Paul Schmidt
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Paul Schmidt

Paul S.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I first started learning French when I was in high school and was amazed at how many similarities it shared with Spanish (which both descend from Latin) which helped me to pick up things a lot faster. I have since lived in the "French House" (at the Foreign Language Student Residence, part of on-campus housing at BYU) for two semesters where residents are required to speak their target language while in their respective apartments. I also took a third-year advanced grammar French class while at college while living in the French House. French is just an awesome language to learn!

About Paul S.

I hail from Walla Walla, Washington, home of the "famous" sweet onions. I can't begin to express how much I love languages!! I have studied 8 so far (Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, and Dutch) and I teach 5 (Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, and Japanese), and want to keep learning new languages throughout the rest of my life. I love to work with students so that's why I've kept my rates low--to make sure more people can have the opportunity to learn these languages. I have a down-to-earth style and I allow my students to guide their own learning in a student-structured, individualized way. As of June 2019, I have taught multiple students different languages, among whom are three students I have been teaching between 7 and 9 months, who have all improved considerably and continue to progress steadily. I am positive I can help you come to understand the wonderful world that is language and to learn how amazing it is to be able to say the same thing in so many different ways, and how much better it is to be able to communicate with someone in his/her native language instead of having to resort to English. Let's do this!!

Note: I have not had any connectivity problems for quite a while now so be assured that I can provide quality instruction with no issues.

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Rebecca
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Great instructor, very personable and teaches at a good pace. I highly recommend Paul!

Posted Feb 6, 2020
kevin
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Very nice lesson.

Posted Sep 3, 2019
Alexandre G.
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Since I'm absolute beginner in Japanese, I found Paul to be the perfect fit for me. If you are young or adult (me) I would highly recommend taking classes with Paul at least for your beginning classes. I'm sure he would be the perfect fit for you too.

Posted Aug 24, 2019
CP
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I am making amazing progress with Paul as my Instructor! I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to become proficient in Japanese! 5 Stars +!

Posted Aug 10, 2019
Clark
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I've never seen anyone with such a passion and love for languages! I've experienced Paul as a Japanese tutor weekly for many months and he has an amazing grasp of the language and speaks like a native speaker. He gets down on your level and I am very impressed with How he lets you guide the learning at your own pace with a lot of patience an encouragement. Making great progress and excited to learn more! 5 Stars plus!

Posted Jun 28, 2019
Angelique R.
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A lot of connectivity issues on his end and he did not seems to have a pre-planned lesson plan, but by the end he seemed to have started to develop some structure.

Posted Jan 18, 2019
Emily J.
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Paul has a passion for languages and is a joy to speak French with.

Posted Nov 2, 2018
Mick
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Great Professor! I love Spanish now!

Posted Apr 15, 2018

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Experience

Spanish Instructor
Jan 2015 - Dec 2017

Brigham Young University

Teaching basic-intermediate level Spanish classes at the university level with a focus on communicative skills.

Education

MA Spanish
Aug 2014 - Apr 2018

Brigham Young University

BA Spanish & German Studies
Jan 2010 - Apr 2014

Brigham Young University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Professional Proficiency

German

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Italian

Limited Proficiency

Japanese

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Portuguese

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Swedish

Limited Proficiency

Affiliations

Modern Language Association, The
May 2017
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.
Sigma Delta Pi
Mar 2014
Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, is a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of South Carolina, a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and partners with the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Estudio Internacional Sampere, the Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Estudios Norteamericanos Benjamin Franklin, the Universidad Veritas, the International Association of Hispanists and the North American Academy of the Spanish Language.
Delta Phi Alpha
Apr 2013
The National German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha, seeks to recognize excellence in the study of German and to provide an incentive for higher scholarship. The Society aims to promote the study of the German language, literature and civilization and endeavors to emphasize those aspects of German life and culture which are of universal value and which contribute to man's eternal search for peace and truth.

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