My lessons are fun and interactive and aim to help you to enjoy learning Spanish, as well as to learn efficiently, so as to be able to communicate well and (where necessary) to do well in an exam.
My beginners lessons cover all the basics in a logical and easy to understand way. My pupils are often encouraged by how quickly they learn not just words and phrases, but how to put sentences together for themselves, enabling them to communicate quickly in Spanish (a very rewarding level to reach!).
When teaching or tutoring GCSE I focus on all four areas to be examined (reading, writing, listening, speaking). I also cover all the required topics and grammar areas (and more, depending on the pupil`s ability and enthusiasm), as well as doing exam techniques and practice.
For A Level I cover all the required grammar and topic areas, as well as essay writing skills, exam techniques and practice and lots of conversation practice.
Degree-level lessons are guided by what each individual would like to focus on.
At all levels I aim to encourage pupils to develop an interest in the incredibly varied Spanish-speaking world, for example through reading articles, watching videos of native speakers talking about their country, or discussing history, culture or politics (depending on the interests of the pupil).
Due to cancelled lessons and exams as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, I am now also offering Covid-19 catch up sessions for GCSE and A Level pupils. Please do enquire if you are interested.
I am an experienced Spanish teacher with a BA in French and Spanish from London University. I returned to the UK in 2014 after living in a Spanish-speaking country (Nicaragua) for nearly 14 years. While there I taught Spanish to adults, tailoring the lessons according to each individual's needs and abilities. Since returning to the UK I have been teaching and tutoring Spanish to both adults and children of all levels and abilities. I have lots of experience teaching both online and in person (currently socially distanced).
£30/hour beginners/GCSE/adult learner
£35/hour A Level
In April 2014 I returned to the UK after more than a decade of living and working in Nicaragua, Central America. Since then I have been teaching and tutoring Spanish part-time. I am responsible and hard working, with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. My strengths include a creative, entrepreneurial spirit alongside an empathetic and compassionate nature. I have spent many years working with and teaching children, both in the UK and abroad. I have a passion for languages and speak, read and write Spanish fluently, as well as teaching it to both children and adults of different levels and abilities.
2014 – 2020
Spanish Tuition Oxford, UK
Tuition for adults and children, including beginners, GCSE, A Level and beyond.
• I teach and tutor individuals and small groups of students.
• My students’ exam results have been consistently outstanding (8/9/A/A*).
• I am experienced at teaching both in person and online.
2012 – 2014
Spanish Tuition Ometepe Island, Nicaragua
One to one and group tuition for expatriates.
• I created a comprehensive course teaching all aspects of the Spanish language, including conversation, reading and writing.
2010 – 2012
Pearl Lagoon, Nicaragua
I took time out for personal reasons, while continuing to be involved voluntarily in various church and community projects.
2001 – 2009
Together with my sister, I founded and led ‘Exodo’, a Christian NGO working with
under-privileged and at-risk children and young people in the capital of Nicaragua.
• Creating a comprehensive Spanish-language program of spiritual, social, educational and physical activities, including Bible Studies, community service, outings, homework club, nutritious meals, etc.
• Teaching basic life and literacy skills, including hygiene.
• Counselling, mentoring and providing a structured environment for children and young people living in emotionally and physically challenging situations, including on the streets, in prison and in rehabilitation centres.
• Providing self-defence classes for vulnerable girls.
• Arranging admission to drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres.
• Working with families to improve interpersonal relationships, including by facilitating professional psychological support.
• Collaboration with members of the local community, police force, health services, churches, other charities, schools and universities.
• Raising awareness and funds for the project.
• Employing and managing staff.
• Organising and advising visiting teams and individuals; interpreting for them.
• Administrative tasks (eg. managing finances).
1999 – 2000
Egerton-Rothesay School, Berkhamsted
My role at the school included the following:
• Teaching basic home economics.
• Teaching violin, piano and music theory.
• Coaching and entering children for music examinations.
• Supply teaching.
Quincho Barrilete Managua, Nicaragua
I volunteered with a local organisation working with street children.
• Co-ordinating and running educational and recreational activities.
• Visiting children’s families.
• Visiting children in government funded homes.
• Taking children on short holidays (accompanied by other staff).
I was a team member on a Latin Link project.
• The team built several new classrooms for a local school.
Summer Institute of Linguistics
I was a volunteer at SIL’s mission headquarters in the capital of Cameroon during my gap year. I was involved in:
• Reorganising and running the children’s library.
• Teaching children to swim.
QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING
1995 – 1999
Royal Holloway College, University of London
• French and Spanish, BA (Hons) 2:1
1992 – 1994
Hereford Cathedral School
• A Levels: Theology (A), French (C), General Studies (C), Biology (D), Music (E)
1990 – 1992
• GCSEs: 9 (grades A – C), including Maths and English
OTHER RELEVANT SKILLS
Full Clean Driving Licence
Touch typing (72 words/minute)
Violin Grade 7
Piano Grade 8
INTERESTS AND HOBBIES
Travel, particularly within the UK and Latin America
Sport, including cycling and weight training
Written references available on request
Elisabeth is the best Spanish teacher I’ve been taught by: she’s always extremely organised, well-prepared, meticulous and straightforward so that I always feel I can just say if I’m unsure about or don't understand something. I’d really recommend her for A-level work.
My son and daughter both really enjoyed studying with Libby. They got excellent IGCSE grades (A* and A) because Libby knows her syllabus and concentrates on making sure it is covered thoroughly, ensuring each of them went into the exam well prepared. Having lived in South America for several years, her accent is very good so I feel that my children can converse confidently and be understood in Spanish. I would recommend Libby highly.
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