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Athena

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¡Hola! I'm a graduate of Grinnell College with a BA in Spanish and Linguistics. I have a passion for learning languages and increasing cultural competency. I aim to cultivate strong interests in learning the Spanish language because of all the opportunities and life lessons it brings to a student's life. I have been fluent in Spanish since elementary school through my enrollment in a Spanish immersion program, and have never taken a break from learning Spanish! I have experience tutoring college students from beginners just starting out to 4th years who have already mastered the language. I have spent 5 months living in Santiago, Chile and another 3 months teaching 9th and 10th graders English. I understand that learning a language can be one of the most challenging subjects a student can take, but I also believe it is the most rewarding. I hope to help you or your student on the path to successful language learning through individualized tutoring!

Athena’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Grinnell College - Bachelor in Arts, Spanish, Linguistics

Hobbies

Travelling, Track and Field, Reading, spreading the word about the benefits of foreign language learning!


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I aim to have the students figure out problems on their own, with lots of discussion. Talking through problems is the best way to learn and understand subject matter on a deeper level. As a language tutor, I aim to have my students speak in Spanish as much as possible, and I encourage them to express their ideas. Correct grammar and vocabulary use come at a much higher rate once the student establishes even the smallest amount of confidence in speaking the words they already know.