Umbria region. Trips and full immersion experiences are available all year round in this location, since the weather is perfect for this type of tour. Each year, I also organise new itineraries to other areas (Puglia and Matera this year!) Tailored trips throughout Italy are also available on request.
Why do you think Tuscia is perfect for a full immersion experience?
Tuscia is a stunning area of green landscapes, enchanting Medieval villages, Renaissance villas, lakes and natural spas with hot spring water. Itis a perfect escape from the city and from the usual tourist spots, and it is just the right place to interact with local people. All the students who have come here have been amazed at the unique experience they have had. While they have all enjoyed the arts and nature, what they have enjoyed most of all is the taste of authentic Italian life and the chance to meet and converse with native speakers.
Tell me more about you.
I am a fully qualified Italian teacher, committed to educating adults in the Italian language as well in Italian culture. I hold a BA in literature and modern languages and MA in theatre studies. I have also earned a Master’s degree in journalism and communications. In London, I obtained a CLTA, Italian Certificate in Language Teaching to Adults. I am passionate about theatre, cinema, art, music and opera. In 2015, I obtained the certificate “Glottodrama”, for teaching foreign languages through drama.
I have lived in London for more than five years, where I have taught Italian in different schools and institutions (the Italian Cultural Institute, University of the Arts London, International House, and others). I recently moved to Italy, to the Tuscia area, because I needed to feel surrounded by art and nature and live in a small town where I can reconnect with my roots and the traditions I love. (Tuscia, Rome, Umbria, Toscana…) I travel often to London where I still organise social events for Italian learners and workshops on learning “Italian through drama” at the Italian Cultural Institute.
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