Language School

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An Italian Affair is a boutique language school located in the heart of Brighton and is dedicated to fostering a passion for and love of Italian language and culture. Our courses are for adults, business travellers or holidaymakers. We are committed to achieve excellence in the delivery of our courses and therefore only qualified, experienced and native teachers are employed. To achieve maximum learning outcomes our classes are small with a maximum of 8 students

The founder and Director, Antonella Nichinonni, has a strong connection with her region Umbria, and every year she offers bespoke travel experiences to her region. Come to Umbria with Antonella on one of her language, cultural and gastronomic tours. Daily interludes of Italian language with classes tailored to your level followed by fun filled afternoons of Umbrian culture and food.

Approach to Language – Learning and Teaching

Choosing to study Italian with An Italian Affair ensures you learn Italian in an authentic environment with qualified native teachers. Our courses are offered in settings, which are imbued with a particular Italian ambiance. Such a relaxed, enjoyable and more realistic setting, encourages learners to develop with confidence their conversational skills more successfully than that offered by the traditional classroom. Our Italian courses are designed to develop and promote communication skills through listening, speaking, reading and writing. The courses are designed for those who would like to gain a basic understanding of Italian or improve their Italian language skills further. Our Italian language courses are structured according to the Common European Framework of Reference. Class sizes are small to ensure each learner is guided through the learning process.

An Italian Affair uses the communicative teaching methodology to help the learners gain confidence and achieve fluency. The learners will be immersed in Italian dialogues using real life scenarios from the beginning of the course.  This involves learning how to use the language in realistic and everyday situations with an Italian speaker.

Where We Are:
An Italian Affair
126 Gardenvale Road
Ph: 0416 153 632

Term Dates 2020:

Term 1: 3rd of February – 6th of April
Term 2-3 & 4 to be advised

COST: $375 (10 week term X 2 hour lessons, total 20 hours of tuition)
Note: one can buy a package of 5 sessions at $225
Casual attendance: you must purchase the 5 sessions package above

The course will run with a minimum of 4 students. If the class does not go ahead, those enrolled will be refunded their deposit.
It there are only 2 or 3 students enrolled and are keen to start, the class may go ahead but at additional cost.

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Antonella Nichinonni

B.A. (hons), Grad. Diploma in Education, Certificate IV, Esaminatore CELI/CIC ( Universita` per Stranieri di Perugia) (University of Perugia for Foreigners accredited examiner for the CELI and CIC certificates in language proficiency).

Antonella, a native speaker, was born in Umbria, Italy. She has many years experience in teaching Italian language and culture to adults both in Australia and overseas in such institutions as Sydney University and the Dante Alighieri Society (Hong Kong).

She has a particular interest in the didactics of the Italian language for foreigners and consequently has an on going relationship with the University of Perugia which specialises in teaching Italian to foreign students. She is passionate about all things Italian and she believes that one learns best in a relaxed and less regimented environment.

Nastasia Bernardi a teach at An Italian Affair



Anastasia Bernardi

Laurea in Pedagogia con indirizzo psicologico ; Universita’ di Parma (Master of Education)
Postgraduate  Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) ; The University of Melbourne
Master of Teaching (Secondary) ; The University of Melbourne

A native Italian speaker with over a decade of teaching experience, I arrived in Australia in 2000 and I determined to formalise my passion for the Italian language and culture and their importance in the context of modern Australia by undertaking a Master of Teaching at Melbourne University to complement my existing Master of Education (Pedagogy) from Parma University, Italy.

As a mature-aged graduate, with a profound knowledge of contemporary Italian life and language and a recent background in private enterprise, I have a wealth of experience to offer adults and adolescent learners. I believe in full immersion in the Target Language, through which I create a genuine and comforting rapport with my students.

Qualified to teach from P – 12, I engage language learners with my enthusiasm, authentic background and breadth of expertise, incorporating teaching techniques enriched by my knowledge in Psychology and long experience of yoga workshops.

I offer a unique blend of experience, language expertise and up to date best practice teaching methodology.