My name is Stefania Gioffrè and I’m an English teacher. I currently live and teach in Rome (Italy), after several years of working experience in London to improve my English skills.

I’ve been teaching English (as a foreign language and literature) to high school students for 20 years.

I love teaching because it is an ongoing learning process, both for the benefit of the students and the teacher.

If I weren’t a teacher, I’d do something related with comparative literature. Literature makes you grow up, realize and take action.

For all my current students I made available a website, whose purpose is to provide resources to supplement the classroom experience, aid the homework effort, and enrich learning as well as to keep the lines of communication open among my students, their parents, and me. Here is the link : http://tinkerbell.xoom.it/

The purpose of this blog is to keep a daily communication line with all of my students, colleagues and anyone who wants to share English teaching experience with me.

Thank you for stopping by,



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  1. Hi Stephania, Just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for a whole heap of awards – The sisterhood of world bloggers, the inner peace award, the angel award, the wonderful team member readership award and the wordpress family award. You can find out more at http://irenewaters19.com/2014/05/19/awards-galore-inner-peace-angels-award-sisterhood-wordpress-family-and-more/
    Hope you will accept. I just wanted to let you know how much I have appreciated your visits, your posts since meeting. Cheers Irene

  2. I want to thank you for following “A Way With Words.” My joy in writing is made more complete as people read what I’ve written.

    While I primarily post on faith and mental illness, I’m known to dabble in other subjects, stories, and even the occasional poem. If you have any requests, let me know.

    I commend you for your devotion to teach and stay connected to your students. I pray you are blessed as you are a blessing to others.

    Tony Roberts

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  5. Brilliant blog; thank you for following mine, but I’m afraid it will disappoint, because I have very little left to say! I look forward to delving into yours.

  6. Thank you so very much for the “like” of my recent guest post, entitled “Council of Nicaea,” at First Night History. Please know, I am working on a book-blog which can be seen at [one word] theoryofirony.com, then clicking on either the “sample chapter” or “blog” buttons at the top. My Rube Goldberg brain asks with an odd, well-caffeinated kind of logic: Why is there an inverse proportion between the size of the print and the importance of the message? Politics. Science. Commerce. Art. Literature. Military. Religion. I call this eccentric thinking the Theory of Irony and if your busy schedule permits, give a read, leave a comment or create a blogroll link. In any event, best of luck with your own endeavors.

    P.S. Pippa’s (PJR) Blog, above, is wonderful; She is on my blogroll as well.

    • I better retire now before the inevitable falling-off! There must have been a lightning strike on my blog which now has passed, and the connection with wonderful is lost. If only “real” life were not just as Erik describes – “the inverse proportion between the size of the print and the importance of the message” – that old gap between aspiration and achievement yawns again.

  7. Hi, I had a like from you and I thought I would drop in and say hello. Your blog is amazing and from the comments I can see your follow are really engaged. TTS : )

  8. Thanks for following The Immortal Jukebox. I hope you are finding lots to entertain you and maybe making some discoveries. If you haven’t visited for a while check it out again. Please feel free to add comments. Good luck with your blog. Regards Thom.

  9. It makes sense that you are a teacher. I would never have guessed that English is your second language, but it probably doesn’t feel like a second language after teaching literature for 20 years. Thanks for blogging.

  10. I have been woefully negligent by not thanking you sooner for all of your support for my blog. I am not much of a blog reader ironically, but I will make time to peruse yours soon. I am swamped with writing my first novel and in way over my head with it. I also read a lot, mostly fiction.

    I do, however, believe strongly in reciprocity. Hence, the promise to read your writing more often. I am looking forward to it and again, thank you so much for your Likes. I have a timid ego where my writing is concerned and every little bit helps my confidence. 🙂

  11. Hi, I found the article very interesting, because it discusses about an important topic. As a student and a teenager I wish there was no homework, so I could spend all my energies in social life, sports and hobbies; unfortunately, I know that school is very important.
    In my opinion Italian school should be organized in a different way. We usually work a lot at home – on our own – and not enough at school, because the lessons are too short. So I think we should have longer and harder classes, and less homework.

  12. Thanks for following my blog! I hope you find plenty of interesting things to read in it. I shall return the favour: I’m an English teacher (retired) and called Stefan. I already found a couple of interesting posts so will be back for more.

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  16. Thanks for liking my blog! I am a former teacher of English at the high school level (in the US, so it was about literature as well as grammar and writing. ) Enjoyed your blog about Oliver Cromwell and the odd things that happened to his remains. There are some parallels to what is going on in the US now re pulling down statues of notables because of the sins they committed from the 21st century point of view, despite the same actions being quite normal for their times.

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