¡Hola a todos/as! My name is Nina. I have a passion for Spanish that developed during my 14 years studying the language. Academically, I graduated summa cum laude from Bates College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. As the culmination of my collegiate experience, I wrote a 75-page senior thesis in Spanish about the fatalistic gender representations in Vargas Llosa’s Los cachorros and La ciudad y los perros. I also have extensive experience traveling in Latin America. During my junior year of college, I lived in Lima, Peru for a year. There, I studied in a local university and volunteered with Centro de Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos, a nonprofit working to protect sexual and reproductive rights and to advocate for the Peruvian LGBT community. I returned to Peru for a month-long trip this year. In 2012 I spent a month backpacking on my own through Panama and Costa Rica, and I have visited Chile and Ecuador as well.
With regards to my skills in tutoring, since October 2011 I have tutored Spanish to students of various levels and ages (from a second-grader to an adult learner), creating individualized strategies and lesson plans to fit each student's particular needs. Furthermore, I worked for a year as a bilingual teacher's assistant in a third grade classroom. Working with students in small groups and one-on-one has given me the invaluable teaching skills that I would utilize as your tutor. Moreover, I love helping others. I am good at thinking of multiple ways to explain concepts if someone does not understand my initial explanation. I myself need to ask lots of questions when I am learning new material, so I fully encourage questions from others. I am also a fun, enthusiastic, and creative tutor.
Apart from experience tutoring Spanish, I also have a background in translation, transcription, interpreting, and language editing. I have worked as a Spanish translator with The Translation & Interpreting Center in Denver since January 2013. There, my primary focus has been translating the affidavits of domestic abuse victims from Spanish to English. The organization also gave me the opportunity to transcribe and translate a video interview of a domestic abuse victim. I have experience with language editing as well, having assisted scholar Mary Berg in editing a recent edition of the nineteenth-century novel Aves sin nido. Moreover, I just completed a community interpreting course with Language Connections.
I would love to share my passion for Spanish as your tutor! I look forward to hearing from you.
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