Information About Sebastiana - Cheltenham teacher - (28 reviews)
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I am from Tarifa, in the south of Spain about an hour from Gibraltar. I obtained my degree in Spain and before coming to England I was working as a teacher in Spain. I have been living and teaching in England from the last three years.
I am very persistent, patient, organized and disciplined; I always try to transmit all this qualities to my student.
Proven ability to motivate and encourage a learning culture amongst students demonstrated through a number of successful contracts. I share opinions learning from other cultures and teaching my culture to foreign students.
I have successfully taught Spanish and English as foreign languages to children, teenagers and adults in Spain and England respectively for more than 12 years.
I have a BA (Hons) Degree in English Studies and PGCE at Cadiz University in Spain. In addition, I have obtained a Masters in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language at the Spanish University of Alcala de Henares in Madrid.
I have a CRB and UK Naric which proves the equivalence of Spanish degree and PGCE.
Since I started my career in England, I have been teaching GCSE and A-Levels students preparing them for their speaking, listening, spelling, phonetic and grammar exams.
I have also taught student at other ages and reasons: living, family, travelling, holidays, etc… some of them have started from beginner and move to an advanced level.
In order to get used to the English curriculum from January to July 2012, I was doing some voluntary work at Faringdon Community College in Oxfordshire. I helped the teacher with the pronunciation and spelling mistakes of the students and to prepare oral exams.
I also have taught groups of students and two students of different levels at the same time.
On line teaching through Skype
Since January 2014, I have been teaching on line different levels students from Wales, Petersfield, Chippenham, Cirencester, etc.
I find quite helpful doing teaching on line because you can connect with the student anywhere. I would recommend it as it is similar to any lesson face to face.
Normally, I prepare and send the hand-out to them in advanced in order to have the exercises ready for the lesson. Within the lesson I correct the mistakes by giving explanations and examples. I also resolve any questions and doubts students can have.
About my experience as a Spanish and English teacher, I notice students learn easily when I explain the difference between the English Language and the Spanish.
For instance, I always say the same in the target language (Spanish) and mother language (English).
The expressions “Tengo hambre” means “I am hungry”.
The present of subjunctive in Spanish is equivalent to present of indicative in English “Que tengas (present subjuntive) un buen fin de semana” means “have (present simple) a nice weekend”
Spanish is not a language you can compare and translate literary in English, they have not got similarities at all. For that reason, I consider it is easier for the student to understand and compare their native language with the Spanish.
As a Spanish native, I am extremely passionate about sharing my language and culture which attracts me to teaching in England.
Within my lessons, I always practice some listening, speaking, writing, grammar, phonetic, vocabulary and spelling I think is better to have variety and do different kind of activities.
For teaching, I used the books students have and also some I have bought by editorial from Spain such as Edelsa, ELE, Todo ELE, Cervantes, En Clave ELE, etc. I have books from all the levels from beginners to advance.
I motivate the students and make them to participate by asking questions. If they are happy to do it I give some homework to practise the contents studied.
As a priority, I listen the students’ inquiries and adapt the lessons to their priorities and necessities. On a personal level, I believe one greatest strengths is the ability understand a student’s learning needs & abilities and inspire them to achieve their goals.
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Additional Languages: English (British), Spanish
Availability: Weekdays (daytime)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Universidad de Alcalá Madrid Spain (2010) - Teaching Spanish As a Foreign Language at the Alcalá de Henares University in Madrid. (Masters) (✔ On File)
- Universidad de Cádiz Spain (2004) - One-year Teacher Training Certificate at the Upper Secondary Level (PGCE) (✔ On File)
- Universidad Cádiz Espain (2003) - BA (Hons) English Philology (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
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Friendly, reliable tutor with lots of patience, as I have never undertaken any previous Spanish lessons.
Every week I learn and practice vocabulary and grammar with lesson plans that Sebastiana has pre planned specifically for me based on my requests and her advice on how to keep progressing.
The lessons are very friendly and relaxed with good flexibility for spending longer on difficult things or fast forwarding through topics that I can learn quickly.
There is no pressure during the lessons and I always feel supported and encouraged. I request homework each week to enhance and consolidate what was covered in the lesson. This only takes me approximately half an hour each week revisiting the handouts or practising certain subjects.
I really enjoy my lessons and feel that I make good progress. I have been to Spain on holiday with only a few lessons under my belt and was able to feel comforatable and confident to speak and understand Spanish which I was delighted with.
I strongly recommend Sebastiana as a tutor as lessons are tailor made for each student and you always learn and improve every time. I have also enjoyed learning about Spanish culture, geography and lifestyle through general conversation too!
All in all excellent and I would recommend her to anyone.
I am very pleased