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Maria F
Tutor in Maryland, East London

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Passionate and enthusiastic language expert

I am an experienced tutor of Italian, German and English as a foreign language, with a Master’s degree with distinction (110/110 magna cum laude) in Modern Languages, issued by the University of Turin, Italy. I hold a TIAFL 'Teaching Italian as a foreign language' certificate from the Italian Cultural Institute, London.

I have been working as a full time tutor for over 2 years, teaching students with different origins and backgrounds, both in person and online. In particular, I have been teaching German and Italian to KS3, GCSE, IGCSE, IB, A Level students and adult learners. I am currently teaching two German evening courses at Wimbledon school of English and Islington Centre for English. Furthermore, I have been collaborating with some institutes (London Waterloo Academy, Westminster Academy) both as a volunteer tutor and on a paid basis.

My current students are attending South Hampstead High School, Sherborne School, King Edward VI Grammar School, Forest Independent School, Fine Arts College, Henrietta Barnett school, Bancrofts School, Caterham School, Hockerill Anglo-European College, Latymer School, Woodbridge High School, Trinity Catholic High School and Sacred Heart of Mary Girls’ School. I am have been teaching both German and Italian to some managing directors of the UniCredit Bank in central London.

I am a passionate teacher committed to raise children’s achievements and help them improve their grades: all my German GCSE students got an A or an A* in their final exams in June 2016.

I use my experience to develop engaging lesson plans, aiming at awaking students' interest and motivation. My communicative approach enables students to develop confidence in the language quickly and to use the language effectively in a variety of situations. In particular, I often use games, songs and authentic materials such as films or newspaper articles, so that my students can come into contact with relevant cultural aspects related to each language.

I look forward to hearing from you soon and start a pleasant and long-lasting “learning journey” together!

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Reviews and References

There are 21 reviews or references for Maria.

Written by Valerio F

Reference from Maria Fontana's former professor Valerio Fissore

Maria Fontana was my student for the two years of her MA course in Translation at the University of Turin, Italy. She was a constant contributor to the development of my lessons with her stimulating questions and suggestions. My course spanned literary and non-literary translation theory and practice. Maria was at all times constant in her application and very determined to aim high in her goals and achievements. I was aware she wanted to be a teacher, not only because she told me, but also because she had (she has) the gift of being systematic in approaching and solving problems from different angles.
Subject:
English Language
Outcome:
Maria scored top marks in my exams (which consisted in tackling texts towards translating them, at the same time showing command of theory and methodology)
Written by Kam K

Feedback on tutorial's given by Maria

Maria is an excellent tutor. My daughter has found her to be very friendly and engaging. She is very patient and supportive. Kiran has learned so much in just 2 lessons. Thank You.

Kam Badhan
Subject:
German (GCSE)
Outcome:
Maria is an excellent tutor of German. I would recommend her highly.
Written by Tina M

Maria as a tutor!

Maria is teaching to myself italian for the last 2 months. She is very organise, polite and friendly! She is always on time and she never miss any of our lessons! I feel I improved my italians a lot!
Subject:
Italian (Degree)
Outcome:
Very good!
Written by Tracy F

Maria - Italian Tutor

My child has only had GCSE Italian tutoring with Maria for the last few months but I can already see a huge improvement with her progression. My daughter has become more confident with listening and reading and her grades have gone up. Maria is reliable, punctual, knowledgeable and very passionate about teaching - I am so glad we have found her and would happily recommend her for tutoring
Subject:
Italian (GCSE)
Outcome:
Excellent
Written by Maria C

German gcse

My daughter has been having lessons with Maria for a few weeks and is showing very good progress. Maria is polite and punctual and we would not hesitate in recommending her.
Subject:
German (GCSE)
Outcome:
Very good
Written by Rebecca G

motivated tutor with great lesson plans

Maria is such a great tutor! She corrects you kindly when you make mistakes, and she explains differences between word choices that seem similar. Also, I was asking her to tailor the content for me to make it more related to science/medicine, and she found appropriate texts at my level, and worked hard preparing useful words and phrases to learn and integrate into my vocabulary. Highly recommended.
Outcome:
enjoyed my lessons!
Written by Jamie M

