I believe I have a very creative approach to teaching. I have experience at various levels, from Highers, Nationals, GCSE, A-Level to IB - all of which require different approaches to teaching. However sometimes students’ needs are much more peculiar. For example, a current student of mine is learning for pleasure and enjoys German history a lot, which I try and work into classes, while other students have required more effort in confidence or conversation so that has become the main focus in my lesson planning.
I am particularly sympathetic to learner’s issues. I’ve completed a Bachelor's and Master’s in Linguistics from the University of York and Edinburgh respectively, where I gained a 91% mark in my Psycholinguistics module. I also completed modules in Bilingualism, Neurolinguistics and Cognitive Linguistics more specifically. This gives me a high knowledge of grammar and pronunciation of learning Spanish from an academic perspective, but I also have as a result a very practical approach to teaching. Knowing syntactic knowledge helps me understand the perspective of the learner’s experience, to give one example. I am particularly good at spotting issues with comprehension in language learning and can employ teaching strategies to help them overcome those specific issues in their language ability. Simple fluency in a language doesn’t mean you can explicitly describe what you know necessarily. I’m also very patient with learners (I’ve been there, learning languages is not the easiest) and I understand how to identify the elements of the language which should be learnt at the current stage of a student’s learning. I have successfully made grammar and pronunciation structures, rules and oddities accessible at a variety of levels. I believe I have a talent for languages that I can share.
I am also sympathetic to the learning process because of the advantage of my young age. I reached fluency relatively recently (18 years old) I have a good perspective on the stepping stones required to learn a language and on how I achieved fluency in Spanish so quickly myself (I completed a GCSE and full A-Level in Spanish from no previous knowledge in just two years).
I also have materials from my time as an A-Level and GCSE student in Spanish and from my experience since as a tutor. I also run an account on Memrise (a language learning website) where I have produced thousands of very popular vocabulary cards and mini lessons for Spanish A-Level students. I have also spent a lot of time in Spain and so have had regular conversational experience. The August before last, I was a translator for a wedding for my friend’s Spanish relatives).
I'm a linguistics master's graduate of the University of Edinburgh, and a fluent speaker of Spanish and German. I've been giving private tuition in the languages since 2014.
In terms of my direct tutoring experience, I’ve received positive feedback from parents since beginning my work. I have taught languages in a primary school. I was president of the German society at the University of York which regularly held language conversation practices and I also taught ab-initio German to first years at the university when I was in my second year. I also have given lectures on the evolution of German over time and I have taught German and Spanish in more casual settings with my friends.
University of Edinburgh (Sep. 2017 - Aug. 2018)
- MSc Linguistics with Merit: Construction and Cognitive Grammar, Evolution of Language and Universals of Language, Language Law, Linguistic Discrimination
University of York (Sep. 2014 - Jul. 2017)
- BA Linguistics with German 2.1 – This course provided me with a comprehensive introduction to linguistics, covering advanced syntax, semantics and pragmatics. The German aspect of the course covered advanced translation both from German to English and English to German and of course immersion in German culture and history. I also attended Spanish modules outside of the degree to advance my translation ability in Spanish.
- Adult Mental Health First Aid England - Qualified Mental Health first-aider. Through this qualification I am familiar with many common mental health problems and how to respond in both a first aid situation.
Shrewsbury Sixth Form College (Sep. 2012- Aug. 2014)
- A-Levels - German, A*; Spanish, A; English Language B.
- OCR Level 3 Award - IT User Skills (ITQ)
- Celebrating Achievement Award 2014 - Modern Foreign Languages Award for outstanding achievement in German and in Spanish.
Charlton School (Sep. 2007 - Jul. 2012)
- 12 GCSEs - A*-A incl. Maths & English, A* in German, in which I received the highest grade in the year.
- OCR Level 2 National Award: 1 Distinction - ICT.
