All Luisa Language Teaching Italian courses are organized and conducted by Luisa Montagner, a qualified native speaker born and raised in Venice. Luisa's first and primary objective is to create tailored courses adapted to the specific needs of each learner. Luisa's courses have helped students from all paths of life, including:
Italian descendants reconnecting with their roots
U.S. Military service members and their families
Enthusiasts preparing for an upcoming trip
Professionals who use Italian for work
As all of Luisa's materials and lesson plans follow CEFRL guidelines (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), they are perfectly suited for those who intend to obtain CILS, CELI, Ditals, and other certifications such as the B1 Language Test for individuals applying for Italian citizenship through marriage or residency.
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If you need to learn as much as possible in just a few weeks, traditional lessons might not be exactly what you are looking for. If you are approaching unexpected PCS, you are about to go on a last-minute business trip - or you are simply preparing for a surprise cruise with many stops in Italian towns: for these situations, we recommend a TIME CRUNCH Survival Course.
TIME CRUNCH is a personalized package of two, six, or ten lesson hours, during which Luisa will provide you with the tools necessary to approach the Italian way of living.
Meet the students
"I've been taking Italian classes with Luisa for about a year and it's been such a wonderful experience so far. Luisa focuses on speaking skills which paid off for me when I went to Italy about 6 months into my classes. I felt so much more confident speaking the language than I did in previous visits and had such a better understanding of the culture. It's been a joy taking lessons with her and I'd recommend her classes to anyone interested in learning another language."
"I thoroughly enjoy my weekly lessons with Luisa. As a fellow teacher I can say her lessons are really on point - she provides a well-balanced approach that incorporates listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as discussions about Italian culture. She uses quality materials and has tons of suggestions for additional resources. Luisa is extremely patient and kind."
"Being active duty military, when I was looking for an Italian teacher I knew flexibility was going to be key. Online lessons with Luisa have provided me exactly that. She's been able to provide me with engaging and focused lessons both here at home and when I was abroad in Italy. Grazie mille, Luisa!"
"Studying online with Luisa is very practical. I can take classes from my office at the best time for me. I work for an important Italian group here in New York, and besides classes, I can count on Luisa when I need a prompt response to address important work issues. Studying face-to-face on Skype has solved my problems - I can maintain my regular working schedule, no matter what city or country I am in."
I came to Luisa with a background in Italian grammar and conversational Italian. However, I lacked the confidence and practice to enjoy speaking in Italian for fear of making countless errors. After three lessons, I was speaking quickly, confidently, and I got my motivation back! After a few months, I advanced to the next proficiency level. We're now charging toward full fluency. Hire Luisa! You won't regret it.
"Luisa tailors her lessons to fit your needs and your goals. For me, that was helping me fill in the gaps in the language that I've had for years. She has also worked with many of my family members and has tailored her approach to them differently. I was astounded at the improvement I saw in my mom - when we went to Sicily I saw her have a full conversation with her cousins for the first time without my help. It almost brought me to tears."
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"I can't recommend Luisa enough! She is a fantastic instructor. She is patient, understanding, really makes an effort to understand your goals, and makes lessons informative and fun. My husband and I take Italian lessons with her and we appreciate that she teaches us cultural context along with the language itself. I am so glad we chose Luisa!"
"Luisa makes learning Italian fun and easy with a 'learn at your own pace' style of teaching. Her passion for teaching drives her to always go above and beyond and really gives you a good understanding of the culture and history of Italy while learning the language. There is not a question that I have asked that she has not given a clear and concise answer on and she always ensures that you have a good understanding of the subject before moving on. I would recommend 1000X over."
"Luisa is the BEST! I’ve had a number of Italian teachers at this point and none compare to Luisa! She is organized, has thoughtful lessons planned, and always on time! She has an incredible ability to detect small errors and bad habits and has a very unique helpful way of correcting them. A while back I almost gave up on Italian, but Luisa helped keep me motivated and on track. I can’t thank her enough!"
Luisa has been great! I have studied Italian on and off for years and she has been able to zero in on the holes in my knowledge and skip over the parts I do know. I feel like I am finally making real progress. She explains things very well!
"Luisa is an incredible teacher. I went through a few teachers before I had Luisa, and no one compares to her. She is very passionate about teaching language and her ability to speak ENGLISH is helpful. Her lessons are dynamic, creative and are designed to push us outside our comfort zone - which is exactly what I need when it comes to Italian. She is also very passionate, detailed and organized. She makes herself available in between classes for questions and going over homework."
"I love my lessons with Luisa. I am more comfortable using an online tutor because it just seems safer and more relaxing than having to meet someone in person."
"I’ve been really enjoying taking lessons with Luisa. Prior to our online sessions, I had taken Italian courses in college and studied abroad in Florence. Luisa has greatly expanded on my previous knowledge and has given me the confidence to begin speaking with my Italian relatives. She also incorporates cultural references within each lesson that further enhance your understanding of the Italian lifestyle. She is extremely dedicated and compiles many tools to reinforce the class concepts."
"I have been studying Italian with Luisa for over a year and I have learned so much! Luisa is patient and pushes me to be the best that I can, and she always makes herself available, night and day, for any questions I have. She sends materials in our off days, giving me even more time to practice the language. In a little over a year, I have already gone from a beginner to a B1 comprehension level. I love my class and learning from Luisa. She is truly the best!"
"The only way to learn how to speak a foreign language is...To speak the foreign language! Working with Luisa allows me to practice speaking, and doing a lesson online gives me the flexibility to fit it into my schedule. Thank you Luisa!"
"I love taking lessons online! It's much more convenient than meeting at a school. I can learn Italian in my pajamas!"
"Studying Italian online is perfect for me as an adult student. It allows me to work at my own level and integrate my assignments into my personal schedule. The tools now available online are incredible compared to when I first studied years ago in high school. It is a real benefit to have these tools also complemented by a wonderful teacher such as Luisa."