We have a new blogger starting with us this week. Valentina Castellani is based in Northern Ireland and will be posting about her life there and using Global with her students for the next few weeks. Read on as Valentina introduces herself …
Hi everyone, I’m Valentina Castellani, I’m originally from Milan, Italy, but I now live in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I taught in Italy and Canada before moving to Belfast, and all these experiences majorly influenced the way I teach. I hold a B.A. in Foreign Languages, majoring in English and Russian and got my DELTA in Vancouver in 2010.
I work at International House Belfast and I teach beginner and elementary adults and teenagers. My experience in teaching goes from very young learners to business English. I confess I prefer working with beginners and elementary students as well as teens! In addition to teaching, I have organised and developed ESL course syllabuses and materials, as well as teacher training in Italy and Canada.
As an ESL learner myself first and then as a teacher, I feel I can relate to what my students are going through. I try to keep up to date with all new trends in teaching and I love experimenting with new techniques and approaches. I encourage my students to see the bigger picture when learning English, integrating skills, grammar, phonics and culture.
Looking forward to sharing with you this new exciting experience as a Global blogger!