We pride ourselves in teaching the Italian language and culture to children, youth and adults for over 30 years. All our teachers are highly qualified and experienced. They make use of the latest teaching materials. In both children’s and adults’ classes, they will ensure not only that students learn the language, but that they have loads of fun while doing it.
I was born and raised in the beautiful region of Calabria, known as the Pearl of the Mediterranean. After graduating from the University of Messina in 1977 with a degree in Mathematics, I taught in a middle and high school first in Bergamo and then in Lecco. In 1979, I moved to Vancouver. Soon after, I started to teach Italian as a second language to children, teenagers and adults. At present, I work for the Italian Cultural Centre , Vancouver School Board and Langara College. I enjoy teaching Italian and sharing with my students the beauty of Italy, its language, and culture.
Betta De Cillis
I was born and raised in Genova, Italy. I hold a University degree in Sports Science. In Italy I worked in the physical and motor skill development field. In 2004 I moved to the States with my husband and my two children. Relocated to Canada, in 2010, I started to work at the ICC. I teach to children from toddlers to teens. In the last three years at the Centre I have been coordinating the children’s theater group.
I was born in Naples but I raised in the nearby town of Caserta, Italy. I hold a Master Degree in Social and Territorial Policies at the University of Federico II of Naples. I specialized with a thesis studying migration flows of Italian graduates in the United States of America. To complete my studies, I lived and studied in the USA for three years. During this period, I had the opportunity to start teaching Italian at the University of Tennessee. In August 2018 I moved to Vancouver, Canada and I began teaching at the Italian Cultural Centre. I love teaching Italian language, but also sharing my culture. What I particularly like about teaching is the opportunity to meet students from many countries around the world and come into contact with various cultures.
Sofia Dal Pastro
I was born in Bassano del Grappa, a city close to Venice. I’m an Italian pre-school and primary school teacher with Canadian citizenship. I have a master’s degree in Primary teacher Education. I love teaching and educating because of its impact on future generations. I moved to Canada in 2019 to learn more about the Canadian school system and to improve my teaching skills in another environment. I’m the Italian teacher of the group of students aged 6/7 at the Italian Cultural Centre and of the students aged 6-11 at the Holy Cross school.
I was born in a small region of Italy, Molise, have you hear about it? Then I moved to the north of Italy (Emilia-Romagna) where I obtained my Master’s degree in International Cooperation and Protection of Human Rights. I discovered the passion for teaching while working as Assistant Grant Writer in an NGO in Greece. There I started to teach Italian to young refugees and to hold seminars about human rights in high schools and other non-formal educational settings. Once back in Italy, I continued to teach Italian to migrants and I started to study at Università per Stranieri di Siena.
Furthermore, as a Grant Writer, I had the chance to promote inclusion and diversity in the education system, thanks to proposals I made in the areas of Youth and Children, Disabled people, Education and Social Services. I proposed strategies for parents, teachers and community workers to confront educational poverty in disadvantaged backgrounds, introducing intercultural teaching practices with the help of cultural-linguistic mediators.
To me, teaching holds so many invaluable meanings: it is turning into success the potential that every student has; it is understanding our communities to build better ones; it is a life-learning process thanks to the engagement with students from different backgrounds; it is falling in love every time with the Italian culture.