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Francisca R.

Spanish/French Tutor

Oak Park, MI (48237)

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30 miles
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$45.00
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I am a native Spanish speaker, fully bilingual in Spanish and English. I am certified to teach Spanish and French, as well as K-8th grade.

I grew up in Spain, where I attended a British school, and received an excellent education. My mother is Spanish and my father was American. I came to Michigan to go to college. I have been a Spanish teacher since 2000. I am also fluent in French and have a strong understanding of Italian. I have tutored privately, from children to teenagers to adults, for many years. I have helped many high school students significantly raise their grades in Spanish and French. I can also tutor in English and ESL, as well as preparing for SAT's and ACT's.

I have various methods of tutoring depending on the needs of my students. I believe in speaking the language, in using flashcards, and working with worksheets. I teach the necessary grammar lessons, following the student textbook, and finding supplemental material from other textbooks.

I have a wonderful rapport with students, and teaching a foreign language is my passion, which I convey to my students, and get them excited about the language.

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Francisca’s subjects

ACT English

I have a very strong grasp of grammar and I know how use this to teach students how to prepare for the English portion of the ACT. I feel that my British education prepared me for teaching the finer points of grammar to students of all nationalities. Knowing several foreign languages has also helped me understand grammar and how things should be written.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am a fully certified teacher in the state of Michigan. I am certified to teach any subject K-8. I currently teach Spanish in the Berkley school district and last year I taught 4th grade. I can show proof of my certification or you can check with the state of Michigan.

English

I attended a British school from kindergarten until high school where I received a wonderful classical education. My grasp of English grammar, spelling, and my ability to write is very advanced. I am an avid reader and writer, and love to impart my knowledge of English. I have taken many writing courses, and I am an editor of a literature blog, where I not only write my own stories, but also edit stories sent to me to be posted on my blog. I would love to help you improve your English skills.

ESL/ESOL

I taught ESL at a public school for a year. I also taught ESL to Japanese businessmen in the automotive industry for several years. I went to a British school, and my grammar and spelling are perfect.

French

Although I am a native Spanish/English speaker, I am also fluent in French. I began learning French when I was in third grade, and I took it throughout high school, and minored in French in college. I also lived in Paris for several months. I am currently tutoring seven high school students in French. They all attend one of the local IA schools. I am also tutoring two adults in French, both of whom are learning it for the pure pleasure of this beautiful language. Some years ago I worked for a foreign language center, and I taught French to business men who needed to learn it for work.
My French accent is superb, and I am often thought to be a native French speaker. French is one of my favorite foreign languages, and I would love to help you learn it.

Grammar

My grasp of the English grammar is excellent. When I was growing up, I went to a British school in Europe. This school was run by a very proper British couple, both of them graduates from Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and they taught us the Queen's English from an early age. The GCSE exams that I took at this school, from London University, earned me enough credits to begin MSU as a sophomore. The English school system is one of the best in the world where grammar is concerned. I am a writer and an editor of a literary website, and I help many local poets to write their poetry with proper grammar. When texting first became popular, it took me a very long time to deign to use terms like "U R", and other shortened expressions, as I felt that my long ago British principals would shake their heads in displeasure if they ever found out! I can help you with any of your grammar problems.

Italian

I have taken many years of Italian, and speak it very well. Growing up in Europe,I had many chances to visit Italy, which is a beautiful country. I would love to help you learn or improve your Italian.

Literature

I have many loves as an educator. If writing is one of them, reading literature is just as important to me. I attended a British school from kindergarten to 12th grade, and we read all the English classics before even getting to high school. I had read most of Shakespeare's plays before 10th grade. I have also read many of the American classics too, as well as most of the popular children's stories in existence. My oldest son loves to read as much as I do, and whenever he found a book he loved, he would pass it on to me. Last year I taught 4th grade, and I began to read a lot of the wonderful elementary books out there. I have read all the Twilight books and everything written by Rick Riordan. When I go to the library, I come out with no less than a dozen books that I read within just weeks. I love reading books, and then discussing them or finding meaning to them. I would love to help you with your literature classes.

Macintosh

I am experienced in using all Apple products. I have an iPhone and an IPad that I use every day, for both personal use and for tutoring purposes. I know how to use and look for apps, how to find and save favorite websites. I do not have a Macintosh at the moment, but I use Macs with some of the students that I tutor. I love all of the Apple products. I have taught several people how to use iPads and iPhones, how to sync them and update them, and how to install apps. I would be able to help anyone not used to these devices.

Proofreading

I have helped many college students edit and write papers, and I have helped them get very good grades on these papers. I can help with most college subjects, unless it is mathematical or very technical or using complex medical or legal terms. I excel at term papers and literary papers.

Reading

I have always been an avid reader, ever since I was a young girl. I always excelled at reading comprehensions, finding it easy to not only enjoy what I read, but also was able to make sense of what I read. As a teacher, I help my students understand what they are reading, so that they can correctly answer questions about their comprehension of anything they have to read.

Salsa Dancing

I have been an avid salsa dancer since my college years in the 80s. I have taken many classes and I go to all the local salsa clubs. I have taught friends how to salsa dance. Besides teaching languages, salsa dancing is my passion. I would consider myself an advanced salsa dancer.

SAT Reading

I have helped several of my foreign language students with preparing for the SAT. My own British schooling helped me with grammar exams and vocabulary proficiency.

SAT Writing

Thanks to my British education, I have an excellent grasp of the English grammar. This helps me tutor students taking tests like the SAT and/or the ACT. I have a background in teaching vocabulary and in how to write properly.

Spanish

I am a native Spanish speaker. I have taught Spanish to both children and adults for many years. I currently teach Spanish at a middle school and I tutor in both Spanish and French to many high school students.

Spelling

My spelling skills have always been excellent ever since I was in high school. I always won most of the spelling contests at school, and where I work now, many of the teachers and students will ask or email me questions on how to correctly spell words. If you have trouble with spelling, I would love to help you overcome your problems. I have several ways to help my students learn how to spell better.

Study Skills

I have helped many students with study skills. I have tips on how to prepare better for quizzes and tests, how to organize folders and three ring binders in order to be more organized. I help many of my current students become more responsible with homework.

TOEFL

When I taught ESL for a language center, I had several students who were studying for the TOEFL. These students were of several nationalities. I would feel confident helping students study for and pass the TOEFL.

Vocabulary

I have an extensive knowledge of vocabulary, thanks to being an avid reader, and having had a classical British education. This knowledge can help me teach students who need to learn or review vocabulary for high school or college tests.

Writing

I have always loved to write, beginning when I was very young. I wrote in diaries from age 6 until college. Even today I keep notes on things that I do and feelings I have. I write poems and short stories, and have had these posted on various literary websites. When I taught 4th grade, I was able to bring my love of writing to my students, encouraging them to write about things they knew, and shared my stories that I wrote about my own childhood. These days I write stories about my experiences as an adult. I would love to help you with any of your writing issues.

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Education

Michigan State University

Wayne State University (Master's)

Excellent Tutor! — Francisca spent an hour with our 7th grader recently, and in the very first lesson, helped her a lot by teaching her concepts about the Spanish language that our daughter says have made her homework and classwork very easy! Thank you, Francisca. We look forward to seeing you again soon. ...

— Aisha from West Bloomfield, MI on 4/2/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

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Francisca will travel within 30 miles of Oak Park, MI 48237.

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