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Drake University Des Moines, Iowa (Modern Languages)
National Louis University, Illinois (Master's)
Oakton Community College (Graduate Coursework)
I am a licensed foreign language teacher with many years of experience working with all different age groups, from Pre-K Four through 11th and 12th grade International Baccalaureate. I have spent half of my teaching career working in American Embassy-sponsored international schools: Spain, Peru, Taiwan, Czech Republic. The other half was spent in rigorous suburban-Chicago school districts.
I have taught many children and young people who would be described as "high flyers"--students who had a talent for language and an eagerness to learn more than that offered by the school system. I have also worked with students who have had difficulty with the challenges foreign language courses can present.
I believe I am very good as discerning what methodologies work best for a given student, and I am creative in devising ways to get the material across to the learner. Because of my broad range of teaching experiences, I am able to tailor the tutoring lesson to the needs and the goals of each individual student.
One of my primary goals is teaching the student to think. From that comes confidence and a willingness to take risks--an absolutely essential aspect of communication in another language. I am a licensed foreign language teacher with many years of experience working with all different age groups, from Pre-K Four through 11th and 12th grade International Baccalaureate. I have spent half of my teaching career working in American Embassy-sponsored
My hourly rate may be lowered somewhat depending on the distance I am required to drive.
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I studied French at the Institut de Français in Villefranche-Sur-Mer, near Nice, France. This language program is the first choice among the international diplomatic corps. I also studied at the Dialogue Language School in Spa, Belgium. This program is considered the number one foreign language course in the world by the Wall St. Journal. I have taught French in both Europe and the US. I passed the French Praxis Exam.
I spent two summers studying German at the Goethe Institut in Munich.
I, myself, have passed both the Spanish and French language Praxis exams. I have also taught foreign language essay exam writing techniques. When I taught International Baccalaureate Level Spanish (5 years), my students earned either perfect or near-perfect scores. These exams contained tests of the same skills as required by the Praxis.
I majored in Spanish at college, where I graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. I received the Senior Spanish Award, and I passed the Spanish Praxis Exam. I spent one year living in Galicia, Spain, and two years living in Lima, Peru. I have travelled extensively in the Spanish-speaking countries. I have taught Spanish to all ages, from age four to adult. I spent ten years living in Europe and teaching at the International School of Prague, where I taught the highest level of high school Spanish in the world: the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.
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