Maria Aparicio

Maria A.

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I'm very passionate of teaching languages and cultures. It would be an honor for me to be able to share my teaching experience and real world with you.

Before becoming a Doctor in Spanish and Foreign Languages, I discovered the job I liked the most was teaching. I enjoy it so much that it does not feel like a job!!! It feel like a gift.

I have been mastering both languages since childhood and learn other foreign languages when I decided to live in other countries. I love travelling and as my students say, all my life experience reflects on my teaching.

I love customizing each lesson to your needs so that you can apply it on your daily life. I am very passionate, professional and full of enthusiasm when I am teaching or just guiding you on your learning journey.

I am very happy when I get emails from my students thanking me for helping them make their dreams come true: succeed at college, passing and official examination, do business, get promoted at work or just get a better job, travel and connect with the local people, etc.

I would love to share the research I did on teaching languages with you.

About Maria A.

I'm very passionate of teaching languages and cultures. It would be an honor for me to be able to share my teaching experience and real world with you.

Before becoming a Doctor in Spanish and Foreign Languages, I discovered the job I liked the most was teaching. I enjoy it so much that it does not feel like a job!!!

I have been mastering both languages since childhood and learn other foreign languages when I decided to live in other countries. I love travelling and as my students say, all my life experience reflects on my teaching.

I love customizing each lesson to your needs so that you can apply it on your daily life. I am very passionate, professional and full of enthusiasm when I am teaching or just guiding you on your learning journey.

I am very happy when I get emails from my students thanking me for helping them make their dreams come true: succeed at college, passing and official examination, do business, get promoted at work or just get a better job, travel and connect with the local people, etc.

I would love to share the research I did on teaching languages with you.

I am very excited my second book is about to be published!!!

Looking forward to working on your English or Spanish soon!!!

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Miranda S.
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Doctor Mary is a great instructor. Thanks to her I passed Spanish III at college last semester with an A. I had a C and in just 2 months she made me boost my grade and what is even better.....my understanding on how the language works. I am now doing an online course with her to improve my speaking skills so that I can socialize and travel.
Thank you so much Mary!!! You made one of my dreams come true!

Posted Mar 31, 2020
Helen C.
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I am impressed with the results I got with Doctor Maria. She is amazing. I took Spanish at high school and college but never learned to speak. I actually was not even able to conjugate verbs correctly.
I contacted doctor Maria and she gave me a brief free lesson to meet and show me how I could improve with her method. She is very patient, personable, knowledgeable and fun. She has made me feel confident in Spanish. I enjoy learning and speaking with her in Spanish every week. I look forward to our next lesson in April.
Thank you so much for making my dream come true, Doctor Maria.

Posted Mar 29, 2020
Jaime
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Mary is a stellar tutor for TOEFL. I was in need of a plan for tutoring, with a professional of the language and Mary, who holds a doctoral Degree was the perfect option! She has the hands on experience and highest qualifications to teach it. I love the 'interview' or first free class she had with me to help me identify a path and a weekly plan!

Posted Apr 10, 2019
Laura
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I could not be happier with Mary. I wanted to learn Spanish and she help me all the way in a course that lasted 3 months, and then I decided to take another course to improve my communication in Spanish. I was referred to her by a professor at college and then I leaned she is a Doctor in Spanish and English. She is bilingual!! Mary is very professional and tailored all my classes for my needs. I am more than happy with her. I highly recommend her classes through Zoom and Skype!

Posted Apr 10, 2019
Jaime
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Mary is a stellar tutor for TOEFL. I was in need of a plan for tutoring, with a professional of the language and Mary, who holds a doctoral Degree was the perfect option! She has the hands on experience and highest qualifications to teach it. I love the 'interview' or first free class she had with me to help me identify a path and a weekly plan!

Posted Apr 10, 2019
Kevin
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Beyond being completely knowledgeable about the subject matter, Maria is an enthusiastic and engaging professor who connects well with her students. She has a wonderful demeanor and I have much enjoyed her Spanish classes. I am planning to take another course at the end of February, so I am very excited to keep improving with Maria!!

Posted Feb 7, 2019
Alison
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Doctor A. is suuuper knowledgeable in Spanish language and also Teaching English and has helped me in under 3 weeks appreciate both languages and understand it more than any well acclaimed university professor has (although she herself is a professor). She takes the time to actually teach the material from scratch and really break it down. She writes it with you while teaching and also prepares printed notes and PowerPoints, which make it more relatable and easy to follow. She's constantly throwing challenging questions at you to ensure you are able to practice and know the material, which for me is awesome since Spanish can be a real challenge. She also uses the time efficiently and she doesn't waste a minute of it. Her only downfall as a tutor is that she has other students and unfortunately can't spend all 24 hours of the day teaching you. She's totally worth your money!!

