The world truly is becoming a smaller place. Whether you're connected through Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc., we all have to use some sort of language
to communicate. However, sometimes we need to master a foreign language
in order to get our point across. Therefore, I would love to use my passion for the Spanish
to help those students in need. Whether it is for school, work, or for pleasure, Spanish is a language that can be both useful and fun while learning it.
Spanish has always been in my life in some form or another. I have been studying the language for over 15 years now, and I am part of the National Spanish Honors Society. Plus, I have lived and studied in Spain while finishing my Spanish degree from the University of Illinois. Recently, I finished my Spanish translation certification from the University of Chicago. I am also definitely used to challenges with language barriers as I have spent time as a volunteer interpreter/translator with Latino clients at the Eastern Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center, and I believe that these experiences have greatly added to my overall patience as a language assistant.
Teaching wise, I utilize a mixture of different techniques. Communication is key, so I try to integrate reading
, speaking, and listening into all of the exercises we do. However, not all students learn the same way, so I try to recognize students' strengths and play to them in order to not only work hard but also intelligently. I must emphasize though that in order to learn a language, you must constantly be practicing it in order to truly learn it. Therefore, I also try to make lessons fun by using modern day examples of language that go beyond the classroom as in using music
, television, magazines, newspapers, food, and movies. These real life examples provide a thought provoking stimulus in the learner that no grammar
Not only do I teach Spanish, but I also can help with History
, writing, geography
, study skills
, and organizational skills
This is just a sample of my background, but if you would like to learn Spanish or another subject now, contact me!