Monthly Archives: March 2019





5:30pm – Pet (B1 Level)

At 5:30pm, I had a B1 level class filled with 8 14-17 year olds. The lesson focused on booking something online and the process of filling out a booking form. The worksheets given followed Soren Hedegaard and his journey from booking a flight to arrival and booking a rental car. First we discussed the necessary information for booking a flight (departure date, one way/return trip, etc) and also the different fare types e.g. economy, executive, first class etc. Then, when the rental car the students had the opportunity to practice filling out a booking form and difference between essential and non-essential information (essential is marked with an asterisk).



5pm – Starters (A1 Level)

This class was 5 girls, aged 8, 9 or 10. They were learning about food, specifically food they liked and disliked. We worked through pages 58 and 59 of their ‘Fun for Starters’ workbook and at the end played a game using their new vocabulary.


6:30pm – Ket (A2 Level)

In this unit, the children were learning about different stages of life: birth, growing up, going to school, moving house, going to university, getting married, having children and death.

This class were quite unsettled and continued to speak to each other in Italian despite being asking to speak in English when they are in the language centre. This was the first time I felt like I couldn’t communicate well enough with the class to deliver a strong lesson. They completed 3 of the pages but there were 6 or 7 in booklet.




5pm – Eagles (A1 level)

This class was 5 boys aged between 6 and 8. Our lesson revolved around verbs such as throw, bounce, hit, catch, kick and roll. Myself and Lisa co-taught the class. The boys were very rowdy but this was mostly due to the nature of the lesson. Some of the tasks asked the children to throw and catch a ball leading to high levels of excitement. Although, it was quite difficult to keep the children on task, i do believe finished the lesson with a good understanding of the new vocabulary words.

6pm – Pet B1 Level

Buy it online.





5pm – Puppies with Jemma (pre-A1)

As mentioned previously, the puppies are very young children who cannot read of write in either Italian or English. Today, they were learning about flags and the countries within the United Kingdom. The completed colouring sheets of the Union Jack, the map of the UK and also the stereotypical dress of an Englishman and Scotsman. There was only two children in the class today, Luigi and Angelo – twin brothers, and they completed the tasks very easily while learning the vocabulary associated with the task: England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, flag etc.

6:30pm – 1-2-1 lesson with Elisabetta (B1 Level)

Elisabetta has recently started a new job in Scafati, which requires her to travel abroad and speak with (in English) partners or clients of the firm. She has recently begun english lessons with Global Find and uses her classes to develop confidence in conversation and to broaden her vocabulary. Today, we discussed the concept of ‘presentations’ and what makes a presentation successful or unsuccessful. Elisabetta was able to thoroughly explain her answers and expand upon them when asked. Occasionally, she would have difficultly finding the english translation but I she could provide synonyms and from there I could assist her.




5pm – Ket with Katia (A2 Level)

I observed Katia’s lesson for an hour and a half today. The class was 1 girl and 2 boys aged 11 or 12. The were learning about modes of transport and how long certain journeys take. They also discussed  and revised the past and present forms of some verbs.


6:30pm – Conversation with Katia.

Katia is an Italian English teacher at global find and Daniela regularly alots time for her to talk with mother-tongue speakers to improve her pronunciation. We were discussing the topic of stereotypes and whether they are fair or true. The conversation was very casual and we regularly drifted of topic – giving her plenty of opportunity for conversation.




10am – Puppies (pre-A1)

This morning, I had the same class as last week except this time I was alone instead of with Lisa. There are 4 in the class, aged 4, 6, 6 and 8. Today, they were revising clothing so I started with the flashcards to jog their memory of the different vocabulary words. Angelo (8) and Maria Francesca (6) were very good at reading the word at the bottom of the flashcards and making an educated guess at how to pronounce it.

Later, they completed a colouring sheet and had to create their own outfits on a seperate sheet of paper. As you can see from the pictures, Angelo and Maria Francesca managed this task and even turned the page to draw their own outfit using the clothing items on the flashcards. Emanuele and Aurora (brother and sister) had difficultly concentrating this morning. Aurora had to be removed from the classroom after around an hour and a half as she was violent towards her brother and distracting the others in the class. Emanuele managed to regain concentration but did not complete the task to the same standard as the rest of the class.

