Houghton College, Houghton, NY (Spanish)
Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, NJ (Master's)
Alliance Theological Seminary, Nyack, NY (Graduate Coursework)
I love to teach Spanish. It is a true passion of mine and something I excel at for learners of all levels. I work with children and adults alike and I am as equally comfortable with basic Spanish as I am with advanced conversational and honors level Spanish. As a parent of three teens in school, I am familiar with current teaching styles and Spanish courses and work well with kids of all levels. I can speak and tutor in all dialects and can even speak/teach Castilian Spanish (Spain). I will adapt and work with any learning style and can craft lessons as needed for any student or simply adjust to the materials they already have. I can teach Spanish from the perspective of English and oftentimes find myself re-teaching English grammar to help my students understand things better. Whether your goal is to learn Spanish for personal or business reasons or you simply need help with a class at school, I am ready to help.
This experience of teaching Spanish - I have been studying and speaking Spanish for over 35 years and have been teaching for over 15 years - has also led to working as an ESL instructor. I enjoy working with students of any language background and use them same skills I use in Spanish to help in learning English.
Here is a little bit about me:
I am a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Houghton College with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Spanish and International Studies. I spent time at the University of Granada in Spain at the School of Translation and Interpretation to study Spanish language, literature and culture.
These studies have been followed up with graduate work at the Alliance Theological Seminary in intercultural studies/missions and a Master's of Arts degree in the Social Sciences from Montclair State University which concentrated on anthropological and intercultural studies.
Since graduating from college, I was hired because of my language ability by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to work with the administration of HUD programs to the public, nonprofit organizations, and local businesses. Much of this work has required communicating in Spanish and across cultural lines – both in assisting individuals and in community development.
I have also spent considerable time in web site management and development which included work on a Spanish language site and in teaching about web development to nonprofits, a process which also reached across language and cultural boundaries.
In addition to my work at HUD, I have also done considerable work with Spanish speaking populations in Southern PA and in North Jersey; working with the YMCA of Kennett Square and Berlitz language school, respectively, both for interpreting/translating Spanish and in teaching English as a second language to individuals of diverse cultures. Apart from Spanish, my genera affinity for language, has also led me to study French, Greek, Italian, Russian, and Mandarin.
I am also qualified to tutor ESL/ESOL as a result this language training. I have experience teaching ESL for Berlitz as well as in local programs and in tutoring opportunities both in the US and in Spain. My training in several foreign languages broadens my understanding of the language learning process and has helped me understand learning styles and to craft his sessions to best assist the learner.
I have also used my language skill in several missions opportunities in both Mexico and Spain. I love to teach Spanish. It is a true passion of mine and something I excel at for learners of all levels. I work with children and adults alike and I am as equally comfortable with basic Spanish as I am with advanced conversational and honors level Spanish. As a parent of three teens in school, I am familiar with current teaching styles and
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My son has been struggling with Spanish. Eric has been great at figuring out my son's needs and learning style, and thoughtfully structuring their time together to cover problem areas in his current curriculum. Eric is very knowledgeable and encouraging. We are grateful to have found such a great tutor!
Eric has been doing a great job helping my son with Spanish I. We have already noticed an improvement in his understanding of the language. His test scores have gone from D's to B's. Eric shows up on time and gets right to work. My son likes his teaching style and patience. I would highly recommend Eric.
Eric has helped my son to really grasp his first year of Spanish. This all in a few short weeks. He has already seen an improvement in his grade. I will definitely stay with Eric through the school year and probably into summer. Why stop a good thing.
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I am qualified to tutor ESL/ESOL as a result of my extensive language training. I have experience teaching ESL for Berlitz as well as in various local programs and in tutoring opportunities both in the US and in Spain. I have received training in several foreign languages to assist me in understanding the language learning process and have done a good deal of work studying phonetics. My work as a language tutor has provided me with the skills needed to understand learning styles and to craft my sessions to best assist the learner.
I am qualified to provide Spanish language teaching/tutoring for all ages due to my extensive training in Spanish, real life use of the language and overall affinity for languages and teaching. I have a degree in Spanish, have studied it for over 30 years, lived in Spain and have traveled a good deal to Spanish speaking countries. I grew up with friends speaking the language and have used it both professionally and in my private life. I can provide tutoring for individuals, groups, homeschoolers, business people - anyone really - with reading, writing, and speaking the language.