I have previously taught a job search class for refugees in California, and a citizenship class. I additionally have many hours of volunteer experience teaching refugees and volunteering in as well as teaching a citizenship class. I ran a business to help refugees for two years. The refugees and I taught cooking classes to Americans. We taught fun cooking classes that focused on food as well as culture. I currently teach Spanish for adults with a teaching partner from Mexico and have taught children in the past. Our website is www.cultureandcuisine.com
I teach a regular Spanish class to adults and a special games only class in Spanish to adults. I am passionate about using games to teach a language. Why games? Because playing games in another language incorporates all of the best attributes of the major language training methods; playing games in a target language also hones in on the most desired qualities of communicative language lessons—language support (scaffolding), purposeful communication, motivation, the development of linguistic competence, extensive participation for all language levels, just the right amount of repetition, feedback processing, authenticity and , lest we forget, they are fun too! All of this is incorporated into the simple activity of playing a game—which perhaps really isn’t so simple after all.
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I have a Bachelor's degree in Political Science/Anthropology, a MA degree in International Relations and a TESOL certificate from the University of California San Diego.
I am really passionate about spreading the idea of using games more frequently in the language instruction arena. Game play offers opportunities to use all of the well known language teaching methodologies. And perhaps most importantly, one of the best reasons to use games, is that the students can go to a store, purchase the game, then play it and practice the language with family or friends! We have multiple bilingual languages on our website--Dari, French, Arabic, and Spanish! http://cultureandcuisine.com/ http://cultureandcuisine.com/languages/