In the past, I have mostly worked with young children. I have never formally taught English to adolescents nor adults. However, I have always expressed a strong inclination in school to do very well with English, literature, and writing. And working with young children taught me patience with people who are learning the basics.
I received my undergraduate degree in History, and am currently a graduate student going for my teaching licensure. All throughout high school I studied Spanish and a little French. I have always loved learning about other languages and cultures, and I am very interested in language as a whole. I love being in school because it expands my realm of thought. I hope to one day have a Master’s in Education.
If it were our first session on skype, I would like to start with the basics. We would work through and practice the basic questions one would ask in an English conversation. For example, “What is your name?” “How are you?” “What is your age?” “What did you do last night or weekend?” We could discuss hobbies, novel experiences you may have had, what aspirations you have for yourself. I am learning to be a teacher, so I have a lot of patience, I do not pass judgement on abilities, and I would offer encouragement and helpful critiques.
I enjoy talking about movies, T.V. shows, history, animals, exercise, looking at religion objectively, and cultural norms and practices across cultures. I love hearing and telling funny stories. I am very easy going and even in my personal life, never meet a stranger. I have been told I have a nurturing way about me, and people find it very easy to talk to me.
I am thinking back to when I was studying to learn Spanish as a second language, and what I struggled with most was grammar and sentence structure—the actual writing part was difficult for me. But free forming and free flowing conversations were always the most enjoyable, and I feel that most people learn a new language by first speaking in casual scenarios, the writing comes later J. I also understand that everyone is different. And I would cater each lesson to the individual needs of the student.
Immerse yourself as much as you can. Learn a song in the language you are trying to acquire. And don’t let yourself get discouraged. Learning a new language is a very difficult task to accomplish. Remember that it takes a lot of work and dedication.
I enjoy running. My favorite time to run is mid-late afternoon when the sun is low in the sky. Running clears my head and makes me feel powerful. I love living in Vermont, pilates, riding my bike, and eating healthy delicious food. I love going out and having drinks with my boyfriend. I love taking my dog places; he is my best companion. I like studying, learning, writing, and I love to read. In my spare time I also make an effort to talk with family who are far away, and I enjoy painting and creating art.
I prefer to work with people who are willing to learn. I like seeing a drive in my students to want to make themselves better in some way. I prefer students who are open to new experiences, and know the importance of perseverance.