University of Houston (Secondary Education)
¿Qué tal? My name is Profesora H. and I have recently relocated to the NE Houston area. After spending time with my husband and two college aged kids, there is nothing I would rather do than teach Spanish. During my college years I also studied Spanish in Colima, Mexico through the University of Oklahoma. I am not a native speaker, and learning Spanish was not easy for me. My hard work in acquiring Spanish has allowed me to be a better, patient teacher, as well as motivated me to make the acquisition of Spanish BETTER. In spite of the fact that Spanish is a second language for me, I have received many complements on my accent from native speakers - and although you will hear lots of Spanish from me, you won't hear Spanish spoken with a Texan/Okie twang! Communication in Spanish is actually a natural "high" that I love sharing with my students! We are all naturally excellent language learners - the only hard part is learning a language in a classroom setting from a book which is counter-intuitive to how our brains are pre-wired to acquire as many languages as we would like. Given that, I am inspired by each session working with students particularly one on one where "magic" happens. There is something inherent in the process of tutoring that allows bells to ring and ideas to form for me to teach and for students to learn in a tutorial setting. I look forward to helping you increase your language skills and therefore increase your overall enjoyment of Spanish. But, like many things today, my tutoring comes with a warning - speaking Spanish may become addictive!
I mentioned in the previous paragraph that learning Spanish was not easy for me. I decided to learn Spanish in order to travel independently in Spanish speaking countries - primarily Mexico - I LOVE climbing pyramids and hanging out on gorgeous beaches...... I found I wanted to teach, because I didn't want to stop learning and improving my own Spanish. The hard work I did learning Spanish inspired me as a teacher to make learning Spanish BETTER. Whether tutoring or teaching in a classroom session, I strive to maintain a low-stress, fun environment for when we are having fun we are learning - whether we want to or not! Conversely, when stress happens, learning does not. In my classroom setting as well as during tutorials, I strive to make each learning experience an experience in the internalization of the language. Therefore, over the years I have developed, borrowed or "stolen" (with permission of course!) lots of concrete tips and techniques for teaching all of the following and more - grammar, vocabulary, syllabication, listening skills and essay writing. In addition, I have lots of tips on how to effectively and efficiently use your time to prepare for the dreaded oral test - all in a low stress manner. Research has shown that when students are learning a foreign language, particularly in a classroom setting, the way the brain works does not allow students to concentrate on grammar and vocabulary at the same time. For example, have you ever struggled when speaking Spanish to remember everything you have to do - the grammar, vocabulary, organization of your thoughts - to the point that you can't utter a word in spite of time spent studying? For the typical student the stress that can set in during oral testing situations, can literally stop everything - even the old familiar language the student KNOWS. There is a reason public speaking is often considered public enemy numero uno - no matter the language used. After listening to a lot of silence early in my teaching career, I developed oral test preparation and testing that is BETTER. After all, when asked what students hope to gain from their time in a foreign language classroom, they rarely say they want to complete verb charts quickly or memorize vocabulary. They say they want to SPEAK.
As you might imagine, Spanish teaching experience has strengthened the teaching of basic English skills as well and what works for English speakers learning Spanish will also work for Spanish speakers learning English. Research has shown through the study of Spanish speakers learning English that once concepts are mastered in the native language they are readily mastered in a second language as well. During my years teaching Spanish, I taught grammar and basic writing skills in English to English speakers in the form of the five paragraph essays and stories. Vocabulary was taught in the target language. These skills included creating titles, sentence structure, transitions, topic and closing sentences, paragraph development, "flow", as well as concluding paragraphs with a supporting conclusion. Additionally, proofreading was an integral part of the writing process as well as used for the input of further language. My students' experienced great success proofreading others' papers, and responding (correcting) to mistakes once identified. Proofreading one's work is very difficult. However, that said in today's world full of written material, proofreading is a valued skill vital to professional success and I view it as an integral part of learning how to do one's best work.
Furthermore, I am a secondary Texas and Oklahoma certified Spanish teacher with 15 years + experience with middle, high, and upper school students teaching Spanish I, II III and III Honors. I received my teaching certification from the University of Houston, and my bachelors degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. During my college years I also studied Spanish in Colima, Mexico through the University of Oklahoma; an experience that resulted in an authentic accent.
As previously stated, throughout my years teaching Spanish as a certified secondary teacher, I have utilized many tips and techniques to aid students' development of language skills - speaking, listening, writing, and reading. Moreover, my motivation in helping each individual student succeed to the best of their ability drives me to succeed particularly during a tutorial process in the identification of any gap between a students' understanding and their academic goals. Contact me, I am ready and eager to get to work - my experience coupled with your time, dedication and a bit of discipline - you will be on the way to achieving your academic goals. ¿Qué tal? My name is Profesora H. and I have recently relocated to the NE Houston area. After spending time with my husband and two college aged kids, there is nothing I would rather do than teach Spanish. During my college years I also studied Spanish in Colima, Mexico through the University of Oklahoma. I am not a native speaker, and learning