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Our Instructors

Patrizia Pietroniro

Teaching Coordinator, Instructor

After an extensive career in tourism & teaching, Patrizia Pietroniro relocated to Vancouver. As a passionate Italian tour guide, she is excited to show you the beauty & the secrets of her homeland region, Friuli Venezia Giulia,

and share its top picks with you. 

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Francesca Brambilla


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


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


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

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


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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Benedetta Diamanti

Book Club Cooridinator

Benedetta Diamanti lives in Montreal, where she works for a non-profit. She has also been teaching Italian for the last five years, with a focus on cultural courses. She earned a Master’s in Italian Studies at the University of Bologna, and also a Master’s in Food Culture and Communication at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, in Pollenzo, Italy. In her free time, you can find her reading a book, cooking, biking around the city, or writing an episode of her podcast Sentieri di libri, where she talks about books.

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Vittoria Guastafierro


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


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.