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The only subject that came easily to me in high school was Spanish, and to a lesser degree, French. When I started college, I was a Spanish major. That year I won a Travel Fellowship which required me to spend 6 weeks in a foreign country. I did not have the funds necessary to supplement the small fellowship, so the college got me a job at a Girl Scout camp in Puerto Rico. It was love at first sight - living with people who spoke this lovely language, and were eager to help me progress in it. It was so engaging and rewarding that I transferred to the University of Puerto Rico a year later. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, I went to Miami to work with Cuban Refugees. It was lower-level social work, which required home visits, interviews and referrals to social and medical services.
My career after that was in the federal government, where I had little use for my language skills. I traveled to Spain, Colombia and Peru (twice) over the years, and back to Puerto Rico. When I was in Peru with a group 9 years ago, I informally served as interpreter. In Italy and with Portuguese speakers, I am able to hold conversations, based on my knowledge of the roots of the Romance languages.
I have tutored two adults who needed help with pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary, while sitting informally in their living room or office. With younger students, I sit at a table and review homework followed by a short conversation in Spanish. At each session I try to introduce a new word or subject area in Spanish. I am available for phone consultation and unscheduled tutoring sessions.
UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO
Temple University (Graduate Coursework)
Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00
Cancellation: 4 hours notice required
Connie will travel within 12 miles of Frederick, MD 21701.
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