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I am a 3rd year student at the University of British Columbia, currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts. My major is International Relations with a minor in Spanish. I am enthusiastic about foreign languages as a means of self-expression and communication for far-reaching topics. When it comes to youth, education in a foreign language is a positive way to develop communication skills and be open-minded with the different cultures that accompany a language.
I have been studying French for 9 years and Spanish for 6 years. Over the years, I have grown very fond of the diversity of these languages and their respective cultures. To be precise, I am at the advanced intermediate level in both languages. This is the B1 level, based on the DELF and DELE criteria. My knowledge of the two languages has been helpful in making strategic correlations between Spanish and French.
This summer (2019), I took courses at Sciences Po Paris where I was able to immerse in Parisien culture. I am familiar with Paris and speak standard French though I am also familiar with Québécois French. This will help me to explain the linguistic and cultural differences between the two francophone places. I have also done French immersion twice through the Explore program in 2017, in Trois Pistoles, and in 2018 in Charlevoix, Quebec. Both times I was in an advanced class.
I look forward to sharing my knowledge of the Spanish and French language to my prospective students. Moreover, I aspire to pass on my passion for these languages as they are of great significance in our rapidly evolving world.
Note: As an upper-year student, I have a busy schedule but I continue to tutor because it is absolutely fulfilling. It would be ideal to meet with my student on or near campus. I am willing to travel as long as it is nearby.
I have volunteered as a French tutor for children for four months at the Port Credit **Contact Detail Removed** in Mississauga through their Reading Buddies Program. I closely assisted students in Elementary School to become familiar with reading in French through guiding them while reading and playing educational board and computer games. This experience has been foundational for me to teach French and Spanish as a second language as I developed the patience and strategies for guiding, rather than simply instructing, young students.
In December 2018, I volunteered as English teacher in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia through Emerging Voices and IVHQ. I taught full-time for 2 weeks to people of all ages. I had one class of adults whom I taught at a church, and another of children at a community centre. This was an incredible cultural and educational experience for myself and my students. I am grateful for this opportunity because I saw just how much education can touch lives.
Truly understanding a language is a skill which is acquired overtime. I believe that everyone has the potential to learn a foreign language as long as the student is nurtured in a way that facilitates growth and ultimately, independent learning. Like any subject as with languages, some students have to work harder than others and it comes to some more easily. I am here to suit the needs of my students.
My approach to tutoring is to be a supportive guide to my students. I aim to create an environment in which they are comfortable in so they may succeed in learning a language that they are not entirely familiar with. I am gentle with correcting my students and I aspire to encourage them continuously since many students feel shy or uncertain about how to carry about studying a foreign language.
Sessions will comprise of assisted writing, listening and speaking practice, in addition to notes which will help the student when I am not present. I will custom my lessons to suit the student I am guiding. I am open to taking suggestions from students and parents as my goal is to serve my students in their pursuit of foreign language acquisition.
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Additional Languages: French, Spanish
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- University of British Columbia (2018) - Bachelor of Arts (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
- Centre Linguistique du Collège de Jonquière (2018) - French immersion (Other) (✘ Not On File)
- Western University (2017) - French immersion (Other) (✘ Not On File)
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