GRASSHOPPER LANGUAGE LEARNING

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Experienced Language Tutor

  • Extensive knowledge of both grammar & culture
  • Have effectively taught languages to children, teenagers, adults, & seniors
  • Experienced language tutor since 2013
  • Varied experience teaching both individual & group classes

English / ESL

  • Teach International TESOL Certificate: May, 2014
    • Electives: Grammar, Business English, Academic English, & IELTS

  • Full-time English tutor at GEOS Taiwan: May 2014 – Jun 2015
    • Group classes (up to 10 students) & individual tutoring
    • Attended teacher development workshops for Icebreakers, Grammar, & Kids Classes
  • Native English speaker from Canada

Spanish

  • Minor in Spanish at the University of Calgary
    • Noticed by teachers & peers for having an above-average level of fluency Spanish.
    • Recommended by Spanish professor for a study abroad opportunity in a Spanish-speaking country (see letter below).
  • Extensive immersion in Spanish
    • Total of 3.5 months in 8 Spanish-speaking nations in Latin America & Spain
    • Integrated into Latino communities in Canada & abroad

FRENCH

  • 2 years experience teaching at the Calgary French and International School
    • Department of Early Childcare Education (Sep 2015 – Jun 2017)
  • Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC)
    • Intensive French Immersion Program: “Explore” (June 2012)
    • Completed prior university French courses
    • Class 1B at the École de langue française et de culture québécoise (EFLCQ): 2nd highest placement of 8 – from beginner to very advanced
    • Volunteered weekly in French at a placement in local seniors’ home
  • Katimavik: 9-month bilingual volunteer program: 2007
    • French Immersion in Ville-Marie, Québec (3 months)
    • Volunteered full time in French at daycare (CPÉ Chez Caliméro)
    • Weekly French classes

Portuguese

  • Educated through comprehensive private tutoring with 2 Brazilian tutors: 2013, Aug 2018 – Jun 2019)
  • Extensive Portuguese immersion
    • 3 months immersion in Brazil (hosted exclusively by Brazilians): Jul – Oct 2013
    • 3 years of regular samba practices & performances with Brazilians: BCAAB (Brazilian Community Association of Alberta): 2015 – 2018
    • Active in Portuguese-speaking communities: several Brazilian dance, music & culture groups / Angolan kizomba dance groups: 2013 – 2018

Chinese Mandarin

  • Tsinghua University 清华大学: Aug – Jan 2012
    • Semester abroad in Beijing, China (U of C: CISSA exchange program)
    • Full-time Chinese language courses: reading/writing, speaking & listening
  • 1.5 years additional Mandarin immersion in Taipei, Taiwan: Jan 2014 – Jun 2015
  • Varied Mandarin Chinese teaching tools
    • Introduces both simplified or traditional Chinese writing systems to students (simplified is used in mainland China and Singapore, and traditional is used in Taiwan)
    • Uses pinyin, a phonetic system designed to ease in pronunciation for foreign learners of Chinese

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