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Maykel

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I have spoken more than one language since I first started to talk. Very young I already knew what I wanted to do as a professional and that was being a language teacher. Languages are my passion and my goal is to transfer that passion to my students through lessons that will allow them not only to speak the language better but also to know much more about that language's culture. Let me help you expand your world!

Maykel’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Pedagogical University of Havana - Bachelor in Arts, French and English as a Second Language

Hobbies

Foreign languages and cultures, music, movies, traveling, and exotic foods.

Tutoring Subjects

College English

Conversational French

Conversational Spanish

English

ESL/ELL

French

French 2

French 3

French 4

High School English

Languages

Spanish

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

A language is an ocean. If you want to learn a language you have to dive in that ocean.

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

Make the student talk a bit about himself/herself and find out the main goals and interests in their language learning process.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By sharing the same ideas and situations that helped me become a good language learner.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By showing not only the academic aspects of the language but also the cultural and practical side of it.

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

Try a different method or create a new one myself.

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

Giving real life examples.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Show them how they could use it in real life.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By listening, noticing and identifying their recurring mistakes.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Looking for material adapted to each particular student and their needs.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Press, movies, songs and videos.

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

Explain the same thing with simpler words.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Bring material according to their level and explain clearly what I want them to do with it.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

By making the student investigate a bit more about that specific subject and discussing it together.