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Richard
« Perfect! Carito is an excellent teacher. She is professional and she always gives more than expected. She makes the lessons productive and friendly. She is always willing to clear the doubts of her students demonstrating interest to achieve the objectives set. 100% recommended! »
£25/h
1st lesson free!
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Lessons offered by Carolina
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Spanish
  • Oral expression - Spanish
  • Vocabulary - Spanish
  • Oral comprehension - Spanish
  • Accent reduction-Spanish
  • DELE
Levels
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • GCSE
  • AS Level
  • A Level
  • BTEC
  • Adult education
  • Undergraduate
  • Masters
  • Diploma
  • Doctorate
  • A1
  • A2
  • B1
  • B2
  • C1
  • C2
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Professional
  • Kids

I have taught Spanish for foreigners at the univerity in Colombia. I have studied Modern Languages at Javeriana University and I have a Diploma in Spanish Grammar Teaching as a Foreign Language.

Methodology

I love motivating my students to communicate and learn from mistakes. I also like to conduct my teaching as much as possible in Spanish so that the students can have more contact with the language. Students can be immersed in the language from day one. I also use body language, visual images, intonation and gestures which all play an important role in communication.

Sometimes if the student wants, I can also clear up confusing points using one of the foreign languages I speak.

My experience as a teacher has allowed me to develop my creativity when planning lessons and explaining the language in a meaningful way. I like to use games for the beginner level students as it helps them to be more confident when using the language as well as allowing them to have fun while they are learning.

I also use the communicative approach so that from the first day, students can use the language they are learning. I not only teach the language, but I also like to promote cultural exchange.

I use a variety of media and materials in my teaching such as:

▸ Games

▸ PowerPoint presentations

▸ PDF files and text documents

▸ Images and videos

▸ Quizzes adapted to what the students have learned in the lessons

▸ Flashcards

▸ Homework assignments

▸ And much more!

Experience

I have experience as a Spanish teacher at the university and language institutes. Teaching is my passion and I thoroughly enjoy being a language teacher. In the years I have been abroad, I have worked with students in one-on-one lessons. I have lived in Hungary, Brazil, England, Germany, and Norway.

I have a bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogota, Colombia) and a diploma in Teaching Spanish Grammar as Foreign Language from Instituto Caro y Cuervo in Bogota. I also made an exchange in Brazil to learn Brazilian literature, grammar, and pronunciation of Portuguese in the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP).

Besides, I have a Master’s degree in outdoor education called Transcultural European Outdoor Studies (TEOS). This master's degree was awarded by Erasmus Mundus. I studied at the University of Cumbria (England), the University of Marburg (Germany) and the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (Norway).

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £25/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : £121
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : £235
Lessons offered by Carolina
Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Spanish
  • Oral expression - Spanish
  • Vocabulary - Spanish
  • Oral comprehension - Spanish
  • Accent reduction-Spanish
  • DELE
Levels
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • GCSE
  • AS Level
  • A Level
  • BTEC
  • Adult education
  • Undergraduate
  • Masters
  • Diploma
  • Doctorate
  • A1
  • A2
  • B1
  • B2
  • C1
  • C2
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Professional
  • Kids

Carolina's CV

EDUCATION

September 2015 – August 2018
Master´s programme in Transcultural European Outdoor Studies
University of Cumbria, England, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norway, University of Marburg, Germany
The master’s programme focused on the importance of outdoor environmental education for self-development, teamwork and sustainability. This was an Erasmus Mundus master, with a semester taking place in England, Norway and Germany.

March 2013 - June 2013
Diploma in Spanish Grammar Teaching as Foreign Language
Instituto Caro y Cuervo, Colombia
The course explained how to teach grammar for those people whose first language is not Spanish and highlighted the most common grammar difficulties. The course also taught how to plan lessons.

February 2007 - October 2012
Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Languages
Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia
The Bachelor focused on didactics, methodology and pedagogy to teach languages.

