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Mary Z.

Beverly Shores, IN

$50/hour

Spanish or English as a Second Language

In-person lessons

$50/Hour


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Indiana University Bloomington
Spanish
Indiana University Bloomington
Master's
Indiana University Bloomington
Master's

Education

Indiana University Bloomington (Spanish)

Indiana University Bloomington (Master's)

Indiana University Bloomington (Master's)

About Mary

I've loved Spanish and study abroad ever since I went to San Luís Potosí, Mexico for 8 weeks when I was a junior in high school. Many years have gone by since then, but virtually all my time has been spent learning and teaching languages for all this time. I was fortunate to have great teachers who encouraged me and gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in both the Spanish language and culture. In fact, I took my foreign study much too seriously, married and having 3 children in Spain. I lived in Madrid for several years, and outside Barcelona with my husband for some twenty years, and I speak both Spanish and Catalan fluently. When living in Spain, after completing my studies, I tutored English as a Foreign Language to students of all ages, translated, and worked with several language schools.

I have also taught at the secondary and post-secondary level in the United States. I was at the De La Salle Institute of Chicago for three years and then at Indiana University (Bloomington) while I was completing my Master's degrees. Later I taught second year Spanish Conversation and Composition at Valparaiso University. I enjoy the challenge of communicating with students and seeing their process as they negotiate meaning and gain in proficiency. Undeniably, it is also very satisfactory to see someone who is struggling to pass a class succeed and overcome the fear of failure. I like people and try hard to find the way to connect with every individual's learning style. A good teacher needs to be in sync with their students' mind set, coming to meet them on their terms.

After many years of experience, I am familiar with ESL examinations commonly used here and in Europe, and have taught exam candidates successfully many times. I believe in doing exam "overkill" to make sure that the examiner is confident of passing easily and thus not spending money in vain. I've always loved reading and literature, in all my languages, and have a Master's in Spanish literature. Having learned a second and third language, I know what it's like and understand the student's perspective, especially when that student is from a different country or background.

Aside from knowing Spanish very well, I love the language and try for my enthusiasm to become contagious. I use a communicative method for teaching both Spanish and English. I have a lot of accumulated cultural experience under my belt.

If you're having problems in Spanish or English, feel like you just need something more, or maybe something just isn't clicking, contact me and I can help. Or maybe you're doing very well and just want to go a bit further in your language learning experience, I am here for you. Come take a class with me, live the language in a natural one on one setting, and enjoy yourself as you do so!
I've loved Spanish and study abroad ever since I went to San Luís Potosí, Mexico for 8 weeks when I was a junior in high school. Many years have gone by since then, but virtually all my time has been spent learning and teaching languages for all this time. I was fortunate to have great teachers who encouraged me and gave me the opportunity to Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Beverly Shores, IN 46301
In-person lessons
English:
ESL/ESOL, IELTS, Literature, TOEFL
Test Preparation:
IELTS, TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL, IELTS, Spanish, TOEFL

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Indiana University Bloomington
Spanish
Indiana University Bloomington
Master's
Indiana University Bloomington
Master's

Education

Indiana University Bloomington (Spanish)

Indiana University Bloomington (Master's)

Indiana University Bloomington (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Mary will travel within 30 miles of Beverly Shores, IN 46301.