Laura Navarro Lara : Spanish

Laura Navarro Lara
Subject : Spanish
Native : Spanish
Spain
(16) Lessons
100%      
(8) Reviews
Last class : 8+ days
8+ days
Offline
45 Min : $17.72 / £14.21 / €16.69
Trial: FREE

Hello, my name is Laura Navarro Lara and I'm 32 years old and currently living in Spain. I am a native Spanish speaker and teach Catalan, Spanish. I have taught online with Verbalplanet.com since September 2014. I can speak the following languages fluently: Spanish, Catalan, Chinese Mandarin, English, French. I am currently offering a free initial trial lesson for new students.

Detailed Profile in English

About me

Hi!

I am Laura and like many other people on Verbal Planet, I am a Spanish teacher who has experience and dedication for my job. However, every teacher, as every person, is a little different. So here, I am going to try to describe myself to encourage you to chose me as a teacher.

First: I have taught in very different places and to very different groups of students. From a small rural place in India to one of the highest skyscrapers in Hong Kong. I have lived in Asia and Europe and taught from children to retired businessmen. I see all of this professional settings as a combination to be able to give the class that you really need. All the people I have taught have not only learnt Spanish, but also have taught me how to be a better teacher and how to completely adapt to what my student needs.

Second: I love being up-to-date. I am fascinated with teaching apps, online programs, virtual whiteboards, etc. And, just like in a physical classroom, in a virtual one I like to mix all that is available to create a diverse teaching environment that allows the student to learn fully, using all senses.

Third: I am adaptable. I never know everything, so if there is anything you want me to do different, I am very much open to your suggestions. You are the learner, but, so I am. Teaching is, for me, a continuous space to learn, and, even though I have done it for a long time, what makes me be terribly excited about my job is that I keep on learning and enjoying all the time.

Fourth: Right now I am starting my PhD, from home, so I have very very very flexible schedules. You want to learn at a weird timing? No problem, I am pretty sure I can manage.

Qualifications & Experience

I am a fully qualified professional of Spanish teaching. Here are some examples:

- Right now, I am starting my PhD program on Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, at the University of the Basque Country, Spain.

- I took several courses on IT tools and teaching foreign Languages.

- I am an official examiner of the DELE exams.

- I completed the official course on teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from International House about 5 years ago.

- I have attended many congresses (both as a Speaker and as a Listener) for Spanish teachers in different places in Asia (Thailand, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Manila).

- I have a Masters Degree in Translation and Intercultural Mediation.

Teaching Approach

Above all, the most important thing for me as a teacher is that the student ENJOYS and LEARNS in my virtual classrooms. Therefore, some of my most important things when teaching are:

- Using a communicative, student-centered approach. The student knows better than anyone what he needs and, as a teacher, my job is to think how to reach those goals. I love to take time with my students to find out what they need from my teaching and adapt myself to their situation.

- I taught many years in Asia (mainly India and China) so I have a deep knowledge about the style of teaching there. That helps me a lot if you are a student from a similar background. For instance, if you have problems with specific grammar aspects, I am very much aware of how to make them easier for you.

- I have also taught multilingual groups in Europe, so I know the European Style of teaching and like to use a lot of realia (real situations or topics) in my classrooms.

- I have taught for professional purposes, like, business Spanish or Catalan.

- I have prepared many students for the DELE exams (and other exams, such as the EEE4 and EEE8), and I have done it successfully. As for the DELE, I am an official examiner myself so I know exactly what the examiners expect from the students, and that can be very good for you.

- Finally, I find it very important to have materials to teach and, honestly, my computer is so full of them, that I normally use about 2 hours a week to go over them and reorganise them according to my students needs.


My last class was :
8+ days ago.

 
01 May 2015
By : inq_A
Subject : Spanish 

Laura gives you enough time to think about what you want to say and only corrects you after, which I appreciated, because if you think someone is listening out only for your mistakes and stops you all the time, that can make a student very nervous.

 
27 Apr 2015
By : ted_turtle
Subject : Spanish 

Laura gave me exactly what I was looking for - a conversation focused lesson and correction of my errors with clear explanations.

 
03 Mar 2015
By : lfbraz
Subject : Spanish 

Excellent !!

 
03 Feb 2015
By : elifarkan
Subject : Spanish 

it was great, thanks a lot.

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