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San Francisco State University (English and Spanish)
California State University (MEd)
I've been helping Spanish and ESL students exceed their own expectations for almost 20 years. I've adapted my communicative teaching methodologies for small group and 1:1 instruction to bring you guaranteed fast results.
If you're struggling with grammar or pronunciation, or can't remember things you mastered yesterday, a few hours with me will get you back on track.
Try me out for a sample lesson! We'll define a concrete, tangible goal for the hour ("I will be able to conjugate -ir verbs" "I will differentiate English past tenses and use them correctly"), and at the end of the session you will be able to measure your own positive progress toward your goal.
SPANISH STUDENTS: After living in Latin America for ten years, I have acquired a level of cultural and linguistic fluency that routinely impresses native speakers. If you want to master the subjunctive, conquer reflexive verbs, and roll your double R's with all the trill and vigor of a DJ on Rrrrrrrrradio Rrrrrrrrrrromantica, call me.
ESL STUDENTS: My targeted pronunciation and grammar lessons will have you talking, reading, and writing like an American in no time. I've been helping Spanish and ESL students exceed their own expectations for almost 20 years. I've adapted my communicative teaching methodologies for small group and 1:1 instruction to bring you guaranteed fast results.
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- Master's Degree in education
- 15 years of experience
- TEFL/TESL certification
- I developed two high school English courses for Chinese students, using UCB's a-g requirements and ACTFL guidelines
- Created a fully-online collge writing course
- I have published dozens of stories, newspaper articles, and essays and in print and online
I have coached dozens of students to success in a range of public speaking projects, from graduation speeches to performance poetry.
My former career required me to deliver daily informational presentations, for a wide range of audiences. I have prepared and delivered literally thousands of three- to ten-minute speeches, to a wide range of audiences. As a trainer at that company, I taught new hires how to create and deliver their own presentations.
In addition to earning a B.A. in Spanish, I lived and worked for ten years in Latin America. I started out just like you, with a three-word vocabulary and halting pronunciation. Nowadays, native speakers do a double-take when they learn I didn't grow up speaking Spanish.
My past students are able to: properly roll their erres (not the single, easy ere of "amor", the difficult one from "ferrocarril")
- understand and use reflexive verbs correctly in context, and (drumroll, please...)
- understand and use the subjunctive, in all tenses!
With my friendly, accessible, research-based tutoring methodologies, you too can expect outstanding results.
In addition to teaching, I used to work as a student academic advisor. This involved meeting with parents and students together to create Personal Learning Plans for my students. This is a student-positive, student-centered process which leverages students' existing strengths as the driver of their future learning and success.
I'm also a big fan of electronic organizational apps and programs. Kids today are typically very adept with the phones and tablets these tools run on, so I can help any student find and set up the right tool to help them manage time and track progress.
- Developed and taught proprietary TOEFL course while teaching at the Universidad de Guanajato in Mexico.
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