Hello from Belfast!

Published on 12th January, 2012 in Global Bloggers by Valentina Castellani

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!


  • Good luck Valentina. I am looking forward to reading about your experiences with Global.

    Ed on 12 January, 2012
  • Thank you very much Ed!

    Valentina on 16 January, 2012
  • Hi Valentina,

    when I worked in Dublin it was very funny that there was a mix of Irish-Italo names like for instance “Luiggi Malone”. There was also some Spanish and Portuguese influence. So is your experience similar down in Belfast? Anyway, please enjoy your stay in Belfast

    Tina on 19 January, 2012
  • Hi, Valentina. I am from Russia, and it’s rather interesting for me to read and know about new ways of teaching English. Thank you.

    Naday on 23 January, 2012
  • Good luck and enjoy Belfast. I am from Northen Ireland and lived for many years in Belfast. At present I am living and teaching English in Reggio Calabria, Italy. I also have Italian friends in Belfast and I know there is an Italian community there.

    Stephen on 23 January, 2012
  • Hi Tina!
    well, we have lots of students coming from Spain and Portugal, and Spanish is, indeed very much loved around here! I’ve never encountered such an Irish-Italo mix up here, that sounds really interesting! thank you very much, all the best!

    Valentina on 30 January, 2012
  • Thank you Naday,
    stay tuned, more coming up this week!
    take care!

    Valentina on 30 January, 2012
  • Hi Stephen!
    that sounds brilliant!
    It’s funny, we reversed the roles, an Italian in Belfast and a Northern Irish in Italy 🙂 I’d love to hear more about your experience here and there!

    all the best!

    Valentina on 30 January, 2012
  • Welcome to the Global website Valentina! Good to have you on board, and I look forward to your posts!

    Lindsay Clandfield on 1 February, 2012
  • Thank you very much Lindsay!
    I’m really thankful and excited about this great opportunity!
    more coming up!

    all the best!

    Valentina on 2 February, 2012
  • Look at you Valentina! Chatting with the authors! So jealous. Looking forward to hearing more of your Global adventure!

    Dominic Walton on 10 February, 2012
  • Thanks Dom!

    Valentina on 18 February, 2012
  • Valentina,
    Come te sono un insegnante Inglese ma sono madre lingua e vivo in Italia Roma da parecchi anni e faccio ul libero professionista perle aziende sempre nel ruolo di insegnante.
    Ogni giorno che lavoro c’è qualcosa da imparare soprattutto con gli Italiani.
    Keep in touch

    Matthew on 19 February, 2012
  • Hi Matthew!
    Nice to hear from a fellow teacher in Italy!
    Sì, gli italiani hanno tanto da insegnare, è stata un’esperienza che mi ha formata! come te ho lavorato come insegnante di inglese in aziende ed è stata una grande palesta di vita 🙂
    would love to keep in touch and thanks for the message!
    all the best!

    Valentina on 21 February, 2012
  • Hi Valetina!
    I’m Laura from Kazakhstan,Kokshetau.i was searching u in internet and found this site.how are u?
    miss u much,hope u will visit kz again)

    Laura on 22 April, 2013
  • Hi laura!! so good to hear from you!! I’m really good! I miss Kazakhstan a lot and you guys!! I hope I’ll come back soon!! 🙂
    How are you? all good at uni? Hope you’re well!

    Valentina on 29 May, 2013