Italian Language Classes 

The Ballarat Italian Association holds classes for students wanting to study the Italian language. We cater to all levels from beginners to advanced. Classes are held on Wednesdays during the school term. We will be taking new enrolments at the beginning of 2021. We are proud to present our Professoressa – Francesca Angeli-Urbini.

My passion for teaching Italian to adult students started in 1992, when I got a position at Scuola Palazzo Malvisi, in Bagno di Romagna, close to where I was living in Italy, teaching Italian to foreign students. I had just graduated from the University of Bologna with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Foreign Languages (English). I got to teach Italian to adults from all over the world and I absolutely loved the experience.

In 1993 my husband and I got married and decided to try the Australian adventure. Luckily enough we managed to settle in Melbourne where we lived for 18 years. While in Melbourne, as well as looking after my family, I worked as a language assistant at Co.As.It first and then for the Department of Education and Training Victoria. I have to say that my professional career in those years (1997-2003) was such fun, as I worked for language projects both on live television and pre-recorded videos. I also participated in the editing and recording of other language productions.

I took a break from that when I had my last child and later on decided to pursue a career as a school teacher. I obtained a Diploma of Education at the age of 45 and started teaching Italian at both secondary and primary schools, continuing all along teaching adults, both privately and at language centres.

My family and I moved to Ballarat in 2011 and while here I have been teaching Italian at several primary schools. In 2020, I stopped teaching primary school students and decided to attend (remotely) an Advanced Diploma of Interpreting at RMIT. I am finding the learning and the skills involved challenging and stimulating, as I have a chance to use my skills in a very purposeful way.

I have been teaching adults through BIA for two years now and I have absolutely loved the opportunity to share my knowledge for my language and my culture with people who are as passionate as me. I encourage everyone interested in the Italian language and culture to dive into the learning of this beautiful heritage that unfortunately is slowly disappearing from the cultural scene in Victoria.

“Il Mio Libro”

Italian Conversation Group

In 2021 The Italian Conversation Group will be meeting every week in Room 213 at Barkly Square, 25-39 Barkly Street Ballarat East.

Come along and join in. You don’t need to be fluent in Italian to enjoy the conversation. Rita facilitates the meetings and we gather for a friendly informal chat.


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