RICCARDO: Hello Karen, how are you?
KAREN: I’m fine, thank you!
R: Can I ask you some questions for the school’s magazine?
K: Yes, sure you can
R: Where are you from?
K: I’m from Malta, a little island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea
R: How long have you been living here?
K: I’ve been living here for 15 years
R: When did you decide to become an English teacher abroad?
K: I was 30 years old before coming to Italy
R: What did you study?
K: I studied languages and teaching English as a second language
R: Do you like Italy?
K: I like Italy a lot especially the Lake Garda, Venice, Tuscany, and the good food
R: What’s your favourite Italian food?
K: My favourite Italian food is pizza, but also lasagne and polenta
R: What did you want to be when you were little? Did you want to become a teacher?
K: No, I wanted to be a hairdresser
R: How do you like it with the middle school kids?
K: It’s nice, sometimes difficult..
R: Do you spend all year here in Italy?
K: No, I spend two months in a year in Malta and Sardinia (Sardegna, n.d.r.)
R: What do you miss most about Malta?
K: I miss the weather, my family and the sea!
R: What connection has Malta with Italy?
K: There is no particular connection between them but we are neighbour
R: What are the main reasons to visit Malta?
K: The culture and history, all the beautiful churches and the beaches
R: What do you love most about teaching English?
K: Meeting new students and learning from them.
This is my 4th year at Catullo and I would love to continue teaching here!