Proudly Italian-Australian

Juliana grew up bilingually in an Italian family in Perth, Western Australia. She was educated at the University of Western Australia where she obtained a BA (Hons.) and a Dip.Ed. In addition to teaching Italian for many years, Juliana has also taught French and English. She is married to Dr Ronald Burman, an astrophysicist at the University of Western Australia. They have a son, Geoffrey. Juliana’s biography was included in the First and Second Editions of Who’s Who in Australia and the Far East.

Juliana’s experience has been first in secondary schools (including over ten years as Head of Department, Foreign Languages, at St Thomas Aquinas College, now Chisholm Catholic College) and then with adult classes (for University of Western Australia Extension Classes and in her own Italian Language Classes). She served on various committees for the former Secondary Education Authority, including the Italian Syllabus Committee, Working Group Writing Assessment Guidelines and the Italian Moderating Panel. Her Italian Language Classes have been very popular since they started in September 1994.

Other passions

In addition to teaching, writing Italian courses and reading, another one of Juliana's interests is authentic Italian cooking. Initially, she learned to cook from her grandmother and her mother, who were both fabulous cooks. Then she spent many years researching Italian cooking and experimenting with the various styles of Italian cooking. Many of her Italian recipes are included in the cultural resources in both the Fra Amici and Fra Amici 2 Italian Courses.


In 2008 Juliana started converting her Fra Amici Beginners Italian Course for Students and Travellers to a downloadable online e-Course,  with a revamped structure integrating the audio communication activities with the text. The new downloadable online Fra Amici e-Course  was first published in 2009 and is regularly updated.

A big advantage of the Fra Amici and Fra Amici 2 Italian and Italian To Go e-Courses is that they are all in full colour, with colour-coding  that is especially helpful in explaining important grammar points. Italian To Go also features pronunciation colour-coding.

About Juliana Pupazzoni Burman

Juliana is the author of the Fra Amici Italian Series, including the renowned Fra Amici and Fra Amici 2 Italian Courses and Italian To Go. Fra Amici was first published in 1998 and it has been sold in several countries.

Juliana has been a very successful teacher of Italian for many years. She has had extensive experience in teaching both adults and young people. This practical experience is reflected in both her classes and her lively, user-friendly publications.

Juliana believes that language  learning should be enjoyable, because people learn more and remember more when they are having fun.

Juliana has been passionate about Italy, Italian language and Italian life and culture all her life. She grew up bilingually in an Italian family, speaking Italian and English,  and she has spent a lifetime teaching Italian and writing Italian courses for English speakers. Her main focus in teaching Beginners is on Conversational and Travel Italian. The emphasis is on learning to understand and speak Italian in friendly, enjoyable classes.

Juliana's experience in teaching Italian to thousands of adults and young people is reflected in her practical, easy and popular language classes and in her comprehensive, easy to follow published Italian language courses, which have been used very successfully in hundreds of Italian classes and by numerous self-learners.  

Juliana's books and kits have been on display at the London Book Fair, Book Expo America, the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Australian Book Fair. She has also presented papers about her Fra Amici Italian Series at the Biennial Conferences of the AFMLTA (Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers’ Associations).

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