My educational background in the field of foreign languages is quite extensive, having begun Spanish
at the age of 12, and studying it all the way up to the age of 20. My Spanish language
skills have only been reinforced by the study of Latin
for 4 years (in which I achieved a gold medal on the National Latin Exam 4 years in a row, receiving a scholarship award) and my intensive study of the similar romance language of Italian
, along with classes in advanced linguistics from my undergrad institution, Umass Amherst. In grad school, I continued my pursuit into the Spanish language, delving into flamenco music
and Argentinean poetry as part of the requirements for my master’s degree.
In the field of actual application of this knowledge unto other students I have experience tutoring (Spanish specifically), which I did through my former high school, (Doherty Memorial High School) where I would tutor students who were struggling with their Spanish studies. I also have experience tutoring both English
as a second language, and German
to aspiring business
people (In Co. Sligo, Ireland).
My teaching philosophy
with the teaching of foreign language
is that a mix of both fundamental and technological skill and engaging cultural activities (music, movies, pop-culture) can properly instill a student with both the knowledge and interest to learn (respectively). I find that many students when struggling with a foreign language merely do not get enough time in modern day public school classrooms to adequately explain the points of grammar
that are necessary to absorb a new language. As such, a student can fall farther and farther behind, when each new concept in a language hinges on the last thing taught. Extra tutoring and succinct explanation of concepts (relating them to English, a mix of formulaic introduction and cultural application) can remedy this issue.
Thank you, and I hope you will enjoy your lessons with me.