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Lessons offered by Laura L
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Taught subjects
  • Spanish
  • Oral expression - Spanish
  • Oral comprehension - Spanish
  • Written comprehension -Spanish
  • Written expression - Spanish
  • DELE
Levels
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • GCSE
  • BTech
  • Adult education
  • Masters
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Professional
  • Kids

PhD student in Modern Languages offers Spanish lessons for all levels in Edmonton

Methodology

In my teaching practice, understanding is an important notion. It involves the capacity of the students to “grasp what they have been taught and try to figure out what it really means in the ‘big picture’." (Kibunya, 86) Naturally, such learning is not a piecemeal, fragmented process, but is a holistic, integrative process. In this sense, I find the method of creating thinking routines, developed by Harvard University’s School of Education, quite insightful. The steps to follow to create a thinking routine are: a) asking deep questions (think, puzzle, explore), b) making connections (connect or extend), c) generating explanations (claim, support), d) challenging ideas and shifting perspectives (identify and explore alternative points of view and try to explain the whys). What I like the most about this kind of approach is that it turns the students into active and self-conscious participants of the learning process. In sum, classes with diverse activities, interactions and assignments directly connected to the real life are what I seek when I teach a student, precisely because they not only promote an active role for the learner but also an authentic understanding of multiple phenomena at many levels.

Background

I am a PhD student in Modern Languages and Cultural Studies (Spanish, English, and Chinese) with nine years of teaching experience. I have two masters: one in Chinese Language and Literature and the other one in Comparative and World Literature with emphasis on Latin America. I also hold a BA in Classical Philology. I am currently working as a Research Assistant for the Spanish Department of the UofA, in a project related to the creation of materials for the teaching of Spanish as a second language. Before coming to the UofA I worked as a Research Assistant in The Dictionary of Mexican Spanish, as a Spanish teacher in different schools in Mexico City as well as the province of Wuhan, China, and as an English/Latin-Spanish translator and proofreader.

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Rate for online lessons : R224/h
Lessons offered by Laura L
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
  • BTech
  • Adult education
  • Masters
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Professional
  • Kids

Laura L's CV

EDUCATION
2017-Present
PhD. Modern Languages and Cultural Studies: Comparative Literature (Spanish, English and Chinese)
University of Alberta

2014-2017
MA. Comparative Literature and World Literature (Emphasis on Classical Reception and Latin American Literature)
Central China Normal University

2013-2014
Chinese language course
Central China Normal University

2011-2013
MA. East Asian Studies: Chinese Language and Literature
El Colegio de México, COLMEX

2006-2010
BA. Classical Philology
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM

WORK EXPERIENCE
January 2018-Present
Research Assistant
Spanish TBLT Beliefs / Course Materials Intermediate Spanish, Prof. Xavier Gutierrez, University of Alberta
Analyze students’ responses, design online materials (moodle)

September 2015-July 2017
Intern. Language teacher, curriculum developer
WuhanWenSi BaoTong Education
Designed curricula and taught Spanish

January 2015
Language teacher
Wuhan University
Taught the A1 and A2 level of Spanish, designed curriculum, administered exams, graded all written work and assigned final grades.



July 2013
Latin-English translator/English-LA Spanish proofreader
IBF-International broadcast facilities
Proofread the translation of the subtitles for the DVD Pompeii from the British Museum

August2009-August2011
Research Assistant
Dictionary of Mexican Spanish, Dr. Luis Fernando Lara, El Colegio de México
Created and maintained lexical databases, proofread and edited the Dictionary of Mexican Spanish

March2008-August2011
Teaching Assistant of Greek Literature I & II
Faculty of Philosophy, UNAM
Taught the units corresponding to Euripides and Archilochus. Graded all written work, administered exams and assigned final grades.

November 2007-April2009
English-Spanish Translator
TransCom Global Ltd.
Translated and proofread psychiatric documents

Agust2008
Language Teacher
Medicine Faculty, UNAM
Taught a course on medical Greek-Latin etymologies, medical technical vocabulary and Spanish composition. Administered exams, graded all written work and assigned final grades.

LANGUAGES
Spanish-Mother tongue
Reading and speaking competence in English and Chinese
Reading competence in Classical Latin, Ancient and Modern Greek, Italian and Portuguese

ACADEMIC SERVICE AND VOLUNTEERING EXPERIENCE
President of the MLCS Graduate Students Association (Present)
Hispanic Cinema (Volunteer, 2018)
MLCS Graduate Student Conference (Host co-director and volunteer, 2018)
MLCS Spanish Movie Night (Co-organizer, 2018)
MLCS Teaching Awards Committee (Volunteer, 2017-2018)
University of Alberta Spanish Open House (Volunteer, 2018)
University of Alberta MLCS Open House (Volunteer, 2018)
The Day of the Death Exposition, Art Gallery of Alberta (Volunteer, 2017)
Teaching of Chinese as a Second Language Congress (Volunteer, 2011)
Tribute to the Greek poet Odysseas Elitis (Volunteer, 2010)
Green Teacher magazine (Volunteer English- Spanish Translator, 2009-2011)

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