Lesson Details

Spanish

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I have 17 years teaching a language I love and want you to learn! Spanish lessons with me are unique and engaging because they center around your personal interests and language goals. I aim to take the mystery out of concepts and teach them in a straightforward manner. Tell me what your profession/hobby/sport/occupation is and what you want to do with your Spanish (e.g., prepare for a standardized test like the AP/IB exams), volunteer in your community where Spanish speakers abound, relate better to patients at your clinic, travel to a Spanish-speaking country, engage in a cultural exchange program, and I will tailor the lessons to facilitate your the application of the language. Becoming bilingual is fun and I hope to work with you soon!

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PATRICIA delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
1987

I would be grateful for the opportunity to teach you Spanish, whether your current interests are guided by academic requirements, AP/IB Spanish Language test prep, or personal interest. My own Spanish language and cultural studies stemmed from a true desire to be able to communicate and connect with people with whom I did not share a common language or background. Sharing what I have learned about the Spanish language and cultures has become a personal and professional passion for me. Did you know that Spanish is the official language in 21 countries in the world? And, according to the TeleLanguage blog, "by 2050, the United States is expected to have 138 million Spanish speakers, making it the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world". There is no doubt about it: understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish well are essential skills at home and abroad.

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Experience

Owner and teacher/tutor
Jan 2011 - Present
¡Hola! Spanish Language Academy

Owner of business that provides Spanish language services including but not limited to, document translation, Spanish lessons, Spanish tutoring, interpretation services.

Spanish Teacher, Department Mentor, Department Chair
Aug 2014 - Jun 2018
Jackson Hole Community School

Design and implement Spanish programming for Spanish I, II and III. Conceptualize, outline and develop ideas for new track to meet the needs of advanced Spanish language learners.

Spanish Teacher, Department Chair
Aug 2004 - Jun 2009
Jackson Hole Community School

Create curriculum and teach classes for SP I, II, III, IV and V (literature).

Spanish Teacher
Aug 1987 - Jun 1990
Alverno High School

Teach Spanish I, II, and II


Education

BA Spanish
Aug 1986 - Jun 1987
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España
BA Child Development
Sep 1981 - Jun 1986
CSU Los Angeles

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Jun 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.

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Fusterlandia, La Habana, Cuba

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17 Reviews

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Martel Feb 19, 2019
Spanish · In studio

Patricia absolutely radiates with a passion for the Spanish language and culture! It is truly inspiring for anybody with a desire to learn on any level. As a teacher she is bursting with knowledge and has so many helpful tips and tricks to use as learning tools. Studying with Patricia can take you anywhere you want to go. I can confidently say she will assure that you reach any goal you have set for learning Spanish grammar, comprehension, conversation skills, cultural and social norms and anything else your heart desires!

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Annette Feb 18, 2019
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Patricia is a dedicated and hardworking teacher. Over the years,she has helped many of my family members solidify their conversation skills before traveling abroad. She has passion for the language and culture of Spain.

Deborah Feb 17, 2019
Spanish · In studio

Patricia has taught me advanced Spanish in her adult conversation classes for many years. Her knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and culture are the best I've ever experienced. She is a delight and inspiration to work with!

Clarissa Feb 17, 2019
Spanish · Online

Patricia has a great passion for the language and the culture. My daughters have had lessons from her over the years (at all ages and stages of their youth into young adulthood) and have learned to love Spanish as well. Both have even studied abroad in Spain, and lived with families who did not speak any English. Her teaching prepared them to excel in these experiences both linguistically and culturally. Patricia goes above and beyond for her students, and we have been fortunate enough to have experienced this firsthand. Thank you, Patricia!

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Emma Feb 16, 2019
Spanish · In studio

Pati is truly one of the greatest Spanish instructors/mentors I have come across. She greatly helped to solidify and shape my Spanish language skills with her unique and passionate teaching style coupled with her hands on life experience with the Spanish language and culture. She has a way of being able to cater to each person's learning abilities in order to not only help them learn the language, but the culture behind the language as well.

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Jamie Feb 16, 2019
Spanish · Online

I have taken many lessons from Patti and she is so patient and helpful! Her many years experience teaching all different ages shows through in her ability to notice my personal way of learning and connecting ways to enhance my understanding while keeping my interest high. Top notch!!

