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Alessandra Avanzi

Alessandra Avanzi

Alessandra comes from Padova in the north-east of Italy, an ancient city famous for its old university and Giotto’s frescoes. She has always had a passion for languages and studied Lingue e Letterature Straniere (Foreign Languages and Literatures) at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice.

After many years as a secondary teacher in Padova, in 1998 she had the chance to come and work in Britain. She was one of a number of teachers selected by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to teach Italian in countries with strong Italian communities. The aim was to give the children of Italian immigrants the opportunity to learn the language and the culture of their grandparents. She taught GCSE and A level at schools in Bridgend and Cardiff.

She now teaches Italian exclusively to adults having spent several years teaching university students in Bristol and in Coleg Glan Hafren.

“I love my work. The students are lively, stimulating and a pleasure to be with. I believe classes should be fun and I want to give the students a good grasp of the language and a deeper insight into Italian society and culture. For me learning a foreign language is the key to a better understanding of peoples and cultures but above all needs to be something the students enjoy.”

Alessandra loves travelling, international cinema, reading and learning languages. She speaks Spanish and took up French at the Centre a few years ago.