I am a qualified and experienced teacher of Spanish a Foreign Language and Teacher Assistant, in London. At present, I provide learning support in literacy, numeracy and science to school age children, and help boost their confidence and self-esteem. My tuition is in line with the National Curriculum and complementary to the education to receive in school.
I am available to teach at different hours and in different contexts.
QTS – Teacher Reference Number is 1574689
2015 Our Lady’s Convent High School, London
Cover Supervisor in Secondary Education. I cover lessons across the curriculum in
the absence of the Class Teacher, more specifically in Spanish, French, Art.
2013-2015 CELF&LYNCX www.cefi.org.uk
Teacher Assistant in London. I offer learning support in Literacy, Numeracy,
Sciences, French and Spanish to school: GCSE revision and Key Stage 2 to
Key Stage 5.
2008-2012 Spanish Teacher, (Level 1-6)
School of Languages, Caja Madrid
Full time teaching position designing & delivering lessons in both Language and
Literature, and also involved in curriculum planning.
2007-2008 Spanish Teacher (Level 1-5)
Complutense University, Madrid
2006-2007 Cervantes Institute Jury membership for the oral level test, DELE
2005-2006 Spanish teacher for immigrants (Level 5)
Each lesson is created according to the needs of learners and their ability and according the European Language Levels CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: learning, teaching, assessment) and according to their age and to their professional, cultural and educational background.
A lesson is split in many sections normally: grammar, conversation, role plays, listening and so on. Teaching methods are old and modern. I believe that students should give me the direction in selecting, arraging, managing lessons/courses according to their knowledge, their ability to understand and advancement in learning (not always the students in the class has the same level, knowledge, age and skills).
I thus use not only different books but also I search on the web the best solution for the purpose of each lesson and also I prepare myself exercises, game tables, role plays…
All lessons are done in a relaxed environment: my approach is to play with the language, to smile a lot so as students can enjoy a confortable hour without feeling stressed or under evaluation.
A qualified native Spanish tutor with experience in all levels and ages, besides GCSE and A-Level boards an exams, SAT, DELE and others.
He enjoys teaching skills on how to use the student’s strengths to maximise his potential in the area he needs to improve. Moreover, he has developed a wide variety of skills and a strong understanding of exam technique from teaching language based subjects. David does not have the teacher figure or role of a lecturer, but he encourages students to solve their own problems by guiding them with leading questions as this is reaffirms their understanding of the subject matter.
I like travelling, experience new cultures and learn languages. That is why, on March of 2013 I moved to UK. Here, I study in Instituto Cervantes became a qualified Spanish teacher.
Now a days I work as a Spanish teacher in different environments. I work with adults running groups of students or doing one to one lessons (online and face to face). I also work in Early Years education, teaching in nurseries all around London.
As you can see, I teach in a wide range of ages and situations but if I have to choose one word to describe my work, I would choose FUN.
As a teacher I try to promote a relaxed environment in which students can interact freely ,as far as possible, and learn Spanish in a dynamic and enjoyable way that is the way in which I conceive language learning.
During the lessons I propose activities that entertain and give autonomy to the student. Together, we have learned through songs, videos, play-roles, table games etc …
To begin with, I obtain the IH Certificate in Spanish Language Teaching to Adults (CLTA), and I have interacted with students from diverse cultural backgrounds and various age groups (including children and adults). I have experience in both group and private classes. I have worked in a language school for two years and I have also been a private tutor for the past four years.
What is your teaching style?
I am quite creative when it comes to preparing classes and most of all at motivating my students. I encourage active class participation and use group activities to develop social and interpersonal skills. In addition, I can easily adapt to new methods and books, and I am comfortable working with DVDs, computers, and other teaching materials.
An other privilege for me is my character. I am always in a good mood, including my working hours since teaching is something I really enjoy. I am out-going and friendly and because of these qualities that I possess, my students are always really comfortable around me. That makes them participate more willingly in class, with no sense of fear or shame.
My teaching style is interactive. I teach classes based on “guided discovery technique” of learning, also known as an Inductive approach. This technique allows the students to understand the use of the language by themselves, while the teacher is just the guide who helps them, by giving examples, to figure out why or when each tense, word or expression should be used.
My classes are conducted in Spanish only, encouraging students to really learn rapidly.
I have been teaching German in London since 2003, also in Switzerland between 2008 and 2011. Main focus is on one-to-one tuition but also do group tuition.
I have been teaching at companies such as Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank, Barclays, JP Morgan, Bank of America, Nomura, Herbert Smith, Taylor Wessing, Moody’s etc. I also have been teaching adult group classes at International House which is also the language school where I did my teacher training course back in 2002.
I used to teach children (privately), too, however, this is not my main focus.
