Our Team

Andrea

Hi! My name is Andrea and I am really happy to meet you!

I am the Founder and the Director of Studies (and one of the teachers too) of Academya Lingue. I deeply love teaching Italian to foreign students and do it with exceptional passion.

I have been teaching (both in Italy and in California – USA) for quite a long time. Particularly, I have been working in the wonderful city of Bologna since 2009 and am also expert in preparing students for University exams, Master tests and PhDs. I am also an Adjunt Professor at Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna (BBS) in its International GLOBAL MBA Program and International Master Program.

I am a lawyer and a novelist, as well as an author of Italian grammar books for foreigners.

Together we are going to discover all the beautiful traditions of our breathtaking Country and all sorts of its customs. I will unveil Italy for you and your experience will be unique, fascinating, and unforgettable.

Donatella

Hi! My name is Donatella and I have been teaching Italian languageculture since 2002. I first worked in Rome then in Mexico City for 10 years and now I am living and teaching in the wonderful city of Bologna.

In the class I aim to realize a friendly, relaxed, stimulating and cooperative environment. I love working with different materials and subjects (literature, cinema, art, history, music, recent news… my favourite subjects!) to arouse my students’ curiosity and interests. This also helps me to better understand their learning style.

Every time a new class starts a new trip where I am both a ‘guide teacher’ and a ‘teacher guided’ by new questions, suggestions and stories – yours!

Roberto

Good morning, my name is Roberto!

I have a degree in Renaissance Philosophy in the oldest University of the world: Alma Mater Studiorum in Bologna. I love teaching Italian and this passion has helped me build a bridge between my students’ culture and mine.

I believe that grammar is important and I will do my best to ensure you receive the best knowledge. I also strongly believe that it is important to experience Italy: I will be very happy to take you around our wonderful Bologna showing you its ancient buildings, porticoes and genuine trattorias.

I could be your guide during the school trips in some of Italy’s most amazing cities: together we are going to visit old castles, churches and monuments, getting involved in art and history.

While sharing a glass of wine and some good laughters we will enjoy not only the Italian language but also the culture, society and the real Italian lifestyle!

Alice

Hi, I’m Alice!

I graduated in Literature at the Bologna University and I have been teaching Italian to foreign students since 2005.

I lived in Chile for 10 years, working at the Dante Alighieri Society, before moving back to Bologna to go on with this exciting work that I love!

My classes are very dynamic and funny: I like to let my students discover our language and culture through literature and art, but also games and songs, and I am always open to new proposals and requests!

What are you waiting for? Jump with me into the secrets of the amazing Italian culture!

Martina

Hi everybody!
Please allow me to introduce myself, I am Martina, Bolognese ever since I started University, but naturally, a citizen of this planet. After graduating in Communications at Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, I had the honor to do a post degree in Semiotics, in the actual department as founded by the great Umberto Eco.
My passion for semiotics has fueled an innate curiosity towards differing cultures and “alternative” ways of thinking. So, after gaining DITALS certification, I brought my love for the Italian language and culture to the rest of the world (from Hobart, in Tasmania, to London, Bilbao and Seville) Without compromise, I am always trying to make my lessons “of the moment”, a mutual exchange and mutual enrichment.
In addition to teaching I have another great passion: design. In 2013 I founded a company that is specialized in producing sustainable bags and accessories.
My creative blood flows through the veins of this beautiful school, where I will try to give you not only the tools to speak a new language, doing it “your own way”, whilst stimulating your interest, enhancing our cultural points of view and “growing” together.

I promise, you will have fun!

Dora

“Hi everyone! My name is Dora and I was born in the charming Bologna.

After a Master Degree in Communications and the study of two foreign languages, I specialized in the teaching of italian for foreigners gaining the DITALS certification and attending a second level Masters in “Teaching Italian Language and Culture to foreigners “ at the University of Rome.

In my free time I love creating bizarre jewels and writing, but my main passion is cinema, a cultural element which recurres during my lessons, together with italian songs, literature texts and didactic games.

In Academya Lingue there are no borders: everyday I have the chance to step into different cultures of the world, to teach my beautiful language but also to learn loads of new things thanks to you all!

The desire of bringing my Country around the world made me find different places to call home, i taught in Canada passing by France and Ireland, but at the end i returned to my roots and i will be very happy to let you discover all the secrets of the italian language and of my wonderful city: Bologna.”

Rossella

Hi! I am Rossella and am so pleased to meet you.

I graduated in Literature at the University of Bologna and got my PhD in Italian Literature at the University of Siena. I am an enthusiastic teacher of Italian to foreigners because I see it as a way to renew my love for my native language and to explore its secrets.

I like to use my imagination with original teaching material, such as games, to involve my students in the learning process with a smile and lead them to a practical use of language. To me the most important thing is to listen to my students’ requests, in order to meet their needs and to respect the learning time and way of every and each student.

I use various techniques and subjects, helped by my passions – from cooking to literature, from theatre to songs.

I can’t wait to discover the breathtaking beauty of the Italian country and language with you!

Antonella

Hello! My name is Antonella. I have graduated in foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Pisa, but my heart belongs to the beautiful city of Bologna, where I have lived for more than 20 years.

I love challenges: this is why I teach both the Italian and the Chinese language. Two distant cultures and didactics, which are, at the same time, related by an ancient and fascinating history. The materials I employ are fun and original and techniques and methods are individualized upon the needs of the single student or the class. I earned the CEDILS (Certification in teaching Italian to foreigners) at the University  Ca’ Foscari of Venice.

My next challenge? To make you live an unforgettable adventure through the Italian culture and language. I’m waiting for you in Bologna!


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