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Don G.

North Hollywood, CA

$60/hr

Senor Don habla espanol

Usually responds in about 14 hours

Senor Don habla espanol

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Hola, amigos!

I have been teaching Spanish and French - oui - for over 20 years, as well as ESL. I have taught middle school and high school classes on both the East and West coasts, and really enjoy the cultural aspects that we try to learn, like how to prepare a quesadilla or flan, and even make a pinata. I love to take field trips to museums and to places of cultural/historical interest such as Olvera Street. I also think it's important to be up on celebrities or sports figures who speak the language, so you may very well get the opportunity to listen to Ricky Martin sing from Evita in my class. Learning about the culture is just as important as learning the language itself. You will be exposed to the language from the very beginning and hopefully will feel confident enough to eventually ask all of your questions in the target language. Comprendes? Do you understand? Better to make mistakes while trying than not to try at all. Language is learned best through lots of practice, and if you make a mistake, that's OK. A native speaker will be happy that you are willing to speak his language and will encourage you to continue.

I am credentialed in teaching languages to adults in California and have taught night classes as well as middle/high school - still do - at Los Angeles Valley College. Adults love grammar more than teens, but that's OK; grammar can be fun, and I believe in incorporating games into the curriculum.

Both adults and teens listen, speak, read and write in the language they are learning from the onset. But I always insist on keeping a pace that is right for the individual student. So, not to worry! I teach to help, not to confuse. As they say en espanol: "Servidor de ustedes", which means "At your service."

I hope to hear from you and that we will meet soon.

Hasta pronto!
Sr. Don

English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL, French,
Spanish,
TOEFL
Art:
Theatre
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
English, ESL/ESOL, French,
Reading, Spanish,
Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, French,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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French

I love teaching foreign language and French was my first. Its nasal, poetic sounds and charming sentence structure make it still one of the most highly regarded foreign languages to study. Students may expect fun with pronunciation and grammar exercises, but also some discipline, as French is more complicated and troublesome to get under one's belt than Spanish.

Spanish

I have been a Spanish teacher for over 25 years and have my major in Spanish from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as well as a Master's Degree in Bilingual Education.

Univ of Massachusetts
Univ of Massachusetts
MEd
Univ of MASS
Master's

Education

Univ of Massachusetts

Univ of Massachusetts (MEd)

Univ of MASS (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Don will travel within 10 miles of North Hollywood, CA 91602.


About Don

Hola, amigos!

I have been teaching Spanish and French - oui - for over 20 years, as well as ESL. I have taught middle school and high school classes on both the East and West coasts, and really enjoy the cultural aspects that we try to learn, like how to prepare a quesadilla or flan, and even make a pinata. I love to take field trips to museums and to places of cultural/historical interest such as Olvera Street. I also think it's important to be up on celebrities or sports figures who speak the language, so you may very well get the opportunity to listen to Ricky Martin sing from Evita in my class. Learning about the culture is just as important as learning the language itself. You will be exposed to the language from the very beginning and hopefully will feel confident enough to eventually ask all of your questions in the target language. Comprendes? Do you understand? Better to make mistakes while trying than not to try at all. Language is learned best through lots of practice, and if you make a mistake, that's OK. A native speaker will be happy that you are willing to speak his language and will encourage you to continue.

I am credentialed in teaching languages to adults in California and have taught night classes as well as middle/high school - still do - at Los Angeles Valley College. Adults love grammar more than teens, but that's OK; grammar can be fun, and I believe in incorporating games into the curriculum.

Both adults and teens listen, speak, read and write in the language they are learning from the onset. But I always insist on keeping a pace that is right for the individual student. So, not to worry! I teach to help, not to confuse. As they say en espanol: "Servidor de ustedes", which means "At your service."

I hope to hear from you and that we will meet soon.

Hasta pronto!
Sr. Don

Education

Univ of Massachusetts
Univ of Massachusetts
MEd
Univ of MASS
Master's

Education

Univ of Massachusetts

Univ of Massachusetts (MEd)

Univ of MASS (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of North Hollywood, CA 91602

Don’s Subjects

English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL, French,
Spanish,
TOEFL
Art:
Theatre
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
English, ESL/ESOL, French,
Reading, Spanish,
Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, French,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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