? Does learning Spanish in class confuse you? ? Are you lost when your teacher is speaking? ? Want to be top student in your Spanish class? Then get ready to understand & speak Spanish. I have a BA degree in Spanish from The Ohio State University (OSU) & love to teach & learn foreign languages. Including Spanish, I have also studied Portuguese, Italian, French & German. While at OSU, I studied abroad in Spain & traveled to Portugal. I have also traveled to Mexico, Costa Rica & 7 West Afric... [more]
English grammar can be challenging because often times we don't speak properly and we find ourselves writing the same way as we speak. If we speak grammatically correct, we are more likely to write grammatically correct. What has helped me in English grammar was studying foreign languages; it forced me to learn English grammar so that I could understand grammar in other languages.
I have a bachelor's degree in Spanish from The Ohio State University and love to teach and learn foreign languages.
Professionally, I write and edit brochures, press releases and other documents. I enjoy writing, but write better on subjects for which I have a passion and/or understanding. I have written several short poems and one children's book. I have yet to publish the book.
I studied Brazilian Portuguese in college and obtained 240 hours of Portuguese in the Peace Corps, which is equivalent to a college degree. There is a slight difference in the pronunciation of Brazilian Portuguese and Portuguese spoken in Portugal and Lusophone countries, and I'm familiar with all. Although I speak, read and write Portuguese, I only tutor students who are currently studying Portuguese in college.
Having studied several foreign languages, I have to know and understand the English language and grammar. Additionally, I write and edit on a daily basis.
Right after leaving the military, I taught English as a second language. Shortly thereafter, I taught English as a second language in the Peace Corps for more than 2 years. I also wrote curricula for 7th and 8th grade students during my 3rd year in the Peace Corps.
As a tutor for several subjects, I not only tutor the student in that particular subject, but I also help the student get organized. Depending on the grade level of the student, I help the student organize his/her weekly assignments and prepare in advance for quizzes and tests. For my elementary students, I make sure they have a folder that has pockets on each side and instruct them to use the left side pocket for ?HOME? ? things that go home such as homework or notes to parents. Then I instruct them to use the right pocket for completed homework/worksheets and notes to their teachers or the principal. I also ask the parent(s) to help their child manage the folder. For my middle and high school students, I encourage them to use a planner, especially if one isn?t provided for them by their school. I have students write down important dates in advance in their planner and ask them to do this weekly, keep them up to date, and to make sure they check it daily. If middle and high school students have an iPhone, I have them set up reminders a day or two in advanced for upcoming assignments/projects and/or quizzes/tests. I also help middle and high school students organize their binders and make sure they have a section for each class they have and a section for homework. Another tool I use for my older students, especially for my high school and college students, is the use of index cards. This is an easy way to study alone or with someone else no matter where you are. I recently had a college student use this method and received a B on her exam. Finally, I help and encourage students to take good notes in class, seek assistance after class/school, and review homework, quizzes and tests.