Indiana University Bloomington
Department of French and Italian

Tutors and Translators for Italian

The Department of French and Italian does not coordinate tutoring, but we do provide the following list of endorsed tutors, most of whom are graduate students in our programs. Tutors set their own rates and coordinate their own meetings with students. The average rate is $20 per hour.

Several of the individuals below also have skills and experience in translation – see their individual descriptions of their qualifications. Translators may set their rates per hour or according to the number of words/pages translated.

This list is updated at the beginning of fall and spring semesters, and in mid-May for the summer.

William Austin Alexander

I am a Master's student in Italian, first year. I teach a section of M100. I will have completed my M.A. in Italian from Middlebury College in the summer of 2013. I have extensive knowledge of the Italian Language so I could tutor through the M200 level courses.

Edward Bowen

Ph.D. student in Italian. Has experience teaching elementary and intermediate Italian as well as Italian cinema. He has worked for study abroad programs in Florence and Siena and also for Middlebury College's summer intensive language program.

Sara Dallavalle - native speaker

MA student in Italian Language at Bloomington, Instructor of M100 class; graduated and specialized in Foreign Languages and Literary translation (Italian, English and Spanish) back in Italy. I used to tutor especially kids, that made me a more patient and friendly teacher. Also available for conversation and translation.

Elizabeth (Liz) Elmi

Fluent, has studied Italian for 10 years and grew up with the language in her home since her mother is Italian. Liz also studied abroad in Italy (Bologna and Siena) three times in the past four years.

Danilo Francesconi - Italian native

Danilo graduated in Philosophy from the Universita degli Studi di Milano in Milan and successfully participated in the Public Examination for Teaching in 2000 in Italy; has the title of teacher of Italian for both Junior and High School; and has been working as a professional teacher for more than ten years.

Lucia Gemmani - Italian native speaker

PhD student in Italian Studies. Graduated and specialized in Italian Language and Literature in Italy, with focus on teaching. Teaching experience in elementary and intermediate Italian, and tutoring at all levels of Italian language and literature. Also available for conversation and translations.

Benjamin Hoffman - Italian native

Benjamin currently studies as an undergraduate at the Jacobs School of Music. He is natively bilingual in English and Italian, and also has experience tutoring German at IU. Focus on Italian pronunciation and culture as well as course materials; tutoring available at all levels in an informal, friendly setting.

Georgianne Marcinkovich

Georgianne has tutored students in 1st- and 2nd-year Italian since 1986, served as an interpreter and translator for a Pulitzer finalist on Capri, coordinates and leads arts related trips to Italy and is interested in interpreting opportunities pertaining to construction, engineering and industry.

Silvia Mollicchi - Italian native

Silvia graduated in Middle Eastern History and Culture from the Università Alma Mater Studiorum in Bologna, Italy. She is currently enrolled in her Masters degree at IU-Bloomington. She has three years tutoring experience and is also available for conversation.

Letizia Montroni - Italian Native Speaker

Letizia has tutored students all levels of Italian both in the US and Spain. She has taught M100, M150, M200 at IU and both M250 and M300 for the IU Florence Summer Program. She has a Postgraduate Degree in Specialist Translation from the University of Bologna, Advanced School of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators-SSLMIT, Forlì, Italy and has gained experience in the field.

Mariana Orsi - Italian Native Speaker

PhD Student in Italian, BA in Modern Literature, MA in Italian Language and Literature, (Università di Pisa, Italy) MA in Italian (Indiana University). Main research interests: Italian Renaissance Literature; Gender Studies. Three years experience in teaching and tutoring. Marianna taught both at IU and in the Florence Summer Program Italian language classes at all skills levels (M100-M150-M200-M250-M300) and is currently teaching a class on Italian Renaissance Literature. Available for tutoring all levels and translations.

Carlotta Paltrinieri - Italian native

I am a Native speaker, born and raised in Modena (Italy) and only recently moved to the United States. I am enrolled in my Master degree in Italian Literature at IU. I graduated in Bologna, major in Foreign Languages and Literature (Spanish, Portuguese and English). I am currently teaching a beginning Italian course at Indiana University (M100). I used to teach both Spanish and English back in Italy to Italian college students.

Andrea Polegato - Italian native

PhD student in Italian Literature. Five years experience in teaching Italian at all skill levels.

Sandro Puiatti - Italian native

Ph.D student in Italian Literature. M.A. in Italian, Florida State University. Laurea in Lettere, Università Ca' Foscari, Venice. Five years experience in teaching beginning and intermediate Italian and tutoring at all skill levels.

Karolina Serafin

An instructor and coordinator in French and Italian Department. I have been teaching Italian for 19 years both in Europe and in the USA. I have a Master and PhD degree in Italian Literature and Master with thesis in Second Language Acquisition. My goal is to help my students to be successful.

Adriana Varela

PhD student in Italian Literature. Four years experience teaching and tutoring Italian at all skill levels. Also available for translation and interpreting.

David N. Winkler

PhD student in Italian. B.S., Business Admin, Ithaca College, M.A., Middlebury College (summa cum laude), He has also taught English in Rome for 8 months and received the Teacher of the Year award in 2012.