The Belli Scolari are placed at three different levels. The Principianti (Beginners) which is suited for Prep and Yr 1 students aged between 5 and 7 years of age. The next level is the Intermedi (Intermediate) and this age group is suited for students from Yr 1 to Yr 5, depending on their previous experience with Italian and how comfortable they feel with the Italian language. The 3rd level is the Avanzati (Advanced) and this group is for children who've had extensive experience with the language and who need a further extension, where grammar, vocabulary and fluency are the main focus. This class has two teachers if there are three or more students at different levels. Otherwise, one teacher will take the class. The focus is on bringing together the differing levels of students to promote unity and acceptance of varying abilities, at the same time grouping the students so they are each working with peers at their level, so they don't feel inadequate. The teachers focus on each group at a time and depending on the difficulty of the lesson the Intermediate group may be with the Advanced or with the Beginners to enhance their understanding and learning of the language. Students will be presented with a variety of styles of learning where children need to use their listening, speaking and thinking processing skills. This is then used in a practical experience so children need to use what they have learnt in class.
- To speak Italian with an authentic accent
- Songs and poems to further develop their understanding
- To use the italian grammar correctly
- Confidence with the italian language
- An experience that uses their Italian in real life
- Understanding of the uses of the Italian language
- Healthy snack and drink
- Large scrapbook with lines
Primary School Children - 5-10 Yrs Old
Vendor since 2017
Daniela Piccione, a highly experienced teacher of language and primary education, established Bella Lingua. Daniela has been teaching Italian and other subject areas in primary schools since 1996.
Experience teaching children and adults
She has taught both children and adults all over the world, in schools and businesses in Melbourne, London and Barcelona. Her experience includes teaching languages, literacy, numeracy, physical education, art, history, cultural studies, dance, drama, geography and music. She also holds a full registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching, and has been since they have been formed. Daniela has now become an official Category 1 member of the Australian Tutoring Association (ATA), based in Sydney. You’ll be able to find Daniela under Bella Lingua on their website www.ata.edu.au under ‘Find A Tutor’.
After 20 years of teaching and education experience, Daniela has started Bella Lingua to bring the beauty and magic of the Italian language to the children (and adults!) of Melbourne.
Daniela’s qualifications include:
- Bachelor of Education
- Bachelor of Teaching
- Certificate in Performing Arts
- Diploma of Secretarial Commerce
- Daniela also regularly attends the VATI conference to stay up to date with the latest advancements in teaching and education practice.
Our teaching philosophy
My reason for becoming a teacher is to provide children with a positive outlook in life.
As a child I was surrounded with a loving Italian family, with lots of adults and older children around me, who gave me lots of love and affection. This is very much the Italian way, as Italian adults adore children and give them a lot of attention. This experience has defined in me, my confidence. Upon deciding my career, I felt that teaching was my calling. I felt that the Italian way of interacting with children seemed to have a very positive affect on them, and I’d come to realise that this was my teaching method I was going to maintain.
Our Teaching Method
Bella Lingua’s teaching method is all about experience and living it. The best way to learn is by doing and when we allow children to have the opportunity to do, they will do it. So combining our teaching philosophy along with the teaching method of experiencing and doing, children will learn. Children will hear it, see it, feel it, touch it, create it and whilst children are doing all of this the language will naturally come to them as they hear the language during that experience. Daniela truly brings the magic into the language through her creativity and imagination. This method is effective, it’s successful and it’s positive. Bella Lingua’s teaching method is specialised and not all teachers are able to teach in this way. That’s why we are very picky in choosing who we hire as teachers. After all it is a Bella Lingua (a beautiful language) and that’s how we want to keep it.