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French

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Beginner £20.00£19.00

English

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Beginner £15.00£14.25

Italian

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Beginner £20.00£19.00
Intermediate £20.00£19.00
Advanced £25.00£23.75
Expert £25.00£23.75

Spanish

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Beginner £20.00£19.00
Intermediate £20.00£19.00
Advanced £25.00£23.75
Expert £25.00£23.75

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Personal Description:

Hello!! My name is Maria and I am from beautiful Andalusia. I recently moved to LLangollen and so far I am loving it!

Ever since I was a kid I was always intrigued with learning many languages and since then I have been really interested by foreign languages and cultures. I did my Baccalaureate in Spain in 2012 with the specialisation in the fields of study related to Spanish language and culture, Latin, ancient Greek, literature and languages (English and French). Then I decided I wanted to keep learning new languages so i moved to Granada where I earned a 4 years Bachelor’s degree in Education and teaching Modern Foreign Languages, cultures and literature (Honours in Romance Languages, Italian and French) from Granada University in 2016, and graduated with distinction my Master’s Degree from University Pontificia de Salamanca in Teaching Spanish language, literature and culture in 2017. I have certified C1 level in Italian, French and English (IELTS) and Spanish is my mother tongue. I am also an official examiner for the DELE Spanish Exams from Instituto Cervantes as well as an external marker for Spanish, Italian and French GCSE and ‘A’ Level examinations… But to improve my level and know more about the countries, cultures and people i decided to go to live in Italy twice first Sardinia and then Florence, so I am really familiar with the country and the Italian community. I also lived in Lausanne where I improved my french level and get to know a bit better their culture. I already consider Italy my second home, while I lived in Florence I did two Spanish courses for young people in collaboration with the city council and I believe that it was at that moment that I discovered that I wanted to dedicate myself to teaching languages and to continue traveling, so to teach Online languages fits perfectly into my lifestyle.

I hope you can give me the chance!

Teaching Experience:

I started working when I was 16 years old, doing Private tutoring in Almeria (Spain) Between 2009-2012 I offered private lessons to help children (6-12yo) with English, French, and schoolwork.

My experiences include tutoring and working with secondary aged children, organizing daily activities, and keeping students organised and controlled.

My first experience as a Spanish teacher was while I was living in Florence (Italy) for a year.
I did two Spanish courses for the Town Hall of Florence in collaboration with the association AEGEE. I was responsible for creating and organising classes and assisting and responding to the needs of students during lessons.

Three years ago, I took up a position at the University of Liverpool as a Spanish and Italian Language Advisor for the Language Lounge, a new service that provides advice on languages’ skills, and one-to-one sessions for every student at the University. The students could come to review grammar notions as well as practice conversation with me and I also organised a Spanish Café and a Cineforum session every week helping the students practice some speaking and listening as well as helping them getting to know a bit more of the culture of the Hispanic world through cinema.
Since then, I have continued to develop my career at the University teaching several modules of the Hispanic studies course (Grammar, Written Skills, Translation and Literature) and taking on more responsibilities in the MFL department and in Continuing Education and Open Languages departments.

In addition to teaching Spanish, my role at the University involves supervising and marking Portfolios, creating and marking exams, developing different language modules and training student teachers.
Further, I have contributed to Routes into Languages, whereby I promoted the Spanish language in local schools and helping with the abroad and exchange program. I am also keen to support colleagues in academic events across our department and I have collaborated in the organisation of some of these, including Spanish tasters, during the Iberian Week, and a Spanish Café, which was an evening club for students to meet and speak Spanish in an informal setting.

Teaching Approach:

I think that language and culture go hand in hand. If you want to learn about Spanish, Italian or French history, literature or culture, you should probably learn some Spanish, Italian, or French, respectively. It's possible to do so otherwise, but there's only so much you can learn from a book or a video. To truly understand a culture, you have to know what the people are talking about, and to know why they think or act in a way.
Even knowing some basic words can help break the ice when you're in a foreign country. It's not the same as being able to have an entire conversation, but most people appreciate the fact that you're trying to speak their language, even if you have to switch back to your native language right away.

I have a lot of passion for the teaching profession. I have gained a wide range of skills, such as having strong knowledge of particular subjects areas related to Italian, Spanish, French and English language (history, literature, music, art). I am an expert at establishing clear objectives for each lesson and then working to meet those specific goals.

Right now I am learning Portuguese and German, so I understand very well the difficulties that one can face when learning a foreign language.

I am very excited at the prospect of having a long lasting impact on the lives of those I teach, and want to be a teacher who pupils remember and cherish forever. I never underestimate the potential of my pupils and monitor them very closely for any signs that may demonstrate their ability or interest in a particular subject.

In my classes I mainly focus on conversation because I believe that communication is the main reason to learn a language, but I know all learners are different, which means that everyone has different learning experiences and different learning styles, that's why I try to adjust to my students’ goals and needs to ensure all of them are satisfied at the end of their course, and that their language learning experience with me is a positive one.

At the University, I have had several roles where I had to teach Spanish, French and Italian to students of different abilities, helping them to develop from a beginner to an advanced level, providing regular feedback to enable students to reflect on their progress and to share responsibility for their learning experience. I encourage group work and self-evaluation through class activities. I start each term with a diagnostic evaluation, presented as a group task or game to encourage participation and engagement. I use the results of these tests to plan my lessons and I continue to monitor students’ progress to anticipate and address areas of difficulty. Furthermore, I try to ensure a positive student experience by creating a friendly and safe classroom environment that promotes learning and by being approachable to students and sensitive to cultural differences. I provide diverse options and roles to students in my lessons to cater for all abilities and learning styles. I believe every student deserves the opportunity to learn at their own individual pace, let curiosity direct their learning, and participate in hands-on activities that encourage growth.

I look forward to having our first class!!
If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!
Se vous avez de questions, ne hésitez pas à me contacter!
Si tenéis más preguntas, no dudéis en contactarme!
Se avete qualche domanda, non esitare a contattarmi!

Hasta pronto! À bientôt!! A presto! See you later bye!

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Native Language: Spanish
Additional Languages: English (British), French, Italian
Availability: Weekdays (evenings)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

Qualifications:

  • International Master Degree in Teaching Spanish Language, literature and culture (2017) - 98/100 (Masters) (✔ On File)
  • Degree in Modern Foreign Languages and Literature (2016) - 7,5/10 (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
  • Diploma in design of new e-learning materials at University Isabel I de Castilla. (2016) - 9,3/10 (Other) (✔ On File)
  • Baccalaureate in Spain. Specialization in the fields related to spanish language and culture, latin, ancient greek, literature and languages (English and french) (2010) - 8,5/10 (College) (✔ On File)

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