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Tegan G.

Silver Spring, MD

$45/hour

Spanish tutor, all levels

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Int'l Politics, Spanish
The University of Maryland College Park
Master's

Education

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Int'l Politics, Spanish)

The University of Maryland College Park (Master's)

About Tegan

Dear future student,

Hola! My name is Tegan, and I am a doctoral student and teaching assistant at the University of Maryland at College Park. However, I am also a native speaker of Spanish and would love to be your Spanish tutor.

A little bit about me: I am a huge fan of languages. I am fluent in Italian in addition to being a native speaker of English and Spanish, and am currently learning Arabic. My all-time favorite thing to do is travel! This past year I have traveled to Iceland, Mexico, Canada, and Panama, and am currently planning a trip to Morocco. I also love to do yoga, read, and walk around DC's neighborhoods in my free time.

I love tutoring because I strongly believe languages open worlds, and that learning them is something anyone can do, at any stage in their life. I have a lot of experience tutoring recent immigrants in ESL, teaching them useful English for the workplace or "out and about," as well as taught discussion sections of college political science courses at the University of Maryland, with 75 students assigned to my classes each semester.

My approach to tutoring is two-fold. First, in our first session, we will hone in on specific concerns, weaknesses, or requests that you have, as well as take a small proficiency test. This way, we will isolate issues that you know you feel concerned about, as well as ones that you may not have noticed you struggle with. While I believe that language learning must be holistic, putting a little extra focus on certain areas when needed is also necessary. Often, the things you feel unsure of or confused about have roots in different problems, so isolating and fixing those is the best way to move forward.

Second, also in our first session I will ask you to fill out a sheet with your interests, hobbies, and things you feel passionate about: that way, we can learn to talk about them in Spanish, answering questions and practicing the different tenses, as well as augmenting your vocabulary with things you're interested in. It's easy to get bogged down, bored, or frustrated in the memorization stage of learning languages, so it's necessary to make learning fun for you wherever we can. Overall, what I would say I stress most is building conversational skills. Many classes are too focused on textbook learning, which, while useful, is not the point of learning languages. The point of learning languages is to convey your feelings, learn about others and the world, and use the skills you acquire to do anything from ordering a cup of coffee to flying an airplane, or from telling someone the time to discussing Ancient Greek philosophy.

I am a native speaker of Spanish, but was born and raised in the United States, so I would consider myself equally proficient in both languages. However, to make sure my written skills were as good as my oral ones, I took Spanish classes in school focused on grammar and spelling. I am passionate about Spanish grammar, and love coming up with fun tricks to remember the more difficult tenses (when to use ser vs. estar; the imperfect; and of course the subjunctive!) The subjunctive is my favorite tense, and isn't nearly as scary as many students think it is!

Please get in touch with me to schedule your first session!

Looking forward to hearing from you,
Tegan
Dear future student,

Hola! My name is Tegan, and I am a doctoral student and teaching assistant at the University of Maryland at College Park. However, I am also a native speaker of Spanish and would love to be your Spanish tutor.

A little bit about me: I am a huge
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Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Silver Spring, MD 20910
English:
ESL/ESOL
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Int'l Politics, Spanish
The University of Maryland College Park
Master's

Education

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Int'l Politics, Spanish)

The University of Maryland College Park (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Tegan will travel within 5 miles of Silver Spring, MD 20910.