An experienced instructor in multiple languages, Deborah Rogai is specialized in educational needs for teaching and learning foreign languages.
Deborah Rogai teaches Italian Language at SACI. She has taught in collaboration with SACI since 2014, and has also taught at Istituto Donatello, as well as private lessons in Italian, English, Spanish, French, and literature. She took part in the Language Exchange Labs Project at Pepperdine University of Florence in November 2010.
Deborah Rogai has a Laurea in Foreign Languages and Literatures and Intercultural Studies at University of Florence, with her thesis on English and Irish Language and Literature. She received her Masters Degree in English Schools Quality Management from the University of Milan, specializing in educational needs concerning teaching and learning foreign languages, in which she developed strategies to help students achieve learning autonomy.
The aim of language teaching and learning is to provide students with language skills, such as reading, listening, speaking and writing, by means of grammar instruction, although it is not only about this. To teach Italian as a second language means putting theory into practice within the cultural context where the language is spoken, optimizing students’ learning. Therefore, my aim is to help students bridge the gap between classroom theory and reality, using additional methods such as group exercises, lectures and videotape presentations in order to enhance their learning in a communicative approach and inspire them to be confident in their own capabilities.
In my opinion, leading students towards an effective communication awareness is the key to development and improvement in language learning – providing the students with skills to interpret the cultural context and giving sense and adding value to their studies, their experiences and especially the intercultural relationships they will establish during their stay.
Furthermore, I think effective teaching can be achieved by being passionate about it, stimulating students’ learning motivation and inspiring them to deepen their knowledge. My teaching method is based on positive listening—good listening skills are needed to develop empathy and understanding with the students in order to convey to them passion as well as curiosity in learning Italian language.