My name is
I am Italian and I hold
a full English teaching qualification in Post compulsory Education and training
(Cert.Ed.) I have been giving Italian tuition for over ten years privately and for colleges such as North Warwickshire & Hinckley College, Brasshouse language Centre in Birmingham, South Staffordshire College and some local businesses, reaching areas from Birmingham to Coventry, Warwick, Lichfield and Solihull. I also have a BA
degree in Post Compulsory Education and Training from Warwick University and I am experienced in organising and delivering Italian tuition and training for people at work, and Italian clubs. Please read my testimonials below to find out what my students say about me!
I regularly do continual
professional development to advance my teaching skills, subject knowledge, and
to comply with the governmental and institutional requirements.
my students by making learning interesting and relevant to the topic learned.
I have lead
traditional Italian cooking sessions in Birmingham and Lichfield, where people have learned how to make
their own pasta, gnocchi, risotto and some of the traditional cakes such as
Pastiera napoletana or babà al rhum, tirami-su and so on.
Around the Christmas
period I also did an Italian crocheting workshop in Lichfield where we made Christmas
decorations in crochet.
I run an after
school club for primary school children for them to experience learning a
language through fun, games and songs.
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(Celi exam preparation)
"Very pleased with the 'one-to-one' classes that I am attending, which are acting as extra support alongside my main Italian course. Tailored classes suited to my individual requirements. I have no problem recommending Carmela! " (Carla I.)
"Carmela is a very creative tutor who brings the Italian language to life using a wide range of tools and teaching aids. She is very adept at matching the skill levels and needs of her students to the resources available. Having been taught by Carmela, I particularly appreciate the way in which she gently encourages her students to practice and develop their understanding, not just of the language but also of the Italian culture. She has a warm sense of humour and her classes always provide a fun and relaxed environment in which to learn la bella lingua." (Glen)
“La signora Carmela Robson has come to our country via Naples and has learnt our language, has married and has a family and also qualified to teach us, English people, the delights of her bella lingua italiana.Carmela covers a lot of topics to keep the lessons interesting and when I visit Italy I can understand, speak and listen and learn which makes the visit much more enjoyable to converse with locals. Learning a language keeps our mind motivated so full credit to Carmela for her teaching manner. I’ve still a long way to go but enjoy my weekly lessons, Carmela encourages us to do homework and build a little Italian into our everyday lives.” (Katie T.)
After spending a couple of enjoyable holidays in Italy, I decided that for future visits it would be a good idea to learn something of the language. I found Carmela from the internet and arranged for tuition in anticipation of a holiday to Florence and Viareggio.
In only three months I was able to accomplish such basic tasks as shopping, asking directions, ordering at cafés and restaurants and finding our way around the public transport system (mainly the railways).
I even managed a few short conversations.
The lessons also covered the beginnings of Italian grammar and numeracy.
After returning from Florence I was so
happy with my progress that I have now resumed tuition, but this time
structured towards grammar and conversation.
I am amazed at the progress I have made
in only 10 months and would not hesitate to recommend Carmela to anyone wishing
to learn Italian from scratch or to anyone wishing to improve their existing
Italian language skills. (Ted Butler)
(Holiday course feedback)
I just wanted to say thank you for such a lovely day on Tuesday, Jackie and I both thoroughly enjoyed it and especially eating the finished results! I am sure you will make a great success of it. Please let me know about making Panettone at Christmas as I would definitely love to do that. (Sarah)
Thank you so much for today. You gave my friends and I a warm welcome into your lovely home, with scones, cream and a cappuccino overlooking the beautiful reservoir.
Making the ravioli was so much fun, under your careful and patient instructions. It is a real craft shaping the ravioli, but under your tutelage the results were amazing.
We enjoyed a few laughs and a prosecco or two, before dining on our creation, served with a simple sauce which tasted delicious. We even had a bit left over for a doggie bag to take home to the chaps.
A really enjoyable day was had by all and I wouldn’t hesitate recommending you to my friends. (Caroline)
Ciao Carmela. Thank you for a great course. We both enjoyed it. (R.)
We all enjoyed our time with you. Thanks (G)
“It was a delight to book on an Italian Cookery Course with Carmela, a real authentic experience using quality ingredients, a lot of which was home grown and picked just prior to using in her garden overlooking the lake. This gave a true insight into Italian cuisine, fresh simple produce ooozing Italian flavour. Carmela has a wonderful set up, homely and professional, we felt we were cooking with a friend we had known for years! She had tips, ideas and was always happy to share information and made us feel very welcome whilst we learned some new skills. We look forward to returning to try out another marvellous recipe and revisit this idyllic peaceful venue”.(S.)
enthusiasm, creativity and practical skills have allowed me to lead educational
activities, make learning interesting and enjoyable, understand learners’ needs
and tailor lessons and resources to suit the student's needs.
I believe that teaching
is facilitating learning in an interactive way, monitoring and assessing
students’ progress and at the same time stretching students’ capabilities to
maximise their potentials.
I have supported blind students, students with
dyslexia, autism, and with mental issues.
I am very patient and I believe everyone should have the chance to do something they enjoy and by understanding individual need we can transform learning inclusive and more enjoyable.