All Luisa LT&T courses are organized and conducted by Luisa Montagner, an Italian native speaker born and raised in Venice. LLT&T's first and primary objective is to create tailored courses adapted to the specific needs of each learner; this has allowed us to work with clients of all backgrounds and paths of life, including:
Italian descendants reconnecting with their roots;
U.S. Military servicemembers and their families;
Enthusiasts preparing for an upcoming trip;
Professionals who use Italian for work.
You can get to know LLT&T students through our testimonials at the bottom of this page, or through all of our 5-star reviews on Thumbtack, Facebook and Google.
Materials and Language Certifications
Luisa LT&T offers a wide array of learning materials including music, videos, interactive flashcards, traditional textbooks, and original handouts, all available for download directly on this website (via login on a student account) or through link sharing to various platforms such as Quizlet, Youtube, SoundCloud, Spotify, and more.
All LT&T's courses and materials follow the common proficiency levels indicated by the CEFRL, or Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Luisa's lesson are assured to follow the standards required to pass Italian language certification exams such as CILS, CELI, Ditals, and the B1 Language Test required to individuals applying for Italian citizenship through marriage or residency.
Survival Program: Culture before Language
LLT&T survival courses are dedicated to students in a hurry. Luisa will provide you with the tools necessary to approach the Italian way of living through a personalized package of two, six, or ten lesson hours. Survival courses are particularly recommended for military approaching unexpected PCS, and in preparation for a short trip.
You will be able to choose the topics of your survival course in advance through a free consultation. If you want to cover a topic that is not offered in the standard list, Luisa will create ad hoc material for you at no additional charge. All learning materials will be available in printable PDF format, accompanied by videos and interactive flashcard sets to help you memorize useful phrases.
Meet the students
Ray is a Navy service member who has been living in Naples for the past few years. He contacted Luisa to reach full fluency after taking lessons with other teachers for years with mixed results.
"Luisa is the BEST Italian teacher I’ve had! 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. To me learning to speak Italian has become a passion and something I will continue for a long time. A while back I almost gave up but Luisa helped keep me motivated and on track. I can’t thank her enough!"
Meet Pam. Pam is a teacher, mother and homemaker from Pennsylvania. She decided to take a crash course with Luisa to prepare for her trip to Tuscany; she then extended her studies and is approaching the intermediate level.
Kelby relocated to Naples Navy Base in October 2019 and has been living there ever since.
Grace has a background in Italian studies and wanted to bring her language knowledge to the next level while working full time in Manhattan. Online lessons have been the perfect solution.
Daniel is the investment director of a company dealing in infrastructures and concessions in New York City. He contacted Luisa LT&T after his company announced a fusion with Gavio Group, one of Italy’s top industrial groups.
Joanne, a successful playwright and published author, is very passionate about her family heritage. Her last publication is centered around her father's recipes, brought directly from Italy and employed at his restaurants in New York.
Anna, a Georgetown alumna and polyglot from Virginia, keeps studying Italian while juggling her career as legal chief of staff and her three teenager children.
"I thoroughly enjoy my weekly Italian 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. I really appreciate that she makes herself accessible across the entire week so that I never feel stuck when I need clarification on something I’m practicing. I am so grateful to have found such a skilled and professional guide for this experience. "
"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!"
"For the past year, 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 can’t say enough positive things about learning with 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."
"Luisa is an incredible ITALIAN 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. She is also easy to talk to and makes you feel very comfortable.
I could not recommend Luisa enough. You are getting the best out there if you work with this native Italian!"
"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 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."
Mrs. Dina was born in Italy and moved to the US when she was very young. She wanted to improve her writing skills and learn how to differentiate between the standard language and her local dialect.
Laura travels to Italy every year to visit her cousins in Vietri sul Mare, but communication had been somewhat of an issue...It can be frustrating to talk to your loved ones when there is a language barrier!
"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."
"I love taking lessons online! It's much more convenient than meeting at a school. I can learn Italian in my pajamas!"
Alessia started studying with Luisa to reconnect with her roots and communicate better with her loved ones in Italy.
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