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Marco, a teacher: If students don’t ask questions and remain passive during the lesson, that’s feedback for me.

Marco, a teacher: If students don’t ask questions and remain passive during the lesson, that’s feedback for me.

Language school is not just exercises and textbooks, it’s experienced and qualified teachers who have already opened the door to the world of English for many of our students. They are not only professionals in their field, but also interesting people, world travelers and unique personalities. Get to know them better with us.

Marco Talia is originally from Italy, but has spent much of his life outside his native country. In fact, before he started teaching English he worked in a completely different industry. However, he loves to develop his knowledge and is always looking to push himself further, which eventually led him to teach English with us. Read more about Marco and find out what he loves most about his current job.

Tell us more about your home.

I was born and raised in Naples, but I’ve spent most of my professional career in Rome, Milan, Paris, London, and Washington, D.C..

Do you ever get homesick?

Honestly, I don’t miss Italy very much.

How did you get into teaching English?

I worked as an international marketing and sales professional in the private sector for over 28 years. When I started to consider a bigger change in my professional life, I focused on just wanting to learn something new. And if you teach someone, you automatically learn too. So my decision-making was pretty simple.

How many years have you been teaching English?

I can answer both questions the same: a year, although I tried my hand at teaching during my last stint at a corporation where I trained managers.

How did you get into The Bridge?

I simply responded to an online lecturer position in March 2023.

Where did you work before?

As a sales manager, I worked mainly in Europe and North America. I started looking for something different because I was kind of stuck in my job, suddenly surrounded by people I had stopped respecting. And I realised that I wasn’t going to get any younger. I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity to join the team at The Bridge, because they take their mission of “sharing knowledge” seriously, but in a relaxed way at the same time.

Which part of your job do you like best?

The idea that it doesn’t matter how long you teach. If you are curious enough, you will always learn something new. In short: continuous development.

What gets on your nerves the most with students?

Nothing. If they don’t ask questions and remain passive during the lesson, it’s more like feedback to me. However, I must also add that so far I have only come into contact with adult students with a high level of intrinsic motivation who are in class because they want to be.

What is your best feature and what is your worst?

The pros are intellectual curiosity and diligence, the cons perfectionism and self-criticism.

What do you do in your spare time?

Hiking and reading.

Do you want to improve your legal terminology in English? Email us at kurzy@thebridge.sk or call us on +421 948 104 916 and maybe one of our courses with our social and empathetic tutor Michele will suit you.