C.U.N.Y The City College of New York (Theater)
The University of New Haven (MEd)
My Spanish instruction started at birth. I'm a Latino whose parents emigrated to the mainland from Puerto Rico back in the day, not too long after arriving to New York City, I was born; the first generation in our family to be born in the U.S. Spanish was my first language growing up. I grew up in a community with a huge enclave of Spanish-speaking residents and business owners. It was like growing up in an urban pueblo of Puerto Rico.
I made it a point to keep strong ties with my culture and the Spanish language, In fact the first college I enrolled in immediately after high school was called Boricua College, a bilingual and bicultural college. Instructors taught classes in Spanish but the textbooks were in English. I as even able to support my love for the theater through the college's internship program where I had the privilege of interning with "El Teatro Rodante Puertorriqueno" (The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater). Years later I would also teach Intro to Acting courses in New London CT with Teatro Latino de New London for Spanish dominant students.
I acquired my MS in Education at the University of New Haven focusing on the World Language Track. I currently hold CT State certification in K-12 Spanish. I have made full use of the vertical spectrum of the certification having taught Dual-language elementary classes, as well as Middle School and High School level Spanish.
I hope you will consider me as your tutor. I adapt my teaching approach and style according to the needs of the student. I believe that grammar should be taught in the students primary language, which is normally English. This approach allows the student understand the language by comparing and contrasting similarities and differences between the two languages. Conversational Spanish and reading will be conducted in Spanish to help build familiarity. It's not a sink or swim approach but rather a "let's se how deep we can swim". I am always open to hear what you think helps you learn best. My Spanish instruction started at birth. I'm a Latino whose parents emigrated to the mainland from Puerto Rico back in the day, not too long after arriving to New York City, I was born; the first generation in our family to be born in the U.S. Spanish was my first language growing up. I grew up in a community with a huge enclave of
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