The course is complimenting my existing skills and it was very easy to slot in. It is a mixture of new and revision for me which works just fine. I am grateful for the offer to join and am thoroughly enjoying it. Paola is a fantastic teacher and manages the different levels of knowledge of her students very well. Her classes are thoroughly enjoyable and she makes learning very easy. We have a lot of fun and banter which is great as we are a nice group and Paola has a lovely sense of humour. She keeps everyone engaged and learning and always goes the extra mile to ensure we all understand and move forward together. It is one of the best learning experiences I have ever had thanks to Paola. Kind regards, Gaby.
Paola has got my Italian off to a flying start, and been very friendly, professional and encouraging, especially given the challenging restrictions of the lockdown period. She has chosen interesting topics as the basis for her lessons, and been especially helpful at providing support in the form of worksheets and oral practice in the trickier grammatical areas, and I am really pleased with the progress that I have made.
I have had weekly lessons with Paola since January as part of a group and with one other student. Each week we follow a text book, which is quite challenging and focus on grammar, the basics and roots of the Italian language. The emphasis is on giving us a strong understanding of the language, to build on, rather than sentences for holiday chit chat. Paola is very patient, with a great sense of humour and passionate about passing on her culture and language. Some self study and revision during the week is recommended and definitely helps to aid understanding and progress. I will definitely continue with these lessons for some time.
Paola is a dedicated and enthusiastic Italian. Although teaching is not her first profession she is very patient and competent as a tutor. It is a pity that our little on-line course will last for only six weeks as I feel we would be able to learn so much more from her and master a reasonable level of speaking, reading and writing Italian in her care. Like other reviewers, I very much like that Paola introduces aspects of Italian culture and la cucina into her lessons to breath life into the formal mechanics of learning her first language. I hope to be able to speak Italian at least as well as she speaks English. This course is a good start...
I was excited to begin to learn to speak Italian at the age of 53. My tutor Paola was the perfect match - her excitement for all things Italian matched my own. I learned not only vocab and grammar but about Italian cutlure, cooking and traditions. Wonderful!