Spanish, ESL, and Yoga for Actors (and Non-Actors)
Spanish, ESL, and Yoga for Actors (and Non-Actors)
I'm a dynamic Spanish/ESL Teacher with over twelve years of experience teaching all ages and levels. I've worked with large groups, small groups, and given private lessons for both English and Spanish learners. I have TEFL certification, and I am fully bilingual (Spanish/English). I'm also a Musical Theatre trained actor and a certified Yoga teacher. I have a BFA in Dance obtained at the University of the Americas in Mexico and have booked acting jobs in theatre, commercials, radio,...
I'm a dynamic Spanish/ESL Teacher with over twelve years of experience teaching all ages and levels. I've worked with large groups, small groups, and given private lessons for both English and Spanish learners. I have TEFL certification, and I am fully bilingual (Spanish/English). I'm also a Musical Theatre trained actor and a certified Yoga teacher. I have a BFA in Dance obtained at the University of the Americas in Mexico and have booked acting jobs in theatre, commercials, radio, and TV in Mexico City and Los Angeles.
After graduating from college in 2007, I moved to Mexico City to pursue a career in the performing arts while teaching ESL in some of the best bilingual private schools in the country. I taught English as a foreign language in Mexico for five years at three different private schools where I taught large groups from 1st to 8th grades, I worked as a substitute professor at "Universidad Autonoma de Baja California" for one year. I had the opportunity to teach English as a Second Language to employees of an international manufacturing corporation as part of their training for one year, while I was also tutoring English and Spanish privately.
Six years ago I moved to Los Angeles pursuing further education in the Performing Arts. I completed a Musical Theatre certificate and started auditioning while interning at a boutique talent agency, which later got me into assisting in different casting agencies. During this time I realized how many more job opportunities there are for actors who speak more than one language, and with my experience in ESL, Spanish, IPA, speech, acting, and casting, I developed effective ways to help actors become bilingual, sharpen their pronunciation, or just be able to master a specific text for an audition. At the same time, for the past five years, I have been teaching English and Spanish to non-actors, both children, and adults; and teaching ESL to factory workers at a sustainable clothing company. I've worked with high-profile families and I've also been doing translation work for bilingual celebrities' social media.
Before deciding to pursue a career in the performing arts, I studied Medicine for over three years, so I specialize in medical terminology (English/Spanish) and medical translation.
As for my tutoring/teaching method, it varies depending on the student. I need to know my student's personality, goals, and previous training before establishing a plan of action. Not everybody is interested in the same things or learns the same way. I adapt my teaching according to each person to make the learning process both efficient and fun.
Something unique that I bring to my language teaching is an emphasis on phonetics (pronunciation). I've realized that most Spanish students have studied the language for years but don't feel confident actually speaking it in a real context. My training in IPA and accent reduction gave me the ability to not only notate, but identify, and produce sounds that are particular to each language. The correct placement of the tongue and lips; pitch; intonation; and breath are a few of the variables that can help my students achieve a native sound. It's amazing how their confidence boosts as soon as they start identifying and producing these sounds themselves!
Three years ago, I traveled to India to get certified as a Yoga teacher. I spent over a month in the world's capital of Yoga, Rishikesh, completing an intensive Yoga teacher training course with amazing and knowledgeable traditional teachers. The tools that Yoga has provided me with are applicable not only to my daily life and personal relationships, but also to my performing, and teaching.
In 2017, I furthered my Yoga education by completing a Yoga for Kids certificate with Kidding Around Yoga with the amazing Haris Lender, as well as a Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with the wonderful and knowledgeable Amber Voiles.
I love connecting with people, and I find tutoring and teaching very enriching, my favorite part of being a teacher is making a connection with the students, learning something new from every single one of them and, of course, watching my students' progress is the most rewarding feeling in the world! I also enjoy the flexibility of the job, which allows me to combine it with acting.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you're looking for a tutor for yourself or your child(ren). I'd be happy to help!
Happy learning and Namaste,
Knowledgeable, patient and FUN tutor!!!!
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Experienced and great for kids
Melisa teaches my three kids English as a second language and does a great job. Patient, focused and with good humour. She makes good adjustments according to age and level. The kids loved her from first sight.Rahel, 5 lessons with MelisaTutor responded:
Thank you, Rahel! It's been a pleasure teaching your children. You all are a lovely family!
Melisa is terrific to work with!
Melisa is patient and organized. I appreciate her keeping our objectives in mind at every lesson. My 11 year old enjoys her weekly Spanish lesson with Melisa.Alex, 7 lessons with Melisa
Excellent Spanish tutor
Melisa was wonderful with my high school aged daughter. She had very specific grammar questions and Melisa was able to clear up her confusion. I would definitely recommend her!Lisa, 3 lessons with MelisaTutor responded:
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Melisa is always patient and encouraging. She makes learning Spanish so much easier. She is able to review my homeschool assignments and help me really learn it.Ruth Anne, 26 lessons with MelisaTutor responded:
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Melisa had great practical tips for my son to be consistent. She understands how people process learning a language. It all comes from repitition!!Lorri, 4 lessons with MelisaTutor responded:
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Job well done
Melisa was great! I booked her for my boss and my boss enjoyed her lesson. Great communication, would definitely recommend her.Brandon, 6 lessons with MelisaTutor responded:
Thank you, Brandon! It's been great talking to you. Meeting your boss was lovely, and I'm more than happy to help her achieve her goals in Spanish.
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Melisa is amazing! She helped me so much, while working at a fast pace as I asked her to. She explained things very clearly and helped me grasp ideas by sharing her knowledge. She is by far the best Spanish tutor I've ever had!Abigail, 1 lesson with MelisaTutor responded:
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Awesome first class!
We went over basic things but I was surprised I knew a lot more than I thought! Melisa was nice and very helpful! I promise I will practice!Sarah, 1 lesson with Melisa
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