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Richard
« David tutored my son James for GCSE Spanish over two years and enabled him to get an A. He was great and very personable." Outcome: My son got the grade we had hoped for. »
£55/h
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Lessons offered by David
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Spanish
  • Oral expression - Spanish
  • Oral comprehension - Spanish
  • Written comprehension -Spanish
  • Written expression - 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

A qualified native Spanish tutor with experience in all levels and ages, besides GCSE and A-Level boards an exams, SAT, DELE and others. He enjoys teaching skills on how to use the student's strengths

Methodology

I am flexible with my time. I understand how it feels to learn a language that is completely different from the one you are used to, so I can definitely empathize with your situation and create a learning environment that will hopefully make you feel more at ease.
I encourage students to solve their own problems by guiding them with leading questions as this is reaffirms their understanding of the subject matter. This method allows them to apply the same knowledge to different questions as they answer a question using their own words rather than mine.

A skilled and experienced language-oriented professional, I feel satisfaction when I help people to communicate, so I try my very best to make that happen.

- Which subject(s) do you teach?

- Spanish
- EFL
- Primary Maths

- Tell me about your qualifications.

I hold a degree in "English Studies" from the University of Seville and the Spanish equivalent to the British Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). I also have the QTS certificate and the Enhanced CRB/DBS check.

- How much do you charge?

£30-£35 per hour
Plus travel fees if I have to travel outside zones 1-2 in London.

- Where do you teach?

I teach at home, in offices, students' houses, language schools... I am based in North London.

I am willing to travel 10 miles from where I am based.

Angel, Barnsbury, Bayswater, Belgravia, Bermondsey, Bishopsgate, Bloomsbury, Bowes Park, Camden, Camden Town, Canonbury, Central London, Chelsea, City of Westminster, Clerkenwell, Covent Garden, Crouch End, Dalston, Earl's Court, Edmonton, Euston, Farringdon, Finchley, Fleet Street, Golders Green, Hampstead, Highbury, Holloway, Hornsey, Islington, Kennington, Kensington, Kentish Town, Kilburn, King's Cross, London, Lower Holloway, Maida Vale, Marylebone, Mayfair, Moorgate, Muswell Hill, New Southgate, North Finchley, North London, Paddington, Palmers Green, Pimlico, Shoreditch, Sloane Square, Soho, South Bank, South Kensington, Southwark, St John's Wood, St Paul's, Stepney Green, Tottenham, Vauxhall, Victoria, Walworth, Wapping, Waterloo, Westminster, Wood Green

- When are you available?

Any time, I am a full-time tutor.

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

All levels and ages for Spanish.
Up to 11+ in Maths
Up to A-Level in EFL.

- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?

7+, 11+, 13+, GCSE, iGCSE, IB, A-LEVEL, DELE, SAT, MLAT...

- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.

I have a Skype account. I have also used other software like WebEx.

- Do you have a personal message for students?

I enjoy teaching skills on how to use the student's strengths to maximise his potential in the area he needs to improve. Moreover, I have developed a wide variety of skills and a strong understanding of exam technique from teaching language based subjects.
I do not have the teacher figure or role of a lecturer, but I encourage students to solve their own problems by guiding them with leading questions as this is reaffirms their understanding of the subject matter.

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One of our best tutors! High-quality profile, qualifications verified and response guaranteed. David will plan your first lesson with care.

Experience

I have been a tutor for almost twenty years. I am fluent in English and in Spanish. I am very patient with my students, I enjoy teaching them skills on how to use their own strengths to maximize their potential in the subjects they want to improve.
I have wide experience teaching Spanish for more than fifteen years in public and private schools and for all ages, besides considerable experience as a English-Spanish translator/interpreter. I am currently teaching English and Spanish in different companies, language schools and the most renowned tuition agencies in London on a freelance basis and occasionally working as cover supervisor in some schools. I am familiar and experienced with all GCSE and A-Level boards an exams (MLAT, SAT, DELE...)
I have many different tutoring skills I use flash cards, workbooks, conversation skills, and fun games. I tend to vary the activities I do when tutoring, in order to keep my students' attention at all times.
I am outgoing, charismatic, diligent, and determined. I have a positive attitude even when students are having difficulties on certain topics my optimistic approach makes my students feel comfortable with me.

