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Hola! My name is Alexander M. and I am a Spanish teacher, tutor and language trainer. I am here to help you with your challenges or interest in learning the Spanish language.
I have over 13 years of language teaching experience and have traveled and worked extensively in South and Central America as well as Spain and in the Caribbean. My methods are no-nonsense, fun, and effective. You will be surprised by how much Spanish you can learn and absorb in a short 1 hour session.
Every student is unique. Everyone has their own learning styles, habits, study skills and attitudes towards language learning. My varied methods are understood by all types of learner's brains, whether they be visual, kinesthetic, mathematical, or aural learners.
I teach Spanish 1 through AP Spanish at the high school level and work with elementary age students Spanish students and their families. In addition, I train adults and college students to communicate in Spanish for professional development and career training.
Teaching Spanish is my passion and full-time profession, and I guarantee you will be happy with my methods and teaching style, no matter what your situation, goals or time frame.
Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments!
I currently work with students ages 5-12, teaching them conversational Spanish. We work together both in person and online using various interactive software programs to make it fun and engaging. I have worked with elementary through high school age students for the past 11 years, beginning with a non-profit in Boulder, Colorado called The Elementary Spanish Program, then with the Lowell Whiteman School in Steamboat Springs, Co. I currently work with the Language Lounge of Fort Collins where I help students of all ages with their language challenges. I also help with their organizational and study skills which are vital to success in our public school system.
Natural Language Learning
Learning a language is FUN when it is done naturally and in-line with how the brain learns. As children, we had little or no difficulty learning our first language. We were sponges, absorbing the visual world and the sounds of people speaking around us. Unfortunately, teaching a second language has turned into a complex, often boring process, that works against our brain's natural ability to learn language. This traditional method often discourages learners to the point of giving up.
Natural language learning on the other hand works with our brains. Here are the 5 concepts that reflect my instruction methods (and which also support the latest research on how the brain learns)
Trust the brain to learn languages
The brain needs relevant and interesting stimulus
Engaging your emotions heightens your ability to learn
You will feel motivated by your success when you learn naturally
Absorbing a language naturally changes us, and we need to accept that change
I create a natural learning experience, molded by the unique goals and learning styles of our students. You will begin speaking right away, I will teach you relevant, interesting language to build upon what you already know. The engaging conversation between student and teacher grows until it reaches a point where a grammatical explanation is needed. Once introduced, the grammar is incorporated right back into the spoken conversation increasing the fluidity and correctness of the dialogue. By the end of the lesson, students feel successful in what they have achieved and motivated to continue learning, naturally.
I have been teaching, tutoring and mentoring elementary through high-school age students for 12 years. When I begin working with a student, making sure he or she is organized is priority number one. This includes helping them create a system for keeping track of their papers, assignments and graded material. Often times, this organization alone can affect a positive change in their school performance (and confidence).
Regarding study skills, my technique for helping a student depends on the student. When we start working together, I investigate the unique challenges that the student is having. This is done primarily through reviewing their graded homework, tests and quizzes looking for challenge patterns. If needed and with permission, I will contact their teachers to investigate and collaborate further. From there, study skills will be taught depending on the students specific challenges and their unique learning style(s).
Very good tutor!! He is patient and provides a great atmosphere!! — I am amazed at how organized and prepared he is for class. I am excited about the progress I have made and look forward to learning more!! He is a top notch teacher who makes you feel comfortable and teaches you at your speed. I have not been in school for several years and was worried about the teacher getting frustrated with my inability to pick the language up fast. He is very patient with me ...
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