The Values and Culture of Global Find


Global Find language school prides itself in bringing a wide range of culture to its school. They have a mix of British mother-tongue teachers and Italian mother-tongue teachers, who can speak both English and Italian. They also take work-away teachers who come from all over the world. This is very important to the school as they want the students to hear English mother-tongue teachers from all corners of the globe. Before we arrived, there was an American woman teaching here, and after we leave there will be girls coming from New Zealand. The school believe that this is highly important as the students can learn English in different methods and be able to hear the difference between British English and other countries who speak English, encouraging them to notice different dialects.

All the teachers here share the love for teaching, it is amazing to see such a small group of teachers in a school who work so close together, so they can provide the best possible learning experiences for the children. Each teacher brings their own unique teaching style, two are native Italian speakers and have learned English through school or university, one is from England and moved here so has learned Italian from moving over, and Daniela, one of the associates, has lived in all corners of the globe, with English being her first spoken language. They all bring their own methods of teaching, at the same time, following the Cambridge English requirements of learning English, especially for students sitting exams.

Daniela and Ida are the two main associates of the school and each have a vital role in the daily running of the school – Monday to Saturday. Ida oversees payments to the school, and outgoings, along with speaking to parents, meeting and greeting each of them and the students as they arrive in the school. Maintaining the websites and advertising also. Daniela, who I refer to as the “main teacher” overlooks all lessons and plans. She has lesson plans made up for a whole week of what she wants each class to work towards and develop, following the Cambridge English requirements and ensuring they are upheld in each class.

As soon as the children come into the school, it is all about learning English. They have tea and biscuits waiting for them on arrival, to encourage them to be part of the English culture. The walls have different maps of the UK, and names of cities across the world. When they walk in, Daniela has said that the only words used should be English, this is to ensure they are totally focussed on practicing their English. The school encourage this, and make sure no one feels embarrassed or scared to make any mistakes – if you are trying then no mistakes can be made.

Cooking Lesson


Today, as part of the culture side of our Italian lessons, we made pasta and bolognese sauce completely from scratch. We prepared the whole meal without speaking English. Eda spoke to us only in Italian so we learned a lot of vocabulary for kitchen utensils and verbs such as pour, stir, cut.






On Sunday, we caught the train to Naples. Jemma and I have before stayed in Naples before and we excited to be able to show Lisa around. We got the train from Scafati to Naples, arriving at Piazza Garibaldi train station at 12:03pm.   

Some of the architecture in Naples is so beautiful. Big, bright colourful beautiful that you wouldn’t see back home in Scafati.

We walked from the station down to the port, where we stopped to have lunch and some cocktails.

We walked further along the water front to find a nice place to sit and enjoy the sunny weather. At the other end of the port, we found a nice park filled with locals enjoying their Sunday with their families.

(we may have enjoyed some wine while enjoying the weather)


On our walk back to the main shopping street in Naples, we passed the Castel Nuovo.



We very much enjoyed our first visit to Naples and will definitely return soon!








In addition to teaching English during our time in Italy, we are being taught Italian. Our host Daniela arranged this for us and insists that in addition to learning the language we must experience Italian culture. Our first Italian class is on Monday, however on Saturday night Daniela took us to visit the nearby city of Castellammare – Castle on the Sea. As we arrived, the sun was started to set and the view across the sea to the Castle on the opposite side of the coast was spectacular. The sky tinted pink with candy floss clouds. The sand still dyed black from the volcanic eruption all those years ago.

We walked along the beach promenade to the other end of the coast line. My apple watch long since indicating to me that I had completed the necessary number of the steps of the day.  We reached funny looking ‘fountain’ – water flowing from 5 spouts spaced out along the harbour wall. Daniela explained that this was fresh water all the way from the top of the mountains which, incredibly, is naturally carbonated. As I drank from my cupped hands, I couldn’t comprehend how this water could possibly become fizzy on its travels down to the fountain. The water is named after the Madonna and is called “l’acqua dei navigalori” – The water of the navigators (the fishermen of the town). The residents of Castellammare claim the water can cure almost anything – with doctors still prescribing it to cure various medical conditions such as gall stones and infertility.

Daniela also introduced us to one of her favourite Italian snacks/desserts. We had a traditional Italian donut – deep fried and coated in sugar. I wish I had taken a picture before I inhaled it in 0.3 seconds. The donut shop exterior will have to suffice. It is already very clear to me within my 2 days of being here that Italians love sweet things. Very sweet.

