My profile

I’m an Italian language teacher who would like to connect her previous teaching/learning experience to the use of instructional media and distance education. You can read my motto on the right: it’s a citation by the Brazilian author João Guimarães Rosa (“Master is not who always teaches but who quickly learns”), something in which I truly believe!

About my languages:

  • Italian: my mother tongue
  • English: the huge resource that makes me able to communicate with friends and colleagues based all over the world
  • Portuguese: the language I love!
  • Spanish: just started 🙂
  • Albanian: object of my research in acquisitional linguistics
  • Turkish:  my challenge!

My current position: researcher in European projects

Other professional activities: language expert in Italian as a second language, e-learning courses designer and e-tutor, appointed professor at University of Macerata, Italy.

Past activities: Italian language facilitator for immigrant children and kids, teachers trainer in didactics of Italian as L2 and intercultural issues.

  1. January 17, 2008 at 9:51 am

    Hello Laura,
    I also believe that we as teachers must be quick learners and be constantly developing new skills and ideas for our classroom. I would like to share with you my motto:
    ” Technology will not replace teachers, but teachers who use technology will replace those who don´t”.
    We have a lot of things in common so I´m sure we will have many ideas to share.
    Hasta pronto

  2. lauraeffe
    January 18, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Hi Jennifer! I’m always so happy to meet motivated colleagues like you 🙂
    I strongly believe in the power of sharing and technology today helps us so much that it would be a pity not to take advantage of it!

  3. seafaringstranger
    March 31, 2008 at 1:35 am

    Ciao Jennifer!

    Your blog intrigues me… I love languages. I will be graduating this May with a BA degree in Italian Studies and minors in English Language and Linguistics. I hope to teach writing as well as english as a foreign language. Anyway, I’ll be by your blog often. 🙂

    Amanda
    http://seafaringstranger.com

  4. August 7, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    I came across your blog and I see that there are lots of teachers round the world who share the same feelings, objectives, dreams…I wish you all the best in this incredible journey. (I promise I’ll visit your blog frequently)
    Hugs
    Stella (from Argentina)

  5. lauraeffe
    August 11, 2008 at 8:46 am

    Hi Stella, thank you so much! I feel blogs used to share our passion as teachers is one of the best gift of web 2.0 so let’ keep in touch!

  6. September 5, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Hi, interesting posts here.
    I think I am the reverse of you language-wise:

    Portuguese: Native (from Brazil)
    English: 2nd First language
    Italian: The language I love
    Spanish: did about 2 years
    French: might start learning or might just confuse me…
    Romanian: would like to learn, but how would I keep it up-to-date when there isn’t much out there to keep me immersed?

    I am an instructional designer and love the discussion on emerging technologies used to create/mediate learning experiences.

    🙂

  7. September 5, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    It’s nice that you like Guimaraes Rosa too 🙂

  8. March 24, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Hi Laura,
    as I see from your profile, we share the same interests for languages and I think that some are really challenging.
    I found an interesting opportunity to learn from with engaging online lessons and a community to practise with native speakers ..LIVEMOCHA
    http://www.livemocha.com/
    You can find my name there, Fabrizia…of course 🙂

  9. lauraeffe
    March 24, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Hi! Thanks for the link, I discovered livemocha some months ago and I agree with you: it’s really useful to keep in touch with native speakers.
    Hugs, lauraeffe

  10. June 26, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Hello Lauraeffe,

    I found your blog from the list of top 100 blogs in 2012 from Lexiophiles.

    Thanks for a nice site.

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