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I moved to Vancouver from Italy in November 2009, but I have never actually left it; on the contrary, my attachment to my birthplace has grown since then.
Being far away in a very different country made me realize the beauty of a culture whose biggest strength is diversity, stemming from two common factors: harmony and elegance.
I am originally from Lecco (Lombardy) a small and quiet city at the foot of the Alps, facing a lake that resembles a fjord. I studied foreign language and literature at the University of Bergamo and I am currently
a PhD candidate at UBC, where I teach Spanish and research 19th-century Italian and Spanish literature and politics.
To teach languages is, in my opinion, to open doors to new paths and encounters. This is what I have experienced as a student, and it is for this reason I now deeply enjoy sharing my knowledge of Italian culture with my students, as well as with my kids.
I was born in Canada to Italian parents. Grew up in a vibrant Italian-Canadian community in
Metro Vancouver while spending the summers at my family home in the Veneto region. I
studied French and Italian Studies at the University of British Columbia and received my Masters
degree from the University of Toronto.
Along with guiding cycle tours in Puglia, I also studied at the Università di Lecce, the Università
per Stranieri di Siena and the Università per Stranieri di Perugia where I took classes for Italian
I teach French Immersion and Spanish with the Vancouver School Board and I am always excited
to share my love of Italian language and culture through storytelling with students attending
courses at the Dante Italian Language School.
SILVIA GIABARDO - Teaching Coordinator and Instructor
I was born and raised in Italy, in the Veneto region, and studied in Venice at Ca’ Foscari University, majoring in Foreign Languages and Literatures.
Life took me many places before I settled in Vancouver, Canada. I have taught Italian as a second language for over 20 years: in San Francisco, Florence, at UBC Continuing Studies and at the former Italian Institute of Culture in Vancouver, among others. Besides being Teaching Coordinator as well as an instructor at the Dante Italian Language School, I also facilitate an Italian Book Club in collaboration with the Dante Society, ICC of Toronto and the Italian General Consulate in Vancouver.
So many students, stories, and unforgettable experiences have come to me through my teaching. Throughout my career as a language instructor, I have emphasized a multidisciplinary approach, focusing on the ever-evolving everyday contexts of Italy. My aim, whatever the level of instruction, is to promote understanding of the current aspects of life, culture, travel in Italy. With my students, I have always tried to impart knowledge of and ability in the language, while sharing direct experiences of Italy and what it is to be Italian and be amongst Italians. A special flair, an atmosphere, a taste, a sound: a new and vibrant world that opens up when you learn our language.
Teaching Italian is my passion. Let us take up this unique adventure together! Arrivederci a presto!
Buongiorno, my name is Francesca.
I was born in Trento (Trentino-Alto Adige), where I had my master degree in Humanities; I also studied at the University of Siena where I had my postgraduate specialization in cultural heritage and education. I spent some years in Arezzo and Florence and after that I took a course for teaching Italian as a second language. I haven’t stopped teaching Italian since then: in Italy, New Zealand and finally in Canada, where I moved in 2016.
Besides teaching, I co-founded F.I.L.I., the first Association of qualified Italian facilitators in Trentino-Alto Adige, while in New Zealand I was also the organizer and facilitator of meet-ups, promoting the Italian language and cultural events.
My goals are to provide guidance, stimulate and facilitate conversation among learners, offer engaging lessons, and help learners to feel confident and achieve their goals… possibly with a laugh!
Italy is not only my Country but represents an entire style of life. I love speaking about it, and I believe this love transfers into my passion for teaching. I think that only through being able to speak Italian will you be able to truly understand this country to its fullest. I have always loved to learn foreign languages; I’ve studied: English, French, German, Chinese and Korean.
I received my Laurea in Modern Foreign Language and Literature from the Istituto Universitario di Napoli, Italy where I studied Chinese, English and Korean as well as Far East Asian history, philosophy, arts, and linguistics. I studied and worked in China for two years where I met my Canadian husband and moved to Vancouver in 1999.
I truly enjoy helping my students to achieve their goals, and when goals become successes, these are also my successes. I think that a good teacher should be fun, kind, patient and enthusiastic, and I try to bring these things to all my classes.