I have taught group and private language classes at the Berlitz Institute in Mexico (English, Spanish and beginner German), group classes at big companies such as Jatco and Nissan also in Mexico, and group and private lessons at the homes of my students, and at the Tribeca Language Center in New York City. Currently I teach Spanish via Skype. I moved to LA in January of this year, and since then I have become a fitness coach as well. Besides languages, I am very passionate about fitness. I have plenty of experience as a coach for children, especially teaching yoga (which is quite different from yoga classes with adults), and other activities like swimming, playing group sports, and exercising in general. I am a certified yoga teacher and started teaching in 2006.
I teach languages. Throughout my life, I have learned several languages and I have realized that in order to really learn a language, you need to use it. For many years, I took English in school. I passed tests and I think I even advanced some levels, but all of my classes took place in Spanish! Teachers were teaching English, in Spanish! How senseless is that ? From my own personal experience, I have realized that the only way to learn a language, is to ONLY hear and speak that language. To start finding a relation between a sound and an object/picture/action. The brain works much faster than we realize, and even if we don't understand a single word of what we are hearing the first times, we will eventually start to remember this word or that phrase through repetition, and we will start making connections that will allow us to retain those sentences and, before we know it, we will start using them ourselves! So basically, my system is to teach a language by exclusively using that language. I use body language, signs and many photos and drawings to make my students understand what I am trying to say and what they need to do. I also, of course, make sure that they are getting the right idea. I also believe that enjoying what you are doing is what keeps you going. We need motivation and to actually be interested in what we are trying to learn to make progress. Therefore, I try to keep my classes as interesting and fun as possible. I will use, for example, a particular interest of one of my students to practice new vocabulary etc.
I graduated with a mention of " Very Good". This means A LOT in the French system. Especially when you are a non-native French speaker and in my case, also a non-native English or German speaker, which are the languages that all of my courses took place in.
I graduated from the Parisian university "La Sorbonne" in International Business & Applied Foreign Languages". I studied part of the degree in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, and the rest inParis, France. I am fluent in English, Spanish (mother tongue), German and French. I also have a yoga teaching certificate, and this summer I will start a training in the Feldenkrais Method or 'Movement Therapy'.
I have so many passions in life. I finally got the chance to get back one of my very favorite ones: graphic design. I am so glad I found this website, where I can share both my graphic and academic creations :)