Posted Feb 7, 2019
Jack
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I had a free demo with Maria and she asked me many questions to determine my needs and goals. I learned she is a college professor. Maria was my tutor and she had a great knowledge with all Spanish concepts, showed me the easy way to learn and apply it immediately when speaking Spanish. I learned a lot to be able to speak to my customers! I highly recommend her and her services and I also learned that she has a Doctoral Degree in Spanish. It is a pleasure to have a class with her all the time. I am learning at a speed I never knew I could. I recommend her without hesitation. She is just the perfect instructor!

Posted Feb 7, 2019
David
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I greatly enjoy Doctor Aparicio's Spanish course. She is a professional who masters teaching Spanish. Her enthusiasm when teaching is amazing!!!
I recommended her services to any professional who expects quality of teaching.
Maria tailored for me every single class, and I truly had very changing needs from week to week. It was totally customized. She has made me go to the next level in Spanish. Thanks a lot for your time, dedication and professionalism Maria.

Posted Feb 7, 2019
Melissa
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I have been struggling with my Spanish for so long, and it’s been only 4 sessions with Maria and I have advanced more than ever. She makes me feel confident when speaking and expressing myself in a foreign language.

The result so far is an incredible improvement. I have a big smile and I understand more and more everyday. I sign up for 10 classes and see how well I can be and if the results come out great then I definitely sign up for the intensive 3 months for sure.

l love the way professor Aparicio teaches through Skype. I though it was not possible to learn a foreign language that way but I can surely say yes!!.

I give 5+ stars for Maria Aparicio!!! The best investment is to provide yourself the best education with a professional like Maria!!!

Posted Feb 7, 2019
David
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Maria A. is really knowledgeable and she took the time to pair my needs with the lessons. I searched for information and her reviews and I was impressed she is a college professos with Master and Doctorate degre!! But what impressed me the most is how Maria taught and dealt with my weaknesses while improving my Spanish. That's something that I didn't see with their competitors. I’ve tried many tutors but they seemed not to have the experience and quality of teaching I was expecting. Maria asked me what my goals were and what my learning struggles were. Maria really has a plan and I saw results since the first class!! Quality pays off!!

Posted Feb 6, 2019
Amanda
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I am beyond impressed with the results I am getting with my Spanish and how Maria teaches me in every lesson. She tailors each session prior to meeting and she motivates me all the time.
She is sweet, genuine, professional and positive.

I have waited to write a review on this place for so long now because I waited until I could see how much I have improved. What a huge jump, I started as a beginner and now I am feeling I can reach an intermediate level in a few months.

There's absolutely no regret that I've made the decision to chose Maria.
It was a well worthy investment. Don't take my word for it... try it for yourself!

Posted Feb 6, 2019
Anthony
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Doctor Aparicio is amazing!!! Very inspiring and funny! Loved her lectures and would take another Spanish course with her.
She is so knowledgeable and inspiring. I enjoyed the on line class at the comfort of my office.
She knows about literature and has very wide culture. She is very sweet and makes you get to the next level!!!. I learned to speak basic Spanish in just 10 hours!

Posted Jan 31, 2019
Jack
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A few months ago I was searching for a very qualified tutor to improve my Spanis, and I met Maria via Skype. I wanted to focus on Speaking and it has definitely been the best decision I made. The Skype classes are very easy and they are exactly as if she were in person right next to me. It is very convenient because I do not waste time driving.
Maria is very flexible and customizes every lesson to my needs, which change a lot over the weeks. I realized I hired a University Professor, but she is so close, you feel very comfortable. I needed to speak Spanish to socialize and for my business and she definitely made my dream to make more customer come true. She makes the classes very hands-on and every material she makes for me is delivered to my email 24-48 hours after the class. She is a lot of fun!!! I recommend Dr. Aparicio without any doubt. It is not cheap but worth it. Believe me, I tried many Spanish tutors online!!

Posted Jan 25, 2019
Lau
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I cannot speak highly enough about Doctor A. The weekly private lessons Maria prepares every week just for me are wonderful. She is always checking in with me, keeps me informed of all the progress. She gives me an update on the lesson in a short overview. It is quite helpful!

