NEW FEATURES MORE

Search

Claudia A.

Bowie, MD

$40/hour

Knowledgeable, Skilled, and Patient Spanish Teacher

In-person lessons
100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/4/15
5.0 average from 25 ratings
knowledgeable and patient
— Aaron, Upper Marlboro, MD on 11/4/16

$40/Hour


Send a message explaining your needs and Claudia will reply soon.

Response time: 43 minutes

Contact Claudia

Tennessee Technological University
Spanish and Secondary Ed
The University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Master's

Education

Tennessee Technological University (Spanish and Secondary Ed)

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville (Master's)

About Claudia

One of the first things I can remember ever wanting to do as a child was learn a foreign language. I love, and always have loved, words and their sounds and meanings. It’s how I ended up in my first Spanish class years ago as a 9th grader. And it’s how I eventually managed to find my way into a college classroom teaching Spanish.

In those 25 years of teaching college Spanish my experience spanned every level of undergraduate instruction, from beginner to advanced grammar and reading courses for majors and minors, a fair number of which were bilinguals and native speakers. That means I have the breadth and depth of experience that you need in a tutor no matter where you are on the language learning continuum.

Over the years I’ve also done my fair share of translation and editing on a pro bono basis for organizations I care about. What that means is that I have a solid understanding of not only how Spanish works, but how English works, too. I understand the mechanics of language and I know what good writing style and content should be. That makes me a good choice for tutoring reading, grammar, literature, and composition. (After all, there’s no such thing as learning, or teaching, a foreign language without thoroughly knowing and understanding one’s own.)

In addition to Spanish and English, History has always been a love of mine. It was amounted to much more than my minor in college. I took so many history courses that it came close to being my third undergraduate major. (My second was in Secondary Education, by the way.)

During my years as a teacher I made a point of teaching Spanish in Spanish as much possible, but really, how one approaches teaching a foreign language very much depends on the subject at hand, the level and preparation of the students, and their particular needs and abilities. Some grammatical/lexical concepts are very complex, so at times it just works best to deal with them in English. One way or the other, learning any language means developing skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. No study of a foreign language ever succeeds in the long run without paying attention to those four skills and how they interact with one another along the way. Good teaching, or good tutoring, involves helping the student make progress in all of those areas as the need manifests.

Learning a language, whether it’s your own or someone else’s, is a complex thing. There are no short cuts, but I can help you make it through the weeds. I can help you break down the complexities into manageable concepts and constructions. I can help you practice and can advise you on how to study and on what to emphasize. I can give you the best shot at success if you’re faltering or just need that extra bit of support and practice. I have materials to work with, and plenty of ideas to make it all come together for you.

If that sounds like what you need, I invite you to get in touch. I have a flexible schedule and I’ll do all in my power to accommodate you and be of help. I'm there for you.
One of the first things I can remember ever wanting to do as a child was learn a foreign language. I love, and always have loved, words and their sounds and meanings. It’s how I ended up in my first Spanish class years ago as a 9th grader. And it’s how I eventually managed to find my way into a college classroom teaching Spanish.

In
Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Group rates: $30 per student per hour

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Bowie, MD 20716
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"knowledgeable and patient"

- Aaron, Upper Marlboro, MD on 11/4/16

"Patient and flexible tutor"

- Tracie, Clinton, MD on 5/30/16

"Very experienced and organized - works well with High Schoolers"

- Leigh Anna, Annapolis, MD on 3/15/16

"Organized, Professional & Very Experienced"

- Kat, Severna Park, MD on 10/29/15
English:
Writing
Language:
Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Spanish

I can provide my students with help with not just the mechanics of Spanish but with an authentic model of how Spanish sounds. I am able to do that because taught Spanish on the college level for 25 years. The courses I taught ranged from entry-level Spanish to advanced-level courses such as Spanish Composition and Conversation, and Advanced Grammar, Composition, and Phonetics. I also taught a wide array of literature courses. That means that I am well-positioned to provide help at all levels along the language-learning continuum, and on a wide variety of subjects within the broader category of language learning.

Writing

I am a volunteer translator/editor. I work in English and Spanish to help prepare articles for publication.

Tennessee Technological University
Spanish and Secondary Ed
The University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Master's

Education

Tennessee Technological University (Spanish and Secondary Ed)

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville (Master's)

knowledgeable and patient

Claudia is very knowledgeable and patient with helping me reinforce the basics for Spanish 1. She goes at the right pace and provides materials. I would highly recommend her for other students who need help with Spanish 1.This is my sixth tutor within two years and I must say that Claudia is the best.

— Aaron, Upper Marlboro, MD on 11/4/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Group rates: $30 per student per hour

Travel policy

Claudia will travel within 15 miles of Bowie, MD 20716.