Nicole Blau

Nicole Blau

24 years in business

About this pro

 I am passionate about teaching this beautiful language and all the  charm that is the Italian lifestyle . I engage my students by learning about their interests and tailoring the lessons according to who they are and what they enjoy doing.

My methods are unconventional,  and I make it fun to learn  incorporating various unconventional activities to bring the language alive. I visit museums and go out to Italian restaurants with my students  It becomes a social exchange, so they function in the real world , in real time , using their new skills.

 I have spent the best part of my life in Italy, and have been happily teaching for many years. I also do translation, having worked with award winning authors and University professors on various projects.

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New York, NY 10003
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I first meet with them to get a sense of who they are, what their needs are, what their time frame and restrictions are. 

After that I form a sort of game plan to get them speaking and reading as soon as possible. The sooner they feel they are accomplishing something the more enthusiastic and motivated they will be. I work on the  accent and feeling of the language, not only the technical aspects .

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have lived in Italy most of my life. I have taught in schools in NYC and in Italy- . Language and also Art classes. I have also taught English to Italian children in public school in Italy-  I have  worked translating Italian to English for University texts, books and other projects.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Generally I price by the lesson, finding an hour and 15-20 minutes to be the right amount of time. I also assign homework, according to each individual's talents, interests, and capabilities.

How did you get started teaching?

I have always loved teaching, and began teaching art when i was in my early 20s.

What types of students have you worked with?

Old, young, children ,  from many different cultures, backgrounds and countries.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I am very fond of cinema. i also frequent a marvelous Sicilian restaurant in my neighborhood that hosts gatherings once a month - what are called "aperitivo" in Italian.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Go with someone you actually enjoy spending time with.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Will  the teacher help me "THINK" in the language  not just recite words by rote.

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