Our team

Our team is made up of an administration manager, a course coordinator, a marketing manager and a permanent group of teachers. Our teachers are mother-tongue graduates, highly specialized in the teaching of Italian as a foreign language. All with many years of experience in the sector, they were selected on the basis of their communicative and professional skills.

Members

Serena

Serena

Hi, my name’s Serena. I’ve been working at the school since 1992 and have been a partner since 1993. I have a diploma in Interpreting and Translation. I’m in charge of administration and deal with enrolments, payments, accommodation and other services including translations and study holidays. In my free time I enjoy reading, going to the cinema and concerts, walking in the mountains and of course travelling. You’ll find me in the reception area, behind my desk, ready to help you if you need me!

Serafina

Serafina d'Agostino

Hi, my name’s Serafina. I graduated in German and Romance studies in Switzerland and at DAMS in Italy. I am qualified to teach Italian and German, I possess a DITALS certificate and I am a registered CELI examiner. I have been working in language teaching and training for over 30 years. My job at ARCA is to organize and coordinate the courses, assess the levels of the students and divide them into classes. Sometimes I’ll also be your teacher. Along with Serena I will be happy to deal with any questions or requests you might have.

Massimo

Massimo

Hello, my name is Massimo! I’ve been working at ARCA since 2011, and besides the language courses I also deal with Italian culture: literature, cinema, art. I’m also a music journalist, so we can listen to some pieces and songs together. In class I also like to discuss society, history and politics, as well as the many traditions and customs of our “Belpaese”. So I look forward to meeting you all, to share with you a taste of Italy!

Ludovico

Ludovico

Hi, I’m Ludovico, I’ve been teaching at ARCA for several years and during my lessons I love taking my students on a trip through space and time! My main topics of interest are current affairs and contemporary history, whereas music is my greatest passion . I’m very keen to help you make friends with the Italian language and the city of Bologna.

Lucia Cristina

Lucia CristinaHello! My name’s Lucia Cristina. I’ve been working for Arca as an Italian language teacher since September 2014. I am also a registered CELI examiner. While I was studying foriegn languages (German, English and a bit of French and Russian) I discovered that what I like best is to share my passion for my language, Italian, with the rest of the world. So that’s why I decided to specialize in this area.I really enjoy cooking as well and I think this is another excellent way to explore my country’s culture!

Chiara

ChiaraHi! I’m Chiara, one of the Italian teachers, and I will be very pleased to meet you here at ARCA. I was born in Florence but now live in Bologna and I’ve always been keen on the history of art, in particular that of the Renaissance. This is why I deal with the organization of courses in the history of art. It will be a pleasure for me to spend some afternoons together discovering Bologna or other splendid Italian towns!

Carla

CarlaHi, my name’s Carla and i am originally from Puglia. I’ve been with ARCA since October 2015. At university I studied Foreign Languages and Literatures, Foreign Language Didactics and Anthropology. I’m particularly fond of discussing politics, modern and contemporary history, cultural and intercultural studies, and gender studies. I’ve travelled a lot and I lived abroad. I love poetry, dance and encountering other cultures, different experiences, points of view, knowledge and mentalities. I hope that you too will be able to enjoy the stimulating atmosphere of our school!

Iolanda

Hello! My name’s Iolanda and I’ve been teaching Italian since 2009. I studied linguistics and modern literature at Bologna university and my personal interests are the cinema, travel literature and taking long walks in the country. I’m looking forward to meeting you at Arca, where you will not only learn the language but also be introduced to the wealth of Italian culture and our lifestyle. Together, we will discuss the cinema, literature, music, current affairs and any other topic you are interested in: any suggestions from you will be welcome!

Corinna

CorinnaHi, my name’s Corinna and I’ve been teaching at Arca since 2014. I graduated in Philosophy and then specialised in teaching Italian to foreigners with a Ditals certificate. I was born in Le Marche, but I’ve lived in Bologna since 2000, mainly because of its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. I hope that as well as the Italian course, our students can also appreciate and enjoy the beauty of this unique city.

Laura

Laura

I’m Laura and I’m very pleased to meet you! I deal with marketing and promoting the school: I look after the contacts with clients, advertising, special packages, in other words everything concerning the commercial side of the courses.

Dora

My name’s Dora and I started teaching Italian whilst travelling round the world., I began to appreciate my language and my culture far more when I was studying and living abroad. Now that I’m back in Italy, I enjoy continue this cultural exchange that allows me to share and learn new things. A way to travel while standing up in front of a class.
I have a degree in literature and philosophy. I am interested in linguistics, history and popular cultures. I love singing, reading, film and museums. I like the countryside but also appreciate lovely cities, like Bologna.

Raluca

Hi, my name’s Raluca. I graduated in International Cooperation and Development, which has given me a solid grounding in economics, politics & linguistics. My role at ARCA/Modern English Study Centre is to assist staff with the administration and other services of the school. I love my job because it gives me the opportunity to meet different people from around the world; to develop professionally and personally; to put my skills into practice.
In my free time I enjoy reading, going for long walks, travelling and volunteering at various associations in Bologna. I will be more than happy to meet you, and – if I can – help you.

Matteo

Hi everybody! My name’s Matteo and I was born in Modena.
I studied in Parma, Krakow and, lastly, in Venice, where I graduated in Language Sciences.
For two years I helped refugees to learn Italian, then, several months ago, I arrived here in Bologna, a city famous for its culture and arcades, and capital of good food.
My greatest passions are linguistics and teaching, but my interests also include psychology, philosophy, rock music (and heavy metal!) and comics.