Like I said before, I love to cater my classes to exactly that which my students want to attain in their Spanish. With my GCSE students, we did plenty of vocabulary building, learnt key essay phrases for them to use in their written and spoken assessments, listening practice and we wrote and went through past papers together.
With the couple from Bristol, we focused more on their spoken language; colloquial expressions, how to get by in day-to-day situations, spoken fluency practice and even lessons on the differences between Spanish and English cultures.
I like to keep my classes really interactive and interesting, Spanish is a fun language and should be taught in a fun way! I find that bringing in controversial articles is often a great starting point for conversation practice; I also think it is very important to learn colloquial Spanish alongside more formal grammar and vocab.
My name is Rosie and I'm a third year Spanish student at the University of Bristol. Before going to university, I spent 3 months nannying in Madrid. I have also just come back from my year abroad, which I spent living and working in Buenos Aires - I've been speaking Spanish for 10 years now and it is fluent.
Before I left for Buenos Aires, I tutored in Bristol for two years, to a mixture of young students and older professionals. My Mum is also a Spanish teacher at University level, meaning I have picked up on her methods and sometimes use her material in my classes! To mention a few students, I helped two young GCSE students to attain A* and A in their exams, and also helped a lovely couple to speak intermediate level Spanish before they moved out to Marbella permanently.
I also tutored in Buenos Aires, both in English to Spanish speakers and Spanish to English speakers. I'm used to meeting new people and adapting my methods to exactly what suits them best!
2015-present: Bristol University BA Spanish and Portuguese
- Received a first and a mark of approbation at the end of my first and second years
- Units studied include: translation and interpretation, poetry and politics in 20th century Latin America, women’s writing in post-war Spain and urban narratives in the Lusophone world
2011-2015: Stowe School, Buckinghamshire
- A level grades: English A*, Spanish A*, History A*, Chemistry A
- 97% in A-Level English Literature
- GCSE grades: 10 A*s (English Literature, English Language, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Spanish, French, History and Art)
- 100% in GCSE English Literature, Spanish and French
- Basil Aimers Prize for English 2013
- Friends of Stowe Prize for Spanish 2013 & 2014
- 11 Benes, 8 Commendation prizes
- Gold award junior National Maths Challenge
- Gold award intermediate National Maths Challenge
Relevant employment and work experience
January-June 2018: Internship, The Portuguese Wine Company 1756, Lisbon
- I investigated trends and analyse data, in order to produce wine, cheese and olive oil market reports to present to the International Chamber of Commerce.
- I shadowed business meetings and conferences.
- I researched and contacted Portuguese wine sellers, and relay information to my boss.
July-January 2017-8: Internship, Transparency International, Buenos Aires
- Six-month internship with the Argentine branch (Poder Ciudadano) of Transparency International, the world’s largest anti-corruption NGO.
- I analysed data and produced reports to promote a increased public awareness of corruption in Argentina’s political sphere. These were published online and in their annual report.
- I co-organised events including a major conference in Casa Rosada, with delegates from many Latin American countries.
- I assisted in the formatting and editing of the NGO’s annual newsletter and contributed to their online database of corruption research and information.
- During this placement, I was working, communicating and writing exclusively in Spanish which contributed hugely to my fluency in this language.
June 2017: Internship, Houghton Hall, Norfolk, UK
- I worked in the estate marketing office to promote the Richard Long exhibition.
- I analysed social media demographics and worked on ways to promote Houghton Hall’s online presence.
- I helped to organise and produce their online ticket sales program.
- I worked with young children who visited the hall though the National Lottery scheme, encouraging them to provide creative responses to Richard Long’s art displayed at the Hall.
July & August 2016: Internship, Quinta de la Rosa, Douro Valley, Portugal
- I assisted with and led group tours of the estate in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
- I helped to promote and sell wine, port and olive oil to customers.
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