Bridge The Gab
My name is Kristelle Chatagneau, and I absolutely love language and linguistics. I want to help others succeed in learning a language so that they retain everything I teach them and don’t have to look for another tutor or come back to me. My goals when teaching are to make sure my students are enjoying themselves, feel comfortable, and understand everything they are learning. I have been teaching Spanish and English on the side for a couple years and although I am still young and in college, my experience and knowledge in language and culture and my understanding in how to properly teach a language is very deep.
The curriculum is custom made for each student based on needs and ability. I can go slow or fast, and the tools I use to teach are different based on the student’s learning abilities. I aim for retention and have never had a student fail or struggle after taking my lessons.
I enjoy teaching language because it brings me joy to see others learn to speak and understand what they previously couldn’t. Doing so allows them to connect with others and grow their ability to connect and that is what I aim to do.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
The first thing I do is send them a questionnaire to determine if they are a good fit for me. The ideal student is respectful, reliable, and ambitious. Afterward, I will hold a 30-minute call with them to get to know the student more.
If they are a good fit for me, I will quote them and find out what level they are at for the language they are learning. I do so by giving them a placement test online (which they can also print and send back to me via email) and grade it. I also look to anazlyze their learning abilities so that I may properly introduce the language to them. Afterward, I create a curriculum that works for the student based on their learning skills and what level they are at for the language.
Also, I provide payment plans for all of my programs, so I can work with most, if not all, budgets.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I was a Spanish language major in college, and my language teachers from high school and university taught me how to properly and effectively teach a language. Furthermore, I have been tutoring Spanish and English since 2016. My students always excelled after they completed my programs, which have also evolved as time passed.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
My prices are usually not revealed until I have the post-questionnaire call with them. From that call, I am able to deduct which of my programs works best for them and provide them with their options. I offer payment plans with all of my programs as well, so there is room for flexibility as well.
Typically, I charge based on the program and package they choose. I have in person, blended, and online programs. My prices branch off of these programs into a total of 9 different packages, all of them standard, silver, and premium.
How did you get started teaching?
I started teaching because I want to help people connect with themselves and others. There is a lot of joy and growth that comes from learning a language, and I want to share that experience with all of my students.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with high school students, college students, and working adults of all ages. My approach to each one is different based on what they need. Some prefer pen and paper lessons, others prefer a presentation. Some need to hear the whole lesson, and some need to take notes for the whole thing. Whatever their learning preference and style is, I adjust the curriculum for them.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
One of my students has only been with me for 2 months, and he is already able to hold long conversations in Spanish with his dad. Furthermore, he informed me that he has been feeling more connected with his culture and more confident. This warmed my heart, and I am proud of his growth. I cannot wait to graduate him from my program because by then he will be nearly fluent in Spanish.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Repetition. Practice. Every day for at least 15 minutes, write or talk to yourself in Spanish. This kind of repetition will encourage the retention of the language and will help students perform better during the lessons.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Are you willing to do the work?
Are you a reliable student?
Why are you learning Spanish?
Can you arrive at lessons on time?
Can you make payments on time?