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Structure is necessary, it keeps things organized but unplanned topics can also present great learning opportunities. If the student is excited about something, we talk about it! There are always chances to learn new vocabulary words and even hit up some practice with grammar. After all, conversation is just that, going with the flow and seeing where things go. Be spontaneous amidst the structure.    Another aspect that is helpful and fun is to center lessons around my students. It's their life and their experience they'll want to share, so we work around that.    Kids games are fun even for adults! It's okay to play "Ispy" (Yo veo) when we are learning colors or talking about specific vocabulary. We even play scrabble for those who really want a challenge. It's a wonderful opportunity to see how many words you already know and learn new ones when I play words you don't recognize. Jeopardy is also another great game I like to include... read more

Look for the Latin roots in Spanish and French words that may also be found English. This helps one remember vocabulary and appreciate the connection between languages!     Here are some examples!   1. Aprender is 'to learn' in Spanish (apprendre in French), which corresponds to the English word 'apprentice.'   2. Escribir is to write in Spanish (écrire in French), which corresponds to the English word 'scribe' (escribe = he writes).   3. Dormir means 'to sleep' in Spanish (dormir in French as well), which corresponds to the English words 'dormitory' and 'dormant'.   4. Abrazar is 'to hug/embrace' in Spanish (embrasser in French), which corresponds to the English word 'embrace'. Keep in mind that in French it means a "kissing embrace" versus a "hugging embrace".   And there are many more! Please add to the list!   It is important to note that the Latin... read more

Hello everyone,   Spanish is definitely as exciting language to learn. And as a native speaker not only do I enjoy teaching it but I also love teaching about the cultural history of the Spanish speaking countries.     I can teach other subjects to most dedicated to elementary students but that doesn't mean I can't teach middle or high school students.   Feel free to send me a message with any questions you may have. I ensure you that I will reply to them in a timely manner.   Sincerely,   Ms. Rosa

I'm new to tutoring and to WyzAnt, but I know I can make tutoring and lessons fun just by using the knowledge I have and what I have learned from my classes in Education.  Spanish is about communicating and the best way to learn Spanish is to use it in real-world applications. So, here are my top 5 suggestions on how to make lessons fun in Spanish:   1.  Put down the text book! Talk to the student as if you are having a real conversation   2.  When learning about everyday objects around the house have the student create labels in Spanish and post them on things such as:  Door, bed, slippers, toothbrush, ect.  So, that they will see them everyday and learn the words as they use them.   3. Find a book, comic book, or any other type of reading that interests them instead of just have them reading straight out of the textbook.  If it's a topic they are interested in they will want to read it!  They can read it... read more

  It's already the second month into the new year... pretty crazy. But, I'm not freaking out, and for me that is a pretty big deal! I used to just say, "Oh my gosh, two months already passed since this and that, etc etc." But then I recently I ran across a little saying that changed my perspective for the better.   "Don't count the days; make the days count."   So simple, but so good, no? We all know that time is limited and irreversible. We all have things we wish we had done. But what I didn't get was that bemoaning lost time only means more sand slipping through my fingers. Instead of having a backwards perspective, one of my resolutions for this year is to allow myself to start fresh.   I want to live more intentionally, to move in the direction of my goals. If starting today I make each day meaningful and rich, I won't really concern myself with how much time has passed. In fact, doing something meaningful... read more

To keep your students engaged, you must make the lessons fun! There is enough pressure on them during school, at home, and most other places they'll go. Your job is to help them grow, which is much easier to do if they're enjoying themselves! Here are 5 tips to keeping your students engaged during your sessions:   Incorporate technology: Whether you use something as basic as a timer to as fancy as a tablet connected to a handheld projector, the opportunities are endless! Especially younger students will enjoy your savvy instructional techniques!  Track their progress: Set goals at your first session and collect baseline data. Decide on checkpoints (weekly, biweekly, monthly, etc) and at those checkpoints, revisit those goals. Using Common Core State Standards or other learning objectives will help you make a checklist to correspond to your student's goals. He/she will then be able to add check marks or stickers to each goal accomplished. When progress... read more

Have you ever been in a situation where you did not understand what was happening around you? Well, that is what it is like for many people who have just moved to this country and have not yet learned the language. The experience of being in a completely new environment is a very scary ordeal. When I was in Mexico for the first time, I really had no idea what was going on. Luckily, I was surrounded by people who were willing to help and teach me everything I needed to know in order to flourish in my new setting. I would like to encourage everyone who reads this to be that person to someone else. Next time you have the opportunity, help someone who might be struggling with our language!

Hello, my name is Miss Walker and I have been teaching and/or tutoring Spanish in one form or another since 1999.  I have taught homeschooled, private schooled, and public schooled students grades K-12 as well as adults. Are you serious about learning Spanish or any other foreign language?  If so, the absolute best way to learn any additional language, after you have learned some basic grammar and vocabulary, is to be immersed in the language.  By that I mean, surround yourself with nothing but speakers of the language you are trying to learn.  Below are several suggestions to help you accomplish this. 1.  TRAVEL TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY The absolute best way to immerse yourself in a foreign language is to travel to a country where they speak the language as their native language.  If you can actually live in the country, that is the ideal situation to aid you in gaining language fluency.  While there, force yourself to... read more

Si necesita aprender Ingles, you puedo aydarle. Tengo mi certificaciòn del segundo nivel para enseñar Ingles a personas que no hablen Ingles. Mis lecciones son en Ingles, pero ofrezco algunas explicaciones en Español. No hablo español fluidez, pero la familia de mi novio es de Mexico y en mi iglesia, se hable Español. Yo puedo comunicarse, pero mi Español tiene errores. Si mis lecciones le interesan, puede mirar a mi profile or puede escribirme por mas informaccion en Español.