Posted Jan 21, 2019
Thomas
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Hola, my first course with Doctor Aparicio was very good. She has a very reassuring style and, although my Spanish is very basic, I felt comfortable talking to her. Her method sounds very suited to my needs. Maria is obviously very passionate about her country and language and I enjoyed our sessions. Thanks Maria, I will follow up the links you gave me in our last class, adios, Thomas.

Posted Jan 21, 2019
Miranda
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Doctor A’s classes are outstanding. I had tutoring on and off for many years, but this classes are just fun at the same time I am improving my Spanish communication skills. I need it for work and I also have some friends whose native language is Spanish. It is great to be able to converse in Spanish now!! Dr. Aparicio makes the class very interesting and we talk about topics that interest me. She also prepares materials for me to work on and reinforce what we learned. I am having a lot of fun with her and I am definitely improving enormously when speaking!!

Posted Jan 17, 2019
Peter
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Although my time spent studying with Maria was short-lived, just 7 months, she truly did blow my mind. I wanted to learn Spanish and be able to travel and communicate with the Hispanics in Latin America. Maria is incredibly professional, dedicated, patient, and always goes above and beyond. Taking the extra time to create voice recordings, lesson plans, etc… She attended me at individual level, adjusting/working with me in whatever way necessary. Not only this, but she takes the tutoring very seriously; ensuring that learning and progression takes place. Furthermore, Maria is very sweet, friendly, funny, kind, and wonderful Muchas gracias, Maria!

Posted Jan 17, 2019
Miguel
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Maria’s years of teaching experience make her the ideal tutor for any student. She is professional, patient, inspirational and motivated me. Maria knew exactly how to assess my proficiency, and what was needed to get me up to speed. Maria is a pleasure to work with, and instills a great deal of confidence. I feel lucky to have such a university professor!

Posted Jan 17, 2019
Jenny
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I enjoyed Maria Aparicio's course. She is very patient and helped me all the way to pass my student certification in Spanish. She motivated me in every class. She is very professional and prepares every class adapted to my learning style and needs. She told me I could obtain a higher level in Spanish with 3 more months of hard work and she was right!!!! I got my B2 Spanish certification and got promoted in my job. I did not think Spanish would make me get more money in my job, but I followed Maria's advice and I got it!!! I am sooooooo thankful to Maria that I truly cannot express it in this review :)

Posted Jan 16, 2019
Alan
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I just started the 48 hour-Spanish for Business course and I cannot believe how fast I have started speaking in Spanish at work.
Thanks for your flexibility, Maria, your professionalism is evident!

Posted Jan 15, 2019
Laura
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I cannot speak highly enough about Doctor A's tutoring service in Spanish. The weekly private lessons Mary prepares every week just for me are wonderful. She is always checking in with me, keeps me informed of all the progress. She gives me an update on the lesson in a short overview. It is quite helpful!

Posted Jan 15, 2019
Edward
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Very helpful! I am speaking better now, and Maria helps me with corrections when necessary. Her exercises are really helping me deal with the more complicated aspects of grammar, sometimes topics I fell behind on in group classes. Maria has endless patience, and has always been able to turn our lesson into a good one, no matter how well or poorly I am doing with my Spanish that particular day. Gracias, Professor Maria!

Posted Jan 14, 2019
George
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Maria is no doubt the best English and Spanish teacher I have ever had. It sounds funny but I hired her to teach me both languages, as she is bilingual.

It seems as though Maria anticipates my every need, and helps me with challenges that are a stretch for other teachers, such as pronunciation and advanced grammar. She teaches from the perspective of every student's unique needs, and for that reason alone, I think it is great value for money to take classes with her, even though there are cheaper classes to be found elsewhere.

She is a doctor in Spanish and has been teaching English at the university for so many years that you can tell she is a very experience profesional.

Posted Jan 14, 2019
Larisa
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I enjoyed Maria's course. She is very patient and helped me all the way to pass my student certification in Spanish. She motivated me in every class. She is very professional and prepares every class adapted to my learning style and needs. She told me I could obtain a higher level in Spanish with 3 more moths of hard work and she was right!!!! I got my B2 Spanish certification and got promoted in my job. I did not think Spanish would make me get more money in my job, but I followed Maria's advice and I got it!!! I am sooooooo thankful to Maria that I truly cannot express it in this review :)

Posted Jan 14, 2019
Lau
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Doctor Maria is very patient, knowledgeable, professional, and sweet. Her teaching approach was very efficient and I can now speak Spanish. I truly recommend her services. Take classes with her, you won’t regret it!