Edinburgh Tutors Ltd. (Jan. 2018 - Present)
- Tutor - As a tutor I plan regular lessons tailored to various levels of ability and I also serve as a conversational and translation tutor, given my degrees in Linguistics I have developed both theoretic and more practical teaching styles that can aid a diversity of clients. This experience has helped me understand the requirements of teaching and how to address idiosyncratic issues in individuals’ learnings. For this role I have developed excellent communication skills. Often, I have to balance the rapport I build with the parents and tutees with their academic aims. I also create materials on Microsoft Packages and websites for my tutees depending on their specific needs. I then upload some of these materials on Memrise.com, and have received high reviews.
University of York: Language & Linguistic Science (Sep. 2015 - Nov. 2015),
- Tour Guide - I engaged with parents and prospective students of the university, advertising the University to them, carrying out campus tours. For this role is was necessary to have strong communication skills with a wide range of individuals.
Taller de Acción Comunitaria (Dec. 2018 – Jan. 2019)
- Teacher and Youth Worker – At the Taller de Acción Comunitaria in Cerro Cordillera in Valparaíso I taught 5-1o year olds about gardening and environmental values. I also working in the catering department, feeding all 80 of the pupils and 50 support workers, and I also worked in construction of the school building walls, shelving and fixing and mending various benches and doors along the way. I provided emotional support to the children and was responsible for their safety at all times.
Colours of Edinburgh (Oct. 2018 - Present)
- Fundraising, Sponsorship, and Finance Manager – Colours of Edinburgh is a social enterprise which seeks to eliminate misconceptions about refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants through art, research and digital media. Since October 2018, I have been the head of the fundraising team, responsible for liaising with various potential sponsors and financial support schemes. Since January 2019 I have been promoted to Finance Manager and I am now also responsible for creating budgets for each fundraising event held and keeping track of all expenses. I have gained problem-solving skills in the role too. For example, I was responsible for sourcing last minute technical equipment for a club-night fundraiser.
FreshAir.org.uk (Oct. 2018 - Present)
- Co-host – I often co-host the radio show Good Cop-Bad Cop on the student radio service
Edinburgh University Research Groups (Sep. 2018 – Present)
Research Assistant & Lecturer – In the University’s current sociolinguistics research groups I work alongside other researchers with the aim of better understanding the linguistic behaviour of Edinburgh and I also give lectures.
Belle Vue Methodist Church, Shrewsbury (Aug. 2017)
- Interpreter - Over three days I provided interpreting support for Spanish relatives at an English-language wedding. This included caring for a non-English speaking child, aiding conversations between relatives, helping build rapport and translation during the ceremony, which required advanced instant translation of highly specific vocabulary.
The University of York: Theatre, Film & Television (Apr. - Oct. 2016)
- Actor - In the production of two films by students I the university I played action and sitcom roles.
The Norman Rea Gallery (Mar. 2016 - Mar. 2017)
- Curator - Through liaising with various local artists in York I curated an exhibition called Acting On Instinct. This involved organising meetings, delegating tasks, organising refreshments, painting and decorating, advertising, hosting and public speaking. I also negotiated prices for artworks in the gallery with buyers attending.
University of York: Language & Linguistic Science (Sep. 2015 - Jun. 2016),
- Tutor - I tutored ab initio German first year undergraduates while a second-year undergraduate myself. I had the responsibility of getting students with previously no German ability to a first year University language ability in one year.
University of York German Society (Sep. 2014 - Aug. 2016)
- President & Founder - Various delegative and organizational roles, events organising, university and student union liaising, administrative duties, conflict resolution, community building, organisation of various cooperative projects with other societies.
Telford Green Party (Sep. 2013 - Sep. 2014)
- Co. Founder, Press Secretary and First Point of Contact - After co-founding the local branch of the Green Party I became the press secretary, where I wrote and distributed advertisements about the community work and activities of the party.
The British Council (Jul. - Sep. 2013)
- Teacher - After winning a scholarship through The British Council and the German Government I attended a placement in Hameln, Germany to learn language-teaching skills. I then returned to the U.K. to plan and teach a class at my primary school, St. Peter’s CofE Primary School, Bratton.
National Trust (May. 2010)
- Placement - Developed gardening, management, and hospitality skills, including waiting on tables, café work, till work and showing members of the public around the property on tours.
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