My name is Alexander. I have a Bachelor of Agribusiness Administration from the Pan-American School of Agriculture, Zamorano; located in Honduras, Central America. I am now a graduate student at UGA. I will finish my Master of Agricultural and Environmental Education in summer 2016.
I am active in multiple organizations, and I serve in a leadership role in the CAES Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication Graduate Student Association. I am passionate about the complex issues and factors affecting food safety, student success, and equality.
I am excited to work with you! I am a native Spanish speaker. I have served as a volunteer Spanish teacher for different institutions and conversation tables which have given me the necessary competencies to teach Spanish. If you want to learn Latin American Spanish, I am the right tutor for you! I have studied with people from all over Latin America and that gives me an advantage to your specific needs. If you are going to Ecuador, Bolivia, or Panama, I know how they speak over there!
My teaching philosophy is simple: Let's learn Spanish by talking!
Pan American School El Zamorano Honduras - Bachelors, Agribusiness
University of Georgia - Masters, Agricultural and Environmental Education
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is simple: learning by doing and talking. I teach Spanish to my friends in real scenarios such as cooking, dancing, and outdoor trips. However, also, by speaking; the more we talk the more we learn.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introduce ourselves, get to know the student so I can plan my lessons according to his/her needs, and assess what's his/her level of Spanish.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
My philosophy can help a student become an independent learner after he/she gains the necessary self-efficacy skills to do so.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
My ニ_learning by doing/talkingニ_ methodology is always exciting and fun.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would compare the skill or concept with something else; for example, if we are practicing the verb "ser" or "estar," I would explain by comparing different scenarios where "ser" is used for professions and "estar" for locations.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I help by finding interesting readings from different subjects. If the student is struggling in reading math, I may work with the student in writing a song about the math lesson.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Get to know his/her background to develop a syllabus specific to the student needs.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
To show him/her that the subject is not difficult; it all depends on how the subject is being explained and the resources used.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I don't like exams or quizzes, but that is the only standardized way to assess someone's learning. I do have other techniques that I have used, such as student presentations and assignments.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Again, show them different ways to study or coping strategies.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Get to know the students background, and then I do a very short writing and speaking assessment in Spanish according to the student's need.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
According to the studentニ_s need and monthly progress.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use technology, such as videos and online tutorials and demonstrations, but also flashcards and pertinent vocabulary lists for students to study.