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Claudia Russo


Senior Consultant, VET Applied Language

  • B.A. Italian, English and Criminology (Melb.)

  • Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education (ACU)

  • Studied Indonesian for a year at Horwood Language Centre, The University Of Melbourne

  • TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Career Journey 

Claudia Russo is an experienced Languages Secondary School Teacher who has taught in the Catholic sector for 25 years. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge about language learning and teaching. Her experience in schools has been Head of Languages for 15 years at a Catholic boy’s school in North Fitzroy and at Catholic Regional College in Melton, where she is currently teaching Italian/English and leading the Languages Department. She is also responsible for the Italian Exchange Program which is held annually at the school she currently teaches at. Claudia has a passion for engaging students in language learning and making a contribution in increasing the rate of language learners both at junior and senior levels of high school. She has worked at 3 primary schools in Preston and Reservoir for three years also, and was responsible for developing an interactive Italian curriculum for Years 3 to 6 pupils.


Over the years, Claudia has taught adults and immersed them in the Italian language for the purposes of travelling, studying abroad and also with the intention of applying for new roles and promotions. Claudia also teaches at an Ethnic School on Saturdays and enjoys meeting new people and instilling a love of language learning to primary, secondary students and adults. She is a Languages Consultant with a passion for teaching Italian in the classroom and using ICT to motivate students to continue with their language studies.


Claudia has a passion in leading other teachers to enhance further their pedagogy in the language classroom and beyond. She thoroughly enjoys interacting with curriculum leaders from various schools, teachers and students alike. She aims to provide a collaborative platform whereby practical, relevant and pertinent ideas can be adopted by schools. Teachers can successfully apply the new initiatives in their lessons according to the needs of their students. Claudia is very passionate about VET in Applied Language and has this constant desire to encourage other schools to adopt this highly engaging pedagogy of teaching languages. She has had great success in implementing and teaching this nationally recognised qualification and is eager to share her positive experience with other school leaders and teachers, who may be interested in exploring another exciting way of teaching and learning languages.

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