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 Caterina Bertelli

Caterina Bertelli

Italian Tutor - Adult Education and Languages for All

School of Modern Languages

1.30, 66a Park Place, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3AS

I have been a language teacher for over 20 years in a great variety of contexts: Asylum seeker welcome centres, High schools, HE and FE education. In the summer of 2009 I moved to Cardiff from Florence, Italy, and in January 2010 I joined the University as a language tutor for the Centre for Lifelong Learning. In the same year, I was appointed as an online tutor for the 1° Level Master ITALS of Ca’ Foscari, University of Venice, running the module of “teaching literature in the language classes” and overviewing students’ theses.

My academic interests include: Language acquisition and the redefinition of identities, narratives, and intercultural understanding; the development of intercultural competencies in language learning; bilingual and plurilingual education. My interests in Italian studies focus on the literature of migrant narration.

I graduated from Florence University with a thesis on Female Immigration in the USA from South East Europe at the beginning of the 20th Century. I subsequently won a scholarship for Smith College, Northampotn Mass. U.S.A where I achieved a PG Diploma in American Studies. In returning to Italy I studied for a Post Graduate Certificate in Adult Education at the University of Florence which was followed by a II° level Master in Advanced Planning and Teaching of Italian Language and Culture from Ca’ Foscari, University of Venice. As a strong believer in Lifelong learning I have studied and trained  throughout my working  career and in 2012 I achieved a PG Certificate in Bilingualism in Education from the College of Social Science, University of Birmingham, and last academic year I gained a CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults).

From 2005 to 2009 I was the project manager and Pedagogical Coordinator of the Gandhi Centre for language acquisition and school achievement. The Gandhi Centre ( is a project established by the Florentine Council Department of Education in order to support newly arrived immigrant students, and their families, in the acquisition of Italian as an AL.

I moved to Cardiff in the summer of 2009 where, from 2010 up to today, I have been teaching as a Language tutor for the University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning, as a language teacher for the International Baccalaureate programme and for Italian As and A2 levels. This year I also teach in the School as an associate tutor in Italian and a language tutor for Languages for All.





  • Bertelli, C. 1993. "America". In: Pozzi, E. ed. Lo straniero interno.. Firenze, Italy: Ponte alle Grazie, pp. 247-252.