University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras (Humanities)
State University of New York, Binghamton (Master's)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Graduate Coursework)
I am a native speaker of Spanish; born in the city of Chicago, raised in the island of Puerto Rico. My background is in the performing arts. I have a Master's degree in Theater and have had the opportunity to perform and travel with companies in Puerto Rico, the United States, Canada and Mexico. After completing my Master's degree I started to pursue a Ph.D. in Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where one of the degree requirements was to teach undergraduate courses. As a rookie teacher I drew a lot of inspiration from my theater training, integrating music, mime and puppetry into my lessons.
I have the ability to tailor my lessons to the specific needs of students. I value the individuality of the student and their unique interactions with the subject. I motivate my students to become active participants in the learning process by paying close attention to their interests and goals. I let them create, communicate and make mistakes. An important component of my teaching environment is warmth and comfort. Anxiety can often serve to undermine motivation, can affect reading, writing and listening in the language classroom, but most students report high levels of anxiety related to speaking. It is easier to manage anxiety in a one-on one tutoring environment. I usually talk about it as a normal part of the learning process. I also offer encouragement and support when I provide correction.
I have experience teaching courses in both English and Spanish. In addition, I have direct experience tutoring Hispanic students learning English. During these interactions I use real life situations to practice essential grammar points, introduce vocabulary and increase comprehension.
The importance of being able to communicate in Spanish is more and more evident as we see increasing numbers of Spanish speaking people in the United States. Knowing Spanish will increase your job opportunities and salary potential, and will allow you to participate in the global economy. In the process of learning a language you will develop important skills in critical and creative thinking. You will increase your problem solving ability and improve your memory and self-discipline. Finally, by studying a foreign language you will enrich your knowledge of your own native tongue. I hope to help you in this journey. I am a native speaker of Spanish; born in the city of Chicago, raised in the island of Puerto Rico. My background is in the performing arts. I have a Master's degree in Theater and have had the opportunity to perform and travel with companies in Puerto Rico, the United States, Canada and Mexico. After completing my Master's degree I started to
With a Theater background and 10+ years of experience teaching all levels of Spanish, I've been helping students polish their communication skills, specially their speaking and listening comprehension abilities.