Hello, my name is Melissa and I love what I do here through WyzAnt! If you need some guidance with Spanish
or Visual Arts let me help you! I specialize in Beginner and Intermediate level Spanish as well as Beginner and Intermediate level ESL. I've been drawing
realistic portraits since I was 13.
In 2011, I earned a B.A. in Spanish and an endorsement in ESL from Valdosta State University. Over the last 5 years I have worked with children and adults at various proficiency levels.
As for my background, my mom is from Colombia, my father is American. I grew up with both languages. While in undergrad at VSU, I studied Russian
. I realize not everyone is a language
nerd, but if we work together we can find a way to make the learning process a little less painful for you!
For Spanish learners, 3 things I highly recommend:
-fire fly or Merriam Webster visual dictionary
(for Intermediate learners, a Larrouse Spanish dictionary is a great tool as well. As you look up words, you read Spanish definitions as opposed to only English translations.)
Some methods I employ: visuals, especially in beginner mode. I like to use celebrities, famous places, facebook, instagram, students' own family and friends etc. to get students conversing at the basic level. I try to create games like jeopardy for fun review. We may play pictionary with erase boards as well. For my intermediate and advanced learners, we tend to engage in more natural conversation. Typically, I'll focus a lesson around a grammar
topic or a specific vocab theme. (Don't worry pictures aren't only for beginners, I use them with more advanced students as well). My main goal is to make it interesting and push you to practice speaking and thinking in the target language.
Before the first session we will discuss how you learn, where you are at in your learning experience, any stumbling blocks and above all what your goals are. If you simply need Spanish to pass your class we can work toward that. If you need Spanish to converse on basic level, we can work toward that. If you need Spanish to interpret legal terminology, both of us will be studying! (I can get you there with grammar though). If you are struggling with English and need help expressing yourself or need help organizing thoughts, we can work toward it. We can work on grammar, writing
, speaking, presenting, listening...whatever you need I'll be willing to try to get you there.
Hola me llamo Melissa. Soy mitad colombiana, mitad americana. Estudié español, frances, árabe, ruso, alemán e inglés en la universidad. Si necesitas ayuda con inglés, cuéntamelo. Me encanta aprender idiomas y ensenarlos. Tengo mucha paciencia y tiempo para ayudarle.