January 2011-July 2011
Exchange Student
Pontificia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil
Six-month experience taking courses about Portuguese grammar and literature.


RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

January 2009- Current
Private teacher
I have taught Spanish and English in one-to-one lessons to Colombians and people from different nationalities.

September 2014–August 2015
Spanish teacher for foreigners
Sergio Arboleda University / Colombia
I was responsible for the preparation and implementation of Spanish courses in multicultural classrooms.

May 2014 - July 2014
Spanish teacher for foreigners
Learn More than Spanish / Colombia
I was responsible for the Spanish courses. I created and adapted the material to the needs of students.

February 2012-June 2012
French teacher
Escuela de Armas y Servicios (EAS) – (Language Learning Department) / Colombia
I was in charge of a French course. I prepared and implemented different activities to help students in the learning of foreign languages.

October 2011-December 2011
English teacher
KOE (English Learning Institute) / Colombia
I was in charge of implementing the Fast & Easy activities proposed by KOE and preparing different and dynamic lessons to help students learn English. I also gave feedback relating to language performance at the end of each activity.

July 2010-December 2010
Language Department Assistant/ Colombia
Javeriana University
I worked in the Language Department collecting information to assess the viability of creating a postgraduate study in Translation English-French-Spanish at Javeriana University.

13 reviews on Carolina
  • 5/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are given in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.
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Richard

Perfect! Carito is an excellent teacher. She is professional and she always gives more than expected. She makes the lessons productive and friendly. She is always willing to clear the doubts of her students demonstrating interest to achieve the objectives set. 100% recommended!

Carolina's response

Richard is a very dedicated and curious student. I love that he asks a lot of questions as this allows him to make learning more meaningful. Good job Richard! We will keep working together

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Alessandro

Perfect! She impressed me by being able to explain Spanish not only in English but also in Portuguese, making it very easy to understand some expressions. In addition, she is extremely friendly and empathetic. The class is like a conversation with a friend who politely explains where you can improve. 10/10

Carolina's response

Alessandro is an amazing person. We have talked a lot about different topics. I believe that the student is not the only one who learns, but the teacher can also learn a lot from the students. Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge and experiences with me

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Tom

Perfect! Carolina is an excellent Spanish teacher, always delivering imaginative, well thought out lessons with real enthusiasm and patience. Very much recommended for Spanish classes at any level.

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Guri

Perfect! Carito is a great teacher who has a structured and well planned lesson every time. She is kind and welcoming, which makes learning Spanish not only less scary but also fun. Each lesson builds on the previous one, and I really like her focus on repetition and vocabulary building. She also assigns homework if you like to, and is flexible when it comes to classes (zoom meetings). I highly recommend her!

Carolina's response

Guri is a great student. She is motivated and we can share some experiences as she is an English teacher and she has lived in other Spanish speaking countries. I also like her curiosity about the Spanish language. Gracias Guri por haberme escogido como tu profe de español :)

9 recommendations

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Agata


Carito taught me A LOT in a very short time. She’s very patient, creative and motivated me to study even more. Definitely recommending! ️

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Tiina

Carito makes learning fun and simple, for everyone. It is always a jolly ambience to learn around Carito, which gives an important space for students to come up and learn in a free and happy space! She makes the class lively and interesting! Totally recommend!

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Brendan

I found my lessons with Carolina very useful and classes very dynamic. Her style is very interactive and she was very helpful with the gaps in my pronunciation. Carolina has a very clear knowledge of what non -Spanish speakers find difficult. I would recommend Carolina to anyone who is interested beginning or taking their Spanish to the next level !

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Arushree

I can strongly recommend Carito's Spanish courses! Carito is an enthusiastic, positive, creative, and patient teacher. Studying with her is fun and interesting, and in addition to grammar, you learn how to communicate in Spanish. And what better way is there to learn a language than with a native speaker teaching it?

