Equipped with curiosity and an insatiable appetite to discover new cultures and languages all the time, I once took the steps much similar to yours to open these doors.
Learning a language is one of the best decisions I ever made, alongside moving abroad. In fact, I believe it to be so enriching that, in an ever-more connected world, there may be no better cognitive resource in existence.
As for teaching, I began as a language assistant in schools across Europe. Classes of ages 4 - 17 were a great beginning for me, enjoying the role in the class a lot and coming to terms with how young people of many varying abilities and levels learn effectively. After around a year, I focused more on educating adults, refining my teaching to the specific needs of each individual in private and one-to-one classes. My most dynamic teaching position came about soon after, where I taught business English across corporate centres in São Paulo. I have taught all ages and levels in online classrooms and my teaching experience totals up to around 3 and a half years.
But I'm not just a teacher, I know what it is to be the student! Having learned a few languages, I know first hand what the difficulties and successful strategies are. This empathy is cunningly injected into the learning process and is perhaps the most important element in my classroom.
My key tip (it's free!): Don't be shy - try it out! Communication is about getting what you want to express past the post. Besides, making mistakes will only help strengthen your learning.
BA degree: Humanities with Spanish, including arts and English language modules.
Inlingua: January 2017 – October 2017
English tutor, encouraged beginner-intermediate students to successfully reach a higher level of English within the European framework. Taught group classes of all levels, teenagers and adults, including AVGS jobcentre courses.
English for Business: February 2016 – July 2016
São Paulo, Brazil
Private Business English tutor, taught and reported individual students’ progress in specific business language across corporate centres in São Paulo. Teaching range: A2 – C2.
Upwork: February 2015 - July 2015
Freelance teacher for Wroff Education, tutored high school students in Denmark needing extra English classes via Skype.
PRONOEI and Yachay: August 2014 - October 2014
San Jerónimo, Cusco, Perú
Voluntary positions at mercado Vinocanchón as: a) Spanish speaking teaching assistant in jardín, ages 3-6 for PRONOEI program, b) Spanish speaking activity/classroom coordinator for children living or working on the street, ages 6-17 for Yachay program.
Phorms Education: September 2013 - December 2013
Bogenhausen, Munich, Germany
Teaching Assistant, primary teaching role in a German-English bilingual classroom, teaching all subjects as an individual teacher or in a teaching team. Regularly carried out class administration, testing, day and after school care, activity coordination, parent communication and cover teaching.
Liceo San Pablo: May 2013 - July 2013
Leganés, Madrid, Spain
Language assistant, teaching English to all ages in primary and secondary education as part of a bilingual program.
Ektiro: March 2013 - July 2013
Francos Rodriguez, Madrid, Spain
English language academy tutor, teaching private grammar and conversation classes to adults.
CP Victoria Kent: September 2012 - January 2013
Rivas, Madrid, Spain
Language assistant, teaching groups and classes of children in English and Science.
Immersion: Class held entirely in the target language, applying resources that mimic real cultural settings and situations.
Contextual: With context, meaning is applied to learning. Bringing your own thoughts and interests to the classroom will help a lot!
Interactive approach: Both actively and receptively communicating is the surest way to achieve fluency, quickly activating newly learned material in the subconscious.
Open classroom: Freestyle but concise learning, topics and material may flow freely as long as progress is maintained. You are free to discuss anything you wish.
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