Cuando digo que voy a preparar tamalitos de maíz pienso en granitos de maíz blancos, amarillos, azules, morados, rojos y negros... como una arcoíris cuando medio llueve.   Cuando digo tamalitos de maíz pienso en una milpa. Así se le llama al terreno donde brota la planta de maíz al sembrarse el granito en la Madre Tierra.   Jorge Argueta. From "Tamalitos"

Last week I went to see "Cantinflas," the new movie that is in theaters right now about the life of the famous Mexican comedian Mario Moreno, "Cantinflas", who lived from 1911 until 1993. It will give the Spanish students the opportunity to learn about this important character in the Hispanic culture and also to practice their listening skills. It is important to listen to native speakers from different countries, and with different accents. Even if you are in a beginning level of proficiency I recommend this movie because it has subtitles in English and some parts in English have subtitles in Spanish.

Hello everyone! Hola a todos!   Learning a second language like  Spanish or ESOL can be boring and frustrating sometimes. You just get sick of reading your textbook or completing worksheets that your teacher gives you. But believe it or not...there are several ways to make learning a second language fun no matter what age you are! You're probably thinking right now..."how?" I'll tell you how. First, think of something that you like to do in your free time like listening to music, watching a movie or reading. Say if you really enjoy listening to music...look up one of your favorite genres and see what pops up for Spanish or English music in that genre. For example, Spanish pop/rock - the Colombian artist Juanes will pop up. Check out some of his songs on youtube. Once you find a song that you like, look up the Spanish lyrics online, print them out and then try your best at translating them into English. See if you can figure out what the song means... read more

I recently have been fortunate in being able to tutor two young students.  Both of them are giving me the opportunity to reflect on best practices in teaching to help me help them with a specific issue.  The first, an eight year old whose ability to recall needs improvement.  In using different modalities, such as visual color coding, sound, recording the information for her to review later, I am now using cut-out letters out of sand paper to use touch to help retain the information.  It is a work in progress, which I hope helps improve memory.   The second student is four years old.  So reading and writing are not available to an extent that is useful at this time.  I am using music to help reinforce the topics that are introduced.  I am also careful to stop after 15 minutes and give her a few minutes to regroup since the lesson is an hour long.   Young students are a joy and an opportunity to improve as a tutor...

I'm sure everyone has seen a commercial or heard a discussion on raising kids from a very young age to be bilingual. While many of these DVD and CD sets are marketing and capitalizing on our desire for our kids to be the shining star of their school, they really do have validity. Our brains are wired to best absorb language before the age of 5 and still ready to take on language up until the age of 8. Yet of course we don't start learning a second language until our brains have closed the doors on language absorption! So it's not your fault that you have to hire tutors like me to help with your Spanish classes...it's really the school's fault for not introducing language sooner! More and more families and school systems are finally coming on board though and creating bilingual schools, or at least exposing youngsters to a second language, and I couldn't be happier! Until I end up jobless because all our children have become linguistic geniuses...uh oh.    I... read more

Reminders to improve your communication in the target language: - Pay attention to the facial expressions of the native speakers in order to understand the meaning of their talk. - Identify the key words in the sentences you hear. These are usually content words: verbs and nouns. - Determine by the intonation of the sentences if the speaker is asking or answering questions, describing, or telling a story. - Practice one or two new words, or small phrases regularly with native speakers. - Build the knowledge of the target language with small bricks: memorize nouns and verbs and use them in simple sentences (Noun + Verb + Complement). As you master the use of simple sentences in present tense you can continue progressing by learning more complex sentences and different verb tenses in order to communicate more accurately. - Practice each of the four skills of communication 10-15 minutes every day. These skills are: speaking,... read more

  When you learn Spanish there are a couple of recommendations:        1.- Know your English grammar.- Most students have no idea of grammatical functions. When they start studing Spanish and the teacher talks to them about pronouns, direct objects, adverbs and so on; they feel lost and confused. Its hard to understand  how a pronoun works in Spanish if you don't in English. If you know the diferences between adverbs, verbs, nouns, etc. learning Spanish will be easier.   2. Be Analitycal.- Spanish methods are always advertising to have you speaking in less time. Learning in less time has no meaning if you don't understand what you are doing.  Memorizing or associating words will get you by but will not give you a full command of language. Understand, analyze the language structures ; this will make it easier to find patterns and understand the rules.   Hasta la próxima y buena suerte!!!! Lou... read more

This is really exciting for me. I fell in love with Spanish in 9th grade, even went on to study Spanish at La Universidad Internacional de Guadalajara, studied business and literature in Spanish at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and continued my Spanish studies at Columbia International University. I pastored at a hispanic church in Columbia, SC. In fact, my first sermons were in Spanish. And now, I am SO excited to begin the journey of teaching and tutoring students in this incredible language!   My teaching style is unique, I am high energy with an emphasis on what I call connections, effective ways of remembering and connecting the dots.   At the end of the day Spanish is a big puzzle. It's fun to figure it out and put the pieces together!   Looking forward to hopefully tutoring you soon!     Daniel

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