I taught languages for 24 years. My primary focus was Spanish. I also taught French. I worked with ESL/ESOL students as well. I taught K-12, college, home-bound, and adult education. I taught in the classroom as well as online.
What I enjoy most about teaching languages is seeing someone start to grasp the language and be able to use it. I have used children's books to help the learner grasp the vocabulary in context for several levels of learners. They are also good for reading comprehension practice.
I start by seeing what a student knows and where he/she needs or wants to go with the learning process. Sometimes that is guided by desire. Sometimes that is guided by an upcoming test.
I work with the student's learning style preference as well as bringing in the other learning styles. (If the student isn't aware of his/her learning style, then that is one of the first things we'll look into.)
I want a language learner to come away from the experience with a positive outlook on the language, realizing that language learning is fun.
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