if you want to have a lot of fun with a multi-media approach to Spanish learning, look no more! Spanish is the main subject I tutor, because I especially love Spanish. My English writing and speaking skills are excellent also, since proofing, clear grammar, syntax, punctuation, and public speaking abilities are important in all languages.
I have taught college Spanish in Spanish-only at the U. of California in Santa Cruz (UCSC), and I have taught 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grade bilingual classes. Currently, I have six very loyal adult WyzAnt clients who have been with me over a year. I tutor high school students through another national company, and I also have three private classes for groups of adults.
I've lived in Madrid, Southern Spain, and Mexico, and have traveled in Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Puerto Rico. I just got back from two weeks in Spain, where I was focusing on land use, irrigation, and water conservation practices, and agriculture. I spent two weeks in Ecuador last August.
While living in the Salinas-Monterey area of CA I worked six years selling advertising to many Spanish-only clients for Radio Suprema, Inc., a company of three Spanish language commercial radio stations. I was their token "gringa" of 24 Hispanic employees! Many days I spoke only Spanish all day with our various client-business owners and with our various DJs. I know about a thousand top-40 songs from the last 30 years!
My teaching style is very adaptable to your needs. I have many, many vocabulary bingo, go-fish and twenty questions games in Spanish, short verses that are examples of grammar concepts, and many grammar handouts and exercises because I am involved in writing a textbook.
I am familiar with many current textbooks, Pima, and CFSD curriculum, Duolingo and Pimsleur, Rosetta Stone and Behind the Wheel CDs. I also have several current TOEFL practice books.
I have a strong business background in Spanish for adults. I tutor Rotarians and Rotary Group Study Exchange participants going to Spanish-speaking countries. Hispanic clients come to me to learn style, spelling and accent marks. I am the queen of accent mark placement!
Phonetics and speaking accent are very strong points with me. I have a bunch of helpful tips for how to improve your pronunciation and accent both in English and in Spanish.
My schedule is flexible and can probably accommodate your needs. Most late afternoons and evenings and weekends are available. I'm looking forward to working with you!
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