Dr. Rende holds a doctorate in Language Teaching and Technology. She has been teaching Italian language and culture since 1994. After teaching at universities in both Canada and the United States, Dr. Rende came to the Istituto in 2004. Integrating multimedia resources with an eclectic teaching methodology, she strives to offer her students an authentic and enjoyable learning experience.
Dr. Rende believes in lifelong learning: at any age one can open the door to a new linguistic and cultural adventure. The bold adventurer succeeds the best. (Ovid)
MARIA LAURA MOSCO
M. Laura Mosco (Laurea cum Laude, Università La Sapienza, Rome; PhD, University of Toronto) is an Arts and Humanities Teaching Excellence Award winner, and has been teaching Italian culture and language since 2000. In her courses, she motivates students to make the most of their individual learning styles, and expands their Italian experience beyond the classroom with fun cultural activities. Laura enjoys reading, translating, piano playing, singing, traveling, and yoga.
Born and raised in Italy, Stefania holds a Graduate Degree in Political Science from the University of Florence.
In 2006 she worked as an Italian professor assistant for the University of Ottawa, and Carleton University. In 2008 she taught Italian at Brock University. In addition, since 2009, she has been an Italian supply teacher with the York Catholic School Board.
Stefania has also worked as an Italian TV host and language consultant for Telelatino. She cultivates a passion for art, music, and theater.
CLAUDIA BUSCEMI PRESTIGIACOMO
Claudia (M.A. in Foreign Languages and Literature) is passionate about languages, because they give people an opportunity to overcome cultural barriers, promoting a happier and more vibrant world; that is why she speaks English, Spanish, and French.
Claudia translates novels, medical documents, and cultural articles. She is also a writer (you can find some of her works on People, Places and Passages: an Anthology of Canadian Writing). She loves swimming, travelling, and Nutella...ing.
Manuela graduated in “Preservation of Cultural Heritage” at the University of Viterbo and holds the qualification of “Italian teacher to foreigners” from the University of Siena. She has been teaching Italian since 2003 in Europe and Middle East where she lived and taught Italian at International schools, corporations and at the Italian Consulate. Teaching has always been a natural vocation for her and she does it with passion and enthusiasm, both to adults and children.
Luca Marchetti graduated in Law at the Università di Torino and worked several years in multinational companies as a Legal Affairs manager. In 2008 he started his new carrier as a teacher working as an Italian language instructor for the Istituto Italiano di Cultura. In 2011 he received his Bachelor in Education and the certification to teach primary grades in Ontario. The same year he founded a school dedicated to teach Italian to children aged Pre-K to grade 6 which later became Accademia dei Ragazzi. He is also a Latin and Italian teacher at Lycée Français de Toronto.
PhD Student at the Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto. Her major areas of study are Italian, English and German literatures and languages. Current and past teaching experience: Course Instructor at the Department of Italian Studies, University of Toronto. Classes taught during the academic years 2017-18, 2018-19: Italian Language for Beginners. In 2016-17, she received her master’s degree in Modern Languages and Literatures, at the University of Siena.
Letizia has been working as an Italian Teacher at Istituto for nine years.
She graduated in Italian Literature at Università degli studi di Firenze and
she has been working as a journalist for more than fifteen years, in Italy and in Canada. Currently she is a ABD-PhD candidate and a Course Instructor in the Dept. of Italian Studies at University of Toronto.
She is also a mom of two kids.
Daniele is a PhD candidate in the Department of Italian Studies in the University of Toronto where he has taught Italian language courses and history of Italian cinema. Daniele’s research interests focus on Italian postcolonial literature, food studies, and the Italian diaspora. Daniele is also committed to bridging academia and the local community of Italian descent. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Sapienza, University of Rome.
Sara Galli received her Master’s degree in Modern Philology in 2013 and a Masters in “Italian Language Education for Foreigners” at the University of Genoa. Nowadays she is a graduate student at the Italian Department at the University of Toronto where she researches on Dante Alighieri’s didactic project and she teaches Italian language courses. Besides her research, her interests comprehend the linguistic and the didactic of the Italian language and culture.
Daniela is a journalist with a strong passion for teaching. She teaches Italian to adults and children. She has a bachelor degree in Literature and Philosophy and a master in Communication, taken in Rome, and she is doing a PhD in Communication and Culture at York University. Daniela has been a News Anchor, On-Air Host, and Producer for the Italian News at Omni TV. In 2017, she published her first novel.
ELGA DEL LUNGO
Elga obtained a Master's Degree in Linguistics and Teaching Italian as Foreign Language in Siena. She has been teaching Italian as second language for over 5 years in different schools, in Italy and abroad (Australia and France), and to various audience types such as English-speaking children, migrant workers, international students and adults. She dealt with the management and administration of CILS and CELI certifications. Her research interests are teaching Italian as L2, early language education and bilingualism.