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Ernesto A.

Mesa, AZ

$50/hour

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University of Arizona
Spanish Translation

Education

University of Arizona (Spanish Translation)

About Ernesto

Language mastery is a lifelong process, but is always easier when you have someone to study with!

My background revolves around communications. I took extensive coursework in Linguistics (Theoretical and Applied), Foreign Languages (Spanish, Portuguese, French, Japanese), and won several awards from Toastmasters International (public speaking) throughout my years in college. I am currently working on several projects toward becoming a screenwriter.

My approach to language tutoring is somewhat unusual. Rather than sitting down to conjugate endless lists of verbs, studying tedious vocabulary, or teaching from stale grammar books, I believe language is best served from a holistic approach.

It's my philosophy every relationship in life (teacher/student, manager/employee, etc.) becomes mutual in the exchange of information and learning. So as your language skills improve, you will begin to teach me new things, just as I will continue to teach you. We're equals.

I like taking a more functional view of language learning. We'll go through things you've probably already learned in school, like how to read a map, basic arithmetic, or talking about sports to drive home the points. Let's say I'm teaching you about the subjunctive tense. We might talk more about your dreams, like winning the lottery, or going on vacation. I teach entirely in Spanish no matter your skill level, because the only way you're going to learn is by immersion. We'll play lots of games, and have plenty of fun.

If you're in a high school AP/IB course, I can also help you with test preparation for college credit.

Vocabulary is key. Even with the best knowledge of grammar, you can't possibly expect to speak without knowing all your nouns, verbs, and adjectives! Vocabulary building is integrated with the lessons so you learn things quickly rather than memorizing word lists with no context.

Even if you're interested in learning about some good Spanish Literature, we have to tell stories and place a lot of the focus on speaking. Public speaking is a requirement in my language learning classes.

My degree is in Spanish Translation and Interpretation. I have worked as a volunteer interpreter for Immigration Law clinics, medical groups, within the community, and in normal life. Additionally, I have tutored small groups.

I am also an expert writer, having been published several times in the English language. Should you need additional help with writing papers, copyediting, or style checks, I'm always here for you. Need help with a presentation? Let me be your guide.

Once you're ready to start working together, drop me a line and let's figure things out! I can comfortably teach two to four students in my home near Downtown Mesa, or I can also travel to you. Individuals or small groups welcome! I require at least one hour notice for cancellations, and am more than pleased to schedule a mak
Language mastery is a lifelong process, but is always easier when you have someone to study with!

My background revolves around communications. I took extensive coursework in Linguistics (Theoretical and Applied), Foreign Languages (
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Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Mesa, AZ 85203
In-person lessons
English:
Grammar,
Public Speaking,
Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
Spanish
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Grammar

Part of my job duties as a newspaper translator involved copyediting. I also did this when I was a newspaper columnist for a specialized publication here in AZ. I learned how to write quick, short sentences that convey the point. I also studied archaic writing styles (such as that of Dickens) and am fully aware of how to appropriately style sentences grammatically. I once wrote a sentence that lasted an entire page!

Public Speaking

I was a member of a professional public speaking organization from 2004-2008. While in the organization, I gave several speeches that incorporated specific public speaking skills, such as how to give technical presentations, leading group discussions, and speaking on camera in interviews. Additionally, I was involved in administrative roles, at Club, Area, and Division levels. I participated in speech contests, and advanced to higher rounds as the result of winning.

Spanish

I have a degree in Spanish Translation, and have extensive knowledge of Hispanic Linguistics (Theory and Applied). I am aware of dialectology, lexical changes, grammar, and know quite a bit about proper interpreting protocols, medical and legal terminology, and Second Language Acquisition. My methods for teaching are unique and effective for non-native speakers. My lessons are fun and focus on learning functional, daily Spanish, with some emphasis in useful specialized terminology.

Writing

My degree is in Spanish, but hold a minor in Linguistics and took several writing courses throughout college. I have an extensive knowledge of grammar, style, and writing. If you have a long paper you need help with, no problem -- I love long term papers!

I have translated for Spanish language newspaper, hosted a radio program (in a live studio), written horoscopes for a local publication, won awards for my research in Linguistics, and have been published in small poetry books. I penned a series of stage plays, and I am currently working on an original sitcom, unlike anything ever seen before.

University of Arizona
Spanish Translation

Education

University of Arizona (Spanish Translation)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Ernesto will travel within 20 miles of Mesa, AZ 85203.