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I have taught for all my adult life a great variety of subjects at all levels, from middle school to college. I received a Masters degree from Stanford in educational communication, and another from Rutgers in educational psychology. I have more than 20 years of experience doing private tutoring and teaching large groups. I love what I do, and I particularly like to teach English and Spanish as a second language, written and spoken. My most recent experience was teaching English as a second language (ESL) and Spanish to middle and high school students at Khabele School. Prior to that experience, I tutored students on ESL at the Texas Intensive English Program, TIEP. I also work designing exams and evaluating essays for ETS (The Educational Testing Service), where the GRE, GMAT, TOEFEL and TEXES certification exams are made.
I'm from Mexico, but I'm perfectly bilingual. In Mexico, I taught English to Spanish speakers and Spanish to English speakers in high school and college. I have a very strong academic background and more than 15 years of experience teaching in the classroom.
I teach by playing games, doing exercises, developing online exercises for vocabulary and verb conjugation, asking students to make presentations about different topics to learn the intricacies of a language other than the native tongue. I do not consider the learning of a language as an end in itself, but as an exercise in communication and learning about other culture, something so necessary in this globalized world.
I teach because, to me, teaching is a learning process in which all involved are transformed and become better human beings.
I have a masters in educational psychology. My major for that masters was cognitive processes and language development. I have graduate credits in information process approach to cognition (reading and perceptive processes) and language development. I have experience teaching elementary school dyslexic children in English and Spanish, and bilingual.
I have been an excellent speech (in English and Spanish)teacher. I taught Speech at the American School of Monterrey to high school students, Speech and Audio-visual aids and Debate and other Fora speech (English) at the University of Monterrey to college students. I was an independent candidate for a federal sit at the Mexican congress in 2009. I gave 3 or 4 speeches to groups from very small to very large. I know how to use all rhetoric tools effectively. I'm also good at improving student's self image and gain confidence in themselves, so they can overcome stage fright, which I had to do myself.
Thank You!! — Alicia was awesome! My son said to me last night after she left "Mom, she is really good at helping me understand Spanish!". I was impressed at how she was able to explain things to my son in a way that made it easier for him to understand the grammar. She was real good about pointing out the positive things that my son knew in Spanish, which I believe will make him more confident with his Spani ...
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