I have a BA in Spanish language and Literatures as well as MA in Applied Linguistics. I have plenty of experience teaching students of varied ages, nationalities and educational backgrounds. I have been teaching Spanish for 10 years in Spain, Ireland, China, USA, Singapore and Vietnam. This experience has allowed me to gain a balanced skill set including excellent interpersonal and organisational skills. Some of my strengths include increasing student engagement in the classroom and maximising student participation to accommodate varied learning styles.
I am a passionate language learner and I know how is the process of acquiring and learning a foreign language. That is why I try to use all my experience in learning in my classes. However, I know that each student is completely different so I always try to adapt my lessons to my students’ learning styles and their needs. The goals that guide my courses and my lessons plans are to teach according to my students’ needs as well as their learning styles. Therefore I shape my courses to meet my students’ motivations so that they can engage in the classroom. Students are actively encouraged to participate in meaningful learning activities so they can use them in the real world. While teaching grammar points or correcting activities, I normally use some form of the Socratic dialogue, that is, a method of argument and proof using a question and answer approach.
In short, my aim is to teach my students communicative competence which will help them to communicate with people from other countries. Consequently, I try to highlight the importance of the respect in order to know cross-cultural issues so that they can become a global citizens.