I love speaking and teaching Spanish! I began to learn the Spanish language when I was fourteen years old, and I continued to formally study this language for five years--even during the early part of my undergraduate studies. Since then, I have continued to informally study Spanish, both through wonderful online resources and through personal relationships with Spanish-speaking individuals. These relationships have enabled me to maintain and to improve my use of the Spanish language.
I am in the middle of my 19th year of private tutoring! I have privately tutored my own children for over 18 years as their home school teacher, and I have been tutoring through WyzAnt for the last 36 months. I am now working with my 53rd individual WyzAnt student; and I also now teach Spanish in a corporate setting to a class of eight professionals at a local small business. Furthermore, I am certified as a substitute teacher in Illinois.
While working with WyzAnt students, I have become very familiar with the REALIDADES and the AVANCEMOS curricula used at the Naperville 203 and 204 schools, at Oswego East, and at other local high schools. I currently also work with students from York High school in Elmhurst; and I have experience working with students from private high schools such as Benet Academy in Naperville, Rosary High School in Aurora, and Fenwick High School in Oak Park. While most teachers at the high school level use a standard text book approach, some teachers at these schools use an immersion approach: the teacher will only speak to the students in Spanish. This can mean that the needed grammar foundation is lacking. I can provide that foundation.
I work not only with high school students but also with college students and adults. My most recent older students have been from College of DuPage, Loyola University, Chicago, and, as mentioned earlier, from a business setting in which the company owner wants both he and some of his employees to learn Spanish. In this latter setting, I function as a group teacher with a set curriculum rather than as a private tutor who works with a student using his/her current class materials.
While covering the basics, I will push each student to talk in Spanish as much as possible - even with the limited vocabulary of a 1st year student. Each student will have to spend a large portion of the tutoring session practicing his oral Spanish skills. I will often ask my students to "teach" me a concept in order to solidify his understanding of a concept and to reveal his true level of understanding. Furthermore, I will challenge him to become a true learner, to seek mastery, rather than to simply learn enough to pass a test. I will also teach and demonstrate mnemonics (memory devices), whenever possible, so that a student can learn more effective ways of learning and of preparing for tests. Finally, I will also direct all students to some wonderful online resources for further study when needed.
During the course of these tutoring sessions, I will communicate openly and regularly with each parent)if tutoring a younger student), about each tutoring session and about how his student is progressing. I will highlight each child's strengths and successes whenever possible, because it is often very difficult for parents to see beyond the weaknesses of a struggling student. I want to help each parent to become his child's number one cheerleader so that his student can move forward and reach his potential!
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