My inspiration for teaching stems from the excellent teachers I had throughout my years of study. These educators helped shape who I am personally and professionally. My professional contributions have been allocated to both the public and the private sector. In the public sector, I served as an Ambassador in Latin American countries and as an Alternate Representative of my country of origin, Nicaragua in the Organization of American States, (OAS) in Washington, DC. In the private sector, I worked as an International Consultant for companies in the USA and Latin America. The years spent in the diplomatic community truly enriched my knowledge of the Latin American Culture and the Spanish language. I am motivated to share all that I have learned, and continuously seek teaching experiences. I have worked as Professor and Lecturer in Secondary Schools and Universities in various Latin American countries, and I have also taught private lessons to small groups of students and business executives, including more than four years of experience as an online Spanish tutor for Wyzant and Varsity Tutors.
My teaching system includes theoretical sessions and practical aspects of daily life. Homework is also part of the learning process, without overwhelming the students with tedious assignments but through complementary fun activities, such as watching movies, songs, games and readings in Spanish, as well as periodic assessments and progress reports. I am flexible in time while I do have a 24-hour cancelation policy. I am happy to travel to different locations if it is convenient for the student. Free consultation meetings are part of my professional services.
I look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve success in learning a beautiful new Language.
As a native Latin American I understand that teaching my mother language means to not only focus on grammar, reading, writing and conversation; but to also include the Latin American culture, making the process of learning this new language more engaging and entertaining for the students.
Very professional and enthusiastic Tutor He was well prepared and very encouraging! He chose current issues for topic which is my son's favorite topic. The Lesson was very educational as well as fun. My son liked him right away. We will recommend him to anyone who needs Spanish tutor. Jungwon, 23 lessons with Manuel
Knowledgeable and Patient Manuel is tutoring my son for Spanish. He is professional, caring, and very educated. I believe having knowledge of a subject is something, but knowing how to teach it, is another matter. Manuel possesses both qualities.
Usually, during the first session I dedicate the time to establish a relationship of trust with the student, assessing his or her level of knowledge of the language, in particular those areas where needs help. Simultaneously, in determining his/her strongest areas and I try to use them to increase his/her interest and confidence in class. For example, I always try to evaluate in the oral part the student level of reading and pronunciation. Then, translation, and in a general sense, his/her knowledge of grammar. If the student already has a textbook from school to follow, I carefully evaluate if he/she is able to manage the level of the course and work around his/her needs.
My accademic education, Ph.D. in International Law and International Relations, my wide experience as a professor, and lecturer in Latin American Universities, and mos recently, as an online Spanish tutor during the last four years working for the tutoring companies Wyzant and Varsity Tutors in the USA.