Hello. My name is Andrew Lawton and I am a Spanish professor with Austin Community College. I've taught Spanish at the middle school through college level for the last 15 years and I have plenty of tutoring experience.
Having learned Spanish as a second language I understand a student's struggle learning the language. Students have told me I am patient and calm as a teacher. Since I have taught young people and older students I feel I have a good understanding of how to present a given concept to a specific student. I am well aware that some younger learners struggle with attention span. For this reason I use fun activities and age appropriate materials. In the past I have tutored businessmen and women who had specific goals for a trip to a Spanish speaking country. I feel comfortable teaching both adults and children. As far as materials I have plenty to offer. I designed my own language learning website that covers the grammar learned in Spanish I and II.
I look forward to working with anyone who needs help with Spanish. I am punctual and professional while still keeping a relaxed attitude with my students. If you are looking for a teacher with those qualities I’d love to work with you.
Syracuse University - Bachelors, Spanish
Texas State University-San Marcos - Masters, Spanish
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that making language learning fun motivates students and makes the language learning process less intimidating.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would start off by determining the goal of the session. This could range from focusing on a specific grammar concept to learning the language in general.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
With learning Spanish, I could teach a student how to use the many online resources that are available. I also know a few tricks and strategies that have helped me become fluent in Spanish.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would vary the activities to keep it interesting, and I would set specific goals so the student would know that he or she is working towards something attainable.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would break down the concept and reteach it until the student understood. That may require presenting it in a couple of different ways.