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.
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.
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.