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I have 18 years experience teaching high school Spanish and have lived and worked in Spain. I am a UC Berkeley graduate with a minor in Italian. My passion is the study of foreign languages. I have also studied French and Arabic and am able to understand the difficulties of language learning from both the student and teacher's perspective. I am adept at explaining concepts in a clear and concise manner and targeting the student's specific difficulties. Students have found my tutoring helpful in improving their performance on tests, increasing their ability to comprehend and respond in Spanish and/or developing conversational Spanish when traveling to a Spanish-speaking country. I can provide the student with useful classroom strategies and study skills to make language learning easy and fun at all levels.
I am qualified to teach all levels of Spanish. With beginning students I begin with pronunciation and greetings and introductions and progress by adding vocabulary and simple sentences. With the more advanced students we work on conversation, grammar and reading comprehension. I tailor the lesson to fit each student's needs, interest and/or goals
Thankful for finding this tutor! — Joan is an extremely skilled and gifted tutor. Her ability to explain and simplify the curriculum is invaluable! During my daughter's first lesson she not only explained everything in depth but also checked to make sure my daughter was comprehending the material as they proceeded with the tutoring session. Before we left, Joan gave my daughter material that would be useful and also gave her sugges ...
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