I am a Spanish qualified teacher with a master’s degree in teaching Spanish as a foreign language with a wide experience as a private tutor. Whilst studying for my teaching degree I worked in a holiday camp association that was in charge as well of several extracurricular and support teaching projects within local schools, as a monitor, teacher and for a brief period, a manager. I then started becoming aware of how hard the economical crisis was striking the education in Spain and I started thinking about moving to London as I had several friends living there which suggested me so. It was then that I found out about this master’s degree in ELE (teaching of spanish as a foreign language) offered by the UNED (spanish university of distance studies). At that time I decided to specialize in the teaching of my mother language.
I spent my first year in London studying english courses, volunteering in order to enhance my english speech as much as possible, and working on my master’s degree, along with the development of my own projects, activities and teaching units that I use to teach spanish to the pupils I managed to gather offering spanish tuition on gumtree and similar websites. When I grew confident enough on my language prowess I took the IELTS test in which I achieved an overall punctuation of 7 and decided that it was time to try and take a step further.
My teaching method makes use of my pupils personal interests and connects them with the spanish language and culture through a comprehensible input. I am foremost keen on my students enjoying my classes while they achieve competency in an immersive yet chilled atmosphere that makes the language acquisition process natural, rather than a harder, deliberate learning.
I think I would be an asset to your academy as I have loads of projects and enthusiasm, a wide, academic knowledge of the 6 oficial levels of the spanish language determined by the Instituto Cervantes and a set of full-fledged pedagogical skills thriving to be tested.
I am a great teacher because I am a languages lover myself. I am mother tongue Italian and I love my language and literature. That’s why I try to teach it in the best way I can: I want it to be treated with the respect it deserves. I am also fluent in Portuguese, having studied foreign languages at University. At the moment I am taking Russian classes. I think knowing more languages helps me teaching better because I know how my students’ languages work. Moreover, I am a cheerful person who loves to talk and know new people, which makes me love every single student who crosses my path. I am precise and patient and seeing students learning is my big reward.
My first experience as an Italian teacher for foreigners was during the DITALS (certificate for teaching Italian to foreigners) course, as we had to practice what we learnt during classes. Afterwards I started a cooperation with a local language school as well as with my neighbourhood kinder garden and primary school, where I organised free Italian courses for foreign students’ parents. I use what we call Humanistic method, starting from everyday life dialogues, newsapaper’s articles and student’s experiences. From these, I get to the rules that regulate my language. I normally use books and photocopies that the school management prepares after my suggestion and sometimes I collect material from the Internet. I can teach both to adults and to children, having taken the corresponding DITALS certification. With children I always start from everyday life and never insist on rules. I let the children understand the rule by practicing the language or just present rules as games. When teaching to adults I make a difference between those who decided to study Italian for pleasure and those who have to, which are almost always immigrants. With the latter, I concentrate most on giving them the instruments to communicate in the most independent way, after that, I expand the contents of my lessons.
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