I am fluent in speaking, reading and writing of the Spanish and French languages. I earned my B.A. majoring in Spanish from Illinois State University with a minor in Political Science. I completed many courses in TESOL (Teaching of English as a Second Language) or (ESL) English as a Second Language which have given me a great deal of knowledge as to teaching methods as well as preparing assessments. I learned quite a bit about language acquisition and the best strategies to foster a comfortable learning environment for students who come from a foreign country.
I studied French in college when I attended Elgin Community College. I took an interest in learning French after traveling to France and not being able to communicate. I have friends that are native speakers of French with whom I learned the spoken French language. The spoken form of any language differs quite a bit from the written form. Learning a language academically, one is only taught the proper form to speak. Slang and idioms are not necessarily taught in the classroom. I learned these parts of the French language in conversations with friends.
For the past year and a half, I have been working as a teacher in both public school classrooms and daycare settings. My teaching career began with my position as a 7th and 8th Grade Spanish Teacher. I was responsible for developing lesson plans according to the curriculum as well as assessments. Repetition and mneumonic strategies to memorize vocabulary is essential to language learning. One lesson plan in particular involved researching a famous Hispanic person. Students took more of an interest in learning Spanish when they discovered one of their role models spoke Spanish as his or her first language.
The summer prior to that teaching position, I worked as a Pre-School Teacher for a daycare. I taught 2-5 year olds manners and Spanish vocabulary. I also worked with school-age children (up to age 12) occasionally, also teaching them manners and Spanish words and phrases. I also read books to the pre-schoolers and did art projects. Occasionally, we traveled on educational field trips to the Children's Discovery Museum, the Miller Park Zoo and fishing. I taught at this daycare for 2 summer seasons.
After teaching middle school, I moved on to a teaching position at the elementary level. In this position, I taught as well as assisted other classroom teachers. I taught in Bilingual Kindergarten and 1st Grade classrooms where the regular school subjects are taught in Spanish. All the students are native speakers of Spanish and instruction is carried out in their native tongue. I also assisted in English-only mainstream Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms. In teaching reading and writing at the Kindergarten age, letter recognition, letter sounds and syllables are the foundation. There are also a number of sight words that students retain as they develop language skills. Fluency is established once all of these skills are mastered.
My teaching experiences as well as my education make me an excellent candidate to teach the Spanish or French languages.
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