Spanish is my native language. I have always been in love with language. Ever since I was a student in my homeland Peru, I set up to study Sciences of Communication with a major in Journalism in College. As I finished the career in Peru I took classes of British English for six months before deciding to come to the United States. I enrolled in York College and immediately looked for ways to contact students to tutor. I started teaching Spanish literature to College students on Saturdays. It was a wonderful experience, I may say. My following years found me already matriculated in Hunter College as a Master Spanish literature student. I, again, was faced with the challenges of tutoring Spanish and I did. I taught Spanish to college students twice a week in the evenings right after my own session. And again, the experience was so fulfilling.
Along with with my duties as a tutor at Hunter, I decided to join Literacy Partners the rest of my evenings. I taught remedial classes for underprivileged populations. I remember one particular girl that refused to attend classes but I made her change her mind with a lot of persuasion. It felt so great!
At present, I am involved at work at the Board of Education with children of all ages. I communicate closely with parents over the phone and talk to students in my office hours. I sit with parents and school staff to discuss objectives about students' progress in school and design plans to implement.
I finished the master program at Hunter with a 3.76 gpa and proceeded to enroll at the Graduate Center for the Doctorate program. I excelled in all fields of study and completed entire coursework over the 45 credits with a 3.40 gpa. I will be receiving the degree of Doctor of Philosophy as soon as I complete a thesis.
I firmly believe that all students, adults and children, learn any language more actively when exposed to a variety of activities within the classroom that replicate the real world. Students respond to lessons more positively when the teacher supports their grammar lessons with the display of actual activities designed to involve students. In other words, if a teacher wants the student to learn the word "door" in Spanish, the teacher has to mimic a situation from the real world that will engage the student in participating in the action. I learned a long time ago that when we use the blackboard exclusively for a lesson, we are only making use of memorization to retain information; however, if we act out a situation that relates to the real world, we are not just memorizing the lesson but internalizing a series of vital functions that replicate the milestones of child development. A child learns by imitating an action and adults, as well!
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