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I have lived in Spain more than 20 years, I am a native Spanish speaker. I studied all my youth and finished High School there in Spain. I can teach grammar, correct pronunciation and how to write the language correctly.
If you are asking yourself if it is the same language than the Mexican Spanish, yes, it is the same. The only difference is that the mexicans use some other vocabulary and other expressions. It is similar in how british vocabulary and american vocabulary differ, when they refer to some things in particular. In any case, it is the same exact language.
I have experience teaching very beginners. And if you have a lot of knowledge about the language but you want to improve your speaking in a very high level, I am the one to speak to! Because I am a NATIVE speaker, I will show you how really Spaniards speakers express themselves and talk.
I taught people from other countries the language and I really enjoy it !!
I first heard Spanish from my dad who's Colombian, so my lessons focus on communication via dynamic task-based activities! First you discover grammar functions & the meaning of vocab through simple comprehension activities. Then we practice these new items through conversation questions or communication activities that simulate real-life tasks like ordering food, asking for directions, or describing a person. This creates a fun atmosphere for learning and gives students ample opportunities to speak! I also like to use multimedia like videos, pictures and powerpoints to make lessons more interactive, especially online lessons! For beginners, I use the book Spanish Demystified or Easy Spanish Step by Step as a learning resource and to provide grammar homework.
Besides speaking, my lessons also cover the other aspects of a language: Reading, writing and listening comprehension. I target those skills with activities such as short readings & writing assignments for homework, and themed ...
Initially I like to evaluate the student's current comprehension level (regardless of years studied) to better select the appropriate starting point. From there, if there is a specific subject matter or course work/syllabus for a class that needs to be followed, I can tailor lessons to fit those needs. Throughout lessons, I like to bring in elements such as cartoons, newspapers, movie clips, etc. to aid in understanding everyday usage & make learning practical and pertinent to the student.
**30 minute lessons are available for students interested in Conversational Spanish practice (for Intermediate/Advanced Only). Please send me a message if you are interested & we can discuss how to arrange through TakeLessons.
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