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valentina

I am a qualified and experienced Italian teacher and private tutor, and very much enjoy sharing my knowledge with people interested in my home country. My MA in Applied Translations, gained at Exeter University in 2008, has allowed me to develop my interest in linguistics and in cultural mediation.

In order to promote my own culture of origin, I have been trained by Devon Development Education as a Cultural Champion. I therefore share my experience as a foreigner in Devon in schools and other institutions and groups, telling my stories and teaching about my cultural background and historical connections between Italy and England, with particular focus on language, food, and history, especially Roman. I am passionate about cooking, especially bread and pizza making. My best presentations as a Cultural Champion in schools are those that include food making with the children.

I have also prepared some sessions on the influence of Latin in the English language. Through discovering the routes from Rome to England, dressing up as Romans and learning the origins of some English words, the children learn how their cultural origins are varied and mixed from a very long time!