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Elana N.

Engaging in Language: Spanish and Beginning French Tutoring

Wilmington, NC (28401)

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I graduated summa cum laude with a Master's degree in Spanish and Bachelor's degrees in both Spanish and French and have over 8 years experience teaching and tutoring students from elementary to college (and beyond!). I found my passion for language quickly as an undergraduate student where I completed many courses in Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Italian, German, and Arabic, in addition to Spanish and French. I have extensive experience speaking the Spanish language. I am a whiz with grammar and love sharing my broad knowledge of Spanish-speaking cultures and regional variation in pronunciation and vocabulary with my students. Although my specialty is all levels of Spanish, I also offer tutoring in beginning French.

After many years of learning and teaching language in traditional classrooms, I know that for most students, typical methods that focus on memorizing long lists of mostly irrelevant vocabulary, learning grammar rules and conjugating verbs just don't work. They usually leave students frustrated, disinterested in language and unable to string together a few simple sentences in writing, let alone in conversation. I much prefer helping people learn to speak the language at their own pace and free from those constraints of a traditional classroom, which is why I love being a tutor.

My approach to teaching insists that language learning can be fun by making the content relevant and that all learners can be successful if given the tools they need to communicate. In each session I address student concerns, review grammar topics, and teach strategies for individual study & practice, but I like to focus on actually using the language. I encourage conversation in the language from day 1 and use lots of authentic materials, so we often watch short videos, read comics, listen to music or play games.

I require 24-hours notice for cancellations, but I try to be flexible with scheduling by offering makeup sessions. I am happy to travel to meet students in their home or in a public place, such as a library or coffee shop.

If you are ready to get talking, contact me today. I can't wait to help you or your child succeed in language!

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I hold a BA in French from UNC Wilmington. Throughout my undergraduate and graduate careers, I worked as a Spanish and French tutor at the University Learning Center. I can successfully tutor beginner level French students.


I hold a BA and an MA in Spanish from UNC Wilmington and have 9 years experience tutoring and teaching Spanish. Throughout my undergraduate and graduate studies, I worked as a highly-rated Spanish tutor in the University Learning Center. I completed study abroad programs in Spain and Mexico. For the last 4 years I have worked as a Lecturer at local universities. I also have experience volunteering for various community organizations needing Spanish speakers to work with Hispanic clients.

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University of North Carolina Wilmington (Spanish, French)

University of North Carolina Wilmington (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Elana will travel within 20 miles of Wilmington, NC 28401.

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