We drove home via Pompeii and had the chance to see the main square and cathedral.

At the end of a very pleasant evening, Daniela opened up her home to us and invited us to have tea with her family. The food was incredible and the company even better. Since arriving, Daniela has made us feel extremely welcome and at home and could not do more for us.

I look forward to seeing more of the beautiful sights that are right on our doorstep.


(SECTION 2 – placement provider overview)


I plan to use this blog to keep a record of my time here in Italy as part of my Learning from Life placement. I am working in a language centre teaching English to children, teenagers and adults. The centre is called Global Find and it is run by our hosts Daniela and, Ida, alongside another associate, Francesco, who works in accounting. Daniela regularly teaches classes within the school as well as planning and resourcing the lessons for the other 2 teachers who are employed by Global Find, Katia and Gilda. The school relies on mothertongue volunteering to support their growing business throughout the year. The school opened almost 2 years ago and has grown to provide over 100 students with regular English lessons – following the ‘Cambridge English’ curriculum. They have recently expanded their school to offer lessons within the nearby city of Pompeii.

The parents of the students are highly involved in discussing their child’s progress. Daniela and Ida regularly meet with parents to keep them up to date and discuss any issues. From what I’ve witness, parents are very focused on ensuring their children learn English from a Young age because of its preceived importance within modern society. A lot of university courses in Italy require a certain level of English to be achieveed within its entry requirements.

The teachers each bring an individual and unique teaching background to the school. Daniela previous worked in an English language school before setting up Global Find. In addition, she lived with her family in Scotland for a number of years while also returning in her early 20s to complete a university course at King’s College in Aberdeen. Gilda originates from England but relocated to Italy with her husband who is originally from this area. She is therefore bilingual and can provide a deeper understanding to the children by translate their new English vocabulary into the Italian translation. Katia is Italian but studied English at university and then went on to become an elementary school teacher in Scafati. She, like Gilda, is able to provide the translation to her pupils which mothertongue volunteers, like myself, cannot. She can also empathise with the pupils in her class because she has been in their position, having grown-up in Italy and learned English at a language school throughout her childhood.

The school relies on help from volunteers throughout the year to support their growing business. She has hosted bolunteers from the USA and English in the past. She looks for mothertongue speakers so the students can understand different ways the english language is spoken through different accents and dialects.

The students at the school range in age and abilities – from 3 years old to adult classes. Ability includes absolute beginner, beginner, intermediate and advanced and is given the scale from A1 – C2.




Jemma, Lisa and I landed in Naples on Friday (15/3/19) and were thrown into the deep end, teaching our first lessons that evening. The school host classes in the morning – mainly private 1-2-1 lessons either in person or over video-call – and in the evening for children, teenagers and adult classes in a various of levels. There are additional classes on Saturday mornings for those who cannot attend during the week.

My class on Friday was from 6-7:30pm and consisted of 7 16-17 year olds completing B1 level. Students at this stage have a good understanding of conversation english and was working to improve their knowledge of grammar ahead of their exams in June. At the beginning of the lesson, I introduced myself and told the class about some of my interests and hobbies. They did the same in return before officially starting the lesson. The lesson plan was focused on fashion and learning vocabulary surrounding the types of clothes and pattern worn on a catwalk during a fashion show.



On Saturday morning (10am-12pm), Lisa and I co-taught a lesson to the ‘Puppies’ who study pre-A1 level. The children are between the age of 4 and 7 and cannot read or write. The lesson was on vegetables. We used flashcards to teach the vocabulary (carrot, potato, leek etc.) and then proceeded to play games used their new words.

Self-Assessment Audit



Pictured above is my self-assessment audit from my professional practice in first year.

I set myself 3 goals:

Gain experience in planning for a number of different subjects which interest and excite the pupils in my class to ensuring they feel valued and supported within my classroom.

Develop classroom organisation and behaviour management skills (in line with the schools ‘relationships policy’)

Confidently use a number of formative assessment techniques

Looking back, I think I met these goals successfully and by the end of the 6-week placement I felt confident in all three of these areas.

This year, however, the setting I have chosen to attend while similar in its aim – to teach children and young people – it will impose a different challenge in the way of a language barrier.

