I've taught Spanish for over twenty-five years to children, homeschoolers, college students and adult education and now I'm having fun teaching my grandkids with games and songs. As an adjunct college professor, I taught beginning, intermediate and conversational Spanish. I also traveled to Madrid with the students for summer study.
Learning a second language should be a lot like you learned your first language. The most common words are acquired first, usually with a visual image that goes together with what you are hearing. I love using lots of visuals as prompts to get the students talking. About ten years ago I discovered a frequency dictionary of Spanish by Mark Davies and it revolutionized my teaching strategy to include more "high frequency" words in my lessons. It's really helped my beginning students to communicate faster after learning those frequent words and putting the words together with illustrations.
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I hold a bachelor's in Spanish from Carroll College in Helena, MT.
I came from my native country of Cuba at age seven and couldn't speak a word of English. I remember feeling a little scared when the teacher would ask me something and I couldn't respond. It didn't take long to learn English in a "total immersion" environment. I was the translator for my grandmother whenever we went out shopping. I feel like I can really empathize with struggling students - it makes me love teaching Spanish!