Centro Linguistico Cesena

Meet the Team: Emma

Centro Linguistico is happy to introduce another member of our English team who has been working at our school for several years and has experience in everything from children's courses to lessons about business English!

1. Where did you grow up? 
I was born in Washington, D.C. and I grew up a few miles outside of the city. 

2. When did you start teaching? 
I started teaching in 2015, right here in Cesena! 

3. Why did you go into teaching?
I've always enjoyed helping people learn something new; when I was in school, I used to volunteer to teach children with disabilities how to do various sports, like basketball or swimming. And at university, I would often tutor students in Italian. So, teaching has always come naturally to me. I've also been in love with Italy for most of my life, and after coming to study here for a year, I knew it was where I wanted to live. 

4. What's your favourite thing about teaching?
My favourite thing about teaching is actually the learning that happens on my part-- I learn so much from my students. Another thing I love about it is the satisfaction of seeing students make progress. Maybe it's when they start using a particular form correctly, or when they pass an exam. In any case, the feeling of pride and accomplishment they have is always shared by me. 

5. How do you make sure your students are engaged and meeting their personal goals?
The best way of doing this, in my opinion, is simply to get students talking (and keep them talking!) no matter their level, or how many mistakes they might make. I don't think students can truly feel engaged in a lesson if they aren't given the opportunity to speak and communicate. 

6. What's something you could talk about for hours?
There are many topics I can talk about for a long time: books, music, baseball, travel, politics, take your pick!

7. Finish the sentence: In the last 12 months, I have...
...travelled to several new places. 

8. What's the #1 advice you give to your students?
Don't worry so much about making mistakes when speaking-- everyone slips up, myself included! The most important thing is to be understood. Also, if you want to expand your vocabulary and knowledge of grammar, try reading a book or watching a film or TV series that you've already read/seen in your native language. I find that this is a great way to quickly improve your abilities. 

9. What's your favourite word in English?
Belong. It seems like a compound word (be + long) but it isn't. The semantics of it has always intrigued me. 

10. If you weren't a teacher, what other type of job would you like to have?
I love animals, especially sea creatures, so I think I'd enjoy being a marine biologist. 

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