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Ben G.

Educator, Editor, Language Enthusiast

Educator, Editor, Language Enthusiast

$40/hour

  • 56 hours tutoring

  • Sudbury, MA 01776

About Ben


Bio

Hi! My name is Ben. I am a high school Spanish teacher. I graduated from Ithaca College in 2017 with a B.A. in Spanish and minors in German, linguistics, and translation studies. In 2018, I graduated from a dual-degree program with an M.Ed. in Spanish Language and Culture for Educators from James Madison University (Virginia) and a master's for teachers of Spanish as a foreign language from the Universidad de Salamanca (Spain).

While an undergraduate student, I spent a couple of semesters...

Hi! My name is Ben. I am a high school Spanish teacher. I graduated from Ithaca College in 2017 with a B.A. in Spanish and minors in German, linguistics, and translation studies. In 2018, I graduated from a dual-degree program with an M.Ed. in Spanish Language and Culture for Educators from James Madison University (Virginia) and a master's for teachers of Spanish as a foreign language from the Universidad de Salamanca (Spain).

While an undergraduate student, I spent a couple of semesters working as a tutor through Ithaca College's Tutoring Services, through which I received peer-tutor certification in 2015. I also began working as a teaching assistant in the spring semester of my freshman year. I prepared 50-minute review sessions for small groups, focusing on putting the language into practice. I also worked as the proofreader for my college's newspaper, and one of my responsibilities was teaching English grammar and usage to the other editors and writers. While studying abroad in Salamanca in 2015, I had the chance to work in an English classroom and helped to explain the differences between the English the students were learning (British) and my English. This was a truly eye-opening experience, as I hadn't previously worked with English learners. This opportunity also gave me insight into how languages are taught in different countries (I was able to compare these methods with those I had seen in Germany during my three-week stay in 2013). And of course, since I was in Spain, I got to practice and better my Spanish.

Prior to studying abroad, I was awarded IES Abroad's Foreign Language Merit Scholarship (one of thirty-five awards given out; four-hundred applicants). The summer prior to my senior year of undergrad, I was awarded a scholarship to work on a translation project (Spanish to English) with one of my professors, and at the end of my undergraduate career, I was given the Outstanding Student Award from the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

When someone asks me why I like languages, I often provide this example: In English, I say "I have a dog." In Spanish, I say "Tengo un perro." Those words look nothing alike. In fact, while I must use "I" in English, the Spanish equivalent, "yo," is quite optional. Now there's "Ich habe einen Hund," the German translation. The same number of words as in English? Yes. And there's definitely some similarities to English, but German makes me note the case: "Hund" is the direct object. Though these three sentences communicate the same idea, there are noticeable distinctions, and these are what made me fall in love with language.

I grew up in a monolingual household, which means I know the struggles students face when trying to learn Spanish or German. I'm a linguist. I tend to take the comparative method, looking at how we do things in English and how the target language does the same thing differently. I'm enthusiastic about grammar, and I have helped many students in both one-on-one tutoring environments and in small groups to grasp difficult concepts. On more than one occasion, my students have told me that I have a way of explaining concepts in a way that makes more sense than when explained in a classroom. I like for the student to understand why languages do the things they do and for them to lead the sessions — for the student to benefit, I can't be the one talking the entire time.

I tutor middle school through college as well as adults and will work in-person if we live close enough to each other or online. If you're looking for academic support (you have a teacher and just need some reinforcement), we should talk! I'm also available to give lessons if you aren't enrolled in a class. For this, we talk ahead of time to determine your goals and figure out a customized program of study.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions or think you'd be interested in working with me.


Education

Ithaca College
Spanish
James Madison University
MEd
Universidad de Salamanca
Masters

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Hourly rate: $45 for in-person / $40 for online
  • Rate details: Cancellations: Less than 12 hours’ notice = billed for ½ session; Under 2 hr. notice = full session
  • Travel policy: Within 10 miles of Sudbury, MA 01776
  • Lesson cancellation: 12 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 8/8/2017

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

German,

German

I began taking German in 2011. The following summer, I attended a four-week immersion program in Ohio (via Middlebury Interactive Languages), and the summer after that, I spent three weeks in Germany. I also minored in German in undergrad (graduated May 2017). I was the language department's German tutor for a semester in 2014 and again in 2017 (mostly serving elementary and intermediate students), and I've tutored high-school students in German I and II material in the past.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