I usually follow a course book (“Willkommen”/”Passwort”) when I teach a complete beginner focusing on grammar and pronunciation but from higher levels (Mid/Upper A2) I prefer using my own material and the main focus is on speaking and writing.
Occasionally I also teach business German.
Hi, I’m Paola and I’m Italian, but I lived for 5 years in Buenos Aires, Argentine where I taught Italian and Napolitan in the “Centro Universitario de Idiomas”.I have a degree in Philosophy and I’m Social Worker. I worked a traslations Italian to Spanish and Spanish to Italian. I would teacher Spanish in London beacuse it’s a good form for no forget my Spanish and Italian beacuse it’s my mother tongue, and I love this languages and her culture. I come here because I must learn English… sorry for my errors!
I taught Italian a adult in the CUI, (Argentine) but when I lived in Italy I taught a immigrates children(3/6 years), and I worked in Telecom(telephonic enterprise) Argentine, for teacher juridical Italian a manager. I love teacher in general, if you look my curriculum you understand because I teacher Art, Philosophy, Italian, Napolitan, Spanish,and Theatre for children, adults and people with psicologic problems. I change my teacher form when is necessary, because I studied theatre and psicology and I know that any people have different mode the assimilate. In Italian I can teacher, History, Philosophy, Art, Juridical Italian but Spanish I would prefer only the language becuse I don’t know very well the Spanish Art, History…
For me teacher is very pleasant, becuse I love the comunication, and also I learn in every class, I think it’s very important listen the student, because a lot people give me a new element for progress me.
The teacher is the continuous change between persons, never I’m “only teacher”, the important is: knowledge, open mind, enthusiasm, creativity, dinamic, and that one teacher acceptes constructives critiques. In my teacher History there were students help me, with little critiques and after I change and the finish course these students asked for me again! I hope learn Italian and Spanish again because this job open my mind, and I know new people and cultures.
I hope you perdon my English but is only one month that I’m here!
During the last three years I have been teaching languages in developing countries (Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan). I was teaching mainly English but also French and Russian. The methodology we used was based primarily on a computer courseware that allowed learners to acquire new material on the computer (structures and basic vocabulary). The courseware also gave students very precise feedback and helped them study better.
The role of the teacher was then to make them practice that material and extend it into their real life. Most of it was very practical and oral. The main idea was that the teacher should be facilitating more than teaching per se, and that the learners should be doing most of the talking.
To do so, I used several short activities, first focusing on using what they already knew, then using it for a more localised, personalised usage, going all the way from listening to speaking and then reading to writing.
Using that methodology, we emphasised automaticity as language must be used automatically without thinking too much about the language.
This way, grammar was not taught per se, it was used for its main purpose: communication in a foreign language.
The students very much liked that way of teaching as they are empowered, which really motivates them.
I used to teach young adults and adults, general English as well as technical English (mining, heavy machinery, banking).
My mother tongue is French, I have a near-native level in English and I am fluent in Russian.
Probably the best evidence of my skills is given by the website linked below, belonging to my previous institute: I wrote each content. (select English Language, then general activities > Language courses). About teaching, for me it is a semi-creative process that involves interaction with the class. Since communication in a given context is what gives a meaning to a language, I tend to promote learning by stimulating each of the four language-connected skills (speaking, writing, listening, reading) through experimentation. As psychologist, am very good at assessing students’ needs and expectations, adapting the program and my stile to their characteristics, as well about assessing the efficacy of learning processes. In addition, I am quite a decent drawer, able to quickly draw sketches of people and situations to provide students with visual supports that fit the taught topic. Even more, I love to alternate serious and formal moments with humour, because it helps students to better enjoy lessons, it keeps up the curve of attention and helps long-therm memory.
I am used with the communicative language teaching. I teach through audiolingual method many times, I believe that if we mix both methods we can achieve our goal of good language acquisition by making students interact and communicate like if they were in a real context of communication, for instance, a job interview, lecture, or a simple dialog.
It is important that we use authentic material and pay attention to students probable mistakes.
If theachers make sure students are learning, s/he can elaborate a conversation based on recent news.
Being a good teacher can be the most rewarding and exciting job in the world, however it demands broad knowledge of subject matter, curriculum, and standards; enthusiasm, a caring attitude, and a love of learning; knowledge of discipline and classroom management techniques.
In order to be a good teacher we have to practice day by day not forgetting to have lesson plans that give students a clear idea of what they will be learning, what the assignments are and what the grading policy is. Assignments have learning goals and give students ample opportunity to practice new skills. The teacher is consistent in grading and returns work in a timely manner.
Effective teachers use facts as a starting point, not an end point; we ask “why” questions, look at all sides and encourage students to predict what will happen next. We ask questions frequently to make sure students are following along. They try to engage the whole class, and we don’t allow a few students to dominate the class. We keep students motivated with varied, lively approaches and we are always highly accessible.