My teaching methodology applies three key principles from the field of Second Language Acquisition to help each and every student of Spanish accelerate their learning:
The Experiential Learning Approach
At the heart of foreign language learning is the way you process your experiences of language, communication, culture, and personal learning.
Experiential learning places the student at the center of the learning process. It stresses the importance of building knowledge through experiences by engaging students in critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making in language contexts that are personally relevant to them.
This approach also motivates students to take charge of their language learning in order to improve their autonomy and independence as language users.
All my Spanish lessons include a rich variety of interactive activities and practices to enhance your personal input, initiative, and self-direction. We will work on activities that build on specific past experiences, to construct a framework for learning that is unique to your requirements and your learning style.
You will therefore have the opportunity to learn from your own experiences by being actively and personally engaged in the language learning process.
It has been widely recognised in the language teaching profession that learners need not just knowledge and skills in the grammar of a language, but also the ability to use the language in socially and culturally appropriate ways.
Modern language teaching methodologies therefore emphasize the importance of fostering intercultural awareness, intercultural skills and existential competence among language learners.
My teaching methodology provides strategies for you to develop knowledge and understanding of the differences and diversity that exist in today’s Spanish-speaking world.
This will prepare you for interaction with other Spanish speakers, help you acquire the linguistic competence you need to communicate in Spanish when speaking or writing, and help you formulate what you want to say or write in correct and appropriate ways.
Nowadays the process of language learning is both enriched and complicated by the sheer diversity of information that is accessible in our globalized, technological society. This makes it impossible to address all the topics in the language classroom, especially when classes are large.
Much of the content in textbooks is not relevant to students’ lives, potentially leaving the brighter students dissatisfied and the weaker ones frustrated.
By taking an interdisciplinary approach to foreign language teaching, and incorporating behavioural sciences and motivational techniques into traditional second language teaching approaches, language learning becomes more effective.
Learning from more than one academic discipline enables the student to develop a more complete picture of a particular theme, issue, question, problem, topic, or experience related to their language needs. Acquisition of the foreign language is also aided by increased motivational levels that result from Interdisciplinary Teaching.
A central concern of students learning Spanish is how to achieve international intelligibility, which includes communication as well as language learning. The communication part especially needs interdisciplinary skills.
In addition to mastering the fluency, vocabulary, expression, and grammar of Spanish, my lessons will help you gain a broader and deeper understanding of the content and engage in authentic tasks relevant to your language needs.
My vision is to ensure aspiring Spanish speakers from all over the world can help the language take its rightful place as one of the world’s greatest languages.
To me this means providing the highest academic-quality teaching to Spanish learners; it means being a leader in the growing field of online language learning; it means allowing students to learn one-on-one, paired and in small groups, according to their preferences; it means being innovative in the methodologies for teaching Spanish; it means allowing students to truly immerse themselves in the language; and it means teaching them not only the language but the strong ‘flavors’ of the culture of Spanish-speaking countries too.
I believe that language lies at the heart of the human experience, especially in this interconnected world where communication is non-stop and limitless.
My mission is to provide people from diverse fields with the finest skills in Spanish, combined with (and enhanced by) a genuine understanding of the culture of Spanish-speaking countries.
I will accomplish these goals by:
- Being consistently responsive and supportive to the language needs of my students
- Customizing lessons according to the unique learning objectives of students
- Providing a fun, engaging, and professional environment that promotes learning
- Maintaining a proven Spanish-teaching methodology that I have personally developed over the years
- Innovating and improving teaching materials to maintain relevance for students
- Exposing students to the history and culture of the Spanish-speaking world, as well as the language
- Using relevant activities for each lesson to improve students’ cross-cultural understanding
The above is implemented for each student I take on, and evaluated regularly in the spirit of constant development and improvement.