I am currently a Social Worker but am transitioning into becoming a Spanish/ESL teacher. I have been blessed with the opportunities to have traveled to Mexico and Colombia where I worked and volunteered with different communities. I love being able to connect with Spanish-speaking groups in their native language. I learned Spanish in school and then polished my Spanish skills abroad. I would love to support you in any way I can to learn the language, practice speaking Spanish, and become more confident over all! As I learned Spanish as a second language, I understand the process you are going through and relate to your struggles and triumphs. In my opinion, speaking another language breaks down barriers between people and provides us with opportunities to really get to know a culture from the inside out. Whether you are looking to improve vocabulary and grammar, improve your pronunciation, and/or explore cultural aspects... estoy aqui para servirte!
Northeastern Illinois University - Bachelors, Social Work, with Minor in Spanish
Dominican University - Masters, Social Work
What is your teaching philosophy?
My style as a tutor is to learn exactly what your needs are and provide you with individualized support. I will want to learn your learning style and interests so I can make learning Spanish fun and understandable. Outside of this, I always place a strong emphasis on speaking the language regardless of your level, so I will attempt to have you speak as much as possible!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session with a student, I would get to know what the student's Spanish needs are so I can tailor the tutoring accordingly. After, I might ask a few questions to get to know my student's interests and personality and share mine as well.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by praising the student and by trying to relate the Spanish learning to his/her real life.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
We would attempt different methods to find the method that best serves the student to gain that skill or concept. I would also assure the student that he/she is great and doing his/her best and that eventually he/she will grab the skill!
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
To help students who are struggling with reading comprehension, I would first teach him/her how to approach a reading sample. For example, identify questions, bold words, titles, etc. Secondly, I might break up the reading text to make it more manageable. Lastly, I would provide students with reading samples that are interesting to them.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
To be sure a student understands the material, I would provide sample questions that mirror what we are working on.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
To build a student's confidence in Spanish, I would give positive feedback, exercise patience, and not over correct the student.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate student's needs by asking them what their needs are and revisiting their needs from time to time.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
During a tutoring session I might use workbooks, flashcards, worksheets, mini whiteboards and online tools.