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Henrik

Perfekt! Carito is such a great teacher! I started pretty much from scratch and thanks to Carito I've progress a lot over the past weeks. Her classes are always very well prepared, she teaches in many different ways which makes the classes both fun and interesting. Carito is very knowledgeable and always has an answer to my questions. She is also very passionate about what she is doing and a very likable and an inspirational person. I am looking forward to continue working with her.

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Aleksandra

Carito is an amazing teacher! She is focused on teaching you as much as possible, always has answers to our questions, and knows lots of funny stories about the language. She is very kind, creative and funny. All lessons are very interesting! Highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn Spanish!

J
Janelle

Carito is a really wonderful teacher. She's attentive and detail-orientated (in a friendly way!) and has a great teaching style - she supports you to learn in a way that works for you! From the very beginning, she created a relaxed environment where I could speak but also make errors with confidence and she would work just as hard as I did to improve my mistakes. Most of all, she's just a warm, enthusiastic person and a lot of fun to chat to!

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Andreea

Learning Spanish with Carito was an interesting and very helpful way of discovering the beauty of this language as well as getting to know the amazing culture of Latin America. She is an amazing person, very friendly and open minded, encouraging you to want to learn more. Her teaching methods are creative and fun, which create a relaxing atmosphere . Muchas gracias por todo!

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Eliška

Highly recommend! Carito is very passionate about language teaching and makes a great and encouraging conversational partner! Also very good at explaining the subject matter in an understandable way. Her easy going personality also makes the classes fun and speaking the language feels very natural with her so you will be looking forward to your classes rather than fearing them!

Interview with Carolina

QUESTION 01 | 08
Do you speak this language fluently because of your origins or because a teacher inspired you to learn?
Carolina — I speak and teach Spanish because it is my mother tongue. But it was my French teacher who motivated me to study Modern Languages. I have studied Portuguese, English, French and Spanish. I love what I do because it lets me share my passion of teaching and learning languages, meeting people from different nationalities and sharing culture.

Despite the fact that Spanish is my mother tongue, I like to keep up with courses about grammar and language teaching methodologies. I also like speaking with my friends in Spain and from different countries in Latin-America because it lets me see the diversity in vocabulary and cultures.
QUESTION 02 | 08
Can you name a living, historical or fictional character that you think is the emblematic representative of the language's culture?
Carolina — Roberto Gomes Bolaños was a Mexican, comedian, actor, screenwriter director, producer and one of the most beloved comedians in Latin America. He also was known as "Little Shakespeare" or "Chespirito".

Several generations have grown up watching "Chespirito". From my grandmother, my mother, me and my nephews. It was suitable for people of all ages, socioeconomical strata, and for all the countries in Latin America. He was able to play with the body language and the words in such a way that was funny. We have had fun with the series. Roberto Gomes Bolaños mixed the idioms and play with words that have two meanings, or with words that sound really similar in Spanish. He also plays with the sentences in such a way that makes us laugh.

For example, one of the funniest moments I remember was when the main character called "El Chavo" (who is a kid who does not know how to read well) starts reading a letter to another person and he says similar sentences from the ones that are in fact written on the paper. When the other person reads the sentences that are written, they are completely different, but the funny thing is that what "El Chavo" reads makes perfectly good sense.

For example el Chavo reads "Papá, voy a llegar casada con el viejo" (Dad, I am going to come back married to an old man) when in fact it was written "Papá, voy a llegar cansada con el viaje" (Dad, I am going to arrive tired from the trip). We can notice how Roberto plays with the words casado (married), cansado (tired), viejo (old) and viaje (trip).