Italian lessons with Maria

I am having beginners Italian lessons as are my two daughters aged 11 and 7 (we have them separately). We are all really enjoying our lessons - Maria is always punctual, very well organised with lessons plans and follows up with homework. We are all very happy and my eldest will be starting German lessons soon with her!
Subject:
Italian
Outcome:
Very happy!
Written by Vanessa I

Italian lessons with Maria

Maria currently tutors me for IB higher level Italian. Maria is very dedicated, punctual and organised. She is very systematic with her lessons and works very hard to ensure I understand things that I have made mistakes on.
Subject:
Italian (IB)
Outcome:
I would recommend her to anyone learning Italian!
Written by Kirsten R

German lessons with Maria

Maria is very patient, punctual, friendly and organised. I have been learning German with her and would not hesitate to recommend her. She puts a lot of effort in to lessons with plans, homework and enthusiasm!
Subject:
German
Outcome:
Great
Written by Samuel G

German lessons with Maria

Maria is a very good teacher who has helped my son with his German IGCSE exam. She has helped improve his level of German drastically and I am thankful.
Subject:
German
Outcome:
I would recommend to anyone learning German
Written by Andres R

Maria, was excellent, focused and could adapt the teaching strategy to our child. Also very professional.
Outcome:
We are looking forward to the next lesson
Written by Niloufar T

Subject:
German (Beginner)
Written by Andres R

excellent, as from my first review
Written by Cecilia H

Subject:
Italian (Beginner)
Written by Beatrice V

Subject:
Italian (GCSE)
Written by Celine F

Excellent tutor!

Maria is a great tutor, very friendly, always on time and prepared, adapting to my learning speed, keeping it interesting and challenging, while always making sure I am fully comfortable with the item learned before moving on. I am a beginner in Italian, but I feel like I am making progress quickly thanks to Maria's dedication, which is very rewarding.
Subject:
Italian
Outcome:
Would recommend her to anyone wanting to learn Italian!
Written by Magdalena H

Very good tutor

She explains well, is well prepared and understands my needs.
Subject:
Italian (Beginner)
Outcome:
I will continue having lessons with her in the future
Written by Peter P

Very Good Teacher

Maria was very well prepared and conducted the lesson in a confident and professional manner.
Subject:
Italian (Beginner)
Outcome:
Will certainly book more lessons with her.
Written by Hannah W

Great first lesson

Highly recommend
Subject:
German (Beginner)
Written by Magdalena H

Subject:
Italian (Beginner)
Written by Anjana P

Great tutor

Very organised & approachable.
Subject:
German (Beginner)
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Education and Qualifications

Maria's education and qualifications are listed below.

University

Institution
Università degli Studi di Torino
Degree
Master's degree in Translation for special purposes and interpreting
Grade
1st
Institution
Università degli Studi di Torino
Degree
Bachelor degree in Applied languages
Grade
2:1

School

Prizes and Scholarships

My master thesis was awarded with the "Dignità di stampa" ("Right of publication").

I received a silver medal from the university of Turin for my master’s degree thesis, which was selected as one of the best in my academic year.

University of Turin Scholarship
Translation course at the Department of Italian Studies at the J.W. Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main (Germany).

Other Qualifications

TIAFL Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language, Italian Cultural Institute, London
Grade: A (Excellent)

Subjects

Subjects taught by Maria are listed below.

  • Beginner, Intermediate
  • A-Level, Advanced, AS, Beginner, Common Entrance, GCSE, IB, Intermediate
  • A-Level, Advanced, AS, Beginner, Degree, GCSE, IB, Intermediate

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