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Most foreign language students are shy, perhaps feel a bit awkward about learning a different language. I have found total immersion into the new language is the most effective way to learn it. As an elementary and high school Spanish teacher, I develop student ability in speaking for example, through exercises using a variety of methods to help them gain confidence.
Depending on the students' goals for learning Spanish [improving test scores, travel, career related advancement] I will focus on strategies that have worked successfully in the past. I will be able to engage new students in learning by tapping into what they already know about a culture and its language. Finally, presenting new ideas to the students to keep their interest sustained, such as identifying relevant future jobs where their knowledge of a second language would be financially and socially beneficial to them.
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I have a B.A. in elementary education, with a concentration in foreign language. I taught at the elementary and high school levels over a period of twelve years. In addition, I tutored high school students to help them prepare for their SATs, ACTs and assisted AP students prepare for final written and oral exams. Reviewing grammar such as conjugation of verbs, all of the tenses always helped students refocus their knowledge base.
I have over ten years experience teaching English as a second language. I taught adult students at the Patchogue Medford Continuing Education program, assisting a population of recently arrived students from various countries assimilate to our culture.
I also worked with students teaching conversational beginner and intermediate English at a well known international language school.
I taught English as a second language to adult students who worked a full day and then came to school at night to learn to read, write and speak English. Since many or the students were illiterate, our class worked in two separate groups.
Many of the students were traumatized due to the political and economic conditions in their respective countries. Therefore, a great deal of time was spent on basic training and survival skills, such as learning how to manage money, transportation and food.
As a certified K-6th grade teacher, I believe strong writing skills begin at this level. Grammar skills are applied to all subjects throughout K-12. Students need to write special project reports, book reports and later, thesis studies which always require excellent grammar skills. Overall, students with confidence in their writing and spelling/grammar skills tend to receive better grades. It is a skill that is applied to all future jobs.
The semester at Saint Joseph's College when I took an undergraduate thesis course was when I benefited most from Word. I had to write many drafts and re-writes of the chapters to be submitted. The theme of the thesis involved how early childhood education relates to future learning. I was very proud to receive an A for that class. I have used many of the writing concepts I had learned ever since.
As a certified K-6 and Spanish language teacher, phonetic and verbal skills are a huge part of the teaching methods I must employ. With over ten years experience as a language instructor and tutor, I work with students to help them achieve their academic goals.
Basic language skills are the foundation of all future learning. I believe these abilities always need to be reinforced.
I have a great deal of proofreading experience. My early employment involved a position at an engineering firm. I was the sole secretary and typist for their international sales division at that time. Since the work involved presentations to overseas companies, the finished product had to be perfect. Every document had to be proofread several times by many employees. It was a professional skill I applied to all of my future jobs, and endeavor to pass on to my students.
Writing comes easily when you are trained. My undergraduate experience writing a research thesis helped very much. Later on, as a K-12 teacher, I was constantly writing, proofreading student assignments, and assisting my own children with their writing assignments.
Writing is a huge part of my professional and personal life. I am writing a draft now for an idea I have about a television series. I hope to submit it when I finish to one of the local stations.
I began teaching Spanish shortly after graduating from college. Beginning as a substitute teacher, I eventually became eligible to teach in my home state.
The time I lived and worked in Spain provided me with a solid background in language skills. It also gave me the ideal boost in confidence relating to expressive communication.
Students with great skills for studying do much better in their school work and on exams. Sometimes misunderstandings about what is important to study and retain occur. Reviewing with a student what is expected of him in terms of knowledge, i.e., particular levels or chapters of study, alleviate confusion and stress and the student can focus on actual content. I find when the student concentrates on the subject, and receives feedback, they can move on more confidently.
I am qualified to tutor students vocabulary because I am a New York State certified K-12 teacher. With over ten years experience I have developed an approach that emphasizes the basics first: excellent reading and writing skills, and then other priorities.
Delivering term papers, essays or a thesis requires the absolute best from students in terms of language skills. All future college and employment opportunities depend on it.
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