Posted Jan 14, 2019
Anthony
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Doctor A. is amazing!!! Very inspiring and funny! Loved her lectures and would take another Spanish course with her.
She is so knowledgeable and inspiring. I enjoyed the on line class at the comfort of my office.
She knows about literature and has very wide culture. She is very sweet and makes you get to the next level!!!. I learned to speak basic Spanish in just 10 hours!

Posted Jan 13, 2019
Ryan
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Maria and her 1 on1 Skype classes are AWESOME!!! It has always been hard for me to learn a foreign language, but Maria gave me so much feedback I never got from other professors in Spanish that I really improved. She inspired me because she is a devoted person who loves her profession. She is very demanding and you have to do a lot of practice while you are with her, and in between classes. She gave me feedback for everything, and she even prepared an optional exam review that was great!!! I succeeded in my course at college and got a better grade than expected. But most importantly I learned a lot and can now communicate in Spanish. I highly recommend Maria.

Posted Jan 13, 2019
Michael
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Maria’s years of teaching experience make her the ideal tutor for any student. She is professional, patient, inspirational and motivated me. Maria knew exactly how to assess my proficiency, and what was needed to get me up to speed. Maria is a pleasure to work with, and instills a great deal of confidence. I feel lucky to have such a university professor!

Posted Jan 10, 2019
Jenny
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Mary es una profesora excelente. Estoy tomando un curso privado de inglés con ella por internet y estoy maravillada. Me alegro mucho de haberlo hecho por Skype en vez de en persona. Estoy ahorrando mucho tiempo y así lo aprovecho practicando y conversando. Mary es muy paciente y dedica mucho tiempo a preparar actividades adaptadas a mí. Cada clase me sorprende con una actividad que me gusta. Me gusta que corrige para que mejore mi pronunciación. He tomado muchas clases con tutores pero la verdad es que Mary es la más profesional y se adapta a mi horario y necesidades. Muchas gracias por hacer las clases de inglés online tan amenas y divertidas. Recomiendo a Mary si quieres aprender inglés y hablar desde el primer día.

Posted Jan 1, 2019
Janet
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La Doctora Aparicio ha sido mi profesora online durante varios meses antes de tomar mi examen de inglés B2. Decidí contratarla porque quería un tutor muy cualificado con experiencia en el inglés avanzado y un enfoque en comunicación y sobre todo hablar. Skype es gratis y hemos tenido muchas clases como si ella estuviera junto a mí. Además, no he tenido que manejar ni perder tiempo con el tráfico.
He estudiado en muchas academias de idiomas pero en las clases grupales no aprendí tanto como con la doctora. Es muy paciente y me dio muchos consejos para sacar el examen con buena puntuación. Estoy muy contenta y ahora estoy hacienda un curso para que me prepare para conseguir trabajo. Ya he tenido una entrevista y quiero mejorar mi inglés para el trabajo.

Posted Dec 28, 2018
David
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Language Master Group tutors were really knowledgeable and they take the time to pair the right tutor with the student. I searched for information in their page languagemastergroup.com and I was impressed they are all college professors with Master and Doctorate degrees!! But what impressed me the most is how Maria taught and dealt with my weaknesses while improving my Spanish. That's something that I didn't see with their competitors. I’ve tried many tutors but they seemed not to have the experience and quality of teaching I was expecting. Maria asked me what my goals were and what my learning struggles were. Maria really has a plan and I saw results since the first class!! Quality pays off!!

Posted Dec 28, 2018
Miranda
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¡Qué clases tan fantásticas! Me gustan nuestras clases porque Mary hace que cada clase sea una experiencia divertida. Estoy deseando tener las clases cada semana y ahora que me he tomado unos días de vacaciones....lo hecho de menos.
Mary siempre es paciente y me apoya cuando repito el mismo error. Es una profesora excepcional. Qué suerte tener a una doctora en lengua española dándome clases ¡Gracias Mary!

Posted Dec 26, 2018
Isabel
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Mary es la mejor profesora de ingles que he tenido hasta ahora. He tomado muchos cursos de ingles y clases particulares pero cuando conocí a la doctora Mary a través de una estudiante suya, empecé a avanzar con mi ingles como nunca!!!
Las clases son privadas y toda la hora estamos hablando en inglés y trabajando en lo que realmente necesito para conseguir un trabajo mejor. Hasta que no domine en inglés no tengo posibilidades de mejorar laboralmente. Mary ha abierto una gran cantidad de posibilidades en mi vida y le estoy muy agradecida. Además, gracias a lo que aprendo estoy haciendo amigos que solo hablan inglés. Mary me motiva todos los días y estoy viendo resultados que no había tenido. ¡¡No puedo estar más contenta!!