As an undergraduate student, I worked for my college's award-winning newspaper as a copy editor for two years. In my fifth semester, I became the chief copy editor, responsible for training all copy editors in grammar, AP and house style (consistency), punctuation, and fact-checking. For my final three semesters, I was the proofreader, responsible for the editing of all content for grammar and style one last time before it was published online and in print, and for maintaining the house style guide. I am nitpicky and a stickler for details, often agonizing over whether or not a comma or hyphen belongs in a particular spot, but at the proofreading stage, that's what really matters.
Spanish,

Spanish

I have studied Spanish for 11+ years and majored in it as an undergraduate student, during which time I also tutored and worked as a teaching assistant for Spanish. In 2015, I spent four months in Spain, living with a host family and attending both classes for foreigners and university classes designed for native speakers. I hold a B.A. in Spanish (Ithaca College) and am currently pursuing an M.Ed. in Spanish language and culture at James Madison University.
ESL/ESOL, Grammar

Elementary Education

Grammar

English

Proofreading,

Proofreading

As an undergraduate student, I worked for my college's award-winning newspaper as a copy editor for two years. In my fifth semester, I became the chief copy editor, responsible for training all copy editors in grammar, AP and house style (consistency), punctuation, and fact-checking. For my final three semesters, I was the proofreader, responsible for the editing of all content for grammar and style one last time before it was published online and in print, and for maintaining the house style guide. I am nitpicky and a stickler for details, often agonizing over whether or not a comma or hyphen belongs in a particular spot, but at the proofreading stage, that's what really matters.
ESL/ESOL, Grammar

Homeschool

Spanish,

Spanish

I have studied Spanish for 11+ years and majored in it as an undergraduate student, during which time I also tutored and worked as a teaching assistant for Spanish. In 2015, I spent four months in Spain, living with a host family and attending both classes for foreigners and university classes designed for native speakers. I hold a B.A. in Spanish (Ithaca College) and am currently pursuing an M.Ed. in Spanish language and culture at James Madison University.
ESL/ESOL

Language

German,

German

I began taking German in 2011. The following summer, I attended a four-week immersion program in Ohio (via Middlebury Interactive Languages), and the summer after that, I spent three weeks in Germany. I also minored in German in undergrad (graduated May 2017). I was the language department's German tutor for a semester in 2014 and again in 2017 (mostly serving elementary and intermediate students), and I've tutored high-school students in German I and II material in the past.
Spanish,

Spanish

I have studied Spanish for 11+ years and majored in it as an undergraduate student, during which time I also tutored and worked as a teaching assistant for Spanish. In 2015, I spent four months in Spain, living with a host family and attending both classes for foreigners and university classes designed for native speakers. I hold a B.A. in Spanish (Ithaca College) and am currently pursuing an M.Ed. in Spanish language and culture at James Madison University.
ESL/ESOL

Most Popular

Spanish,

Spanish

I have studied Spanish for 11+ years and majored in it as an undergraduate student, during which time I also tutored and worked as a teaching assistant for Spanish. In 2015, I spent four months in Spain, living with a host family and attending both classes for foreigners and university classes designed for native speakers. I hold a B.A. in Spanish (Ithaca College) and am currently pursuing an M.Ed. in Spanish language and culture at James Madison University.
ESL/ESOL

Other

ESL/ESOL

Summer

German,

German

I began taking German in 2011. The following summer, I attended a four-week immersion program in Ohio (via Middlebury Interactive Languages), and the summer after that, I spent three weeks in Germany. I also minored in German in undergrad (graduated May 2017). I was the language department's German tutor for a semester in 2014 and again in 2017 (mostly serving elementary and intermediate students), and I've tutored high-school students in German I and II material in the past.
Spanish,

Spanish

I have studied Spanish for 11+ years and majored in it as an undergraduate student, during which time I also tutored and worked as a teaching assistant for Spanish. In 2015, I spent four months in Spain, living with a host family and attending both classes for foreigners and university classes designed for native speakers. I hold a B.A. in Spanish (Ithaca College) and am currently pursuing an M.Ed. in Spanish language and culture at James Madison University.
ESL/ESOL

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Knowledgeable Tutor

Ben has great knowledge of grammar. I would recommend working with him to improve these skills! Its also interesting to hear him talk about his time in Spain. Especially recommended for beginning and intermediate Spanish speakers.

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