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Our Teachers in Florence

Elisabetta Beneforti

Elisabetta Beneforti

I have a degree in Modern Literature. I chose to teach Italian language and culture to foreign students for the wonderful educational and human potential of this work. Empathy, creativity, contact and exchange with the surrounding reality are inevitable while teaching. My experience has expanded over the years and it ranges from teaching American Universities to coordinating the courses for the Junior Summer School of Linguaviva. For some years in Israel I have also taught Italian courses for Linguaviva. My passions are poetry, contemporary music and the visual arts. I am looking forward to seeing you in Florence!

Francesca Mattossi

Francesca Mattossi

I graduated in Asian languages at 'Ca' Foscari University of Venice. I have always worked as a teacher of Italian language. I started at Linguadue in Milan for three years, then moved to Linguaviva Tokyo for three years, and since 2007 I am now working at Linguaviva Florence. I love my job because it allows me to interact with people from all over the world and I love the relationship you have with the students during the course. Seeing the progress of the students and the results they achieve is a source of great satisfaction for me, so I always try to motivate and stimulate learning with all my energy and through various educational tools that make learning a language stimulating and fun.

Manola Di Bernardo

Manola Di Bernardo

I have a degree in Russian Language and Literature and my first job was in an office. I quickly realized that was not the job for me because I missed the culture and the human touch. So I decided to continue my studies and to specialize in teaching Italian as foreign language. Linguaviva believed in me and I have been at the school for more than twenty years. Every day I meet funny and interesting people, who always surprise me introducing me to distant and fascinating cultures and traditions.
That' s what I like about my job!

Maurizio Castaldi

Maurizio Castaldi

I graduated in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Florence and I have attended several postgraduate training courses and qualified as a teacher.
Right from the start the contact with an audience of students and adults appeared to be very interesting, personally and professionally rewarding and that is why I decided to devote myself exclusively to adult education. I have been teaching at Linguaviva since 1989. For more than 10 years I worked in Luxemburg. I have been Trainer and Coordinator of the language courses organized by Linguaviva for vocational training at the European institutions. It has been a very successful and rewarding experience.

Luigi Oldani

Luigi Oldani

I have a degree in modern literature. I have always been fascinated with the idea of teaching the language and aspects of Italian culture to foreigners as a reciprocal cultural exchange that enriches our lives. I love teaching with empathy, with cutting-edge methods to create a special, positive and fun atmosphere in class. At Linguaviva I coordinate the Italian language programs for American Universities programs which we host in our school. I also taught for one year at Linguaviva school in Tokyo, where I taught our language to people who loved Italian.
I am interested in literature, poetry and contemporary music.

Alessandra Mancuso

Alessandra Mancuso

I graduated in History of Art at Siena University. I have a profound knowledge and passion of my Country's Art and Culture. With this experience I have been teaching italian language and culture in Florence since 2007, when I also took the Ditals Diploma (diploma in teaching italian as a foreign language) at the University for Foreigners of Siena.
Language is the key that opens the door to the knowledge of a place and its people, for this reason I really love teaching to my students everything about the culture and tradition of Italy!

Stefano Loria

Stefano Loria

I studied Literature and Philosophy. I have graduated in Italian literature at the University of Florence. I have been working for Linguaviva for many years, so I have a lot of experience in teaching international students. I repute it is important, to convey not only strictly linguistic concepts, but also to be able to illustrate Italian culture in all its aspects: Literature, Art, Cinema. It is also important to engage students in an active relationship with the daily life of the country whose language they are learning.

Samuele Piazza

Samuele Piazza

I had the privilege of carrying out my university studies and my final dissertation under the guidance of one of the greatest scholars of Italian history of ancient art. With this background and after a specific training course, I came to Linguaviva. For many years I have been teaching Italian and Art History. Teaching our students to express themselves with confidence from the very beginning by engaging in an active and positive language learning is the professional and personal goal of my daily work. Likewise in teaching Art History, I repute it is important to go beyond just mere knowledge. My work is to stimulate students' powers of observation, through which they can recognize an artistic style and understand its meaning and the spirit of the artist who inspired it.

Susanna Bellizzi

Susanna Bellizzi

Ever since I was a child I knew that I was going to be a teacher! I love teaching and being in contact with people of all ages and from different cultures. When I teach I forget everything that is outside the classroom or the gym…. Yes, because for many years as well as teaching Italian at Linguaviva, I am also a teacher of Hatha Yoga.

Stefano Zanini

Stefano Zanini

After my MSc in International Political Sciences, I specialized in teaching Italian as a foreign language at the prestigious University for Foreigners of Siena.
I love this profession. My daily work with students gives me enormous satisfaction. Every day I walk into class with enthusiasm. My students’ progress gratify me and stimulate me to use all available teaching tools and my knowledge to ensure that every student is highly motivated to learn.