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During the 2010-2011 academic year, I served as a U.S. Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Bucaramanga, Colombia.
I worked closely with Colombian-born English teachers, assisting them with their high school and university level English classes. I focused on explaining the intricacies of English grammar, as well as developing fun and exciting games which would give the students a chance to use their new English skills.
Additionally, I independently taught medical/technical English to nurses and doctors at the Autonomous University of Bucaramanga's medical school. In these classes, I designed English lessons simulating medical situations the nurses and doctors might actually encounter in their professions.
I also held a weekly English Conversation Club for the students at the Autonomous University of Bucaramanga. In this club I would share aspects of United States culture, and create a space in which students could freely practice their English through games, puzzles, and other speaking activities.
Finally, I developed a clientele of 7-8 individuals to whom I administered private English lessons. These lessons ranged from introductory grammar/conversation, all the way up to advanced preparation for the TOEFL test.
I received a Bachelor's of Arts in Spanish from Colgate University in 2010 and was rewarded the David B. Jutton prize for Excellence in the Study of Romance Languages.
I have extensive experience speaking Spanish in a native context. While an undergraduate, I studied for a semester in Madrid at La Universidad de San Pablo CEU. I further improved my Spanish while living in Colombia for the 2010-2011 academic year, working as an English teacher.
Because I have been both a student and teacher of foreign language, I thoroughly understand the process of trying to develop language skills. I truly love Spanish, and would welcome the opportunity to help others learn this valuable skill.