Who I am Hello, my name is Anna Frances Lo Mastro, I was born in Tunbridge Wells in Kent, South East England.
I have loved foreign languages since a young age, even going so far as to try to create my own. It was an ambitious project for a ten year old and needless to say it didn't catch on! Most of my adult life I have lived abroad ( France and Italy ) and I have been in beautiful Caltagirone in Sicily for eleven years now.
Obviously I love the simple things in life and apart from my family, the sea and good food and wine, my other passion is reading classic novels. Classic novels contain important life lessons and beautiful language to explore. As a teacher some of my my favourite lessons have involved reading parts of novels with my students and talking about the hidden meaning in the etymology and context of more complex vocabulary and references. I believe that the emotional connection in reading an involving classic novel aids long term memorization and so is the perfect way to learn. If you see a particular aspect of language used by your favourite fictional character it has more sense and meaning for you.
For a year now I have been trying to involve existing and potential new students in developing a deeper relationship with the English language through reading.
If what I am saying resonates with you in any way I would love to hear from you.