- English (US): Native
- Spanish (Latin American): Advanced
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Specialization in English pronunciation, and a love for conversation and grammar
Hi there! My name is Mallory and I am an ESL teacher. I first became interested in teaching when I was in college and I gave private Spanish lessons. I ended up majoring in Spanish language and studied abroad in Spain. I realized I loved travelling, and when I graduated I moved to Ecuador to teach ESL for the first time. Since then, I have obtained a TEFL certificate and have been teaching ESL in Colombia and in my home state of North Carolina.
With my students I have developed a teaching style that involves humor and spontaneity which keeps lessons engaging and exciting. I think the best way to keep students interested in learning another language is to get students to talk about things that really matter to them and to provide an inclusive and non-judgmental environment. To me, the most effective way to learn another language is to practice speaking with a native. That way you can eliminate any shyness and learn how to speak as naturally as possible. My favorite things to work on with students are accent reduction and pronunciation, idioms and common expressions, as well as situational and casual English conversation. However, I also have lots of experience with grammar and writing.
Having studied and learned Spanish, I can relate to what English students are going through. Learning another language can seem tough, but with practice and perseverance it can certainly be done!
For students who are beginners in English, I have a lot of experience in teaching basic grammatical structures and using them in a general context. I like to start by introducing the grammatical formula, eliciting examples from the student, practicing with short written exercises, and finally engaging the student in spoken exercises.
I focus on English for specific situations (such as at work, at the store, in emergency situations, etc.) where we read dialogues out loud and listen to example conversations. I also have a variety of role plays to practice, and many conversation questions to provoke casual English conversation. I try to focus on getting the students' English to be as natural as possible, correcting pronunciation mistakes along the way.
I love to make learning pronunciation easy and fun by incorporating humor and devices for helping students to remember what they learned. I am specifically good with working on English pronunciation for Spanish speakers since I have also studied Spanish phonetics. In my lessons I use pronunciation charts, dialogues and readings to practice reading out loud, tongue twisters to focus on specific phonemes
Foreign Languages › Spanish (Bachelor)
Tutored up to six students a week to address concerns of the student about concepts in Spanish courses; Improved study skills with student by implementing goals and creating a plan.
Provided daily linguistic instruction in English to university students of varying levels; Evaluated proficiency of students’ written and spoken English for level placement.
Planned and delivered classes to basic and intermediate Spanish-speaking adults; Met professional and individual needs of students, giving classes three times per week.
Taught English alongside a Colombian co-teacher in level A1-B1 classes; Prepared two hotel employees to speak English to foreign clients and in customer service.