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Martha

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I was born in Mexico and came to live to the United States on September of 2000. I have more than twenty two years of experience teaching Spanish and English As Other Language to children and adults. I have a BA in Educational Psychology and an Early Childhood Development Certificate Career.
I think that one of the most important keys in teaching a second or other language is maintaining the students motivated. My personal style of teaching along with my enthusiasm increases the learning motivation in my classroom. A big smile and open personality helps me to get connected with my students and guide them through their learning process. Teaching my native language also gives me the opportunity to expose my students to several cultural elements to create an exciting and interactive class.

Martha’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Graduate Degree: Universidad ICEL Mexico, City - Current Grad Student, Educational Psychology

Undergraduate Degree: Piedmont Virginia Community College - Associates, Education

Hobbies

Running, dancing, reading

Tutoring Subjects

College English

Conversational Spanish

English

ESL/ELL

High School English

Languages

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I think that one of the most important keys in teaching a second or other language is maintaining the student's motivation. My personal style of teaching along with my enthusiasm increases the learning motivation in my classroom. A big smile and open personality helps me to get connected with my students and guide them through their learning process. Teaching my native language also gives me the opportunity to expose my students to several cultural elements to create an exciting and interactive class.

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

First, I briefly would introduce myself; then, I will try to connect with him, know his interests, hobbies and expectations about this tutoring class to incorporate them in my teaching process.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Motivating him! Motivation is the motor of success. Also, I would make him feel interested and engaged in the language, as well as confident and comfortable with his learning process.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By always bringing enthusiasm and exciting tools of learning to each class.

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

First, I would make him feel confident with the concept that he is trying to learn; then, I would try different methods of teaching to see which one facilitates his learning process and makes him feel more comfortable.

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

Reviewing new vocabulary each class, and encouraging them to look for the meaning of a new words in a Spanish dictionary, not a bilingual one. Going to his own pace of learning. Supporting him all along the process.

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

Being enthusiastic and teaching with a big smile and open personality has helped me to connect with my students. Listening to his expectations and interests, and incorporating them in my teaching process, helps me to maintain his engagement in the class. Creating a special class for each student depending on their uniqueness is a successful strategy for me.

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

Bringing enthusiasm to each class, providing him with learning tools that will facilitate his learning and making him confident with the subject that he is struggling with.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By observing him and listening to his expectations.