My name is Claudio and I am from Uruguay (South America). I have a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Interpersonal Communications and a minor in journalism. In 2009 I obtained the Spanish Teaching Certificate in Montevideo, Uruguay and became extremely intrigued with the ELE (Español como Lengua Extranjera) teaching methods. At the moment, I´m living in Toledo, OH and finishing my Master´s Degree in Spanish Linguistics. From 2006 until 2009, I taught Spanish in Montevideo, Uruguay to adults and children. In 2010 I gave Spanish lessons and worked as the teacher coordinator of a language school in Bocas del Toro, Panamá from January to June. More recently I worked as a Spanish Teacher in the United States Embassy in Uruguay, preparing American diplomats for the FSI examinations. Also, I formed part of the teachers staff in the International House Institute (Uruguay) working with foreign students. At the moment, I am teaching for an online school based in México. The ages of the students range from 15 to 50 and I have prepared them for DELE exams, helped build fluency and assisted in improving work related topics in Spanish. I have spent years teaching in the past, have had international experience, love immersing myself into a new culture and feel completely at ease in this profession. I believe that building rapport, creating a comfortable atmosphere in which students want to participate, keeping motivation high through positive reinforcement and the natural production of Spanish grammar are crucial aspects to a great ELE classroom. My policy is based on having less ‘teacher talk time’ and more student involvement; this is the most productive way in which a language can be truly absorbed. Lastly, and importantly, I have found it more useful and effective for the students not to use their native language in the class. I would love to speak with you!
Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!!
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