Frequently Asked Questions
I was born and raised in Peru. I graduated from Universidad del Pacifico where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After graduating from college, I moved and worked in Santiago de Chile, and traveled for work to Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Brazil.
It totally depends on the student’s goals, motivation, availability and budget. Most students prefer to meet once a week to ensure they have enough time to process what they learned during the session and to prepare for the next class. Between sessions, they are assigned different kinds of homework and teaching tools to help you improve your learning (online exercises, videos, podcasts, apps, free flashcard program to build up vocabulary) which are relevant to the previous lesson.
I usually drive to the student’s location (home or office) if it is located within my driving range. Otherwise, the student and I meet halfway. Most my adult students prefer to meet at a convenient public library or coffee shop. I offer my students the possible meeting points:
Agave Public Library
23550 N 36th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85310
Barnes and Noble located in Desert Ridge Marketplace
21001 N Tatum Blvd Suite 42, Phoenix, AZ 8505
Barnes and Noble located in Scottsdale Fiesta Shopping Center
10500 N 90th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Barnes and Noble located in Located in Arrowhead Crossing
7685 W Bell Rd, Peoria, AZ 85382
Conversational Fluency – “You can comfortably hold a 1-on-1 conversation at a normal speaking pace and you can usually get your ideas across regarding a variety of topics without having to repeat yourself or stop to think too much. Your pronunciation is clear and accurate, and you’re easily understood by native speakers”
Even though it depends on a lot of different factors (student’s own ability to learn a new language, opportunities to practice outside my sessions, doing homework, learning vocabulary, etc.), if you start out as a beginner and spend an average of 1 hour per day working on your Spanish, you should able to reach conversational fluency within 8 – 12 months.
I feel that the end goal when learning Spanish is to be able to speak it. My lessons are designed to focus on becoming fluent in Spanish, with an emphasis on developing speaking skills for practical and immediate use. You will practice Spanish at your level and build up your confidence.
One-on-one sessions: $75.00 for 1.5 hours.
Small groups: First student $75.00 and any additional student l $10.00 per the session for 1.5 hours.
Kids is $50.00 for 1 hour. Any additional kid: $10.00 per the session.
I have a very flexible schedule; I always try to work around the student work’s schedule. One the student and I meet; we will compare schedules and try to set a fixed time to meet every week. Otherwise, we will find days and times that works best for both of us.
I offer morning, afternoon and evening classes, weekday and weekends.
I use the textbook Puntos de Partida 8th edition: An Invitation to Spanish, 8/e. Marty Knorre Thalia Dorwick Ana María Pérez-Gironés. It’s a great textbook for grammar, vocabulary and conversation. But there is also a lot of free online resources are available to enforce grammar points and develop your listening skills.
Children Aged 6+
Structured, repetitive and professional manner. I am always very attentive to correct your grammar mistakes or pronunciation challenges on the spot.