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Our Instructors

Silvia Giabardo

Teaching Coordinator, Instructor, PLIDA Examiner

I was born in Italy, in the Veneto region, and studied in Venice at Ca’ Foscari University majoring in Foreign Languages and Literatures. I have taught Italian as a second language for over 20 years. At present, I am an Instructor of Italian language and Teaching Coordinator

at the Dante Italian Language School in Vancouver.

I am also an Examiner for the PLIDA Certification tests.

With the Dante Society of BC I help organize cultural events and coordinate the monthly Italian Book Club.

So many students, stories and unforgettable experiences have come to me through my teaching. My aim has always been to promote understanding of the current aspects of life, culture and travel in Italy, sharing direct experiences (what it is to be Italian and be amongst Italians).

Teaching Italian is my passion.

Let us take up this unique adventure together!

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Francesca Brambilla

Instructor

I was born in a very small village in the countryside

by Como Lake, in Northern Italy.
I studied in Milan at Milan State University and I hold a Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology

from Tor Vergata University in Rome.
My passion for languages and travels brought me to move to Barcelona (Spain) first and eventually

to Vancouver in September 2018.
I love teaching Italian because I can share my infinite passion for Italian culture and language, while learning about other cultures as well.

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Caterina Micci

Instructor

Born in Sicily and raised in Rome, I hold a Bachelor degree in Archival and Librarian Sciences from “Università La Sapienza” in Rome, where I started teaching the Italian language in private schools and to migrants for charity associations. I completed my education in Toronto, where I studied Creative Advertising.

I am an art history, cinema and food enthusiast, and I always try to share these passions with my students.

Great music fan, I worked as a translator of books about bands and counterculture. I am a very curious individual,   

I believe in long-life learning and I always say that teaching for me is just an excuse to learn more about people,

cultures and languages. 

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Serena Bonomi

Instructor

I was born and raised in the Italian part of Switzerland (Ticino). I studied interlinguistic and intercultural mediation in Northern Italy (Como) and then I worked almost 6 years as a journalist for the Italian staff of the Swiss news agency.
Born in a multilingual country, I developed a passion for languages. I speak four languages in addition to Italian, my mother tongue. I have the certificate FILIS (Intercultural Trainer of the Italian language for foreign people) and when I moved to Vancouver I started to work as an Italian teacher.
I love to help people to reach their language goals and at the same time to raise awareness of the rich Italian culture. Teaching is a rewarding job and

I am happy to be part of the Italian community

in Vancouver, promoting my language and culture.

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Monica Liscio Gordon

Instructor and PLIDA Coordinator

Monica Liscio Gordon is a sessional lecturer of Italian at the University of British Columbia, and

director of the PLIDA tests in Vancouver for the

Dante Alighieri Society of British Columbia. 

She majored in sociocultural anthropology at the University of Turin, and moved to Israel, where she started to teach Italian in Tel-Aviv, at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura 

and The Open University.

After obtaining her DITALS certificate in teaching Italian as a foreign language at the University of Siena, Monica completed her Masters in Education at UBC, specializing in Modern Languages Education. 

Her professional interests are language identity, 

student-centered pedagogical practices, and

educational technology.

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Cinzia Candela

Instructor and Book Club Coordinator

I was born in Varese, in Northern Italy. For many years, I lived in Verona, in the middle of the Po Valley. My family is from Trapani, Sicily.  As you can see,

I am Italian through and through!

In Milan, I studied Broadcasting and Journalism; 

thereafter I designed and conducted various

radio and television programs. 

For over 20 years I have been learning Phonetics, the study of making and enriching the sounds of our wonderful Lingua italiana. Hence, I created "Modulavoce", a method to better develop people’s voice potential. 

In Vancouver I found a great interest in

the Italian language and its culture.

At present I teach phonetics and pronunciation.

I have a passion for writing and write short stories that sometimes become theatrical pieces. 

Since 2019 I have been one of the coordinators

for the Italian Book Club.

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Ludovica Soleri

Instructor, Administration & Marketing 

I was born and raised in Milan where I studied International Law and took a Fundraising and Cooperation course at ISPI (Institute for Studies of International Policy).

For a few years I worked in Milan in different NGOs helping overcome cultural diversity conflicts and volunteered as a social and legal assistant for inmates.

My first passion is theatre and I have worked for several years in the field.

In 2018 I moved to Vancouver where I discovered

my love for teaching while sharing

the wonderful Italian culture and language.

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Vittoria Guastafierro

Instructor and Book Club Coordinator

I was born and raised in Naples.

After studying Literature and Translation at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", I started working as a freelance translator, a job that allowed me to travel and live all around Europe and North Africa.

After three years abroad, I returned to Naples to teach English as a Second Language.

In 2017, guided by my passion for foreign cultures, I moved to Vancouver and started teaching

Italian as a second language,

while continuing to work as a translator.

Charlemagne said "To have another language is to possess a second soul", and I am proud to be able to share mine through teaching and writing.

Valentina Peppucci

Instructor

I was born in Perugia (Umbria), in the centre of Italy.
I studied first at the University of Perugia where I obtained a Master’s Degree in Art History.

Later I enrolled at the University for Foreigners in Perugia where I graduated in Teaching of Italian as a second/foreign language. I am also an Examiner for the CELI Certification tests. 

I started my career as a teacher to adults in 2010, and in 2012 I moved to Montreal where I continued my activity working with Picai, the Italian Institute of Culture and other language schools.

In 2018 I became an online instructor for

Canadian diplomatic personnel. 

I love to share and promote my knowledge

of the Italian language and culture, encouraging learners to become the protagonist

of their own learning journey.

Martina Di Biase

Instructor

I am from Pescara, Abruzzo, but I did my undergraduate and Master’s studies at the

University of Bologna, receiving degrees in

Political Science and Anthropology. 

I began teaching Italian as a second language while at university, and having developed a passion for this work, in 2007 I became a certified DITALS Teacher (Italian as a foreign language). In 2017 I received a Master’s degree in Pedagogy and Promotion of the Italian Language and Culture

from the University of Venice, Ca’ Foscari.

I have worked as an Italian language teacher for many years, in numerous contexts and I have honed my teaching style in diverse and multicultural settings.  

I look forward to meeting new students, learning about their experiences, and sharing with them the beauty of the Italian language and culture.