Teacher name: Diana
I am a native Spanish Tutor who works with groups of all abilities, as well as one-to-one tuition. I love languages and I really enjoy teaching my mother tongue.
I am currently working in a Language School for adults and as a Private Spanish Tutor in London.
I have about 10 years experience in education. More than one year teaching Spanish in London, six years as a Bilingual Technology Teacher in a Secondary School in Spain, dealing with 11-17 years old students in groups of 10 to 25, and initially as a private tutor, when I was studying to become a teacher.
I have the ‘Graduate Certificate in Spanish Language Teaching of Adults (GCSLTA)’ from the Instituto Cervantes of London and the University of Roehampton and I am in process to get the QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) in the UK, as I already have this qualification in Spain (CAP – Pedagogic Aptitude Certified). I am currently studying a ‘Master of Spanish Teaching as a Foreign Language’ (Universidad Internacional de la Rioja). I also have the DBS check which allows me to work with children.
The training as a Spanish Teacher at the Instituto Cervantes and the present Master that I am studying provide me a vast knowledge about teaching a foreign language. Additionally, I have a very good understanding of grammar. Furthermore, I have studied many courses relating to methodology, conflict resolution, motivation, use of ICT in education, techniques for studying, communication skills, etc.
I use an inductive methodology, explaining by example and helping students to build their own knowledge. The four skills of a language (speaking, listening, reading and writing) are balanced in my lessons.
I have good communication skills and I easily connect with my students. I like creating a nice atmosphere in the class and pushing my students to surpass themselves. I endeavor to relate directly to their interests and as such I always use varied and engaging materials in my classes. I combine the use of several text books (Bitacora, ELE, Gente, etc.), materials from different websites (www.espanolparainmigrantes.wordpress.com, www.todoele.net, etc.), real materials (newspapers, videos, songs) and materials created by me. I consider myself very dedicated to my job, energetic and positive. I enjoy embracing and learning from all the experiences in life such as travelling, working and meeting people.