Do you have previous experience of tutoring Spanish and a good grasp of the language?
Yes, I have been a freelance tutor in London for a few years, preparing teenagers for their final examinations and working on different skills: reading, listening, writing and, of course, conversation. Spanish is the foreign language that comes the most naturally now as I currently live in Argentina, where I communicate in Spanish on a daily basis. I also studied the language from the age of 13 to 22 (including at university level), so I have an excellent grasp of the grammar and vocabulary. I am not only referring to regional Argentinian Spanish but to Peninsular Spanish and also Spanish from other Latin American countries.
How did you become interested in the French language and what gives you the ability to teach it to others?
I have spent a large portion of my life in France as I have family there, and have always been interested in the language. I began learning it officially in school at age 11 and decided to continue learning it at college and university. This means that I have an excellent grasp of complex French grammar, as I have studied it for over a decade. I spent six months studying on exchange in Montpellier, France, where I lived with three French people and improved my fluency to such an extent that I am now often mistaken for a French person when I communicate in French. Therefore, the combination of my accent alongside my knowledge of French grammar and vocabulary means that I am very capable of teaching the language to others.
What is your favourite thing about tutoring English as a second language?
I love to see my student progress and realise their potential. The goal of these tutoring sessions is for the student to be able to communicate more fluidly and correctly in English, so conversing with them on a regular basis is a great indicator of their progress. The smile on someone's face when they realise that they have communicated correctly in a natural way in English is a lovely sight, and I am very happy to be a part of it. I try to make the lessons as fun and engaging as possible, whilst still challenging them and putting an emphasis on learning as much as possible.