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Years of experience: 23
“I am also very proud of my Italian heritage, and very passionate about it, so I enjoy teaching my students (and my children!) about our traditions, morals and values, and of course, language”
Listen & Learn: Please tell us a little about what you teach, and why?
Manola: I teach Italian because it is my passion. I’ve always enjoyed interacting with people in general, and languages were always among my favorite subjects in school. I am also very proud of my Italian heritage, and very passionate about it, so I enjoy teaching my students (and my children!) about our traditions, morals and values, and of course, language.
Listen & Learn: Where did you study, and how long have you been teaching, and what age group do you usually teach?
Manola: I studied in Italy and partly in Canada. I’ve been teaching since 1996, so for 18 years now and usually with the age group 18-80. I also have past experience teaching elementary students aged 7-13. There isn’t an age group I haven’t taught!
Listen & Learn: What do you think a student should bring in to the lesson?
Manola: A student should always bring enthusiasm to learn! That’s the one important thing for students to provide.
Listen & Learn: What do you think is important for the teacher to bring to the lesson?
Manola: For teachers, I feel it is just as important to be enthusiastic. Also, to be dedicated, and to smile – just something small like that makes a difference!
Listen & Learn: What is your favorite teaching story?
Manola: One of my favorite stories would have to be having one of my oldest students (80 years old) learn Italian with passion. This student is an example for the younger generation – so much knowledge already, and still wanting to learn more. It’s fascinating. I would say that I’m the one who has learned, and is still learning from that wisdom!
Listen & Learn: What are three words that describe you?
Manola: Compassionate, diligent, dedicated.