Spanish Tutor for All Ages
Spanish Tutor for All Ages
Hi, there! I fell in love with Spanish a decade ago and now enjoy guiding others to better understand it themselves. While completing my double bachelor's degree in Linguistics and Spanish, I studied for a year at the Universidad de Granada in southern Spain, taking courses alongside local Spanish college students and living with Spanish flatmates. My classes delved thoroughly into the mechanics of the language, and my daily life in Spain exposed me to continuous dynamic conversation. ...
Hi, there! I fell in love with Spanish a decade ago and now enjoy guiding others to better understand it themselves. While completing my double bachelor's degree in Linguistics and Spanish, I studied for a year at the Universidad de Granada in southern Spain, taking courses alongside local Spanish college students and living with Spanish flatmates. My classes delved thoroughly into the mechanics of the language, and my daily life in Spain exposed me to continuous dynamic conversation. Crucially, I confirmed that years of studying yielded an immense pay off -- an ability to converse freely with native speakers and compose academic essays at the level of my Spanish-born peers. I hope to give each of my students the instruction they need to unlock this very achievable goal of high proficiency in all facets of Spanish: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
An important step in my own Spanish learning experience was adjusting my expectations for what Spanish should sound like. I now use my training in phonetics and Spanish to help students overcome this hurdle to listening comprehension and fluent speech. I also tackle tricky grammatical topics big and small. Spanish and teaching are strong passions of mine, and I hope my enthusiasm shines through in my lessons.
I have tutored students of all ages, from elementary-school children to high schoolers to adults, and I have done so in various formats, from creating my own curriculum to helping students make sense of their homework to stepping in as a conversation partner. I passed all Spanish CSET exams required by the state of California for single-subject teachers and plan to begin a teaching credential program in the near future. If we work together, you will find an enthusiastic tutor who will spend the time necessary to craft the best lesson she can.
Feel free to send me a message if I sound like a good fit, and let's schedule a lesson together!
Kelly has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 5 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.
Dedicated and Empathetic Teacher
I had plans to travel to Mexico in April, so, to improve my Spanish, I took lessons from Kelly twice a week for eight weeks prior to the trip. I was already at an intermediate-plus level when I started, because I’d taken courses and studied with tutors to prepare for two previous trips to Mexico. Kelly and I worked on conversation, verb conjugation, useful vocabulary, and general grammar topics. She was a good conversationalist and easy to talk to. Because she had to learn Spanish herself as a second language, she understands what problems it presents for an English speaker and can explain—in either English or Spanish—the correct forms and usage. Because she has a college degree in Spanish and spent a year in Spain, she speaks fluently and has an impressively large vocabulary and command of idiomatic expressions. As a tutor, she’s patient and encouraging—in fact, I was more critical of my Spanish than she was. She sent me videos to watch that we would discuss at the next class, wrote practice exercises specifically to work on my weak areas, and very effectively tailored the classes to my level and goals. I highly recommend Kelly for learners at my level, although I’m sure she’d do just as good a job with young students and adults more advanced than I am.Eric, 18 lessons with KellyTutor responded:
Thank you for the thoughtful review! It was a pleasure working with you.
Kelly is a great Spanish tutor! My son and his friend are studying with her on a weekly basis. Grades are improving significantly. Callie is very easy to get in touch with, and very accommodating.Agnes, 15 lessons with KellyTutor responded:
Thanks for the kind review, Agnes. I'm glad to hear their grades are improving! The two of them are great to work with.
Great teacher for linguistics
She was very helpful and patient. I felt I was able to understand so much as she was very clear with her explanations!Leila, 5 lessons with KellyTutor responded:
Thanks for the review, Laura! I enjoyed working with you!
My high school age daughter needs a refresh and ongoing support for Spanish 2 after long remote time from school. Kelly was very helpful in her first session going through tenses and vocabulary words with her.Deborah, 17 lessons with KellyTutor responded:
I'm glad our first session was helpful! Thank you very much for the review!
Great tutor!! I contacted her last minute for an assignment that I had due and she helped me just in time! She helped me understand Linguistics when prior to our lesson it was impossible for me to learn! Total life saver!!Teresa, 2 lessons with KellyTutor responded:
Glad I could help, and thanks for the kind review!
Great Spanish teacher
Her accent is great and she really prepares each class. She teaches two of my girls and they both love her class.JENNIFER, 6 lessons with KellyTutor responded:
Thank you so much for the kind review! I really appreciate it!
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