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About

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Communicative Approach

Engaging and dynamic lessons: team activities, role-play games, a guided discovery of grammar rules, group projects... To learn in a natural way, having fun.

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Passion and Enthusiasm

Thanks to our great passion for languages and their learning, we will follow you, a smile on our faces, in a customised way, whatever your needs.

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Innovative Tools

Interactive whiteboards, cyber homework, TV channels, individual pads, magazines, newspapers and a lot more to find out in our open access library.

ABOUT US

Passion and Professionality

Our family is specialised in language courses, translation, interpreting and other linguistic services and is based in Montalcino, Siena.

During the school year, we offer language courses for children, teenagers and adults. Signing up for our courses gives you access to a wide range of intercultural possibilities: participate in specialised workshops, watch films in their original language, travel abroad for the weekend, take part in cultural intitatives, attend English Full Immersion Weekends… and a lot more is to come!
During summertime, we offer Summer Camps and advice on study vacations and intensive/professional training courses or placements abroad.

Collaborating with other teachers, professional translators/interpreters and partner schools in foreign countries, we create connections between and among private customers, companies and schools.

THE TEACHERS

PATSY

has been teaching since 1991 and is the founder of the Canterbury School of English in Buenos Aires and of Creating Connections in Montalcino. During her university career, she participated in various projects and conferences concerning psycholinguistics and, after graduating at the Teacher Training College Dr. Joaquìn V. Gonzalez of Buenos Aires she gained experience as a language teacher in bilingual schools, where she teaches children, teenagers and adults. With over 25 years of experience she coordinates lessons, extracurricular projects and events, and is the soul of Creating Connections.

MELINA

is an Italian, English and Spanish simultaneous interpreter and translator. After graduating in Applied Interlinguistic Communication at the University of Trieste, she obtained a Masters Degree in Conference Interpreting and successfully completed the European Masters Degree in Conference Interpreting organised by the European institutions. Working for Creating Connections, Melina grew passionate of teaching languages and, in 2014, specialised in teaching English as a foreign language. She is fond of illustrations (check out some of her creations here), she thoroughly organises the school's creative workshops and provides translation and interpreting services, along with taking care of trips to foreign countries (in which is happy to take part whenever possible).

ANGELO

is a Spanish teacher (certified by the Instituto Cervantes) at Creating Connections.
He has a great passion for music, cinema and the Spanish-speaking world in general. He is in charge of the Spanish workshops and courses for children and adults, as well as the workshops in Spanish. When he is not teaching, Angelo takes care of photocopies, maintenance, gardening, technical and IT problem solving, transport logistics, student support and school office administration. If you cannot find him, he is probably making some coffee for you.

MATIAS

He loves travelling and knows five languages. After obtaining the Cambridge certificate to teach English as a foreign language, he decided to specialise in the field of education. He holds a degree in Education Studies at the University of Cambridge where he specialised in education policy and sociology of education. He is currently completing his Master’s in Education and International Development. In our schools, he is in charge of the organisation of courses, curricula, and Skype lessons. In collaboration with Melina and Patsy, he has worked on the development of the curriculum and pedagogies of the Bilingualism Project. Despite not living in the area, he takes part in all of Creating Connections’ major events, such as the Full Immersion and Summer Camps, and his constant presence during trips to foreign countries and weekends in London makes his a crucial member of our Team.

THE COLLABORATORS

ELENA

Elena started to develop a passion for teaching when she was 4 years old and since then she has developed it using her creativity as a child to guide her choices whilst growing up. As a child she lived in Dublin, where she learned English and French and developed an interest in language learning and teaching, that she still cultivates today. She decided to complete her degree in Education at the University of Cambridge where she also completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Education. She has taught English in many different international settings where she has had the ‘pleasure and the luck’ of sharing different experiences with children from vary diverse social situations; her most recent in a refugee camp in Greece. She strongly believes that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” (Nelson Mandela); as such one of her objectives is to empower children to fulfill their full potential and fight for their dreams. She uses creativity, dance and languages to encourage children to be themselves and to try out different challenges to grow as happy individuals.

STEFANIA

is a translator and simultaneous interpreter (in English, French and Spanish) who, after graduating at the School for Translators and Interpreters of the University of Trieste in Applied Interlinguistic Communication, completed a Masters Degree in Conference Interpreting in the same university and obtained a Masters Degree in Interpreting for the European Institutions. After having spent some months working for a translation agency in London, she decided to return to Italy, where she started collaborating with Creating Connections, mainly as a translator. Moreover, her great passion for foreign languages and cultures lead her, six years ago, to start studying Arabic (the standard language along with the Syro-lebanese dialect).

BALI

is currently studying Education at the University of Cambridge, specialising in Educational Philosophy and Sociology. Here she taught English on an intensive course and has au-paired for some of the younger students, she went on to teach in China and work in a small team of English Textbook writers. Her native language is English but she has also been learning Spanish and Italian. She is currently working on a research project with Creating Connections for her university dissertation.

THE SCHOOL

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