The Italian for Travelers class added immeasurably to the value of our trip
We just returned from three weeks in Italy, traveling to Ischia, Capri, Salina, Taormina, and Rome. The Houston Italian Cultural and Community Center’s Italian for Travelers class added immeasurably to the value of our trip. My greatest joy was seeing the face of the person to whom I was speaking light up with happiness as I struggled through phrases. I was more successful than not, thanks to Romina Marchisio my instructor, but even when I made mistakes the appreciation of the person to whom I was speaking was genuine, authentic, and visible.
How much more effective I was while traveling in Italy! And how much fun I had! Grazie mille!
If you’re looking to begin or improve your Italian learning journey, this is the place for you!
The Italian Cultural & Community Center has been extremely supportive throughout my Italian language learning journey. The courses are organized and well planned. My one-on-one instructor, Katia, has been exceptionally supportive and flexible with my work schedule. She continues to challenge and encourage me during our sessions. If you’re looking to begin or improve your Italian learning journey, this is the place for you!
Customized Material in Advance and is Very Attentive
I have been taking online private lessons for a month, with a positive experience. I have learned a lot thus far and already feel the progress. The classes are organized and complete. The teacher sends the customized material in advance and is very attentive. The school coordinator is easy to reach and happy to provide advice. Both the teacher and the coordinator are a pleasure to interact with and are readily available.
Enjoy a Good Dose of Culture and History of Italy
I would like to take the time to thank the ICCC for the great work that they do for their members and students. I have been taking classes (both group and private lessons) for about a year and a half and my Italian language skills have improved tremendously. I would like to thank Giulia Iasoni in particular; as you know Giulia is our coordinator and teacher extraordinaire. She is very patient and utilizes innovative, and more importantly, fun methods that make learning the language dynamic and never boring. It is not just about the language per se but also a great dose of Italian culture, taught by a native speaker. She always keeps things fresh and is willing to adapt to the student’s interests. I highly recommend taking private lessons with her. Also, she does a superb job in evaluating and placing students in an appropriate course level which is a very dynamic and evolving process as some students may progress faster than others. I would also like to thank my current teacher, Alia, who is also motto brava, simpatica e paziente. She has been doing an amazing job with online sessions and was able to move us seamlessly into the virtual classroom. I am also impressed by how the ICCC was able to rise to the occasion and promptly switch to online classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While it is nice to go to school physically, the online classes are as effective and honestly, very convenient. Insomma, I highly recommend the ICCC to those hoping to learn this beautiful language and at the same time enjoy a good dose of culture and history of the bel paese. Keep up the excellent job!
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My name is Katia, and I was born in a small town close by Bari, in the Apulia region. My educational background was initially focused on foreign languages, and I graduated in Translation and Interpreting at the SSML Carlo Bo University in 2012. In 2013, I came to Houston under an exchange cultural program and started to teach Italian at the ICCC in 2015. Later I moved back to Italy where I earned a master’s degree (Laurea Magistrale) in International Relations in 2021 at the Niccolò Cusano University. I recently came back to the States where I keep teaching online group and private classes. I like sports and foreign languages. I love grammar, indeed I call myself a “grammar person.” I am fascinated by the diplomatic world.
Ciao! My name is Francesca, I am from Savona, a small town located in Liguria on the Italian Riviera. My love for teaching Italian started in Boston in 2015, thanks to a language exchange program. As soon as I moved to Houston in 2017, I started teaching Italian at the Italian Cultural & Community Center. I enjoy teaching because I think it is a wonderful human and cultural exchange. I have a master’s degree in Art History and I also teach Italian art history and cultural enrichment classes for the ICCC.
Born and raised in the vibrant city of Milan, Italy, I embarked on a journey that led me to Houston in 2023. I graduated in Marketing and Business Communication from IULM University, Milan, and then I expanded my academic horizons with a Master’s degree in Strategy and Planning of Sports Events from the University of San Marino, San Marino. My teaching journey encompasses diverse roles, from university assistant and tutor to guiding European students of various nationalities in mastering the intricacies of the Italian language. Adapting my methods to each student’s unique needs, I foster a positive and enriching learning environment. With a background managing a communications agency, I bring a blend of solid skills to complement my passion for teaching. Proudly Italian, I am dedicated to transmitting the rich tapestry of Italian culture and language to those who share my love for it.
I’m originally from Pesaro in the Marche region. I studied art and then I attended the faculty of sociology at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo. I moved to the United States 11 years ago with my husband and daughter. Over the past 11 years, I’ve lived in Brooklyn, Minneapolis, and now Houston. I’m passionate about teaching and meditation. In my free time, I love to read and paint—especially on stones!
Ciao! I’m an Italian native from Turin, and I relocated to Texas with my husband Dario two years ago. I earned my master’s degree in energy and nuclear engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin. Over the years, I transitioned into managerial roles, becoming a pivotal figure in the technical office and procurement for a multinational corporation in Italy. In December 2021, I moved to The Woodlands, where I combined my passion for teaching at the ICCC school with a managerial role at a local bakery. Grateful for the growing community, I cherish the opportunity to connect with people eager to embrace Italian language and culture in Texas. As a Manager and Partner at the bakery, I find joy in fostering this cultural exchange.