Meet Our Instructors
I’m Eleonora, and I come from Roma. I have a bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management at University “La Sapienza” of Rome, with a strong passion for languages. I won an Erasmus Scholarship 3 years ago to study in Madrid for six months. During Covid, I’ve planned my new adventure to Canada, now I've been living in Vancouver for almost 2 years. I have keeped studying in my field and I took a College Diploma in Travel and Tourism Business Management at Canadian Tourism College in Vancouver.
I love teaching, and discovering the world. I consider myself patient, comprehensive and passionate. During my long student experience I learned a lot and I would like to transmit my knowledge to my students and keep learning with them.
I was born in Pescara (Abruzzo), but I spent most of my life in Bologna. I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biological Science from the University of L’Aquila. I started my career teaching Science, but I changed to work in the IT field. When I moved to Calgary, I got a Teaching Assistant Certificate for Early Childhood in Alberta. So, I rediscovered my passion for teaching and since then I started teaching Italian to students at the Calgary Italian School and to private students, both in person and remotely. I recently joined the Dante Alighieri Society of BC as a teacher. This is another great opportunity to promote the beauty and richness of our language.
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.
Book Club Coordinator and Instructor
Serena Piccoli, poet, playwright, translator, photographer and teacher of English and Italian. Born in Padua in 1974, she has lived in the USA, South Africa and England. She loves traveling around Italy and eating Italian food with family and friends. At the Dante Alighieri Society of British
Columbia she works in administration and coordinates
the Book Club appointments.
I was born and raised in Massa, a beautiful little town in Tuscany. Italian is my mother tongue. I have a bachelor's and master's degree in Humanities: I graduated at the University of Pisa, where I studied Ancient Greek and Latin. I'm a professional journalist: I worked for twenty-five years at the newspaper "La Nazione" in Italy and then I moved to Toronto where I currently work at Corriere Canadese, the Italian community daily newspaper, and at the Canadian multilingual news agency CNMNG.
About teaching, as long as I stayed in Italy I taught my native language to foreign inmates in prisons in my province and I also taught journalism in elementary, middle and high schools. I'm an independent musician too: I write songs, I rearrange international pop-rock classics and Italian oldies and sometimes you can find me downtown Toronto playing my music.
Danila Dei Rocini
I was born in Guardiagrele, a small village in Abruzzo but I lived in Pescara where I obtained a degree in Languages and Literature. At the age of 25 I went to live in Paris and after a few years, I had the opportunity to move to Canada in 2005 where I started teaching Italian to Canadian diplomats and soldiers who had to go to work in Italy. I also teach French and Spanish and I work actually like a Pedagogical Advisor.
I love teaching but also sharing Italian uses, customs, and traditions.