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Claudia Balleza

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5:28 PM (GMT+01:00)
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Spanish
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20
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145
class
Spanish
user_group_man_woman
20
time
145

Speaks

Spanish
Native
,
English
C1
,
French
C1
,
Italian
B1
,
Swedish
A1

About Me

Hello everybody! I am Claudia Balleza, a Mexican living in France. I am delighted to be part of this community for almost 2 years now and I am eager to share with you my passion for languages, as well as my experience in learning and teaching them.

Back in Mexico, I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages. It helped me acquire a variety of methods and approaches for teaching Spanish, English and French to a wide range of publics: children, teens and adults. My initiative drove me to start teaching long before having my degree, and I graduated having 2 years of teaching experience. Since then, my background has not stopped getting rich: I have taught in Primary Schools, High Schools, Universities, and in private classes for about 7 years, of which 2 have been online. All of this added up to my passion for traveling and sharing with other cultures makes me aware of the international challenges and opportunities of our time.

What about Spanish? In 2016 I worked as a language Assistant in France in 2 different high schools. I was renowned among the students and my colleagues for bringing enthusiastic and original activities to the class, both for practicing Spanish and for knowing Mexican culture. Presently, I continue giving Spanish and English classes to French students, as well as to people of all ages, interests and backgrounds from all over the world!

My concern is making my students feel how learning a foreign language can be a real delight; because languages are dynamic, rich and flexible... as life itself. This is why I try to combine the 4 linguistic skills suggested by the CEFRL (oral and written comprehension and production), but I also adapt them to my students’ priorities.

I always include authentic documents from daily life (newspapers, radios, music, Netflix) and try to make the student produce as much as possible.

Lastly, I encourage them to be persistent all along their learning and help them to embrace Spanish (or any other language) as a part of their everyday life.

If I could do it, why couldn’t you?

Teacher Stats

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Résumé

schoolEducation

2017 - 2019
Master's degree in Intercultural Relations and International Cooperation
Université de Lille - Lille, France
A Master's degree focused on: intercultural communication, geopolitics and projects management.
2010 - 2014
Bachelor's degree in Modern Languages
Universidad De La Salle Bajío - León, Mexico
My Bachelor's degree covers 2 main approaches: Foreign Languages Teaching (from A1 to C1 level, from childhood to adulthood), and written translation.

briefcaseWork Experience

2015 - 2016
Spanish Language Assistant
Lycée Darchicourt / Lycée Pasteur - Lille, France
I worked as a Spanish Language Assistant for 8 months for the Académie de Lille. I was assigned to 2 different High Schools, were I was in charge of around 10 different groups of students. My main missions were: planning activities and producing resources to enhance students’ oral and written expression, introducing Mexican culture as a part of the wide Spanish-speaking community, and supporting extra-curricular projects and activities related to Spanish learning.
2015 - 2016
English and French teacher
Universidad de León - León, Mexico
I worked as an English/French teacher at 2 different Universities for 20 months. During this period, I was in charge of multiple groups coming from different academic backgrounds (from Psychology to Engineering) and from very heterogeneous levels (from A1 to B2).

diploma_2Certifications

2018
CLES ITALIANO B1
CLES - Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche - Lille, France
Certificat de Compétences en Langues de l'Enseignement Supérieur
2018
CLES ENGLISH C1
CLES - Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche - Lille, France
Certificat de Compétences en Langues de l'Enseignement Supérieur
2016 - 2018
TOEFL ITP
ETS TOEFL ITP - León, Mexico
Score: 600 points
2016 - 0
DALF C1
CIEP Ministère de l'Education Nationale - León, Mexico