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Elizabeth Feb 16, 2019
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I’ve never met anyone more passionate about teaching and studying the Spanish language than Patti Fontanini. Patti is an exceptional teacher and leader who truly has the ability to teach all levels of Spanish. She makes it easy, fun and tries to teach clients at their own individual pace. I highly recommend Patti as she has helped both myself and my teenage boys develop a love for the language.

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Madison Feb 16, 2019
Spanish · Online

Do you (or someone you know!) want to learn Spanish? Or just practice/improve your skills? Trust me, Patricia is way better than Rosetta Stone! She is so thorough and has such a deep understanding of both the language AND the culture. She has been teaching Spanish for 20+ years, and is now taking her business online to virtually connect with people all over the world, no matter where you live! Si quieres aprender más, check her out! 💃🏻

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Lori Feb 15, 2019
Spanish · In studio

Patti instructed both my children during a summer Spanish camp when they were in elementary school. Her enthusiasm for learning languages is contagious and she’s great at getting reluctant students engaged. I would highly recommend her tutoring/teaching services!!

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Thomas Feb 13, 2019
· In studio

Patricia was invaluable as our family prepared to spend a year in Spain.

wendy Feb 6, 2019
Spanish · In studio

I highly recommend Pati as a Spanish tutor. She understands the Spanish language from learner's perspective in that she understands how one's native Language interferes in and affects language acquisition. Although not a heritage speaker herself, she has near-native fluency herself and a comprehensive knowledge of the subtleties of vernacular Castilian Spanish. She is able to relate to her students and share her love of the language.

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Rachel Feb 4, 2019
Spanish · In studio

Patti was my son's Spanish teacher for 3 years and has helped me from time to time as well. Her grammar is impeccable. She is a great conversationalist and fun to be around making learning Spanish both fun and easy. She taught Spanish using creative activities which engaged my son and other students in ways that made them want to speak - even if they weren't sure or made mistakes. She is able to explain meanings of words without speaking English, but rather using context and explanations to get the meaning of the word across. That said, she will define a word or explain a concept in English if needed. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone wanting to learn Spanish. I can't think of a better teacher!

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Kellie Feb 4, 2019
Spanish · In studio

I first experienced lessons with Patti for myself through a college program. Patti is an engaging and energetic teacher. Her passion is contagious and the rewards are significant after each lesson. Since then my daughter has been taught by Patti as well and it has been a rewarding experience.

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Chuck Feb 1, 2019
Spanish · Online

I have chosen Patricia as a Spanish tutor multiple times because she has a deep understanding of the language and knows how to explain concepts in an engaging manner. What I particularly enjoy about sessions with her is her desire to make the material meaningful to me based on my interests and goals for applying my Spanish skills. After working with her my confidence is always boosted.

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Sarah Feb 1, 2019
Spanish · In studio

Patti finds the perfect mix of letting you speak, but correcting the important errors. Her Spanish is lovely and clear, which makes it easy to pick up new words and hear the correct grammar. Working with her is truly fun.

Roxana Jan 31, 2019
Spanish · In studio

If you want to learn Spanish, Patricia is what you need!!! Patti carries a deep love towards this amazing language (we both taught together at the high-school level). Her incredible energy, experience, and creativity will guarantee the most personalized course you will ever find around!

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Martha Jan 30, 2019
Spanish · In studio

Patricia has been a huge influence in my Spanish studies. As my tutor she has helped me build a solid base in Spanish grammar. With that base I am able to be comfortable progressing forward with my studies and practice.

She tailors lessons to my ability level. She always challenges me with more vocabulary and introduces use of idiomatic phrases. She provides cultural background that I need to grasp nuances of spoken Spanish. She corrects me kindly where needed. She suggests ways to help me practice more on my own - for me through music and reading books - opening the door for me to become more fluent and really have fun doing it!

Patricia's delightful personality and genuine interest in everyone she meets creates a comfortable learning environment.

I highly recommend Patricia. You will learn to speak, understand, read and write Spanish. You will enjoy it so much you will be looking forward to your next session with eager anticipation.

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