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Don’t just speak it and hear it; see it!

Hello all! As a student who has taken Spanish from elementary school until Spanish 5 in my high school career (and is now furthering my Spanish education in college), I have been exposed to a large variety of teaching methods when it comes to foreign languages. I have studied up to German 5 as well, and verb conjugation has become one of my favorites!

Like most things that I have learned, it usually takes something quite impressive to catch my eye and make an imprint on my memory. I have had to complete projects in which I taught a whole class by myself without speaking any English. With my visual aids, I have come to the conclusion that visual learning will help those trying to learn a second – or even third- language.

This is where I say: Don’t just speak it and hear it; see it! When a student is able to physically see the structure of a new language, they are more likely to obtain that knowledge. According to recent statistics, visual aids in a classroom can help increase learning by 400 percent. Why? Well, about 90 percent of the information that comes to the brain is visual, anyway.

I have used interactive visual aids in a classroom environment, and they have definitely increased the comprehension of the subject. These visual aids include anything from flashcards for basic vocabulary to a moveable board that assists the students in structuring their sentences. In my sessions, I plan to work with whatever method is best for the tutee.

For those with students whom are younger, I do not believe that this experience is only for the tutor and the tutee; however, this experience is also for the parents or guardians as well. I hope to work as a team to make the learning experience as comfortable and as helpful as possible.

I look forward to meeting new students.