West Virginia University (Theatre Arts)
I have taught Spanish and other subjects intermittently for more than 40 years. I enjoy seeing my students learn and grow in their chosen field, and take great pleasure in assisting them to do so. My teaching style is one of joy in learning, not disciplinarian. I seek to ensure that learning takes place, not merely that rote is repeated without understanding. I do this by seeking to encourage the student to converse in the language as much as possible, as soon as possible. I encourage students to ask questions, but also urge them to learn on their own and at their own speed. I also suggest reading assignments that will not only increase learning but also interest the reader. And I like to make lessons fun, as much as possible.
I majored in theater arts, but in effect minored in Spanish. I say in effect because students majoring in professional programs such as the theatre arts BFA were not permitted to declare official minors, but I had enough courses in Spanish language and literature to have an "unofficial" minor. I have also taught and tutored Spanish students intermittently over the years. As stated above, I seek to find some basis for fun in my lessons. I also monitor students' progress, so as to ensure that their time and money is well spent. I take personal pleasure in seeing my students move forward in their study of the language. I have taught Spanish and other subjects intermittently for more than 40 years. I enjoy seeing my students learn and grow in their chosen field, and take great pleasure in assisting them to do so. My teaching style is one of joy in learning, not disciplinarian. I seek to ensure that learning takes place, not merely that rote is repeated without
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I have studied Spanish as a second language since I was 10 years old - over 50 years! I like to see my students grow in the language, and gradually move toward fluency, which to me usually means being able to THINK in Spanish. This is as opposed to thinking in English then translating mentally, then speaking the translation, which is a much slower process.
1) I have a BFA degree in theater arts with an emphasis in acting and directing.
2) I have acted in more than 50 stage productions, mostly in leading roles.
3) I have directed more than 20 stage productions, from professional to educational theater.
4) I have worked in varying capacities, from actor to production assistant, in some 25-30 film and television productions.