I am a qualified teacher that loves innovation and new methodologies. Currently, I am working as a language assistant in London where I am learning how to implement new techniques, activities and games. In short, a new whole approach to teaching that has enriched my profile as a teacher. I have learnt how the British system works and the importance of preparing appropriately the external exams such as GCSE or A-Levels. Among my duties, I am responsible for planning and delivery lessons every week as well as the design and correction of exams. Likewise, I have been preparing students for the GCSE and A level exams analising their weak spots and designing activities to help them improve. I am truly enjoying the experience since I have grown as a teacher learning how dynamic lessons and connecting with students help their learning process. The fact that I am out going and thanks to my adaptation skills, I have been able to adjust to a new education system as well as to establish a good teacher- student relationship taking into account the different cultural background of the students and making the most of it. I love sharing my enthusiasm for new cultures and helping people discover other cultures. Apart from this year experience, since 2009, I have been doing private tutoring and I feel that language and culture should go together. In addition, it is usually a fun and a dynamic methodology that engages students what has worked for me. Motivated students tend to work harder and have a much faster development. Getting to know your students and incorporating their interest into their lesson makes learning a language easier and students enjoy themselves while learning. I am really in favour of a student-centered pedagogy that prioritizes the students’ needs and learning process.
I surely understand the needs and rhythm of each student. The students must participate from the first second in the class. I do use differents method or approaches to make them easy to learn.
I prepare for every single class the lesson plan. This way I can organize the aims, possible problems, and give to the students a reason to believe everything they learn makes sense.
I have been teaching one to one with students who contacted me. I have done my practice in the Cervantes Institute based in London with classes of 6-8 students.
In my experience I have been using course books (Gente, Bitacora), but I prepare specific material depending on the level for extra activities.