Instructor Patric Earle | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

Patric's Background

Patric Earle's passion is Italy and all things Italian.

This passion began as an undergraduate at the University of Washington when he participated in a Rome-based foreign studies program. It was love at first sight.

Since that time Patric has returned to live for extended periods of time in Italy: studying Italian at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, volunteering to work on multiple Etruscan archaeological sites in Tuscany, and finally, traveling up and down the country in search of the perfect villa or apartment rentals for his Italian Sojourns business venture.

Patric's other great passion is sharing his love of Italy with others. To that end Patric has been teaching Italian to adults for the Continuing Education Program for over 20 years, an activity which allows him to share his knowledge of Italian language and culture, and in turn to learn from his students' own experiences.

Patric's Teaching Style & Approach

How do you present material to students?

The class is conducted entirely in Italian, with class handouts designed to reinforce the in-class presentations. There is a great deal of oral repetition of vocabulary and phrases, as well as considerable experiential role playing. Homework is essential to the successful mastery of concepts

How do you interact / work with students? What kind of classroom dynamic do you promote?

I'm highly engaged and interactive with students, and all students are expected to participate in activities.

Also, I'm always available to answer questions about the class or concepts via phone or email.

Patric's Testimonials

The instructor did a great job teaching the course material in Italian (submersion) - he made the coursework fun and his enthusiasm for the language and Italy was infectious.


I enjoyed everything. Patric is a great instructor who makes things easier and very interesting.


The instructor, Patric Earle, demonstrates a clear love of Italy and the Italian language. He works well with students who have different language background skills. Some, like me, speak only English. We have a native Spanish speaker and a native Polish speaker in our class as well as several who have some experience in other languages. He brought us all together to learn the Italian language. We will join Professor Earle in Level 2.


The instructor is professional, experienced and informative. He is also kind, and has a delightful sense of humor. The pace of the course was perfect -- Barbara Schafer, Italian - Level 1


The instructor delivering class in Italian only and his sense of humor. Also willing to answer any question whether on topic or not.

I loved everything about my Italian class. The material is challenging but the professor was consistently supportive and encouraging. -- Barbara Schafer, Italian - Level 2