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Martin Luther King, Jr. once proclaimed that we must use time creatively because the time is ripe to do great things. I truly believe that language learning is an essential thing in one's life. I love teaching Spanish and creating materials to make learning fun. Ohio State University equipped me to establish and implement contextualized or real world teaching methods that stimulate and motivate all learners. I have over 12 years of experience teaching Spanish and ESL in public and private schools. I welcome the opportunity to work with children and adults of all ages and make the learning experience full of enlightenment. I may even teach some salsa dance beats as we recite numbers or conjugate a verb in the present or past tense.
I have taught ESL/ESOL for the last 8 years for grades Kindergarten through Eighth. I also enjoy teaching adult learners as well. Each instruction consist of building phonemic awareness with sign language, chants, role-playing exercises, and learning to identify cognates to comprehend texts. I am a native English speaker from Ohio and I am highly proficient in Spanish, and beginner level of French and Italian.
Our tutoring sessions would consist of reading texts of different genres and learning how to interpret what is read for better understanding through speaking and writing. We can deliver discussion and cite new vocabulary words through chants, story sequencing activities, word cards, and more. One will not only develop their reading skills, but will also enjoy developing creative writing skills.
I have taught Spanish to grades Preschool to Ninth. I maintain an accelerated teaching pace each lesson- I review, I execute a lesson, and I conclude lessons with orientation to closure so my students will recall what they learned. Each lesson consists of reciting the Spanish alphabet and tongue twisters to develop near native pronunciation, followed by verb chants, and contextualized or real-world exercises to review the vocabulary. Students are always impressed about their lingual progress and matriculate into intermediate school programs after acquiring a foundation with me.
Excellent, Patient and Super Kid Friendly — My son and I had our first lesson yesterday. After a very hard day of daycare he wasn't in the best of moods at 6PM, but Ms. Malaika was able to get him settled down for a very productive Spanish lesson. She was patient with him since it was their first meeting and super kid friendly. I look forward to very long working relationship with Ms. Malaika and her Spanish "Puppet Crew". ...
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