I have been teaching languages for thirteen years. In South America I was trained as an ESL teacher, and now that I live in the States, I teach Spanish to children grades Pre-School thru 8th.
It's all about being hands-on. It's our school philosophy and I fit in...I do not believe children will retain information they are forced to memorize but never taught to use in REAL-LIFE scenarios. I want them to have fun while they learn and be able to apply their knowledge.
It's always a shining moment for me when i run into parents of my students who tell me how impressed they are after their child sang them a song in Spanish or spoke in Spanish with a waiter at a mexican restaurant! That's when I know that they're taking something with them, something I am teaching them.
I am a journalist from South America and have always loved grammar, in both Spanish and English! I attended elementary schools in the United States and Colombia, South America; both countries are home to me and both languages are native.
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