Melbourne, Australia, 3078
Joined on September, 2010
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Up to 1 hour away for a flat fee
Education-BA majoring in Spanish and Anthropology (La Trobe University)
-BA (hon) in Latin American studies and anthropology, including units of advanced Spanish (La Trobe University). This included a 20, 000 word thesis on Latino identity and music in Melbourne.
-Completed various Spanish courses in places such as Peru, Colombia, Guatemala and Ecuador.
ExperienceHello to Spanish students of all ages and levels!
My name is Neil, and I have been speaking Spanish at an advanced level for ten
years. I have lived and worked in Latin America for three years, and majored in
Spanish at an advanced level at university. I currently teach Spanish to adult classes and I am the organiser and co-creator of 'Language Swap', an interest group of over 1,500 Spanish and English bilingual students (local and international) whose primary interest is cultural and linguistic exchange. I speak Spanish probably as much as I do English during my day-to-day activities.
The above experiences have led me to speak the language to a native level, with a
couple of differences. Many native speakers offer tuition based on the fact that they are from a Spanish-speaking country, yet while many native speakers appeal to students based on the idea that their linguistic roots and 'authenticity' validate their teaching abilities, ask yourself: how well do you understand the mechanics of your own language? Would you expect all of your English-speaking friends or relatives to know what a verb, an adjective, the subjunctive or the passive voice is? Many native speakers who offer tuition do not understand the structure and grammar of their mother tongues very well. On the other hand, as one who has extensively studied the language, I can offer accurate and effective tuition with regards to all facets of grammar and general speaking such as:
-Fluency of communication and pronunciation
-Ser and Estar (and other confusing verbs)
-Verb conjugation in indicative and subjunctive modes
-Direct and indirect object pronouns
-Verbs like 'gustar'
-Other grammar-related themes
Moreover, teaching is also a question of understanding the native language of the
one being taught (in this case usually English). My knowledge of English allows me
to understand the way that an English speaker thinks when learning Spanish, and
as a result, I am able to empathise with my students, understand their learning
processes better, as well as effectively translate phrases, expressions and words from English to Spanish.
In addition to this, a more general sense, teaching takes a certain level of skill and
communication, and is not related to linguistic descent. Will your tutor be able to
engage you and capture your interest? Will you be motivated by your tutor? I would encourage you to take all of the above into account when seeking someone who can effectively teach you Spanish.
I do not generally tutor in other areas. Spanish is my passion, and all of my efforts
have been poured into this skill over the years. I would love to hear from you soon.
Please contact me on the number below anytime. Unlike most casual tutors, I am a fully registered business which complies with all the relevant legislation to offer an official and high quality service.
Phone: 0412 835 307
ABN: 76 680 962 026
Hobbies-Organiser of Language Swap, an interest group for Spanish and English speakers.
-Hiking (I have hiked in many places including Australia, Nepal, Peru etc.)
-I have designed several Spanish courses which I am in the process of implementing in my new Spanish school in Melbourne.
-Spanish and English literature
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