Clases Particulares | Private Classes
Today, I had my first private lessons with three siblings. First, I had a 1.5 hour conversation class with paternal twins (a brother, Pablo and sister, Ana). They are so willing to learn and improve their English o sea, “Tienen ganas de aprender y mejorar su inglés”. I was so excited to start preparing them for their first Cambridge exam, “Cambridge: First”. I registered in an ESL website that has prep materials geared towards Cambridge ESL (English Second Language) tools, workshops, quizzes, etc. But, it is only a 30 day “free trial”. So, I have to spend a couple days downloading all the PDF files before the 30 days are up.
After meeting Ana, I found out we have similar taste in music: Flamenco, Latino and Alicia Keys. While Pablo and I both have addictions to random series on Netflix.
I found the hour and half flying by with these two. I made sure to keep our focus on a “practice” version of the first part of the speaking part of the Cambridge exam focusing on: daily life, personal experiences, languages, travel, leisure and entertainment.
After finishing up by having both Ana and Pablo record their answers to my questions. I told them that I would save the recordings so that we can see where they need to improve on and to compare the first class with the last class. I have a feeling they will exceed my and their expectations! ¡Sí se puede!
Then, I spent 30 minutes with their older brother, Andres, who lived in Scotland for one year and has a high level of English. So, our lesson focused strictly on grammar basics — Prepositions and Conditional Statements.
I enjoyed being with adults after helping and teaching kids as young as three years old to as old as 12. It provides me a nice balance to “teach” kids and adults because I just need to see smiles and a willingness to learn. This is only my 2nd week and I love helping individuals improve and gain confidence in their English skills.
Also, I forgot to mention that I was in a rush to get to the “Kiosco San Amaro”, the place where you get passport photos, photocopies, and documents printed via flash drive. I met a guy who was just starting with another guy who has been working there for awhile and I had an impromptu Spanglish lesson with them that makes me look forward to chatting with them more in the future. I had to cut our conversation short because they reopened after siesta at 16:30 (4:30pm) and my lessons were from 17:00 (5:00pm) to 19:00 (7:00pm).
SIDE NOTE: I’m still trying to adjust to reading military time. Also, I need to stop speaking Castellano (Español/Spanish) when I explain words, phrases or expressions with my adult students. I never speak in Spanish with my primary school students because I know they can understand me as long as I enunciate and speak slowly (which can be trying at times for me when I’m in a good mood which I was in today).
This experience has been a blessing and I don’t take any of it for granted. I just hope I can say the same as my schedule starts filling up from Monday-Friday. I cannot wait to start having more $avings toward trips within Spain and Europe, in general!