Despite being a Mexican series, it touches the hearts of different Latin-American generations, it was even translated into Portuguese. The series also taught different values we have to keep in mind as a society. I think the most important values were sharing, helping and caring about others.
QUESTION 03 | 08
Is there a typical word, phrase, tradition or behaviour in the language that you particularly like?
Carolina — Hacer Vaca - Hagamos Vaca!
When we come to idioms or popular expressions most of the time they do not make sense in other cultures, even for natives when they are children and they are learning the language. When I was a child, and I heard people saying "hagamos vaca" (let´s make a cow). I was actually imagining they were building a cow. However, I did not know what for. I thought maybe it was a game. However, adults explained to me that this was an expression used to collect money in a group to buy something like food, drinks or other things.
QUESTION 04 | 08
Why does speaking this language matter to you?
Carolina — Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. It is the official language in 21 countries: Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Spain and Equatorial Guinea. Spanish is spoken by more than 390 million native speakers.

Learning Spanish can open up new opportunities for you as you can communicate when travelling to Latin America, Spain or Equatorial Guinea. Spanish can also help you if you want to establish new businesses in Spanish speaking countries.

Even today in this global world, some people simply learn Spanish to be able to communicate with the family of their partner or to communicate with a Spanish speaker via internet.

Whether it is for pleasure or business, I love helping my students to reach their individual language goals. I tailor my lessons to you.
QUESTION 05 | 08
What is the main difficulty in learning this language and what can help the process of learning?
Carolina — I think grammar is one of the hardest things because there are some structures that do not exist in other languages. I love to use the communicative approach to teach grammar. After having increased the vocabulary of my students, I give them the context and a specific topic where they can use what they have learned. This creates a safe environment that lets my students feel confident as they are working with the vocabulary we had learned in previous lessons and also it lets the student communicate with confidence using the new grammar structure.

For me learning a new language is like knitting, first we learn a new topic and then we relate it with what we have learned in our previous lessons. Each lesson is interconnected 😊. I also give some helpful tips to improve pronunciation and to remember the vocabulary and grammar in a funny way😉.
QUESTION 06 | 08
Provide a valuable anecdote related to your language learning or your days at school.
Carolina — In my personal experience, it is interesting to observe how most of my students make the same errors. I think mistakes are wonderful because we can always learn from them. Sometimes, I am surprised because I have never been aware of these common mistakes before starting to teach. For example, some of my students confuse "hambre"(hungry) with "hombro" (shoulder) or "hombre" (man) or "caballo" (horse) with "cabello" (hair), "rodilla" (knee) with "rodillo" (rolling pin) among others. Some students also say "la vestido" because it is piece of clothes for girls but in fact it is a masculine word with a masculine article "el": el vestido. Another interesting example is when they translate literally from English as in: Yo soy 19 años (I am 19 years old) or ¿Qué es tu número de télefono? (What is your telephone number?). The correct way to say these phrases are: Yo tengo 19 años, o ¿Cuál es tu número de teléfono?

There are a lot of interesting things I have also learnt from my students in all these years teaching Spanish. I can say I have also learnt about my mother tongue and culture thanks to them.

Another interesting fact is that I remember one of my students told me it was the first time he felt someone was really listening to him, and it is because I actively listen to my students and work as hard as my students for them to improve their pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. I also like to correct my students in a way in which they can correct themselves. Most of the time with a gesture or a sound, they know they made a mistake, and they correct it. Actually, they have fun doing this 😊
QUESTION 07 | 08
How has travel or a specific trip helped you to increase your skill and knowledge of the language?
Carolina — I have had the opportunity to live in different countries and to travel in different places. I love to share my experiences and what I have learned from different cultures. I love sharing what I know about my culture and about Latin America. So, at the same time we learn the language we learn about culture. Sometimes I feel like a guide tour as I can share with my students my experiences of different places, festivals, museums, myths, history, legends, and more.
QUESTION 08 | 08
What makes you a Superprof in language?
Carolina — I think what makes me a Superprof is my charisma and creativity. I design most of my lessons and I love to receive my students with a smile a welcoming attitude. I also enjoy the lessons as much as my students do. I have fun teaching, and my students have fun learning. I think that being motivated and enjoying a lesson is crucial to the learning process. I give my best so that my students feel comfortable, confident, motivated and most importantly happy in their pursuit of learning a new language.

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