- What kind of experience do you have?

Besides my experience in Spain (more than 10 years), I have been working with the main tuition agencies in London for almost 3 years. That implied a good knowledge of all courses, boards and examinations in the UK.

- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?

Yes, I do.

- Where and with whom did you train?

I hold a PGCE from Spain and have QTS.

- Do you belong to any professional organisations?

No, I don't.

- Tell me about some of your current students.

As usual, I have a wide spectrum: from young Russian kids (4 & 6) to whom I teach EFL; one of them has dyspraxia and communicative issues. Then, I also teach Spanish for business to professionals from the banking world. I also have many GCSE/A-Level students.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £55/h
Lessons offered by David
Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Spanish
  • Oral expression - Spanish
  • Oral comprehension - Spanish
  • Written comprehension -Spanish
  • Written expression - 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

David's CV

ACADEMIC STUDIES
1995 - 2001 Bachelor of Arts in English. University of Seville. Spain.
1994 - 1995 A Level. (Science and Arts). IES Velazquez. Seville, Spain
1990 - 1994 Professional Training in Electronics. IFP Albert Einstein. Seville, Spain

ADDITIONAL COURSE WORK
• 2006 “How to conduct meetings in English”. CEA.
• 2004-05 Postgraduate Certificate in Education. (C.A.P) Polytechnic Institute, Seville.
• 2004 Subtitle software training. Mundovision.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
• English/Spanish tutor. Osborne Cawkwell / KC Tutors / Holland Park Tuition / Athena Tuition / Griffin & Bell / Ivy Tutors / Fleet Tutors / Crimson / Lionheart / Cactus / First Tutors / etc (London) Feb’12-present
1to1 and groups private classes and tuitions of Spanish in schools / homes / offices to all levels and ages. Online tuition. Exam preparation and revision: 11+,GCSE, iGCSE, A-Level, IB, SAT, pre-U…

• Teacher of Spanish. The Language Plan / Learnlight / Language Services Direct (LDN) Jun’12-present
Spanish for business classes to individuals and groups of adults working for Santander Bank. Group assessments and evaluation of students’ progress.

• Financial lecturer. Strikin’ It Rich. Nov 2015 to Apr 2016
Financial education motivational workshops. Assets management and use.

• Teacher of Spanish. Commercial Language Training / Roli (London) May 2014 to Jul 2015
Spanish for business classes to individuals and groups of adults working for Telefonica/Roli. Evaluation of students’ progress.

• Cover supervisor. William Ellis School (London) May to Jun 2015
Supply work for all subjects from year 8 to year 11.
• Maths tutor. Greater London Tutors / DeSilva Tutors. (London) September 2012-December 2013.
1-to-1 tuition for a Year 4 student in Colvile Primary School and a Year 3 student from Woodridge Primary School.
• Cover supervisor. Kingsdale Foundation School / Enfield County School (London) May to Jul 2012
Supply work for all subjects from year 8 to year 11. Administrative assistant.

