My name is Martina. I was born, bred and educated in Italy between Toscana and Lombardia and have a Law degree from the Università degli Studi of Milan. In 1991 I came to London for a short time and liked it so much that I never went home. Nowadays I live in London with my English husband and my two bilingual sons. I have tutored others to use and enjoy my mother tongue. When my boys have left school, I augmented my teaching skills with a CLTA qualification (Certificate for Language Teaching to Adults).
Whether you are learning Italian for business or pleasure, as a complete beginner or to brush on existing skills, to pass exams or simply for the love of the language, I offer a bespoke service that will enable you to learn Italian in a manner that's tailor-made for you. We can start with any kind of source (part of a text, part of a video etc) and from there the aim will be to increase your vocabulary, your reading, your listening and comprehension skills and most importantly to make you fluent. Sometimes we will look into grammar structures if this is what you need, but most of all we will aim to have fun!
Furthermore, I think that translation is an excellent way to learn a language. Normally translation is done into your own mother tongue but for the purpose of learning, I believe that translating an English text into Italian (with my help) can also be useful. With many of my students, we chose an article/extract from a book (either in English or Italian) and we translate verbally its content, making sure to annotate new expressions, idioms and grammar.
Another great way to learn a language is reading and watching films. I choose books with my students and we read them together, discuss the content and go over any interesting vocabulary and expression. Often we also watch the films that are based on the books we have read.
University of the arts London Chelsea - London, UK
2011 - 2012
Intermediate Upholstery Professional Course
London Metropolitan University - Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design - London, UK
Upholstery and furniture restoration
1986 - 1992
Università degli Studi - Milan, Italy
Law (Roman Law Institutions, Private Law Institutions, History of Roman Law, History of Italian Law, Constitutional Law, Commercial Law, Anglo-American Law, International Law, Maritime Law, European Community Law, Criminal Law, Criminology, Labour Law, Civil Procedural Law, Civil Enforcement Law, Industrial Law, Criminal Procedure, Civil Law, Public Law, Economics, Special Commercial Law; 106/110)
1991 - 1991
English: University of Cambridge Proficiency
Sels College London - London, UK
Certificate of Merit in English Language
1989 - 1989
English Law- Advanced
City of London Polytechnic Summer School - London, UK
Maritime and Export Law
1980 - 1985
Liceo Linguistico Internazionale - Milan, Italy
Linguistic and Humanist Studies (English, German, French)
Institute of Linguists Educational Trust Diploma in Translation Preparation Course Module 1,2,3
City University London - London
Researched translation in general and semi-specialised subjects (Technology and Law)
2015 - 2015
Certificate i the Teaching of Italian to Adults
International House London - London, UK
Teach Italian as a Foreign Language to Adults; A considerable proportion of the course consisted of teaching practice with students of Beginner and Intermediate levels of Italian; Grade obtained: Highest: A: Candidates can plan effectively with minimal guidance. They can analyse target language thoroughly and select appropriate resources and tasks for successful language and language skills development/Candidates can deliver effective language and skills lessons, using a variety of classroom teaching techniques successfully/Candidates show very good awareness of learners and can respond so that learners benefit from the lessons/