Within this placement, I hope to gain a deeper knowledge of the Italian language – building on the Italian Stage 1 course I have been attending this year. I will receive weekly Italian language and cooking lessons while in Italy so I hope that throughout my 6 weeks at Global Find, I will feel comfortable to use my knowledge to build a relationship with the students. While I teach them english, the can feel a sense of empowerment by helping me to learn Italian.

Also, I am aware that adults can also attend lessons at the school so I hope to gain experience in taking adults classes and how to communicate professionally with them in this environment.

Lastly, I hope to further improve upon my classroom organisation and behavioural management skills. I feel that the language barrier may affect this greatly but I hope to learn strategies to work around this. I think in the future I will have a greater understanding and empathy for ESL students and the difficulties they face when moved to a English speaking lesson. I hope to be able to use my experience and the strategies I hope to learn throughout my career as a registered teacher.



I have chosen to spend my learning from life placement working at Global Find in Italy. Global Find is a language centre in Scafatti, close to Pompeii. The language centre helps a wide range of students to learn English, improve their current knowledge and skills and to provide help for their CELI exams. I will be working with classes and 1-2-1 with students to help improve their English fluency.

I have chosen to work with Global Find as teaching English as a foreign language would be a completely new experience for me. It will also help me to develop professionally as I will be learning first-hand how people learn an additional language. I feel this placement would be beneficial throughout my continually professional development as it will provide me with the knowledge to help EAL students in future placements or with teaching other languages such as Italian or Spanish. I will have a much better understanding of practical strategies and techniques for language acquisition, I will also be immersing myself in another country whose first language is different to my own, so it will be a high learning curve for me.

I believe the benefits to be: further experience within an educational setting; experience working with international students, living and being immersed in another culture; opportunities to improve my communication skills within both professional and social settings, and improve my knowledge of the Italian language.

I will bring my passion for teaching to the school, which will hopefully result in interesting and engaging lessons for the students. My enthusiasm and passion for learning foreign languages will be a positive addition to the school. I am currently studying beginner level Italian so I hope that by March I will have a basic understanding of the language and will be able to communicate with the students and fellow teachers. I believe my interest in learning more about Italy as a country and its culture and history will make students feel engaged and excited about sharing their knowledge and experiences.


(Record of Planning – SECTION 1)

During the summer break last year, Jemma, Lisa and I contemplated the idea of going abroad for our Learning from Life placement in second semester. We found a website called ‘’ where organisations, employers and hosts create profiles explaining the work they can offer. Volunteer make profiles in return to apply and communicate to possible hosts.

We made our profile in August and found Global Find soon after. Daniela was keen to accept 3 trainee teachers to assist in the running of her private English language school. (A fuller description of Global Find can be found on the post ‘Italy’ published on 19/3/19)

Lisa and I’s Profile:


We are both currently at university studying Education – to become primary school teachers (5-11yrs). As part of our second year placement, we must volunteer, somewhere of our own choosing, for 6 weeks to further our professional development. This is between the months of March and May. We are interested in gaining experience within different school settings and curriculums, while immersing ourselves in another culture.

Before university, we both completed a HNC certificate in Childhood Practice and are qualified nursery teachers (birth – 5yrs).

As you can see we have linked with our friend Jemma, who is also studying education. We would love to experience this opportunity together. As a group we have discussed ‘workaway’ and decided it would be most beneficial to us. We believe it would also benefit the host, if we could be placed together as we have a great working relationship as well as a friendship. We showed this last year during our placement as we supported each other and were able to bounce professional ideas off each other.”

Pictures of Global Find’s WorkAway profile:


“We are a Language school in the South of Italy. We are a Cambridge English Exams preparation centre and a CELI certified centre (Italian for Foreigners) accreditated by the university of Perugia.

We are a team of four professionals whose mission is to plan and deliver professional and professionalizing training courses. The objective is gaining a high position and high quality in teaching of foreign languages in our local area. It is aiming at becoming a landmark for all those who want to learn and become fluent in languages that are not their native one, with a specific attention to the English language and the Italian language for non-native speakers.

The Association aims to reach the objective in terms of results and brand equity in order to equal the investment in the first three years. The mission is to offer a teaching methodology that aims at the real learning of a foreign language. The Association wants to fill the still existing gap in the Italian public/private schools, through the communicative method. A method believed to reach the goals in a short time and give the students the possibility to become fluent in the foreign language they are studying, thanks also to specialised teachers and innovative teaching methods.”