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, writing, 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 drill can.
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!
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