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Born in Ecuador, thus a native Spanish speaker, acquired English at the Mackay School, a boarding High School in Viña del Mar, Chile. Arrived in New York City in 1960, finished High School in Falls Church, VA, then went on to the University of Virginia, where I earned a BA in Spanish in 1966, and an MA in 1968. Taught Spanish at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN, then went on to Indiana University in Bloomington, where I earned the Ph.D. in Spanish Literature in 1979. In 1985 I also earned an MLS (Library Science) at the University of Illinois.
I have taught Spanish at the college level in Indiana and Utah, and worked as an academic librarian at Purdue University in West Lafayette and Ohio State in Columbus.
As a result of my life and educational experience, I am completely bilingual in speaking, reading and writing, whether English or Spanish, and having acquired English as a second language, I can convey first hand the process of expressing one's thoughts in a language not one's own. I have also developed a keen eye for proofreading in either language.
Although not a crack player in tennis and table tennis or ping pong, I am an above average player in both, and am aware of the importance of proper form as well as strategy in developing one's skill in those two sports. Table tennis is particularly suited for older persons, as each player is only covering a 4x4 area, and because of this, a person is able to perform and enjoy a respectable level of playing well into his/her 80's and even 90's, while enjoying a significant degree of aerobic activity. Tennis courts are not hard to find in most towns of any size, but for table tennis, the person tutored would have to provide the table, net and paddles. Born in Ecuador, thus a native Spanish speaker, acquired English at the Mackay School, a boarding High School in Viña del Mar, Chile. Arrived in New York City in 1960, finished High School in Falls Church, VA, then went on to the
I would highly recommend Carlos as a tutor. He has been very approachable and open-minded. His energy and eagerness to provide the student with the right coaching is commendable. He is tutoring and guiding me in improving my English speaking skills. He listens actively and has analyzed the areas of improvement and worked out a strategy in the first hours of tutoring. He is always available by phone and keeps me informed with the tutoring schedules well ahead of time.
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I am member of the United States Table Tennis Association (USTTA), with a rating of 397. I have participated in the Winter and Summer Iowa Games Table Tennis competition since 2002. I have helped several fellow club members in the Quad Cities, to significantly improve their skill level. I have a strong grasp of the basic strokes and tactics, and the ability to share that in order to help, specially beginning players, to raise their performance and thus the enjoyment of the game.