I‘ve been teaching different subjects since I graduated in 1998 from University of Caldas, Colombia, with an instruction-oriented degree in philosophy and letters. Since I came to the United States and completed an MA in Hispanic American literature, I’ve been teaching Spanish at all levels to a wide range of students from elementary school to Summer Advanced Spanish Institutes for the Department of Defense. My last position as a teacher was at Allen Academy, a College Preparatory School in Bryan, Texas, where I was middle and high school Spanish teacher in 2013.
My initial goal as a language instructor is to make students develop an intuitive response in the target language so they become engaged in conversation. If they notice that speaking Spanish is not difficult they gain interest to continue learning and perfecting skills.
For several years as Spanish instructor I to followed the curricular models embraced by the departments I was working for. In those institutions students take four semesters of language instruction. The amount of students that are proficient in second language after that academic experience is a bare minimum. The students get frustrated and ashamed. The institutions continue propagating that mediocrity. The publishers make a lot of money. Fed up with this state of things I decided to develop alternative courses and techniques that will provoke and stimulate the learning abilities of my students in a more efficient way. I found that the clue was exposing them to tasks and themes they would be impelled to react in a personal way out of their own experience. I found that making students to develop content for the class was more fruitful than the conventional way of creating it and deliver it to them; the demanding level higher but the learning outcomes better. My approaches were impactful, resulting in the academic and ability growth of my students, be it for whole classes or individuals.
One of my students, Danielle, synthesizes very well my capacity as a teacher and the reach of my methodology. “Oscar is an exceptional teacher (this will be my second year to learn from him), and this is a direct result of his stellar course content and innovative teaching style. His students ultimately learn to speak and write Spanish through a useful, interesting process, while simultaneously learning proper grammar and mechanics. It is a rare occasion to see a bored student in Oscar's class- he constantly engages students using different mediums that call upon our abilities to think critically and add to our ever-growing database of our personal knowledge of the language."
Oscar hasn’t set a schedule.