• Learning support assistant. San Pablo Elementary School (Madrid). Oct 2010 to Jun 2011
Supportive reinforcement of students in liaison with class teaching teams, therapists and family in a bilingual elementary school (from Foundation Stage to Key Stage 3). After-school classes to aid primary students with English, Spanish and Mathematics. Technical evaluation of student progress.
• Personal assistant. Juanjo Seoane Producciones. (Crete, Greece) Jun to Aug 2010
Secretary, interpreter/translator for a major theatrical and show business production company.
• Translator, interpreter and subtitle work. BB Promotion. “West Side Story”, The Musical. Spanish Tour 2009 (Madrid, Santander and Gijon). Jun to Sep 2009
Script translation and adaptation. Simultaneous subtitle work. Technical rider translation. Interpreter between the local theatre company and the cast and technical staff. Translation and adaptation for the play “The Little Foxes”, including notes and technical information.
• Academic coordinator. International Studies Abroad. (Madrid, Spain) Sep 2008 to Jun 2009
Fusion of American university programmes into Spanish universities (Complutense and Antonio de Nebrija Universities). Cultural and recreational activity organizer and chaperone. Administrative, health, bureaucratic and safety liaison. Office supervisor.
• Teacher of Spanish as a foreign language. International Studies Abroad. (Seville) May to Aug 2008
Grammar, conversation y culture classes for American University students studying at Pablo de Olavide University (Seville). Level certification and supervision.
• Teacher of Spanish as a foreign language. Windsor School.(Seville, Spain) May 2007 to Aug 2008
Individual and group classes for Air-Bus employees and relatives living in Spain. Level certification and supervision. AENOR certificate.
• English teacher. Gorca Institute. (Seville, Spain) Jan 2006 to Sep 2008
A-Level teenage business and marketing students at a public school. Evaluation of student progress.
• Teacher of Spanish as a foreign language. Mester School. (Seville, Spain) Mar 2002 to Jul 2008
Individual and group classes for foreign students living in Spain. Level certification and supervision. DELE exam. Cultural and recreational activity organizer and chaperone.

4 reviews on David
  • 5/5

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

4 recommendations

R
Richard

David tutored my son James for GCSE Spanish over two years and enabled him to get an A. He was great and very personable."

Outcome: My son got the grade we had hoped for.

B
Barbara

David taught my son who has ADHD & Dyspraxia for 2 years and successfully helped him achieve success at both As and A level. David balances the challenge of being both strict about his expectations and fun at the same time. He is able to ensure input & output and my son had huge respect and friendship with him."

Outcome: My son past the Spanish grade needed to get him into his chosen university

A
Andrew

David is patient and engaging, even when the subject matter is hard or I am making mistakes!
He uses a wide range of learning techniques (videos, news, grammar challenges) which keeps lessons interesting & challenging.

As a parent I appreciate the value of focussed home tutoring for children, either to make sure they are keeping up or to add a * to an A Grade. I would have every confidence in David as an excellent tutor for my children.
I have developed a genuine interest in the language & culture.

R
Ruth

David is an excellent Spanish tutor. He is enthusiastic and skilful . He knows what has to be done to achieve the required grades."

Outcome: The result was very satisfactory .

Interview with David

QUESTION 01 | 08
Do you speak this language fluently because of your origins or because a teacher inspired you to learn?
David — Spanish is my mother tongue.
QUESTION 02 | 08
Can you name a living, historical or fictional character that you think is the emblematic representative of the language's culture?
David — Velazquez (Spanish painter)
QUESTION 03 | 08
Is there a typical word, phrase, tradition or behavior in the language that you particularly like?
David — I think TAPAS!
QUESTION 04 | 08
Why does speaking this language matter to you?
David — Being able to pass it along.
QUESTION 05 | 08
What is the main difficulty in learning this language and what can help the process of learning?
David — The main difficulty if you are an English native speaker is verb conjugation and the use of past tenses. Best advice is: get out of your English mind and be open!
QUESTION 06 | 08
Provide a valuable anecdote related to your language learning or your days at school.
David — I thought my English was good until I realised I only spoke it by ear...
QUESTION 07 | 08
How has travel or a specific trip helped you to increase your skill and knowledge of the language?
David — I try to travel as much as I can. English and Spanish are my best allies!
QUESTION 08 | 08
What makes you a Superprof in language?
David — I am a passionate linguist! I have been teaching both Spanish & English for over 20 years now and I love helping people to communicate.

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