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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.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Syracuse University - Bachelors, Spanish

Graduate Degree:

 Texas State University-San Marcos - Masters, Spanish

I like spending time with my four daughters and playing the guitar and piano.

College English

Conversational Spanish


Elementary School

High School English

Middle School

Spanish 1

Study Skills and Organization

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.