Head of Steps English School. Uspallata, Mendoza- Argentina (2009-2012)
Teacher of English for specific purposes: tourism and the hotel industry. Hotel Los Cóndores.Uspallata, Mendoza- Argentina (2009-2012)
Teacher of advanced courses (teens ) and beginners (adults, teens and kids)- Wordlink English School (2003-2009)
Experience: 12 years
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Hello! My name is Mariana and I have a degree on English teaching from the School of Languages of the University of Córdoba, Argentina.
I have been teaching English and Spanish since 2001. I have taught a wide range of students: from kids to teens and adults; and different levels: Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced. I have trained students to sit for international exams such as a TOEIC and TOEFL. In the year 2007, I lived in South Africa where I had the opportunity not only of improving my English but also of getting in touch with a wide range of cultures, which I found enriching and heartening. There, I got a degree on Grammar and Phonology from the University of Pretoria. During the last years, I ran my own English School in Uspallata, Mendoza, where we used to teach general English, English for Tourism and the Hotel industry and Spanish for foreigners. Classes were imparted on a one-on-one or group basis.
Regarding my approach to teaching, I put emphasis on the four skills to be developed while acquiring any language: reading, writing, speaking and listening. While teaching functions of the language, vocabulary and grammar, I usually present topics, guide students into practice and finally, I expect them to produce. I consider homework necessary to fix knowledge; for that reason, I generally provide students with exercises to be done after class. I am resourceful in terms of materials and activities enabling students to learn in a stimulating and enjoyable atmosphere. Finally, I am flexible and I pay special attention to the needs and interests of each particular student.
As a teacher, one of the experiences that I find most rewarding, interesting and motivating is not only witnessing the complex process of language acquisition but also being part of it as a facilitator and mediator.