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Alaina Rydzewski

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Hello, my name is Alaina and I live in Spain, but am from the US. I am from Pennsylvania, from a small city called Erie which is right next to Lake Erie. I have been living in Spain for four years, in a city called Palencia, which is 3 hours north of Madrid. I speak fluent Spanish (C2). I have always been interested in languages, starting with Spanish and continuing with Portuguese now. In the future I intend to study Italian and Polish, as my great grandparents immigrated from these countries to the U.S. many years ago. In my free time, I like to read, practice foreign languages, and go to the gym.

I studied Spanish and Journalism for my undergraduate degrees, and then attained a Master's degree in Hispanic literature. While pursuing my Master's, I taught university-level Spanish classes. Since living in Spain, I have gained experience teaching English as a second language to all ages. I taught for two years at the high school level, and then a year in a grade school. I also worked at an English academy giving lessons to adults and preschool-aged children.

Since I have experience with all levels of English and Spanish, I am comfortable teaching from beginning to advanced learners in both languages. I can customize grammar lessons, or simply have a more relaxed class where we can practice speaking. I think it's important to have fun while learning, and we can play games or role play to practice as well. It's essential that the student have the type of lesson they want, which is why I customize lessons to each student. See you soon, hasta pronto!

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2013 - 2015
M.A. of Hispanic Literature
Indiana Univeristy - Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Focus in Spanish literature
2008 - 2012
B.A. of Communications and Spanish
Mercyhurst University - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Dual degree in Spanish and Journalism

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2015 - 2017
English Language Teacher
Speak! Language Academy - Palencia, Spain
Led small group classes with students aged 4-15 with special focuses on grammar, pronunciation, and speaking.
2016 - 2017
English Language Assistant
Colegio Padre Claret - Palencia, Spain
Taught English lessons in a grade school, focusing on culture and pronunciation. Fomented cross cultural appreciation through lessons which focused on traditions and cultures of other countries.
2015 - 2016
English Language Assistant
Instituto Jorge Manrique - Palencia, Spain
Taught English lessons in a high school, focusing on culture, speaking, and pronunciation.
2013 - 2015
Spanish Professor
Indiana University - Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Taught entry level Spanish classes to university freshmen and sophomores.
2012 - 2013
English Language Assistant
Instituto Alonso Berruguete - Palencia, Spain
I planned lessons and helped with grammar and pronunciation in English classes at the high school level.
2016 - 0
Online ESL Teacher
VIPKID - Beijing, China
Give individual online English lessons to Chinese children. Also responsible for evaluations and feedback for the parents on their children's progress.
2018 - 0
Online ESL Teacher
italki - Online
Give individual online English lessons to both children and adults. Mainly conversational with some emphasis on grammar and pronunciation.