Robert Mirza

Robert M.

McAllen, TX
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French

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I teach French since 1973. I am a French native speaker and I do teach and tutor privately. I did teach in schools since November 2016-July 2017 at the Fort Bend Christian Academy. My students were 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders. My teaching experience started teaching my students about Le Petit Prince. This marvelous story caught on very fast the imagination and desire to learn French in all my students. Never failed! I teach students to speak French and not to just read from a book.
I have always been a member of the Alliance Francaise in Curacao and I did study methodology on how to teach French as second language at the French island of Guadeloupe, at L'Ecole Normale, at Pointe-a-Pitre, in 1975, sent by the Alliance Francaise of Curacao.
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About

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

Teaching since:
1973

My name is Robert Mirza. I have a Spanish Teaching Degree from The Netherlands and I started teaching since 1973. I also have an Associate Degree in Applied Arts in Advertising Design from the Art Institute of Houston. I combine art with any language to teach children up to 2nd grade to make it fun. For any other student I use my innovative method without books, some sites in the net and we immediately start speaking the language the student wants to learn. But I still have the best books on demand if needed. I customize my lessons to the needs of my students and I am available 24/7 for any questions to make it as easy as possible for my students, no matter their age. I make learning fun and interesting for all my students because I love what I am doing!

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Experience

French Teacher
Nov 2016 - Jul 2017
Fort Bend Christian Academy

I did teach French for 10th, 11th and 12th graders at this Christian High School. It was a great experience because the students dedication was outstanding, and because the school allowed me to use my own method. My students loved the story of Le Petit Prince, which I used at all my classes to motivate them and to have the same curiosity as the little prince himself to learn French. It was always a success.

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Spanish Teacher
May 1973 - Jul 1981
I did teach at my own school in Curacao and Groningen, The Netherlands

I did teach Spanish to adults in my own school in Curacao, in the Dutch Caribbean, and in Groningen, The Netherlands.
My students were adult professionals, business owners, nurses, Dutch citizens, American citizens, Dominican Republic citizens. Business owners needed Spanish to sell their products to then wealthy Venezuelans. American citizens did learn to travel, the same for most Dutch citizens. At that time I used my own short stories too. Conversational skills were my most important goal. We never used books just to learn book language. We talked all the time. My students learn to speak Spanish from lesson one.

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Education

Associate in Applied Arts Degre in Advertising Design
Jul 1981 - Jun 1983
Art Institute of Houston
Spanish Teaching and Literature
Sep 1977 - Jun 1978
University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Methodology Teaching French as Second Language
Jul 1975 - Jul 1975
Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe (sent by the Alliance Francaise of Curacao)
Spanish Teaching Degree
May 1973 - Sep 1974
Radulphus College, Curacao, The Netherlands

Languages

Dutch
Fluent / Native Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Italian
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Papiamentu (language from Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao)
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Portuguese
Professional Proficiency
Spanish
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

I can teach or tutor Spanish for you to be able to converse immediately! With or without books. Your choice!
This is when I used to teach French at the Fort Bend Christian Academy, from November 2016-July 2017.

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This is at the time I was teaching privately English as Second Language to students in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 2018.

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Article in the Houston Chronicle about myself teaching French at the Fort Bend Christian Academy, 2017.

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A kind note from one of my French students from FBCA.

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If books are needed (since my method doen't mandatory require them), this is great.

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5 Reviews

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Kevin Apr 1, 2019
Spanish · Online

I have been taking lessons from Robert for about 6 months and it has been a great experience. Robert takes a very individualized approach and works incredibly hard both during and between lessons to make the lessons relevant to where I am both in terms of the level of content and making the topics covered interesting. It is also obvious that Robert is - at the end of it all - a really good person who is enjoyable to spend time with while learning about both language and culture.

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Jose Mar 20, 2019
Spanish · In home

Great teacher. Makes learning a language fun and easy . Would highly recommend

Josè Manuel Mar 20, 2019
Spanish · In home

Nice and professional Spanish Teacher ever,
I really learn fast Spanish with his classes.

lexie Mar 20, 2019
Spanish · In home

Best language teacher I have ever had!

Anthony Mar 20, 2019
Spanish · In studio

I am a teacher and Department Chair of foreign languages at An independent school. Robert Mirza and I taught together during the 2017 school year.
Robert is an incredibly gifted teacher who is passionate about his subject and his students. It's rare to see such dedication like Robert exhibits.
Robert is going to be a huge asset to any school where he teaches. Please accept my highest praise for this excellent educator!

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