University of Connecticut (English)
Duke University (Master's)
University of North Carolina (J.D.)
I am a retired attorney (JD University of North Carolina) having practiced corporate law in Miami Florida and in Connecticut. My Miami Practice was conducted between 50% to 80% in Spanish. I learned Spanish in Ecuador and have traveled extensively in Latin America both for business and for academic reasons. I have graduate degrees in Latin American Studies (University of New Mexico) and Spanish (Duke University). Linguistics and literature were the main focus of my work in these fields. My work at the University of Connecticut involved English and American literature and writing. I have taught Spanish at the college level at Duke, UNC and North Carolina and have privately tutored Spanish students at both the high school and college levels.
I enjoy tutoring principally because the one on one format allows us to effectively identify the trouble or confusion the student faces so we can work through it together. I do not tutor every student with a set method but rather seek to find innovative exercises and diverse ways to explain grammar, usage and vocabulary. Learning a foreign language can be daunting and the peculiarities of a new tongue may seem arcane and counterintuitive. A tutor's task is to find the best way to help unravel the mystery with the individual student. Another challenge for the tutor is dealing with the divergent needs of students who are enthusiastic and committed to learning Spanish and of those who frankly need principally to pass a requirement, score well on a standardized test or maintain a high GPA. This is true in English as well as in a foreign language and it is very important to, understand the student's goals and to address them.
I am not a native Spanish speaker. I learned the language in Ecuador at the Academia de Esapñol in Quito and lived with a non-English speaking Ecuadoran family for six months The school's method was one on one instruction--a student and a tutor. I learned valuable lessons about tutoring there. I believe that having learned Spanish as a foreign language gives me valuable insight as to how English speaking students learn Spanish. I remember and am attuned to the often frustrating process of language learning. frustrating Certainly my graduate studies, travel and law practice also gives me broad and varied experience in the language and the culture.
I majored in English because I love the language and its literature. Grammar, vocabulary, usage, and historical linguistics are all passions of mine. I love to write and to edit. I had the honor to serve as articles editor on the North Carolina Law Review in law school. My talent for writing and textual interpretation were key to my success as an attorney. A profound understanding of the English language is the very essence of the practice of law.
Please contact me to discuss how we can work together in Spanish or English. I will be happy to answer any questions that you may have and to schedule tutoring sessions. I am a retired attorney (JD University of North Carolina) having practiced corporate law in Miami Florida and in Connecticut. My Miami Practice was conducted between 50% to 80% in Spanish. I learned Spanish in Ecuador and have traveled extensively in Latin America both for business and for academic reasons. I have graduate degrees in Latin
I have the following academic credentials: B.A. in English, University of Connecticut 1981 (concentrations in expository and creative writing and literature), and I have earned a J.D. in Law, University of North Carolina Law School 1997 (concentrations in corporate law, taxation, banking and securities regulation)
And I have earned the following additional qualifications in language and literature: an M.A. in Latin American Studies, University of New Mexico 1992 (concentrations in literature and linguistics) and an M.A. in Spanish, Duke University 1994 (concentrations in literature and literary theory).