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Maria M.

Davenport, IA

$30/hour

Experienced English tutor and Bi-lingual Spanish tutor

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5.0 average from 15 ratings
Knowledgeable and patient tutor
— Shelby, Dubuque, IA on 6/29/15

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University of Northern Iowa
Speech Language Path
U of WI - Platteville
Master's

Education

University of Northern Iowa (Speech Language Path)

U of WI - Platteville (Master's)

About Maria

I currently work at an Outpatient Center as a counselor. I have maintained my efforts in the Spanish language through tutoring and personal study.

I did my undergraduate work in Speech Language Pathology and Spanish. For four years, I taught English as a Foreign Language in various places and volunteered to tutor non-native English speakers at a Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Most recently in September 2014, I taught Academic English at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in their new English Language Program for international students.

I love languages, especially Spanish. After living in a Mexican neighborhood in Chicago, IL for one year, studying abroad in Oviedo, Spain for five months, working in Madrid, Spain for two years, and studying translation in Madrid for six months, I have reached a high level of competency in Spanish.

Due to my training in Speech Pathology, I also love to work with foreign language speakers' pronunciation in English.

From all of this experience, I would be able to tutor someone who wants to improve their English or Spanish in terms of grammar, pronunciation, conversation, reading, and comprehension.

My teaching style is very interactive, since using the language correctly is the primary goal. We can choose a book to guide our time together or identify areas of improvement to guide each meeting. I can be flexible with what your learning goals are. I am available on weekends - Friday-Sunday.
I currently work at an Outpatient Center as a counselor. I have maintained my efforts in the Spanish language through tutoring and personal study.

I did my undergraduate work in
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Travels within 20 miles of Davenport, IA 52806
In-person lessons

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor"

- Shelby, Dubuque, IA on 6/29/15
Science:
Psychology
English:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish
Elementary Education:
Grammar

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ESL/ESOL

I started to teach English as a Foreign Language in Chicago, IL, where I gave classes to women from Mexico for one year. Then, I went to Northampton, MA to get a certificate in TESOL, which was a month-intensive course, offered by the School for International Training. Directly out of that program, I taught a couple of pronunciation courses at the University of Massachusetts, in their Continuing Education Department. My class was full of students from Mexico, Japan, Russia, Finland, Romania, and Brazil, who wanted to improve their pronunciation. Given that my undergraduate training is in Speech Language Pathology, pronunciation work with non-native English speakers is my specialty.

After an academic year at U of MA (2004-2005), I moved to Madrid, Spain, where I taught Business English to professionals in their work place. I worked for Beacon Language Consultants in Madrid for two years. Now that I am a graduate student at the University of WI, studying community counseling, I am not able to teach ESL full-time, but I do tutor at the Presentation Lantern Center in Dubuque, IA on a weekly basis.

University of Northern Iowa
Speech Language Path
U of WI - Platteville
Master's

Education

University of Northern Iowa (Speech Language Path)

U of WI - Platteville (Master's)

Knowledgeable and patient tutor — New vocabulary and proper grammar; corrects my mistakes. She chooses activities that focus on my goals (aka Spanish Praxis). Improved fluency and knowledge of Spanish language and culture. ...

— Shelby, Dubuque, IA on 6/29/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Travel policy

Maria will travel within 20 miles of Davenport, IA 52806.