Posted Dec 26, 2018
Peter
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Although my time spent studying with Maria was short-lived, just 7 months, she truly did blow my mind. I wanted to learn Spanish and be able to travel and communicate with the Hispanics in Latin America. Maria is incredibly professional, dedicated, patient, and always goes above and beyond. Taking the extra time to create voice recordings, lesson plans, etc… She attended me at individual level via, adjusting/working with me in whatever way necessary. Not only this, but she takes the studies very seriously; ensuring that learning and progression takes place. Furthermore, Maria is very sweet, friendly, funny, kind, and wonderful Muchas gracias, Maria!

Posted Dec 26, 2018
Rachel
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My lessons with Maria A. are really useful, enjoyable & well structured. She helped me a lot in preparation for my English exam and with her classes I got 100% in the speaking and the writing sections of the exam, so I would absolutely recommend her as a teacher! She has made me feel so confident speaking in Spanish that I can now travel to the US and communicate in English!!!! I am sooooo excited!

Posted Dec 25, 2018
Alison
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Great courses, as always! Maria designs exercises that help target my weaknesses, that is not easy to do for someone who has an advanced level. It is obvious that she spends a lot of time preparing for our class, also that she has much experience teaching, she gets why I don’t get certain grammatical points.
I have improved so much that I can participate in a conversation with several people speaking at the same time.
I’ve taken several courses with Maria for about 10 months and it is definitely worth the price.

Posted Dec 25, 2018
Ryan
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Maria Aparicio and her 1 on1 Skype classes are AWESOME!!! It has always been hard for me to learn a foreign language, but Maria gave me so much feedback I never got from other professors in Spanish that I really improved. She inspired me because she is a devoted person who loves her profession. She is very demanding and you have to do a lot of homework. She grades everything, and she even prepared an optional exam review that was great!!! I succeeded in my course at college and got a better grade than expected. But most importantly I leaned a lot and can now communicate in Spanish. I highly recommend Maria.

Posted Dec 23, 2018
Alicia
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Doctor Aparicio is suuuper knowledgeable in English and Spanish. She has helped me in under 3 weeks appreciate both languages and understand it more than any well acclaimed university professor has (although she herself is a professor). She takes the time to actually teach the material from scratch and really break it down.
The online teaching is great, just the same as in person, or even better!! It saves a lot of time.

Mary writes what she is talking about while teaching and also prepares printed notes and PowerPoints, which make it more relatable and easy to follow. She's constantly throwing challenging questions at you to ensure you are able to practice and know the material, which for me is awesome since English can be a real challenge. I am an advanced student but I have to improve a lot.

She also uses the time efficiently and she doesn't waste a minute of it. Her only downfall as a tutor is that she has many other students and unfortunately can't spend all 24 hours of the day teaching you. She's totally worth your money!!

Posted Dec 20, 2018

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Experience

Professor at University
Aug 2011 - Present

Florida International University

Instructed Spanish 1 and 2, and accelerated for Spanish Speakers. I also taught Spanish literature and culture.

Professor of English
Jan 2006 - Jul 2011

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

I taught more than 16 different course in English: English Language level 1 to 5, Advanced grammar and composition. North American Literature, Translation and Interpretations Studies, etc.

Education

Doctor in Spanish
Aug 2011 - Apr 2017

Florida International University

Masters in North American Studies
Sep 2008 - Sep 2009

Franklin Institute- Alcalá de Henares University

Master Degree in Education
Sep 2003 - Sep 2004

Complutense University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Professional Proficiency

German

Limited Proficiency

Italian

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Teaching online
Feb 2016

Florida International University

European Studies
Jul 2015

Florida International University

Awards

Dissertation Year Fellow
Jan 2016

Florida International University

Kenneth Galbraith Award
Jun 2010

Franklin Institute - Alcalá de Henares University

Affiliations

Modern Language Association, The
Jan 2012
Founded in 1883, the Modern Language Association of America provides opportunities for its members to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues and to discuss trends in the academy. MLA members host an annual convention and other meetings, work with related organizations, and sustain one of the finest publishing programs in the humanities. For more than a century, members have worked to strengthen the study and teaching of language and literature.
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Jan 2012
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,000 language educators, students, and administrators.
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
Jan 2012
The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese promotes the study and teaching of the Spanish and Portuguese languages and their corresponding Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian, and other related literatures and cultures at all levels of education.

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