I have taught Spanish for five years as a homeschool parent, in homeschool coops and as an independent teacher offering classes in Lancaster County, PA. I have taught all ages and in both classroom and dynamic settings. I have also taught English to students in Mexico.
Unsatisfied with traditional language teaching that focuses on grammar, rules, and written proficiency, I developed my own curriculum and teaching style that is highly interactive and designed to get students speaking, not just thinking, language. My aim is to go beyond head knowledge and shyness to develop students ability to actually SPEAK at any level of proficiency. My focus is on oral language skill rather than written and on active and versatile conversation. I have developed my curriculum based on interactive games and exercises and teach grammar and vocabulary through use as would happen naturally in learning one's native tongue.
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I graduated in 1985 from Duke University with BA degree in political science. I am a self-taught teacher, learning from trial and error and from student input.
My first exposure to foreign language was moving to Mexico and then spending eight years there. There was a great chasm between what I had learned in school, and talking to Raul! It was during this time that I truly came to appreciate the importance of immersion learning and the need to integrate it as much as possible in the schoolroom setting. While there, I not only honed my Spanish speaking skills but my teaching skills as well by teaching English to Mexicans.