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Tutor profile: Robert H.

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Robert H.
Secondary Spanish Teacher
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Subject: Spanish

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Why is it important to learn a foreign language?

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Robert H.
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As an American, the importance to learn a second language is continually growing due to the diversity in population in the mainland. The geographical location of the United States has brought many Spanish speakers to the American workforce. This increases the need for translators, immigration lawyers, bilingual HR officers, bilingual ministers, and so many more occupations that are in need of bilingual individuals. Not only will a second language aid your job search but it will also give you insight into another culture and give you opportunities to learn and serve individuals outside of your own community.

Subject: Study Skills

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What are a few ways to organize new class information?

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Many students try to write or type everything the instructor says and writes on the board. This can feel productive but if you spend all of your energy only copying what is in front of you, you will never learn what those words mean and the coherence to other class information. Instead of being a copy machine, you should paraphrase the main ideas and highlight a few of the concepts the instructor spends the majority of time talking about. The information processing does not stop when the bell rings, but you should review your notes all the end of class or the end of the day to summarize the main points from the days lesson. This allows you to look back on your notes in the future and improve you recollection of ideas and concepts from the previous lessons.

Subject: Communication

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What are the main differences between high and low-context cultures?

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Many cultures communicate and interact very differently across the globe. Under the conditions of high/low context cultures, you also have to take into account with whom are you communicating with. While no single culture is completely high or low context, there are many trends that drive the context of communication. High context cultures typically rely more are personal relationship and an unspoken understanding of the rules within communication. They understand how to think and behave around each other to communicate comfortably. This can be difficult for an individual outside of the culture to navigate without "stepping on toes" due to their lack of knowledge of the unwritten rules of the high context culture. Low context cultures are those that communicate the message through verbal language and the rules are explicitly stated. Unlike high context, low context cultures put more value on the actual words communicated instead of the non-verbals like facial expressions, gestures, and tone of voice.

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