Hi, I'm a native Italian teacher and live in Salerno, a little town in the south of Italy.
I have been studying English and Spanish, so I know from experience that learning a language takes time and dedication. My aim is to make this process as pleasant and fun as possible.
I deal with many students around the world by giving language lessons, both in person, at the Italian language school Accademia Leonardo in Salerno, and online.
My passion for languages and my studies brought me to understand that languages are not just simple codes ruled by grammar norms, but that they are actually used to express ourselves as individuals with different backgrounds and cultures.
Lessons will focus primarily on the conversational aspect of the language by using textbooks and materials (e.g. PDFs, audiofiles, Googledocs) that I use in language schools in Italy.
Since I have the DITALS certification, I can help you pass CELI, PLIDA and CILS exams.
Flexibility will be guaranteed according to the student. All students will be asked to take a placement test that they will have to submit at least 3 days before the first lesson. We'll be discussing the results during the fist lesson and then decide how to work together.
Since I also work at the language school, I strongly recommend booking in advance so I can arrange my agenda.
I’m ready, and you?
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44 Lessons | July 13, 2022
A half century ago I earned my undergraduate degree with a double major in French and Spanish. I had the best teacher for most of my French courses--decades later she became Dean of Humanities--Dr. Betty Becker-Theye. She set the standard for exemplary instruction and motivation...I had no other professor like her; until now--as I near 73 years of age and face poor health, I have once again had the good fortune to find another such source of expertise and compassion; motivating me to once again experience the satisfaction, joy, and pleasure of learning a foreign language. The young man--my professor--is Marcello de Santis. I highly recommend that you enhance your Italian learning experience with his knowledge and outstanding abilities.
21 Lessons | June 30, 2022
As a lifelong logophile, one who has studied four languages and some linguistics, I decided to learn Italian when I retired, both for the pure enjoyment and for the “mental exercise.” After studying on my own for a year, I started lessons with Marcello. This was a good move. Marcello has brought to the lessons a healthy balance between structure and flexibility. His academic background and his interest in linguistics, as well as his experience in and passion for teaching helped him craft a lesson plan perfect for my level, one that has challenged me and met my needs. At the same time, he has encouraged questions and demonstrated a genuine willingness to go off on tangents, with the goal of assuring I’ve understood the material and my questions have been answered. He brings patience, enthusiasm, creativity and playfulness to our lessons, which all help me feel more comfortable with the vulnerability one naturally experiences making the inevitable mistakes learning to speak another language. I’m grateful that he has introduced me to aspects of Italian culture, history and geography to which I heretofore had little exposure. This has enriched my language learning as well as broadened my horizons. In short, I highly recommend learning with Marcello. He is a true professional, a gem of a teacher!
25 Lessons | June 19, 2022
Lessons with Marcello are always informative and interesting. I have been studying Italian with him for four years.
21 Lessons | February 8, 2022
Very interesting lesson, as always.