Scholastically, I have a combined total of eight years of studying Spanish. My study of Spanish is not only confined to the study of grammar, but it has also allowed me to study its translation, advanced composition and conversation. I have also surveyed several Spanish literature courses as well as an in-depth Spanish linguistics course. I have also studied Spanish in the context of international business courses.
I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Georgia State University. While completing my BA, I studied Spanish grammar during the summer of 2003 at the University of Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico.
In addition to my BA, I also hold a Master’s degree in international business from Georgia State University. During my graduate work I was able to study in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
To complete my MBA, I spent five months in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico working at a resort. While working in the marketing and public relations office of the hotel, I authored press releases published in local newspapers as well as informational newsletters to VIP client base in English and Spanish. I developed and maintained professional relationships with the local press and presented current operational material and future events to local press and non-profit organizations. I also drafted informational and marketing material on hotel operations, environmental activities and charity events.
I have given this brief overview of my career in order to demonstrate the advanced proficiency that I have in Spanish; however, I would also like to convey my competency in instruction.
In my experience, I have found that simple memorization and regurgitation is not necessarily the most conducive environment to learn Spanish. This particular environment is fairly prevalent in most schools because classroom size does not permit the one-on-one attention that allows for a more efficient approach to learning.
I have tutored many students at many different levels of Spanish, and I find that a calm, relaxed environment is such a better method in teaching material that can seem quite confusing. Pressure and embarrassment can often impede a student’s ability to comprehend. The combination of my Spanish competency and a calm, one-on-one approach to tutoring makes for an incredible avenue to a student’s success.
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