Maria Henderson : Spanish
Maria Henderson
Spanish Native
Sessions: 3656
Last class: Today
 749 Reviews: 100% Positive
£12.08 / €13.88 / $16.43
Trial: 50% Off
  Hello, my name is Maria Henderson and I'm 50 years old and currently living in the United States. I am a native Spanish speaker and teach Spanish. I have been an online Spanish teacher with Verbalplanet since November 2013. I can speak the following languages fluently: Spanish, English. I am currently offering a discounted initial trial lesson at 50% off my normal lesson price for new students. 
My Latest Feedback
11 Sep 2020
Caryn S
 Maria is wonderful. She is easy to talk to (Spanish conversation being my goal) and helpful. Working with Maria has been great for building my confidence with Spanish conversation, and I look forward to our sessions each week.  
11 Sep 2020
 After many years I started to learn Spanish again. After two lessons with Maria I am very motivated to go on. She encourages me to mobilize my forgotten knowledge in a very humorous and relaxed way. Maria is an excellent and very experienced teacher. Muchas gracias Maria! 
04 Sep 2020
Mike L
 Muchas gracias! 
25 Aug 2020
 So much fun Maria spends time on previous lessons and we add new verbs and words to elaborate - it’s fun and easy! I just need more hours i the day to practise what Maria has taught me. Excellent teacher MUY BIEN! 
21 Aug 2020
Mike L
 Muchas gracias! 
19 Aug 2020
 Maria is an excellent teacher. I would highly recommend working with her. Her lessons are dynamic and I always learn a lot from each session. Her explanations of grammatical concepts are clear and she provides feedback throughout the lesson in the form of examples so you learn to hear the difference and make corrections.  
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About me - English

I am a Foreign Language teacher, native of Segovia, Spain. I am bilingual (English-Spanish) and have lived in the US for 25 years.

Qualifications & Experience

I have taught Spanish in the US for 14 years in two schools (Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Highland Falls, NY and Sacred Heart Monroe, NY) and online.

I completed training conferences for teachers provided by the Archdioceses of New York and completed a training course for English as a Second Language teachers from Arizona State University.

I hold an Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in International Business from Schiller International University, Heidelberg, Germany and a Bachelors in Economics and Business Administration from the UNED of Spain with most work done in the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.

Finally, over the last 14 years I have spent countless hours studying the Spanish language and literature and researching engaging materials and content to share with my students.

Teaching Approach

My lessons are designed to be fun and effective. Students quickly acquire the confidence to use the new language and are encouraged to want to learn more. I use Spanish almost exclusively even with beginners and they are surprised how much they can speak from the first day.

Because the needs and motivations of the students are very varied: academic, travel, business, social, family, general interest, etc. and the preference in the type of activities is also different, the lessons are completely customized. The student give me their objectives and whether they like grammar exercises, practice conversation, guided speaking tasks, etc.. Then I create lesson plans, offer study guides and homework activities for reinforcement.

I suggest that beginning students follow the classic curriculum for foreign language learning to build the ground work for their studies. The objective is to cover the basic grammar with much repetition in useful situations. As students progress they are ready for increasingly complex grammar.

Many advanced students greatly benefit from dialogues based on articles, books and other media in order to learn and retain new vocabulary that is meaningful to them. Besides improving their speaking skills some advanced students have benefited from help with written tasks, couching for interviews, preparing for DELE, GCSE and other exams and reading Spanish literature.

All learners progress faster when they use the Spanish language daily in an enjoyable way.

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About me - Spanish

Soy de España y llevo viviendo en Estados Unidos 25 años.

Qualifications & Experience

Ejercí de profesora de español durante siete años en dos colegios privados de Nueva York. Tengo 8 años de experiencia dando clases particulares de español en línea y en persona.

He completado cursos de formación didácica promovidos por la Diocesis de Nueva York y por Arizona State University.

Tengo un Masters in Business Administration (MBA) en negocios internacionales de la Schiller International University, Heidelberg, Germany.

Soy licenciada en ciencias económicas y empresariales por la UNED y la Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Teaching Approach

Creo lecciones divertidas e interesantes y los estudiantes se sienten cómodos usando su nuevo idioma. Incluso los principiantes se sorprenden de cuánto pueden entender desde el primer día.

Para los principiantes el objetivo es cubrir el vocabulario y gramática básicos con mucha repetición. El plan de estudios mueve al estudiante a través de diferentes temas tales como las actividades diarias y el ocio, describir y socializar con personas y describir lugares. A medida que los estudiantes avanzan entran en tipos de diálogos y gramática más complejos . Los estudiantes más avanzados se benefician enormemente de la conversación con una nativa aprendiendo vocabulario y recibiendo correcciones en la pronunciación y la gramática. Las clases se adaptan a sus intereses por lo que el uso del tiempo es muy eficiente.

Los estudiantes se benefician más cuando practican las cuatro habilidades de comprensión oral, lectura, escritura dentro y fuera de la clase.

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