Teaching Team


Maria Ruggieri

Part-time Lecturer and Italian Language Coordinator

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●      Master Degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Education Sciences – University of Catania (2002)

●      Post-graduate Master in Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language – University for Foreigners of Siena (2009-2012) - Level 1 and Level 2 (specialization to teach Italian to Chinese speaking students and University students)

●      Official examiner for CILS - Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language -  University for Foreigners of Siena (Italy).

●      Teaching awards: Max Award - Spring 2009 as Distinguished Instructor at the Berlitz Language Center, San Francisco (USA).


Maria is the Italian language coordinator at the Center for Modern Languages and part-time lecturer in NTU. Her collaboration with NTU started in 2021.

During her twenty-year long career, she worked as lecturer of Italian both in Italy (teaching native and non-native speakers), USA and Singapore. She taught Italian from elementary to the most advanced levels at private and public institutions, corporations, and universities. This has enabled her to develop a wide range of teaching methods for each competence level.

She believes that the lecturer’s mission is to deliver engaging lessons that foster students’ participation from the very first class. Her classes are designed to simultaneously develop the four linguistic skills - listening, reading, speaking and writing - in a vibrant student-centered learning environment.

As a passionate teacher of her language and culture, her utmost goal is to see her students develop interest and passion for the very rich Italian culture, be it Italian art, gastronomy, music, cinema, history, literature, heritage and much more.