Profile of teacher Donatella Petruzzo

Donatella Petruzzo

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General course, exam preparation (Celi, Cils, Plida), speaking, Italian culture. Textbook provided

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Hello! I am a certified and experienced Italian native teacher. I also speak Turkish, French and English at an advanced level. To me, it is important that my students have a good time at lesson: we learn better when we have fun and we spend time with smiley people who make us feeling confortable!
what should you expect from my classes:
First of all I try to understand my students needs: do you need to take lessons to travel, to pass an exam, to work? So, we could say that my style changes according to your needs but, generally speaking, I have a comunicative approach: a lot of speaking practice, dialogues, discussions and daily situations. I also often do activities to broad your vocabulary and to practice your listening skills
my teaching background:
I started to teach in 2010. I live in Istanbul, where I teach Italian as a second language to students of all ages. Before Turkey, I have been teaching Italian in France and Australia, having the chance to learn different approaches and teaching techniques.
my background outside of teaching:
My main job is teaching but I hold a master degree in translation:I know many technical languages. My bachelor degree: literature and cinema.
native languages:
other languages spoken:
French, English

price per lesson

30-minute trial lesson: Free

1 lesson 5 lessons 10 lessons
€10.00 €9.50 €9.00
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€28.00 €27.50 €27.00
€37.00 €36.50 €36.00

3 unique facts about me

  • From 2007 to 2014 I have been living every year in a different place, 3 continents, 4 countries, 8 cities, including living in a van, remote villages and mega metropolis.
  • I have many interests: I love travelling, cooking, reading and watching movies and series
  • I am a nature lover and adrenaline addict: I like outdoor extreme sports


  • Jadwiga Fila's profile picture

    Very nice first impression!

  • Anna Pietrucha's profile picture

    Lessons with Donatella are really great, she helped me prepare for my Italian exam at the university - and I've passed it without problems. I feel much more confident with my Italian now. Would totally recommend.

  • Ganna Kazanova's profile picture

    Ci sono voluti 6 mesi per prepararmi per il test di cittadinanza con Donatella
    Grazie Donatella per il tempo che hai speso per prepararmi all'esame di cittadinanza.
    In questi strani tempi del virus è stato fantastico poter continuare le nostre lezioni senza interruzioni mentre tutte le scuole di lingua venivano chiuse.
    Mi sono piaciute le nostre lezioni anche quando abbiamo studiato grammatica e grazie per aver consigliato molte possibilità su come studiare l’Italiano anche da sola.

  • Rosy LoRusso's profile picture

    Donatella is so friendly and lovely to learn from. I never feel silly or judged when I don't know the answer to a question. She's very patient and kind.

  • Michalina Rączka's profile picture

    Very nice lesson, entirely in italian :)

  • Anna Pietrucha's profile picture

    Learning italian with Donatella is really amazing - I would recommend it to everybody. She asks clearly what you want to achieve at the end of the lessons and she sticks to the plan. I also really like that we speak only Italian, it truly helps overcoming the fears and makes you feel more confident using the language. I can't recommend it enough :)

  • Piotr Gołąb's profile picture

    Donatella is a very nice, patient and communicative teacher. Pace of the lesson was well adjusted. She clarifies grammar issues in a clear manner, there is enough time and space for questions, excersises and interesting conversation. I'm happy to learn Italian with her.

  • Ganna Kazanova's profile picture

    Great lesson with Donatella!
    I can feel the progress with my Italian thanks to her