Chiara Cortez has a research background and a degree in psychology from Stanford University. In over ten years' experience teaching English to students of different ages, backgrounds and ethnicities, Chiara has tried and tested different methods and developed her own unique teaching style that caters to different types of learners. Chiara is an avid language learner herself and has taken courses in French, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Amharic, and American Sign Language. Having been born and raised in Italy, she speaks Italian, as well. This course is a product of her conclusions regarding what she has found to work best both as a teacher and as a learner.