Jennifer Sklar Gilbert

Jennifer S.

Oakland, CA

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As a former high school language teacher, I know how to make language learning fun, interactive, and effective. We will have a great time together learning French, Spanish, or Portuguese! I will give you the confidence you need to go out and continue speaking. I will also give you great tips to practice your language easily between our lessons.
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Jennifer delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

Hola! I am a former high school teacher who has traveled around the world learning languages. I have lived in Guatemala, El Salvador, France, and most recently Brazil. I attended UC Berkeley where I graduated Summa Cum Laude in Foreign Languages and Latin American studies.

As a teacher, I taught middle and high school Spanish, English and some French. I always incorporate conversation, games, and speaking activities so you get great practice.

I am a poet, currently working on publishing my first book. I am also a certified yoga and zumba teacher. I love cooking elaborate meals, running, hiking, and learning new languages. Next stop: Hebrew and Italian!


BA French and Latin American Studies
Aug 2003 - Dec 2007
University of California, Berkeley


BTSA Certified Teacher
Apr 2017

Certified classroom foreign language teacher


Most Inspiring Teacher Award
Jun 2015
Students of De Anza High School

Photos & Videos

With students on a field trip to the National Assembly in El Salvador, meeting a senator.

Watching my students give a presentation on affordable housing

On a hiking trip with a group of my students in Ukiah
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Asya Feb 17, 2018
Spanish · In studio

I've known Jennifer for many years, and I can honestly say that she is one of the most passionate, enthusiastic, and creative individuals I've ever met. These qualities make her an excellent teacher who is able to make learning a joy for her students. To take one example, I remember that she once had the students in her Spanish class write a poem describing the magic of an item of clothing they were wearing based on the song "Tengo la camisa negra". The students had so much fun with it, and learned a lot in the process. I'm sure that Jennifer will bring this same sort of creative energy and dedication to any student that she teaches. I would highly recommend her as a teacher.

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Laura Jan 12, 2018
Spanish · In studio

I recently had the privilege of witnessing Jennifer share her passion for teaching Spanish with her high school students in Oakland. The lesson she offered was extremely FUN, lively and very engaging. The warmth and welcome she exuded towards her students was obvious from the moment she greeted them at the door. Throughout the lesson they explored existing Spanish songs and used their creativity and their own skill in the language to explore new lyrics. It was evident that Jennifer met each of them at the level they were at as well as pushing them the right amount to keep expanding their knowledge of the language. I highly recommend this teacher and am continuously amazed by her ability to maintain and share fluid language skills in such unique settings.

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Mika Jan 8, 2018
Spanish · In studio

Jenny is a fun, enthusiastic teacher with many years of experience teaching Spanish. I gained much needed confidence in my Spanish speaking abilities and expanded my vocabulary, as we practiced having day-to-day conversations. She cares a lot about her students' progress and will check in with how we are meeting personal goals.

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