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.
What makes a good teacher is his ability to understand the requirements of the student. Sometimes a student think that he knows what are his mistakes. This is my aim to find and correct the mistakes the student is making but does not know.
From my experience as an economics teacher for high school students, a good relationship with the student allows to a better understanding characterized by relevant examples.
Also, the teacher has to adapt himself to the student’s level, going on step by step. By respecting the student or the students feel safe to express their knowledge, their feelings though learn how to respect the teacher and the other students.
My aim when I am teaching is to reach a high expectations, not only erasing the mistakes of the student but to bring him to a higher level.
Taking account about this fact, a good teacher has to be flexible when a lesson is not working by using other tools and examples to ensure that everyone is understanding the lesson.
From my experience, if the teacher must create a safe relationship with the students, he also must be the leader. A leader means the teacher is not the only one to talk but he is a leader when is creating a relevant discussion with students about the lesson. A lesson is not finished after a session, the student must make his homework after. He must understand that homework are useful for him and his understanding of the matter.
The last but not the least, a good teacher is also someone who loves to teach, to help the students. Being passionate about this work is mandatory and it allows the students to be inspired, to create new vocations.
This is my ideas and my experience as teacher.
What makes me a great teacher is my ability to make a student confident and comfortable with the relationship with me by using the right words and making a full check of the student, including the strengths and the weakness. It allows me to improve the strengths and to erase the weakness. By being professional, I am never going to make a tuition without preparing the lesson at home before. A lesson has to be well structured. Also by being motivated and enthusiastic about my job. It improves the probability to help very well the student and to keep a good relationship.
Born to teach I have been teaching German and Italian since 1989. I always feel myself very satisfied whilst teaching. I have a huge ammount of experience into teaching to young students as well as adults and they always achieved excellent results. A normal lesson always covers grammar, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, speaking and, last but not, least translating. Translating is a substantial part of my teaching method. When students translate they make mistakes and through them we study deeper the grammar and the language style.
First of all a natural inclination to teaching. Then, passion and satisfaction when students achieve their goals