I am a British, qualified secondary school teacher offering Spanish/English language tuition. I have over twenty-five years of teaching experience, lived in Spain for sixteen years, am fluent in Castilian Spanish and expert in Spanish grammar. I teach all levels: primary, secondary, A level, degree level, Spanish for adults and English for Spanish students. I have taught a vast range of age groups, from 2 to 81 years, and all abilities. I achieved a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education in 2017 so am very well acquainted with both the previous and the new Modern Foreign Languages curriculum requirements for KS3, GCSE and A level.
I understand perfectly what mistakes are likely to be made & why by both English and Spanish pupils, due to my extensive knowledge of both languages. Furthermore, I have in-depth knowledge of the Spanish culture, people & traditions, which I incorporate into my tutoring. I am friendly with a sense of humour & am able to adapt easily to the learning abilities, preferences & pace of each individual. I always make sure my students feel relaxed & constantly encourage them & ensure they feel motivated. This helps with confidence issues & aids progress. I have been complimented many times on how clearly I explain everything & how simple I make the most challenging grammar point. Furthermore, I am friendly, positive and very patient.
I am passionate about teaching, languages and the written word and I know this comes across in my classes. I have found that my students always make fast progress, whatever their level, & many have commented on how quickly & easily they have learnt the language with me compared to classes with other teachers. I believe that good teaching is not just about having extensive knowledge of a subject; it is how the teacher is able to convey that information across to the pupil. I have been able to prove that I am capable of doing this due to the continuous success rate of my pupils & their satisfaction with my teaching. I have helped numerous D-grade pupils to achieve an A/A* at GCSE & have many positive references from satisfied ex-pupils & parents. I know exactly what it feels like to be a language learner and know what communication problems one can face in a foreign country, having had to do so myself in Spain and France, and I believe this valuable experience and the knowledge I have gained over the years contribute greatly to my teaching abilities and understanding of students' needs, whatever they may be. I have a wealth of knowledge & experience to share & I want to help as many people as possible to speak a language that they enjoyed learning & which they feel confident using.
I also really enjoy creating Spanish teaching resources. I am only too aware of how time-consuming lesson preparation can be and would love to be able to share the many resources I have created over the years with other Spanish teachers in the hope that I may make their job a little easier by providing them with lesson material. My teaching resources are available in my Payhip store.
Masters: Professional Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Reading. Achieved Qualified Teacher Status (Grade 1).
B.A. (Hons) Degree in Spanish and French from the University of the West of England at Bristol.
Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
Diploma in Professional Proofreading (Distinction) and Editing (Merit).
A-Levels in French, Spanish and English Literature.
I also have a valid DBS certificate.