Although I have been teaching English in schools and institutes for around 30 years, for the first time, this year (2019) I will be offering individual (and possibly small group) classes from home.
What Should Happen in a Good Class?
When in a learning or acquisition situation, you should comprehend 90% of what you read or hear, even it is new language. We can’t acquire new language if we don’t comprehend it. We don’t learn anything (truly) by attempting to memorize.
Language acquisition does not require extensive use of conscious grammatical rules, and does not require tedious drill.Stephen Krashen
How Am I Qualified to Help You?
I trained to be a language teaching at Aston University (Birmingham UK) in the late 80s and I have been teaching music and english ever since. I also recently studied for and obtained a Cambridge University Qualification in teaching in a bi-lingual classroom.
My Key Skills – Patience, Understanding, Enthusiasm, Commitment and an Amiable Personality
In Uruguay I have taught at several big schools such as the Uruguayan American, Seminario and Stella Maris. I currently work at Santa Elena in Buceo.
How Do We Learn Languages?
In brief, we don’t learn languages, we acquire them and the distinction is important.
We acquired our native language and if we can communicate effectively in that language, then adding another is no more difficult. Regular and meaningful exposure to the language are far more powerful tools than efforts to memorize vocaubulary or understand grammatical structures.
We need to trust ourselves and our brain’s ability to make sense of the input it recieves and give it time to process it effectively.
What Are Your Responsibilities?
If you are not motivated, you won’t acquire very much, although some things still go in. It is essential to approach the classes with an open and positve attitude and to participate in the language regularly.