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Laurie

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I am a passionate educator with more than ten years of experience. I particularly enjoy teaching languages (English and Spanish) to children, teens, and adults. I'm available for other subjects as well - my strengths are math and communications (writing, public speaking, editing, etc.).

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Laurie’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Wayne State University - Bachelor in Arts, Sociology

Graduate Degree: Autonomous University of Madrid - Master of Arts, International Relations

Hobbies

foreign languages, reading and writing, film, yoga, music, running, cooking, travel

Tutoring Subjects

College English

College Essays

Conversational Spanish

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

High School English

Languages

Public Speaking

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy is to incite a genuine interest in my students so that the material is more engaging, and thus, their goals are more attainable. I also adapt my methods to my students' unique learning styles.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

In a typical 90 minute Spanish class, we will go over verbs, grammar, and concepts from the previous class, practice with written and verbal test problems, carry out a popcorn review of relevant verbs and vocabulary, engage in a game or role play, introduce new concepts, and do a short listening and/or writing exercise. I like to keep activities short and engaging, and to balance new concepts and previously learned themes.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I encourage my students to determine what they want to learn.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I match my teaching styles with my students' learning' styles and interests.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I'd explore several ways of approaching the topic / subject in order to see what resonates best with them.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Very small steps - and topics that are very interesting to them!

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Please see previous answers.


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