YOUR ITALIAN TEACHER
I’m passionate about my culture, heritage, and language. I love nothing more than helping others become fluent and confident Italian speakers!
Learning a new language literally transformed my life. I experienced firsthand what it feels like to transition from monolingual to becoming fluent in another language, English in my case.
I’m a native Italian speaker, born and raised in Bergamo, Italy. In 2015 I earned my B.A. in Modern Languages from the University of Bergamo and discovered my true passion for languages and linguistics. I continued my studies with an M.A. in Linguistics from Indiana State University, and a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Arizona.
HOW IT ALL STARTED…
Margherita’s Teaching Journey
GRADUATED WITH MY B.A. IN MODERN LANGUAGES
I earned my B.A. in Modern Languages from the University of Bergamo, where I first studied linguistics and focused on four languages: Italian, English, Spanish, and French.
MOVED FROM ITALY TO INDIANA, UNITED STATES
Soon after graduation, I moved from my hometown Bergamo, Italy, to Terre Haute, Indiana. I continued my studies in a fully-funded linguistics program and joined my then fiancé, now husband, Matt.
GRADUATED WITH MY M.A. IN LINGUISTICS
I earned my first advanced degree from Indiana State University, where I had the privilege of instructing hundreds of students in university-level Spanish, Italian, and ESL courses.
MOVED FROM INDIANA TO ARIZONA, UNITED STATES
I was awarded a full-ride teaching assistantship in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching program at the University of Arizona and moved to sunny Tucson. There I started teaching university-level Italian courses for all proficiency levels, in both face-to-face and online formats.
GRADUATED WITH MY PH.D. IN APPLIED LINGUISTICS
I earned my degree from the University of Arizona and presented my research on leveraging technology in language teaching at over 50 conferences. In addition to publishing scholarly articles, I had the privilege of learning from leading experts in applied linguistics – and even dined with the renowned Stephen Krashen!
OFFICIALLY STARTED ITALIAN MATTERS
My goal was to empower Italian learners globally by sharing my expertise in linguistics and assisting them in achieving fluency and confidence. I launched Italian Matters by offering concise lessons, grammar tutorials, guides, and quizzes on social media and through the Italian Grammar Made Easy podcast.
ENROLLED THE FIRST COHORT OF STUDENTS
I welcomed my first cohort of 140 students in the online course “Italian Basics For English Speakers”. This comprehensive course emphasized all four core language skills and provided individualized weekly feedback to monitor and support each student’s progress throughout its duration.
CREATED THREE more ONLINE ITALIAN LEARNING PROGRAMS
In response to student feedback, I expanded the Italian Matters Team and developed additional online Italian courses, ensuring learners overcome challenges and continue progressing in their Italian language journey.
HIT 3 MILLION FOLLOWERS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
In just under two years, our Italian Matters community on social media grew to over 3 million followers. Enrollments in our online Italian language courses skyrocketed, with many students realizing their dream of attaining Italian fluency with the comprehensive Italian Matters programs.
HELPED THOUSANDS OF ITALIAN LEARNERS BECOME FLUENT SPEAKERS
By mid-2023, we welcomed over 10,000 students in our free and premium online courses. Today, we continue providing top-ranked programs and resources to Italian learners all over the world, recognizing that support, feedback, and accountability are pivotal in mastering a new language.
JOIN OUR COMMUNITY OF SUCCESSFUL ITALIAN SPEAKERS
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At Italian Matters we know that you want to be a fluent and confident Italian speaker. To achieve that, you need the strategies, materials, and support that will give you concrete results. However, navigating a language alone, whether with a textbook or an app, can feel overwhelming, leaving you frustrated and lost.
We believe that anyone can master Italian with streamlined materials, and the support of trained language teachers. That’s why we offer step-by-step programs where you can ask questions, get unstuck, and truly make progress in your Italian language journey.